Birkenhead Deanery Mothers' Union

2018 Events

St Stephen's MU members helped to create these stunning displays of poppies for Remembrance Sunday.


I'm not sure when 'the season' starts, but 1st May seemed a good date to hold a fashion show and so we did. Bonmarché kindly agreed to provide the clothes + 2 members of staff to assist on the evening.
We mustered 11 ladies, mostly MU members, to model clothes that they had chosen themselves from the shop.
St Stephen's church was the venue - yes the church itself - and the centre aisle was converted into the catwalk, with the chairs turned inwards to provide a perfect view.
Our church organist gave a musical flourish (each lady having chosen her own tune) as the models appeared, giving rise to roars of applause as they moved with aplomb and panache down the aisle.
I'm not sure who enjoyed the evening more - the models or the visitors, but everyone smiled and clapped, wined and dined well on spritzers and savouries prepared by the Deanery members, bought loads of raffle tickets, and we finished up with a grand total of over £1,000, £930 of which has been divided between AFIA and the Prison Ministry.
Hope you'll enjoy this snapshot of the evening.


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Deanery Lady Day Service

Revd Christine Broad, the Chester Diocesan Chaplain of Mothers' Union, presided and preached at the Birkenhead Deanery Mothers' Union Lady Day service of Holy Communion, held this year at Holy Cross, Woodchurch.
A big thank you to members of the Woodchurch branch who made us very welcome and served a delicious tea.
Pictured are members from St Saviour, Oxton and Revd Christine Broad who is also their Associate Vicar.


100th Birthday Celebration

Dilys Harrison celebrated her 100th birthday on January 18 at St Stephen's, Prenton, where she has been a member of Mothers' Union for over 60 years, and part of the congregation for a lot longer, having been in Young Wives for a number of years prior to joining MU. Her desire on her 100th was to have a party at the church as that is where she feels "at home", and about 60 people, congregation and family, joined in the celebrations where there was a great deal of laughter - just how a party should be! She was thrilled to bits to receive cards from the Queen, Lynne Tembey and Viv Ley (Chester Diocesan President) amongst many, many others.

2017 Events

St Saviour, Oxton Presentations

Diocesan President, Viv Ley, visited St Saviour, Oxton Branch on Tuesday 4th July and spoke to the branch.
She presented several members with Long Service awards from 40 - 55 years service.

St Saviour's Coffee Morning

St Saviour's, Oxton held their Annual Fund Raising Coffee Morning at the end of April. A total of over £570 was raised for MU Funds.

Sponsored Walk

20 members and Harry the dog, from the 3 branches in Birkenhead Deanery, took part in a sponsored walk for Mothers' Union on 3rd May. They started with prayers at St, Saviour, Oxton and were joined by Diocesan President Vivien Ley and seen off by Revd Christine Broad. They had a break for Midday Prayers and lunch at St Stephen, Prenton and were seen off from there by Revd Heather Buckley. Finally they walked through Woodchurch to Holy Cross where they enjoyed tea. Between the ladies there were 10 artificial joints! The final total of monies raised for Away From It All Holidays was £1,548.25. This does not include monies that hopefully will come in from Gift Aid. They were truly blessed with willing walkers, generous sponsors, expert cake-makers and the first of the glorious 2017 weather. That's the power of prayer - before, during and following the event. Congratulations to Deanery Leader Mary Sprackling for organising this event.

Members from all three Birkenhead branches went on a coach to Chester Cathedral for the Diocesan Festival Eucharist on 26th April. Rev Allen Waller, curate at St Saviours, acted as Deacon for the service. Afterwards the group had lunch at the Grosvenor Garden Centre.


Four New Members at St Saviour's.

On Sunday 15th January Revd Christine Broad admitted 4 new members to Mothers' Union. Pictured L to R are: Greig Roberts (Branch Treasurer), Jaime Riley, Alison Smith, Angelica Waller, Marjory Davies, Revd Christine Broad and Sally Spencer (Branch Secretary)

2016 Events

Deanery Quiet Afternoon at St Stephen, Prenton

At the Deanery Quiet Afternoon at St Stephens, Prenton , Mary Sprackling was commissioned as Birkenhead Deanery Leader by Revd Ron Iveson, Rural Dean of Birkenhead. Viv Ley, Diocesan President, Diana Bancroft, Archdeaconry President and Revd Matt Graham the Vicar of Prenton came along with many members.
Carol Vague, a reader at St Stephens, led the Quiet Afternoon and through the Stations of the Cross looked at the route Christ took to his crucifixion and ascension through the eyes of His mother Mary. At each Station there was a reading, a contemplative description of that particular scene from Mary's perspective, a prayer followed by a verse of a hymn as we processed to the next Station. It wouldn't have been an MU "occasion" without tea and cakes, and our visitors were not disappointed!

140th Birthday Party

St Saviour's Branch held a 140th Birthday Party as its September meeting. Diocesan President, Viv Ley, and Deanery Leader, Mary Sprackling, came. Christine Broad, New Associate Vicar, was admitted to membership and Edna Haslam received her Long Service Award for 40 years membership. Members from Wallasey also joined in the afternoon.

The Deanery Fundraising Afternoon tea held at Woodchurch celebrated Pentecost, The Queen's 90th Birthday and 140 years of Mothers' Union. Canon Chris Humphries, Diocesan Chaplain, gave us a history of his life through music from north of London to Cheshire and hymns his father sang to him at bedtime to hymns he's written himself via The Beatles! Over £350 was raised for MU Projects.

St Saviour's held another very successful Coffee Morning on St George's Day and raised over £540 for MU Projects.
Also £90 was spent on the Enterprise Stall and £60 went to Church Funds from the bookstall.

St Stephen's Branch held a coffee morning and raised over £ 300 for Mothers' Union projects.
Also, Mary Sprackling sold several items from the enterprise stall. The new 140 years badge is selling well.

Birkenhead Deanery celebrated Lady Day at St Saviour, Oxton on Tuesday 5th April. Canon Peter Christensen presided and preached and was assisted by our Rural Dean Revd Dallas Ayling. Afterwards Revd Dallas presented Ann Williams, from Prenton Branch, with her 30 year membership certificate, watched by Branch Leader Jean Kealey and retiring Deanery Leader Alison Neale. We were delighted that Diocesan President, Vivien Ley was able to join us. She is pictured with Alison Neale and Mary Sprackling who will be the new Deanery Leader. Almost 60 members from our three branches enjoyed refreshments after the service.