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2019 Events

Birkenhead Deanery held it's annual afternoon tea on 14th May at Holy Cross, Woodchurch. What a lovely afternoon. We displayed a whole host of wedding photos and guessed the brides, and here is the gathering of brides with their photos and even one of the wedding dresses. This had been made by Jenny Davies, who had also made all her bridesmaid's dresses too! Amongst our gathering we had two ladies who had been married over 60 years - obviously child brides as they look far too young to have been married that long.




Diocesan Festival 2019
Greig Roberts from St Saviour's with Mary Sprackling, Deanery Leader and the Birkenhead Deanery Banner.



On Monday 25th February, Revd Christine Broad, Mothers' Union Diocesan Chaplain, was inducted as Rector of Holy Cross, Woodchurch by Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead. Christine was formerly Assistant Vicar at St Saviour, Oxton. She is pictured with the Bishop and her husband Nick.
 



2018 Events

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





BIRKENHEAD DEANERY MU FASHION SHOW 2018

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.
MARY SPRACKLING (DEANERY LEADER)

   

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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)