As part of a new series of website articles I will be visiting the different groups within St. Peter’s. I hope in doing this I will get to know as many of you as possible and together we can let everyone know what you do and how they can get involved.
My first visit was to Mothers’ Union. Upon arriving at church, I was greeted with a hymn book (Yes, St. Peter’s do still have hymn books!) and I took my seat within the circle. Irene Porter led us in prayer and briefly discussed “business”. MU had recently lost a member, she was remembered compassionately and her funeral flowers were with us in remembrance. Irene spoke of a donation that was to be made to MU from the family and ways the money could be used; possibly to help children suffering bereavements. It was then that I realised how lucky I was to be part of a group of wonderful women who want to make a difference in people’s lives, through the work they do in Mothers’ Union.
We sang a hymn and also enjoyed trying to master the classic ‘In an English Country Garden’. Giggles were a plenty as we tried to squeeze in all the lyrics and by the last verse (there were a fair few) we were beginning to master it. It was after the singing that I learnt where the organ was in St. Peter’s; that secret staircase had baffled me for years!
Ros Wright was visiting the MU to talk about ‘The Christian Meaning of Garden Flowers’. Ros guided us through the plants in our gardens and spoke of how we can relate these to events and people in the Bible. Did you know that over 100 plants are mentioned in the Bible? The flower that most stood out to me was the Passion Flower, also known as “Espina de Christo” – Christ’s Thorns. Each part of the flower holds symbolic meaning; the 3 stigma represent the 3 nails that held Jesus to the cross and the 5 anthers are the 5 sacred wounds. The tendrils of flower resemble the whippings and the filaments depict the crown of thorns. When I was a child I used to find the Passion Flower a scary looking plant, now I will see it in a very different light; it is a reminder of how much Jesus loves me!
Following the talk, we had tea and biscuits. I was happily surprised to see we were having tea in cups and saucers, something I am very fond of! Chatter amongst members ensued and I was made to feel welcome and met some truly encouraging individuals.
The following Tuesday, I attended MU: Engage. Engage is a much more informal gathering and is a chance for women to get together for fellowship, prayer and advice. We enjoyed a cup of tea (once again in the lovely cups and saucers) and delicious cake. Once we’d all had a catch up, we ventured upstairs to the cosy upper room of the Church. Irene led us in discussion; this week’s topic was about Dash Cams and Sat Navs. We spoke about our preferences and quickly conversation turned towards our own life experiences.
Sitting amongst everyone, I knew I was sat amongst friends. Everyone was open, kind and understanding. There were so many years of knowledge in one room and everyone wanted to help one another in any struggles that they may be facing. Their compassion for one another was beautiful. Mothers’ Union surpassed any preconceived expectations I had and despite being somewhat younger than the regular attendees I still felt very much at home.
I would like to thank everyone at Mothers’ Union for making me feel welcome; I’ve made new friends and experienced first hand what a fun, caring group you are. I will see you all again soon!
If you are interested in attending Mothers’ Union or would like more information, please speak with Irene. You do not need to be a member or mother to attend; everyone is welcome. To see the amazing work that Mothers’ Union do, visit www.mothersunion.org
Mothers’ Union meet:
Alternate Tuesdays for MU: Engage, 10:00-11:30am, at SPC. The next MU: Engage is taking place on Tuesday 22nd May 2018.
The next monthly meeting at St. Peter’s is on Thursday 21st June 2018, at 1.30pm.
The Mothers’ Union are hosting a Teddy Bears Picnic for parents with Pre-schoolers on Thursday 17th May, at 12:00pm. All food is generously provided by the MU.