Members from across the Diocese gathered in the church of St Mary on the Rock, Ellon
on August 9th to celebrate Mary Sumner Day, founder of the Mothers' Union.
During the Eucharist, celebrated by the Rector, Peter Mander, we gave thanks for
the life and example of Mary Sumner, for the work of the Mothers' Union in the Diocese
of Aberdeen & Orkney, in Britain and Ireland and around the world. We prayed that
members would be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to further this work and in so
doing we would carry out the commission to show God's love and bring help to all
in need, through our prayers and practical help.
During his sermon, Peter drew parallels between the Northumbrian Community and the
Mothers' Union; both share fellowship and times of prayer, time for discussion and
a firm conviction for service to their communities and beyond.
The service encouraged us to broaden the possibilities for us all to develop and
grow in our faith and in what we can do within our Mothers' Union commitment. These
words from one of the prayers used captured the essence of the service.
"Carry us past the boundaries and near horizons of our small dreams. Fill us with
fire to bring your justice, hope and love to all corners of the world."
After the service members enjoyed tea, coffee and cakes in the hall, a time of fellowship
with members from other Branches and Diocesan members; a time to foster friendship
Photos: Chris Crosley
Holburn Junction News
Members at St James, Holburn Junction have been looking back on memories recorded
by one of their number over the past 35 years. They are also taking part in the
diocesan project to keep in mind those who cannot get to MU events. More..
Revd Carole Fox (Saint Mary and Saint James Branch) and Mrs Chris Crosley (Diocesan
MU President) receive gifts from the Mother's Union of the Diocese of Mthatha.
These had been brought back by Revd Peter Mander from a recent trip to our link Diocese.
The embroidered plaques were given as a gesture of friendship and a hope that the
links will be further developed over the coming years.
A Time for a Change
Ellon Branch look backwards and forwards.. More...
Mothers’ Union Diocesan Cope
Bishop Bob had been presented with this cope by members of the Mothers’ Union in
the Dioceses of Mthatha in South Africa on his visit last year. He has given it to
the Mothers’ Union chaplain Reverend Canon Graham Taylor for use at his collation
as Rector at St. Clement’s, Aberdeen (see the cover of the Diocesan Newsletter available
on the diocesan page).
The photograph above shows the beautiful detail on the collar. One can just about
imagine the love and skill that went into the embroidery.
Trish Heywood in the Diocese
Trish's (MU Worldwide President at the time) visit to Aberdeen & Orkney was a happy
occasion full of events which enabled many beyond our membership to glimpse the scope
of the Mothers' Union work and the enthusiastic way that Trish gives love and support
to the millions she has visited around the world and here in her home country.
It was a delight to have her amongst us at formal and social events. Here the delight
is on her face on being given a beautiful sheepskin rug, produced by Theresa, a Diocesan
member from Orkney.
MU member in Orkney
Caroline an MU member in Orkney was visited recently by our Provincial President
Charmian. They are pictured outside St. Olafs in Kirkwall.
Olga Robertson Diocesan President and Charmian Paterson our Provincial President
admiring the MU tartan