Thank you to all members and trustees who have journeyed with me over the last six
years in my role as Diocesan President. It has been a wonderful privilege and a
great joy to share my journey with you all.
Thanks also go to the support I have received from Bishop Gregor, Peter Douglas and
Lucy Ireland, all clergy and congregations around the Diocese.
The baton of leadership in the Diocese is now passing to Jill Cameron who begins
her service as Diocesan President in January.
Love, best wishes and prayers are offered for Jill and the Trustee Board as they
begin their journey by forming loving, respectful flourishing relationships.
May the Advent season prepare us all for the joy of Christmas.
A Happy New Year to you all.
15th December 2015
Mothers’ Union members were delighted when three women from the Church of the Sweden
responded to our invitation to visit the Diocese. The visit included participating
in our Autumn Council (see below) at the Church of the Holy Name, Cumbernauld, on
Saturday 3rd October.
During their time in Glasgow, Katarina Evenseth, Britta Olinder and Kristina Magdesjö
(above) worshipped at St James the Less Bishopbriggs and St Mary’s Cathedral for
Evensong. Our friends also visited the Art Gallery, Glasgow Cathedral, Provand’s
Lordship, the St Mungo Museum and had a tour of Glasgow. They were joined by twelve
MU members on a trip to Iona over three days.
Mothers’ Union members have enjoyed warm and generous hospitality from the Women
of the Church of Sweden since the Porvoo link was established. This year members
were delighted to again extend the hand of friendship. The visit was a delight for
us all. The joy of worshipping twice daily alongside Associates of the Iona Community
in the Abbey, the joy of experiencing the glories of God’s creation on pilgrimages,
absorbing the glorious views and the blessings of the warmth of the sun and the
Members thank God for our time with our friends and thank the Church for providing
us all with the opportunity.
Ann Glenesk, Esther Muchena, Irene Fitchett, Wendy Petrie (St James Bishopbriggs)
Elaine McAlpine, Iris Hodgson (Holy Trinity, Kilmarnock), Lesley Lucas (St Ninian’s
Pollokshields) Hilary Moran (St Columba’s Largs), Ruth McLellan, Glynis Cullen (St
John’s Dumfries) Joan Thompson, Margaret Gilbert (St Michael’s Helensburgh)
Click here to download a PDF presentation with photos from the visit (20.4MB download)
Autumn Council 2015
The council took place at Holy Name in Cumbernauld on Saturday 3rd October.
It was a great pleasure to see new members admitted or transferred to the Cumbernauld
branch and to welcome visitors from our Porvoo link (see article above). We also
elected our new Diocesan President for the next Triennium, Jill Cameron (second from
right in picture above), and the rest of the Diocesan Trustee Board.
Ann Glenesk, the retiring Diocesan President, gave a presentation reviewing her period
in office. This can be viewed in PDF format by clicking here (13.6MB download).
There is be more about the day and there are more photos available by clicking here.
Festival Service 2015
The annual Festival Service was held this year in Holy Trinity, Kilmarnock on Saturday
16th May. Forty members from across the Diocese gathered at the church for a Eucharist
celebrated by our chaplain Revd Lucy Ireland at which two new members from Kilmarnock,
Jan Westcott and Sarah King were admitted into membership of the MU.
It was especially joyous to see Sarah accompanied by her infant son Fraser. To add
to the family affair, two of Jan’s boys were serving at the altar during the Eucharist.
Revd. Lucy chose the readings and hymns around the general theme of ‘looking back
with thankfulness and forward with hope and joy’ and her sermon echoed that theme
drawing on an example of her own – climbing a hill, following a narrow path upwards
and rejoicing when the tricky climb was over.
After the service everyone gathered in the church hall for a sandwich lunch provided
by the branch members at Holy Trinity which included a selection of very delicious
It was a most enjoyable day and good to see members attending from across the Diocese.
Members were welcomed to St John the Evangelist, Greenock on Saturday 21st March
for a service to celebrate our old and new Link Dioceses with whom we are united
in prayer. It was a wonderful example of all parts of Mothers’ Union working in unison
It was an experience where members were united in prayer and united as members of
a Christian Organisation. The love of God, unconditional and everlasting sustains,
nurtures and inspires. Thanks be to God.
To read more and see a video and more pictures of the event, please click here.
New Year Message 2015
United in Prayer
On behalf of the trustees and members of Mothers’ Union in Glasgow & Galloway Diocese
I extend best wishes for a happy, healthy and blessed 2015!
The theme for members this year is United in Prayer. During this year members
will focus on prayer, as individuals, in local groups within the diocese and province
and with our members many miles distant.
During this year the intention in Glasgow & Galloway is to offer opportunities for
members to examine what we as individuals bring to the discipline of prayer in order
to make prayer a deep and authentic part of our lives. All of us can help one another
as together we seek God.
Dates for these meetings will be confirmed in the next few weeks.
Following the tragic accident at George Square members from around the UK and Olu
from Nigeria have held us and all affected in their prayers. Please see the prayer
following this letter that I offer to add to your own prayers.
The format of our prayer diary Families Worldwide has changed to accommodate all
links. Glasgow & Galloway’s new prayer links will appear in the July to December
edition – they are Malaka (South Sudan), All Saints Cathedral (Kenya), Kontagora
(Nigeria), Osun North East (Nigeria), Pune (India). For now we pray for our new and
long established links.
Dates when we can worship and share fellowship are:-
21st March – 11am:
Lady Day Service and Spring Council
at St John the Evangelist, Union Street, Greenock
at Netherurd House, Near Blyth Bridge, Scottish Borders
16th May – 11am:
at Holy Trinity, Portland Road, Kilmarnock
3rd October – 11am:
at Holy Name, Fleming Road, Cumbernauld
On every day of 2015, O Lord, let us touch as many lives as possible for thee, and
every life we touch, do thou by thy Spirit quicken, whether through the words we
speak, the prayers we breathe, or the lives we live. Amen
5th January 2015
Our dear green place of Glasgow is poorer this day
Tragedy has visited our city once more
The George Square road traffic accident
Has taken and maimed our sisters and brothers
Our prayers are with all:
The souls of those who died as a result of the accident
The injured in hospital
Those traumatised by witnessing the events
The families in shock and those who mourn their tragic loss
The emergency services and our doctors and nurses
Lord God of compassion who cried at the death of your friend Lazarus