Unfortunately, we were unable to have a communion service at the home of one of our
member's as our minister could not make it. However, we had the very beautiful service
of Compline which was much appreciated by all. Janet, our host did us proud with
refreshments and we were all grateful to her for allowing us to meet there.
On Friday, 25th November, there was a service to lay the issue of domestic violence
before God, held at St Mary's, Carden Place, Aberdeen. It was led by our MU chaplain,
The Rev. Graham Taylor.
There was a Diocesan Quiet Day for Advent at St Mary's on the rock, Ellon on Saturday
For our next meeting on December 13th, we are going out for a Christmas lunch.
Our AGM will take place on Saturday, 15th January 2012 in St James' vestry at 10.30am
Our Indoor Members Book
This book now has a photo of our each of our two indoor members and a resume of their
journey in the Mothers' Union. It has already been taken to a diocesan service on
Mary Sumner day at St Mary on the Rock, Ellon.
October 2011 Branch Meeting
Our meeting on Tuesday 11th October saw a very select group of five members meet
to discuss articles of interest. We had a good, far reaching discussion and put the
world to rights.
Our next meeting is to be a home communion at the home of one of our member's. Anyone
wishing to come should get in touch with the branch leader for the address.
There is to be a Diocesan Quiet Day for Advent at St Mary on the Rock, Ellon on Saturday
3rd December from 11am to 3pm. Some of our members are hoping to attend.
For our December meeting, we are going out for a Christmas lunch.
September 2011 Branch Meeting
A small group of us met to see and hear about our branch leader's trip to see the
Passion Play at Oberammergau last year. The official book of the play has some stunning
photographs in it and we listened to a CD of the choral music which is exquisite
The next meeting on Tuesday 8th October is a discussion and members have been asked
to bring a suitable cutting/article for this discussion.
July 2011 Branch Meeting
The meeting on the evening of Tuesday 12th July 2011 with Rev. Canon Graham Taylor,
our Diocesan Chaplain, and his Musing on South Africa went well and was very revealing
about conditions in Mthatha.
He showed us the fairly wealthy Cathedral and a rather poor church out in the wild.
They were so pleased that he had visited them to preach, he was given their collection
and told to buy something to remember them by. The Mothers' Union were in great evidence.
We were told amongst other things that unless a woman is a Mothers' Union member,
she could not be ordained!
Next month's meeting is another alteration to our programme as there is to be a service
at St Mary-on-the-Rock, Ellon for Mary Sumner Day and we decided that we should all
go to that. It is at 2 pm and will be led by Rev Peter Mander.
The September meeting will be the postponed talk on Oberammergau and The Passion
A Scrapbook of Memories
A member of our branch, Mrs Mary Byars has gifted to the diocesan Mothers' Union
a scrapbook she has kept since the centenary of the Mothers' Union in 1976. She has
in her time been, secretary, enrolling member as it was in her day and treasurer.
It contains photos of gatherings, Christmas meetings in one another's homes, outings
to places like Stirling and Haddo House and General Meetings plus overseas cuttings
amongst many other snippets of news and photos.
It is available for anyone to look at and maybe identify the different people in
photos and cuttings. Please make inquiries to St James' branch leader, Mrs Christine
Horrocks at MUeChristine@aol.com.
Members in Our Thoughts
Our Faith and Policy unit coordinator, Mrs Olga Robertson who is a member of our
branch, has given each branch in the diocese a book to record members who are unable
to get to events. The idea is to keep a record of any visits, letters etc and to
take the book to any diocesan services we may have. This is so they can be kept in
our thoughts and prayers in spirit at least.
At St James, we have decided to give a short history of their MU careers and with
it a photograph of them. We are currently trying to organise this.