Bishop Mark Strange conducted a special service for the Mothers’ Union in St. Andrew’s
Cathedral Inverness on 21st November 2009, in which he commissioned the Rev. Jenny
Sclater, as Mothers’ Union Chaplain for the Diocese. Also during the service, his
wife Jane, was admitted as a member by Rev. Jenny as her first official duty.
On a very cold day, there was good support from members, including Sheila Redwood
the Scottish Provincial President.
Above: Left to Right: Sheila Redwood PP. The Dean Very Rev. Cliff Piper, Jane Strange
(Bishop’s wife) Lynne Taylor DP, Bishop Mark, Frances Garrety Branch Leader Elgin,
& Rev. Jenny Sclater.
Blankets from Forres
An e-mail from Anna Temple, the manager of a joint churches Christian drop-in cafe
in Forres, led to a visit by the Diocesan President Lynne Taylor to accept on behalf
of the Mothers’ Union, blankets knitted by the people who visit, or spend the day
The café is open one day a week at present, and offers a very warm and homely atmosphere
with easy chairs for those who just want to relax. There is no charge for the food
or drink on offer, just a dish for donations. At the time of the visit (29 May 2009),
they were celebrating their first anniversary.
Trish Heywood to visit Diocese
Thursday the 11th June 2009 sees a social visit by Trish Heywood, first Provincial
President for Scotland, and a former Worldwide President, to Holy Trinity Church,
Elgin. This will take the form of a bring and share lunch starting around noon. This
is open to anyone who would like to come along. Contact Lynne Taylor on 01343 835861
for more details.
Please note this is a change from the original date for Trish's visit
Diocesan Picnic - 26th May 2009
Worldwide President Rosemary Kempsall came to the Diocese on the 26th. May for a
Diocesan picnic at Culbokie, the home of Revd. Martin and Carol Roff, on the Black
Isle. Bishop Mark Strange (Diocesan Bishop) was there as well as Sheila Redwood the
Provincial President for Scotland. More . . .
More Growth in the Far North
On February the 8th, 2009, Bishop Mark and Lynne Taylor, Diocesan President, made
the long journey up to Thurso, through countryside covered in deep snow, for a service
to admit the Revd. Wendy Knott (above) into the Mothers’ Union, this now makes three
members in this remote area.
Mothers’ Union members have started holding a monthly time of prayer at St. Peter
and The Holy Rood, Thurso at 1pm on the first Tuesday of each month. These meetings
are open to everyone and attract non-members. The prayers follow the Mothers’ Union
mid-day daily prayers, and wave of prayer cycle, where the countries concerned, their
projects and the safety of their workers are prayed for. Contact for more details,
Judith Middlemas 01847 893467
Commissioning of Diocesan President
Lynne, Bishop John and Charmian at Lynne's commissioning as Diocesan President in
Festival Service at St.Andrew's Cathedral
Very Revd. Alexander Gordon (Provost of St.Andrew’s Cathedral), Sheila Redwood (Provincial
President) and Bishop Mark Strange (Diocese of Moray, Ross & Caithness)
The first Festival service of the Mothers' Union in this diocese was held on 27th
September 2008.It was a fine autumn afternoon, the cathedral hosted members and friends
from as far away as Elgin and Thurso.
Provincial President Sheila Redwood spoke about the Mothers' Union, how it began
and what we do today. This was followed by a sermon by Bishop Mark Strange who told
members of his first impressions of the Mothers' Union and his later one when he
realised the value of the work and support that is given to families in this country
Enrolment at Thurso
Janet Carter’s enrolment at St. Peter and The Holy Rood Thurso, by the then Provincial
President, Charmian Paterson.
This is a regular event in our Diocesan calendar. In 2009, we were pleased to have
Rosemary Kempsell join us during her tour of Scotland (see above). The photos below
were taken in previous years.
Members enjoying a train ride at Culbokie
Provincial President Sheila Redwood and members Maureen and Margaret after playing
a croquet match