Worldwide President’s Visit to Aberdeen - August 2012
Visit of Rosemary Kempsell
10th – 14th August , 2012
It was a privilege to welcome our Worldwide President and her husband John to our
The few days were packed with visits, activities, services, fun and relaxation. This
included a Branch coffee morning, a lunch hosted by +Bob, who is also a member of
the Mothers’ Union, a Festival Service in St Andrew’s Cathedral at which members,
friends and representatives of other denominations were present together with the
Lord Provost of Aberdeen. The service was led by +Bob and Rev Graham Taylor our
Mothers’ Union Chaplain, both of whom were wearing vestments gifted by Dioceses in
Africa and some of our African members were wearing their traditional Mothers’ Union
dresses. The photograph above shows Bishop Bob, Rosemary and the Lord Provost of
Aberdeen along with two African visitors.
The ‘Peace’ in the Cathedral
Rosemary addressed the congregation with a comprehensive description of the work
of the Mothers’ Union in the United Kingdom and Ireland and across the 84 countries
around the world where the Mothers’ Union is to be found. It was a beautiful service
made even more so by the singing of the choir thanks to choir master Owen Jenkins.
The Cathedral which was decorated with flowers in Mothers’ Union colours looked lovely
and members of the Cathedral Branch provided tea, coffee and cakes.
Chris Crosley, Rosemary and +Bob at the service in the Cathedral
Sonia (Branch Leader), Chris & Rosemary greeting the Lord Provost in the Cathedral
Rosemary made visits to St Clements Church where a Mothers’ Union Fellowship is flourishing;
St Mary-on-the Rock, Ellon, where she addressed the congregation and shared lunch
with members of the church and ended her visit with a service of Compline at St Mary’s
Carden Place. These visits enabled many of our members and others to share fellowship
Rosemary with our Chaplain Rev Canon Graham Taylor
It was fortunate that Rosemary’s visit coincided with the ‘Mothers’ Union on the
Move’ event (click here for more about this). The participants arrived in Aberdeen
on the morning of Tuesday 14th en route for John O’Groats. Rosemary and several
others met the bus and some travelled on to Elgin where they met up with members
of the Moray Diocese for a lovely lunch.
Altogether these few days were enjoyable and gave us encouragement and support. Rosemary
expressed her appreciation of all that we strive to do in our Diocese.
More Photos from Rosemary’s visit:
The Fellowship Group at St Clements, Mastrick
Rosemary meeting 3 Past Diocesan Presidents and the present one in St Mary-on-the