I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful Easter.

As I’m writing this the weather report for the Easter weekend is promising to be fine and sunny.

Firstly I must begin with a thank you to MU members for their help and support on Mothering Sunday and all the lovely cakes provided for the refreshments following the morning service. Thanks also to everyone who knitted chicks for St Paul’s fundraising event (over 300) and all who have kindly donated Easter eggs for the children on Easter Sunday. All very much appreciated.

At the April meeting, our first evening meeting of 2019 and as usual we celebrated Holy Communion in Church, during this service Jackie Heaton was enrolled and welcomed as a member of our Mother Union. The speaker at the meeting was Joanne Nicholson from the Children’s Society and she spoke about the referrals, support systems, partnership working and the funding needed. It was all very interesting and informative.

May is proving to be a busy month with our meeting on the 7th when we welcome back Peter Watson who is always amusing and well as very informative in his topic.

MU are also hosting the Parish Lunch on the 12th May and lastly Bury Deanery AGM will be held at All Saints, Elton @ 7.00pm on Monday 20th May. . The Church Hall is accessed via Throstle Grove off Brandlesholme Road.

We held a committee meeting last week and agreed the date for the Afternoon Tea this year will be Tuesday 6th August. Please ‘save the day’ and more details will follow in the June magazine.

The post of Deanery Secretary is still vacant and an appeal has been made for someone to take up this role. It entails attending and taking the minutes of approximately 4 Branch Leaders meetings each year plus the Deanery AGM. If anyone is interested please let me know and I can give you Julie’s (Deanery Leader) contact details.

Lastly, a quote from the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Right Rev’d Justin Welby at the Commissioning Service at Southwark Cathedral of our New Worldwide President Mrs Sheran Harper in February 2019.

“There is only one Mothers’ Union! It is the world’s oldest and largest women’s movement. It is one of the Anglican Communion’s greatest gifts to the worldwide church.”

 With Best Wishes

In love and friendship

Susan Sugden

Branch Leader