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there's something about Mary!

The Rev Peter Moseling was  speaker for the March meeting of the St Mary’s branch of the Mothers' Union where we celebrated Lady Day, writes Helen Bett.
He began by reading a poem on the Annunciation by John Donne, written over 400 years ago and spoke about the influence of Mary on the Church from earliest times. We learned that the name of Mary is pre-eminent in the names of churches in the UK and that she is celebrated more than any other saint.
The celebrated days are Lady Day or the Annunciation (25 March), the Visitation (31 May), and the Purification (2 February and now overlaid by Candlemas). In addition, her patronal festival on 8 September, her conception on 8 December and her death on 15 August (known as the
Assumption in Catholic, Orthodox and Lutheran churches) are also celebrated.
Peter then led us to a number of biblical sources which refer to Mary, beginning with Paul’s letter to the Galatians and through the Gospels and Acts which each give similar but differing stories depending on their original sources. There are suggestions that Mary and Joseph sometimes had difficulty understanding their son, who was clearly somewhat different from his brothers and sisters. There is even some controversy about where Mary actually died – Jerusalem or Ephesus?
Peter gave us much to consider and reflect upon in this period up to Easter.
The next meeting of our Mothers’ Union will be held on Friday, 17th May, at 2pm in the Samworth Centre, when  Dr Ted Hutchin will be telling us about his work as a chaplain.

 

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Be still in the presence of the Lord
Dr Ted Hutchin joined us at the February meeting of Melton Mowbray Mothers' Union in response to questions that had been put to him after his talk last year telling about his role as a Chaplain to both the police and the fire service. More ...
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Building hope and confidence
Our 2019 programme ended on a peaceful and joyful note as Revd Mary led us in an Advent Worship 'Prepare the way of the Lord', writes Gillian Beavis. More ...
Come bearing gifts
Members of St Mary’s Mothers’ Union are reminded to please bring their Gifts For Young Carers In Leicestershire to the meeting on 15th November at 2pm in Mary's Place when a representative from Barnardos will join us to receive these. More ...
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Who's a clever dog?
Members of the Mother’s Union enjoyed a talk by Michael Money from the charity Medical Detection Dogs and learned just how clever all dogs are, but especially those trained to detect potential illnesses. More ...
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Start knitting!
After the Summer break we met again in September for the annual Holy Communion Service. We are grateful to Revd Canon Peter Moseling who prepared and led a service for the Birth of The Blessed Virgin Mary. More ...
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Rain stopped play!
Although there was no planned meeting in August a few members had accepted an invitation to a garden party on 9 August organised by the Leicester Diocese Mothers' Union to celebrate Mary Sumner’s Day. More ...
The years of a clown!
The speaker at our June meeting was one of our own members, Sue Brown - otherwise known as Hattie the clown. More ...
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Many congratulations
This month we congratulate two of our members and their husbands who have celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversaries. Love and best wishes from us all to Joy and Len Atton and Beaulah and John Hickling. More ...
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Welcome return for Pam 
What a pleasure it was to welcome back the Revd Pam Harvey in April, as the speaker for the day. Pam’s talks are always full of humour with a very important message. More ...
Looking forward to Pam's visit
The April meeting will be held on 26th of the month, which is a fourth Friday. We look forward to a return visit from the Revd Pam Harvey. Pam always leaves us with much to think about whilst keeping us amused. More ...
Hail Mary!
St Mary’s Mothers’ Union will meet on Friday, 22nd March at 2pm in the Samworth Centre. There will be a talk on ‘Mary’ given by Revd Canon Peter Moseling. More ...
How to be Dementia Friendly
Among those welcomed to the February meeting were four new members — at least new to our Branch as all have at some time been members elsewhere — and two visitors. The speaker was Linda Pearson, who came to advise us how to be Dementia Friendly. More ...
No change
The January meeting was preceded by the Annual meeting for the Branch. This started with prayer which was followed by the usual necessary business. There was no change in Branch Officers and Mary Waren was elected to join the existing committee. More ...
Grateful thanks
On Friday, 14 December, several members and husbands met in the Samworth Cafe for what has become our traditional Christmas meal together. Needless to say, this was very enjoyable and our thanks go to Carol and her helpers at the Samworth Café for this. More ...