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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'.  It was lovely that Mary was able to be with us and we appreciate the time and thought that she put into making this a memorable service, writes Gillian Beavis.
The theme for 2020 is BUILDING HOPE AND CONFIDENCE.  Our central Chaplain, Bishop Emma Ineson, sent a Christmas message to all members and this speaks of this theme and so I am passing it on to you here.
 
Hope and confidence this Christmas and into the new year.
 
The theme for Mothers’ Union in 2020 is growing in hope and confidence and I find the Christmas story one of the most hope-filled stories in all of our faith. The fact that God Almighty came to Earth in the form of a tiny baby and allowed himself to be raised and cared for by an ordinary human family in their very ordinary home, I think gives such a high regard in which God holds the ordinary and people in their everyday lives.
Jesus was born in a small town to a humble woman and her carpenter husband and amongst his first visitors were some humble, lowly shepherds and I think this story shows us that God works through the everyday, through the ordinary, through the unimpressive and through the small things we have to offer him.
I guess many of us feel that when it comes to the things of God that we have little to offer. I know that Mothers’ Union members quite often speak of not doing very much and yet the things that we do offer God can be hugely significant in practical ways, knitting a cardigan, baking a cake, looking after children, opening our homes in hospitality and the Christmas story shows us that God really values those things. He really values the small, ordinary, everyday things that we offer and he makes something amazing out of them.
I think Mary has to be one of the most incredible women in the whole of history. She must have felt so fearful when the Angel Gabriel came to her and said that she was going to bear his son and yet tentatively and humbly, she said yes to God.
 I remember the story of Mary being really significant for me when I was exploring a call for ordained ministry. I was pregnant with our first child and didn’t know any women in ministry at that time and I remember thinking how can this be, how is this going to work out, combining motherhood and ministry.
 

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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 ...
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 ...
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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. 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 ...