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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, writes Gillian Beavis.
Ted was asked how he personally was able to cope with the effects of being involved in such disturbing traumas with which he came into contact.
The meeting started with the hymns 'Be still in the presence of the Lord' and ‘Be thou my vision' and the reading of the 23rd Psalm, all chosen by Ted. These set us in the right frame of mind for what he was to say in his talk 'Creating a quiet space'. 
He emphasised that we need to read our Bibles prayerfully and regularly. Each reading of a passage brings a different understanding. We need to start the day with prayer and meditation, bringing our thoughts and possible situations over to the Lord. 
Ted explained his way of sitting quietly, cutting out all other thoughts and being in the presence of the Lord. He challenged us to do this, firstly for one minute and lastly for five minutes. We all had a go and hopefully we are all still practising to get it perfect!
As Mothers' Union members we have two significant days in March. Mothering Sunday on 22nd March and Lady Day on the 25th March. For many years the 'Make a Mother's Day' ethical gifts have made a difference by supporting communities around the world.  The theme this year is 'Gifts that Grow'.
A Mothering Sunday gift can help empower women, children and communities worldwide to tackle challenges they face and make
positive changes that grow and last. Catalogues for gifts can be found at the back of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray or from me. 
We do not have a service or meeting on Lady Day but on Friday, 20th March we welcome back the Revd Pam Harvey, who will make 'Lady Day' the subject of her talk.
A REMINDER:  World Day of Prayer (formerly Women's World Day of Prayer) on Friday, 6th March at Sage Cross Church at 2pm.
I recommend to all reading this that you turn in your hymn books to the hymn 'Be still for the presence of the Lord’ and dwell on its words.

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Welcome return for Pam 
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There's something about Mary!
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No change
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Grateful thanks
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