2016 was a good year for the Crawley Down, Copthorne & Turners Hill branch of Mothers Union. Our members are from all three villages and meetings held on the 3rd Friday of every month from 2 – 4pm at The Parish Hub and St. Johns Church, Copthorne.
We started the year with an informal meeting, friends getting together for tea and cakes and to catch up with all our news, this was in January, followed in February with our Annual General Meeting where accounts were presented and all the business of the branch was discussed and subscriptions were collected.
In March we had Maureen Mguni Operations Coordinator for Rape Crisis Surrey & Sussex to speak to our branch, a very sobering and thought provoking speaker, and in April Jill Alderton, Deputy Curate at All Saints Church, Crawley Down told us of her journey to faith from a very young age with her Methodist family, to her Ordination to come in May.
We had Judith, a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau, who explained the vast range of subjects the organisation deals with and that was in May and in June we had an informal meeting where information regarding Mothers Union was passed on and we sadly had to tell the members of the death of one of our much loved ladies Evelyn Johnson.
We had a Summer Lunch out at Heaven Farm, which was thoroughly enjoyed by those who went, and then our Summer Tea on a wet and windy afternoon in August and despite our plans to have tea on the patio outside The Hub really enjoyed ourselves inside. We thank everyone for all their contributions of food and raffle prizes all of which made the afternoon a great success.
For our September meeting we asked those who could to bring an item, prayer, reading, something that meant a lot to them and to explain it to us. This led to some really interesting discussions and was thoroughly enjoyed by us all. We had a visit from Barbara Jones our new District Mothers Union Chairman who spoke about her membership of MU in October. Then came our yearly meeting where we pack up socks for the detainees at Gatwick so that they all get something for Christmas. We also write cards for the prisoners in Lewes and Ford prisons. December was the meeting for our ‘bring and share’ Christmas lunch, which was really successful and a lovely start for Christmas.
During the year our Branch was represented at District and Diocesan meetings, we also had different services for Mary Sumner Day, a Shriving Service and others, including two services celebrating 140 years of Mothers Union, one at Crawley down and one at Copthorne. If you would like to come to a Mothers Union Meeting you would be very welcome.
For more information Tel: Jaqi Davis 01342 716870