Where has the past year gone? We hope readers will find this article, a year in the life of Mothers’ Union, interesting, and even decide that we are worth a visit! We meet on the 3rd Friday of every month from 2 – 4pm in The Hub at St. John’s Church, Copthorne and this includes our members from both Crawley Down and Turners Hill, as well as Copthorne.
In January we always have an informal meeting, tea, cakes and chat, just a get together with friends after the hustle and bustle of Christmas in a nice, warm, relaxing atmosphere. Then in February we have our AGM where the business of the branch is discussed, the accounts presented and the subscriptions collected.
During our March meeting we went through the Women’s World Day of Prayer order of service, one of our members had made blankets for the premature baby unit at Brighton Hospital which is supported by MU, and we also had a donation of sweaters made for Family Support Work. Unfortunately our speaker for April had to cancel their visit but we had an interesting discussion about Church Schools and what young people today know about Jesus. We were rather concerned in May when another speaker was unable to come, but we contacted members and asked them to bring pictures of themselves when they were young. We had great fun trying to work out who was who! Some members who had attended the members meeting in Hove had seen a presentation by ‘The Saltmine’ theatre group; a play on The Life of Mary Sumner, founder of Mothers’ Union. Excellent acting by the young company and a very enjoyable and informative morning.
In June our visitor was Perry Andersen, the practice manager of the Pound Hill and Copthorne surgeries. He gave us an insight into the working of the practice, and was quite happy to answer any questions we had for him, even the difficult ones! A very interesting afternoon. We had our outing in July and went to the local Mormon Temple. Here we were taken by two charming young ladies on a tour of the extensive grounds which are just lovely. We were able to meet other members from the temple and finished with a sandwich lunch provided by them. A very interesting experience. We had our Summer Tea in August, which is a bring and share meal, and we also made greeting cards helped by one of our members who was very experienced.
Val Maynard from the Prison Fellowship gave a most interesting talk on being a prison visitor volunteer. This entails running courses for prisoners working towards them meeting the victims of their crimes, such as robbery with violence. Helped by the power of prayer the outcome in some cases is amazing and the presence of God is felt by volunteers, prisoners and victims. Last month, October, Adele Ruddock came to talk about the Atorkor Development Foundation in Ghana. The volunteers and trustees are unpaid and money raised all goes to fund projects for poor and underdeveloped communities. It is truly inspiring and valuable work.
November will see us packing Christmas gifts for the detainees at Gatwick Detention Centre, and the prisoners at Lewes and Ford also receive gifts, and all receive a christmas card from Mothers’ Union. In December we will be having a bring and share Christmas Lunch in The Hub.
During the year our branch is represented at meetings for Crawley District and members meeting for the diocese of Chichester. In our district we also have a Shriving Service, a Mary Sumner Day service and other joint events. Our first meeting in 2018 is on Friday 19th January in the The Hub, 2 – 4pm, and is our informal get together with tea, cakes and chat. Just come and pay us a visit and find out more about Mothers’ Union. If you would like any further information about our meetings and organisation, please telephone:
Jaqi Davis 01342 716870
Chris Sumpter 01342 713894