Mothers’ Union

Pakefield Church’s Mothers’ Union meets from 2.00 – 3.30pm in the Church Hall on the third Thursday of each month. They are a friendly group of ladies (although men may also join). Some of them run the monthly Teddy Edward Club in church for babies and pre-school children and their parents. They also host and lead the Living for Life course that we run as part of our marriage preparation course. And two of them are the Diocesan organisers of AFIA (Away From It All) holidays for families who need a break but who can’t afford it. 


Members were delighted to offer a warm welcome to the Pakefield Quilters at our meeting on the 21st October.  Chairs were arranged in a semi-circle with several tables in front, more of that later.  First, Anne started the meeting with a short service with harvest being the theme, offering a prayer of thanks for all that we have and remembering those who struggle to provide a harvest.  Member Jean W read Psalm 65 and, with extra female voices, we sung a rousing version of the harvest hymn ‘Come, ye thankful people come’.   There followed the enrolment of Lorna Hammond into membership, during the process of which existing members can reaffirm their commitment to MU – welcome Lorna.

Sheila reminded members to bring their cheques for the 2022 subs to our November meeting, made payable to ‘Pakefield Mothers’ Union’, the sum remaining at £33.00.  Because of the present circumstances, HQ is asking, if possible, for a small donation to be added to help with AFIA and the Syrian and Afghanistan refugees who have recently arrived in our diocese.    Similarly, there will be a collection for our Angel Tree project when we hope to raise at least £20.00, that is, £15 for the gift and £5 postage, to enable us to buy a present for a parent currently in prison to give to his/her child, details of which are sent to us from HQ.  We have been organising this project for many years now and was first recommended by the Prison Fellowship. 

Business over, it was time for our guest speaker for all the quilters, Christine Eckford.   First, how it all began for her with the coincidence of meeting the right person at the right time which often happens in our church.   Christine had just moved into the area and was looking to find a church.   In she walked to St Margaret’s to be met by Sandra Sacks who naturally welcomed her and sat next to her during the service.   It wasn’t long before realising they both had sewing in common, in all its forms, and thenceforth live happily ever after in the Quilting Club on a Thursday morning.   Christine has multi talents so had a table to herself on which were three large quilts, each with a story attached, explaining there were three layers to a quilt with the backing in between which can be silk, wool or polyester.  The quilted box (for napkins) drew a lot of attention as did the Celtic runner.  Then some applique, sewing round shapes, and an example of Sashiko, a type of Japanese traditional embroidery or stitching, Sandra also had an example of this craft.   An expert embroiderer, Christine had some stunning examples of this skill. 

 Thank you Christine for your talk enlightening us on the fascinating art of quilting for those with skill to do so and it was an appropriate time to view the articles members of the Quilting Club had kindly brought along, their work being arranged on three long tables, on the shelving at the window end of the hall, and colourful Christmas hangings for over doors!     Many thanks to all of you for making the meeting so sociable and interesting.  Many MU members are also members of the Quilters.

Reminder that the Christmas Fayre is on the 11th December and it would be appreciated for contributions of cakes for our cake stall, bric-a-brac, bottles of drink, cuddly toys etc.  See a member of committee for further details.

The next meeting on the 18th November is a musical quiz!  Visitors welcome and it all starts in the church hall at 14.00 hours.  Refreshments provided.