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. 


The covid virus had taken its toll on our meeting of the 17th December with only very few members attending but, as always, it’s good to catch up with each other even though the conversations are muffled and are at the required distance.

The short service with a bible reading reflecting the beginning of the Christmas story was followed by a poem, readings etc. which is what we do at our December meetings. Its de rigueur for Sheila L to read The Christmas Advent poem written by John Betjeman.  Joy told of a story about robbing Peter to pay Paul, something, she suggests, the Government is having to do at present.   Karen read a poem by John Knight about writing to Father Christmas when a child in the fifties and being Father Christmas to his children and the journey in between.

Bea read an excerpt from children’s novelist and illustrator, Shirley Hughes, about a family who lived in Trotter Street in London.  One of the children was called Mae and she was playing an angel in the school nativity play, she was sad as her daddy had not been there but when he arrived to take her home he had wonderful news, her mummy had had a baby!!!      

Sharon kindly played the carols throughout but the final carol, ‘Away in a Manger’ suffered some gremlins in the computer system but this was of no matter as we all formed our usual circle, distanced of course, for the Grace and Blessing, grateful that we were able to meet.

This may not be the case next month as the situation regarding tiers may change but, if we are able to do so, then the service will be Wave of Prayer.   If you are in any doubt, please ring any of the committee members.  Whatever happens, have a safe and hopeful New Year looking forward to when we are eventually free of the virus.