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.
December 19 Meeting
All our meetings are special but the Advent/Christmas one is extra special! However, as always, notices, the announcement of which generally activates members diving for their diaries. First, a reminder that our meeting on the 16th January is Wave of Prayer. The order of service will be different this year as we have new worldwide links and also new Worldwide and Diocesan Presidents. There followed a short service for prayers for Advent. We say a sad farewell to former member of our church and of Mothers’ Union – Peggy Tebble – who has died after a long illness. Her funeral is on the 10th January, 11.00 hours, Ellough Crematorium.
Happier news is that a message has been passed to members from Paddy Strang, now in care, sending us all seasonal greetings. Members still visit her and it is reported that she is pretty much how we all remember her, that is, with joy!
The afternoon followed a well-loved pattern; poems, readings, reflections and so on. First, a reminder not to forget that it is the birth of Jesus we are celebrating as we join the hustle and bustle at this time of year. A childhood remembered in the 1940/50s comparing the values then and now, illustrating a huge gap in generations since that time. An amusing reading of a person attending a performance of The Messiah for the first time who hurried home to cope with the flooding which was sure to come as the choir sang “…rain for ever…”!
Many readings/poems where reaching a ‘mature age’ causes many prat falls and much else but yet there is the ability to laugh at the many disadvantages of aging, probably because there is no alternative!!!
We ended with an appropriate prayer a member had received from a church member and the Advent poem by John Betjeman – a must!
Each reader chose a carol and, to end our festive meeting, we had a raffle and refreshments, followed by the inevitable mince pies! Thank you to the members who organised this.
The February meeting is on the 20th – TBA.