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.  


Ticia led our meeting on the 21st July with a service concentrating on the fruits of
the earth. The first bible reading was from Genesis ….and God said, “Let the earth
put forth vegetation and trees bearing fruit….” – the prayers and hymns reflected
this theme. Remembering it was our annual cream tea, Ticia reminisced about
strawberries, PYO. This set off a round of memories from members, such as
scrabbling around in the strawberry fields, perhaps eating more than we picked,
strawberry teas were a special treat. This somehow led to potato picking, even
more back breaking! Ticia had a tale to relate about a tortoise she was looking
after which apparently loved strawberries but walked all over those she gave him
which came from abroad. Try English ones, suggested a friend, which she did and
these were gobbled up. There’s a tortoise which knows a thing or two about
luscious English strawberries in season.
This prompted another discussion coming under the heading of “… when-I-was-young …” – this is a favourite topic for members. Members recalled we only had
fruit/vegetablesin season in the UK, even egg laying was seasonal, which somehow
turned into a discussion about birds, baby ones, squeaking for their mothers to feed
them and wandering into our houses in search of same. This frequently happens in
the season of birds nesting and producing their young.
For everything there is a season – Ecclesiastes 3:1 – and a pleasant hour was passed
as we talked about this but it was time for our strawberry tea. Thank you Karen for
organising this and all who helped afterwards. Anne had a quiz but time had beaten
us, she’ll keep it for another meeting. There was just time for the raffle and for
Anne to announce a couple of notices.
First, an important date, September 24th a coffee morning; this is our main chance
to raise funds to send to MU HQ, enabling members worldwide to respond to
emergencies when and wherever they occur. Please can you provide cakes either
for sale or to go with the coffee/tea, bric-a-brac, jigsaws, raffle prizes etc.
Second, our next meeting will be on the 15th September at 2.00pm in church –
speaker to be announced. There is no meeting in August and we wish members a
safe and happy time until we meet again in fellowship.