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.  


We were very low in numbers (11) when we met on the 21st May, mainly due to Covid still active in our area.  We didn’t have a speaker but we managed to fill the afternoon with a lot of laughter and fellowship. Anne’s service was taken from Sunday’s Songs of Praise with the bible reading from John – the empty tomb – and a reflection on this passage in the bible.  Ticia read the Donkey poem and prayers followed.  Bea read an excerpt from the book issued in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, one of her Christmas messages, in which she reflected on the death of Jesus and that with the resurrection came the foundation of the Christian faith.  The hymns also reflected the time of Easter.  

Anne gave the notices; in particular the Annual Service, May 5th, at 11.00 hours at Norwich Cathedral, banners will be taken. Anne has a couple of seats in her car should anyone wish to attend.

Anne read an article in one of the MU magazines written by Andy Turner who organises the Angel Tree at Christmas, thanking branches for supporting this project when festive-wrapped  presents are donated to inmates to give to their children.   Andy reports that 20 branches provided 46 presents and donations enabled members to purchase a further 20 presents.   Andy has said he would be happy to come to branch meetings to talk about this valuable project.  Duly noted!!

There then followed a rather raucous game similar to a beetle drive but, instead of a beetle, it was a drawing of a caravan with accessories to remember the work members carry out for AFIA, that is, organising holidays for those in need of a break.   The winners wondered if there was a prize, alas there wasn’t one, which drew some rather unladylike boos.   It’s good to come together to share fun or a time for solemn occasions.

 There is always a place for prayers and Eunice Norwood had written one which Anne read, it was about Ukraine, a country always in our thoughts and prayers:

“Almighty God, we bring to you your children of Ukraine, our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We pray for their freedom from tyranny and oppression, for their right to live in peace.   Comfort and strengthen the women and children who have had to leave their homes and husbands, son, brothers and fathers, not knowing if they will see them again.  Keep safe those who have remained to fight for their country and enable them to repel the forces of evil that beset them at this time.  Lord have mercy on Ukraine, in Jesus’ name.  Amen”

A change of speaker for the next meeting on the 19th May – Tim Jenkins from the charity EACH will give a talk about The Nook.