DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Saturday 6th August Mary Sumner Day at St Peter’s, Burnley 2.00pm
Monday 5th September Deanery Council Meetings
Tuesday 7th September Poulton Deanery Festival at Christchurch, Thornton 2.00pm
Friday 16th September Lancaster & Morecambe Deanery Festival, St Mark’s, Dolphinholme 2.00pm
Saturday 17th September ‘Not so Quiet Day’ St Michael’s, Kirkham 10.30am -3.30pm
Tuesday 20th September Accrington Deanery Festival at St Paul’s, Accrington 7 for 7.30pm
September 23rd & 24th Mothers’ Union Annual Gathering, Belfast
Wednesday 5th October Sharing Day at Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club
Tuesday 1st November Annual General Meeting and Diocesan Council
(Full day meeting at Barton Village Hall PR3 5AA with buffet lunch)
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St Cuthbert's, Darwen Sponsored MU Marathon
A sponsored MU marathon which St. Cuthbert, Darwen did in the summer to raise funds for the Blackburn Diocesan MU.
MOTHERS’ UNION MU ON THE MOVE
Early in the summer, as part of the celebration of MU’s 145th birthday, MU members were encouraged to get out and about and raise funds through sponsored walks or runs. St. Cuthbert’s MU committee considered ways of being involved and came up with the idea of a “MU Marathon”.
As we are all of a certain age, various suggestions were put forward as how we could achieve this. With the thought of risk assessments/health and safety and covid, we took the easiest option-Carol and myself would do several walks, starting from our homes on Sunnyhurst Lane, using local footpaths, until between us we had covered a distance equivalent to a marathon.
We chose August 9th as our starting day-Mary Sumner Day- a significant day for MU members when we remember our leader who died on this day, 100 years ago. Two became three when we were joined by Ann T. With app downloaded by grandson, to show no cheating, we walked on three separate days and covered well in excess of the marathon distance. We didn’t measure the time it took but it could easily go down in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest time for a marathon ever!
On our Wednesday walk, we were able to join in the Eucharist service at St. Cuthbert’s and on the Friday, our walk took us over to St. Stephen’s for their mid-day service. We talked a lot and being Darwen, we met and chatted with many people we knew and also many we didn’t know as our MU t shirts did draw some attention from our fellow walkers. We were blessed with perfect walking weather. I still do not have an exact amount of how much we have raised for MU but at present it is over £1000 with the gift aid from off-line donations still to be added.
It was a very enjoyable experience and thanks to your generous donations we have been able to donate £400 to the MU caravan fund; £400 to help the work of MU in Blackburn Diocese and the remainder will be split between our MU Overseas projects and the MU World Emergency Fund.
THANK YOU and BLESS YOU.
Ann Edwards, Carol Jenkinson and Ann Todd
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It is our aim to combat feelings of loneliness that may arise and help everyone stay upbeat during these challenging times.
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Communities of Interest
We have recently launched our web-based Communities of Interest - a place for members with particular interests to find relevant information and to share their experiences and ideas with other MU members in Britain & Ireland.
For those of you who are Britain & Ireland members, you will be able to access the Communities of Interest by clicking on the link on the right hand menu of your ‘My Account’ page. This will take you to the main Communities of Interest page with a video to explain more about how to look at - and hopefully get involved – in the communities that interest you.
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Garstang St Thomas Mothers' Union:
Caring for the Community in the time of Coronavirus
A Foodbank Donation point was first set up by the Mothers 'Union at St Thomas' Church in Garstang about six years ago. Over the years, we have responded to emergency requests for help for local families initially coming from the Wyre Rural Children's Center based at St Thomas' School and since its closure from the Children and Families Well Being Service. At other times we have responded to individual requests for help, donated food to the foodbank in Morecambe and more recently to the Trussell Trust satellite foodbank based at St Lawrence's Church, Longridge.
The onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic has presented us with a new challenge. Almost at once, our school expressed concern for some of our school families where lockdown had led to job losses. Requests came from the Children and Families Well Being Service and from within our church family. The two or three families we were supporting beforehand soon increased to ten. It seemed as though, almost overnight, our donation point was transformed into a mini, fully operational foodbank. In no time at all we found ourselves supporting twenty adults and twenty-five children, including three babies, on a weekly basis. Three of these families also had special dietary needs.
Appeals went out for donations of food, nappies, cleaning, laundry and personal items etc. Our members and our church family all responded generously. However, it soon became apparent that some of our families were entirely dependent on whatever they received from us each week. Quite a responsibility! In the middle of April, we made a successful bid for funding from the Lancashire Covid 19 Community Fund and received £ 500. Other members, unable to shop and contribute in kind, helped to swell the coffers with financial donations. Nine weeks into the lockdown we are still able to maintain weekly food deliveries, providing the essential needs of each family.
As most of our members are of an age where self-isolation is a must, the real heroines of our foodbank service have been Kathryn Sperring, one of our younger members and her daughter Anna, a student at Durham University. Every week, they have faithfully made up the boxes for each family and delivered them to the doorstep. We are very grateful to them for their devotion and to all our members and people in the wider community who have been so incredibly generous with their regular donations.