Mothers' Union August 2018

MU Fundraise

Another beautiful morning as we set up and prepared our tables for our ‘time out’ cafe and fundraising. We hoped the sunny day would attract passers-by friends and neighbours we had invited to join us. And join us they did. We had a very busy morning serving cake and tea and selling homemade cakes, which were very popular. We had a great selection of plants, which went were very popular and people enjoyed rooting through the brick a brac. The afternoon was a little quieter, nevertheless we welcomed some young families; another family had spent an enjoyable afternoon boating on the canal. Two young women from London were down for the day, walking parts of the canal, and were so pleased to take refreshment in our church. They also purchased the last three jars of Olga's jam. We received donations from our friends who could not join us and that was greatly appreciated. I am pleased to say we raised £300.00, so thankyou to all who helped and supported us. Most importantly, it is so good to have our church open and for us to welcome people in. Once again thank you for supporting us.

God Bless, Glenis


BUSCOT DAY – 18th July

This was a Mothers’ Union Day in the beautiful village of Buscot, which was Elizabeth Reay’s early home (Elizabeth is one of our former Presidents who arranged this day as a farewell as she will be leaving the area). I was the only Stonehouse person who went. I picked up our new diocesan secretary, Carole, and we travelled together. About 60 members came.

It was a beautiful day as we are beginning to come to expect. The day started at the lovely little church where drinks were available. The Rev David Williams led us in prayer, which commemorated Elizabeth Ferrard, first Deaconess of the Church of England and Founder of the Community of St Andrew. After this, Rev David told us the history of the church and we had an opportunity to admire some very ancient items; the pulpit, lectern, communion cups (with leather cases), a choir stall and a table. There was also the grave of a notorious lady (sorry forget her name) who was twice married and whose husbands died very soon after marriage, leaving her with lots of money. An inquest left the matter unsolved!!

From there was a short walk to the Buscot Lock on the Thames and the chance of a boat trip to Lechlade and back. Very pleasant on a hot day. Picnics having been consumed, we then walked into the village (another short walk) to admire the houses the estate workers lived in and to reach the Village Hall where, from 2pm, cream teas were being served and the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket in aid of MU funds.

At about 3.30pm we were led in a very short act of worship (including singing ‘Tell Out My Soul’) followed by the raffle draw. A lovely, restful day out, with opportunity to chat with friends old and new.

Thank you Elizabeth for arranging it.

The walk back to where cars were parked was quite long so Elizabeth had organised a minibus to take us back, which with it being so hot was much appreciated.

Kay Hensley


MU Branch Outing to Northleach Church – July 19th

Eight MU members shared a sunny afternoon together visiting St. Peter and St. Paul's beautiful church in the small rural and very pretty town of Northleach. We were welcomed by Alan who gave us a tour of the church. Alan our guide was very informative about the history of this beautiful church and its connections with the wool trade. He told us about the traders from Flanders and Florence. He also told us of the impact on the church at different times during the reformation. Alan was a brilliant guide who brought a personal touch to the past and the local people who live in Northleach. 

Afterwards we were welcomed by two members of Northleach's MU and enjoyed a lovely cream tea. A brilliant afternoon out.

With love, Glenis


Future dates : - Our MU wave of prayer will be on Monday Sept.3rd our appointed time is 11.20am - 12.10pm. We have been kindly invited to have this at the home of Joan Vick. I will be in touch.


SEPT 20th. Our first meeting after the summer break. Wave of prayer led by Glenis at Hazelwood 7.30pm.