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Annual Report 2017[6748]


Annual Report for the year of our Lord 2017 Mothers’ Union - Branch Leader’s Report 2017 Theme for the year: - “Faith in Action” At the start of 2017 we had 36 members and 1 indoor member (Barbara Jones). In March, our speaker The Rev’d Ian Drew Jones, MU Chaplain, enrolled 3 new members namely Olwen Nicholas, Margaret Harris and Christine Watson bringing our total membership to 40. During 2017 we made donations (money or goods) to Make a Mother’s Day, Llangasty Fete, Keep us Running, Action & Outreach, AFIA (Away From It All holidays), Refuges, BAYS (Barnardo’s Cymru Youth Homeless Service), Baby Basics and Faith in Families. We were delighted to send a total of £558.71 for the Faith in Families centre in Caereithin. Over £400 of this was raised at our Afternoon Tea in July. It was a lovely occasion and I would like to thank everyone who supported it. Included in the 70 plus people, were friends from Siloam, members of other MU branches, Killay Forgetme-Not dementia club and Canon Phillip and Sian. It was a brilliant effort by our committee and branch members. We have supported our Church Fayres and Grand Draw and paid £150 for hall hire and bought heating tokens when needed. So many MU members help our church by undertaking a variety of roles. Pat Stratton and team arranged a very interesting display of photographs, clothing etc., to celebrate National Marriage Week in February. Some of our members took part in the Women’s World Day of Prayer at Pantygwydr Church in March. Members and friends travelled to Brecon with us in April for our MU Festival at the Cathedral. After shopping we had a splendid meal at the Abercrave Inn. The retreats at Nicholaston House were very calming and arranged well by Pat Stratton and the food was excellent. At our Greater Gower Deanery MU Festival at St Paul’s in May Betty Nutt was presented with a 60 years long service certificate by our President Mrs Ruth Roberts. In June we were privileged to see a presentation by The Salt Mine Theatre Company at St Mary’s, Swansea. It was a very sensitive portrayal of the life of our founder, Mary Sumner, who founded a group for mothers of all social classes 141 years ago. In August our branch (plus Newton and Gorseinon MU) organised the Eucharist service at St Mary’s, Swansea. We attended the Greater Gower Deanery Quiet Hour at St John’s, Gowerton in September when Fr Tim Ardouin spoke and played a variety of instruments. Our Christmas Lunch at Sketty Hall was a great success with many friends from other branches joining us, thank you Alan and Sandra for organising it. In December it was a pleasure to join with Ladies Guild for a Carol Service led by Lay Worship Leaders Barbara Roberts and John Williams. Pat Davies made a beautiful floral arrangement for either side of the altar at Christmas on behalf of MU., thank you. I would like to thank Canon Phillip for his advice and support, Haydn Osborne for inspecting our accounts, Sandra for being an excellent secretary and arranging a wonderful programme of speakers. Alan our treasurer and Enid our registrar and assistant treasurer have Parish of Killay St Hilary’s Church and St Martin’s Church Diocese of Swansea and Brecon Page !8

Annual Report for the year of our Lord 2017 worked very hard for us too. Thank you to a most generous committee and especially Betty Nutt, former Branch Leader, for deputising for me; also Pat Stratton and Julie Cole who have been in constant touch with sick, housebound or nursing home members. Gwynneth Prestwood, Sue Mapp and Eileen Wilson have taken on extra responsibilities and I am most grateful to them for this. Pat Stratton and Alan Pickard have finished as MU Deanery Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Pat has also finished as an MU Trustee after many years. Thank you, Pat. I am, at present, still an MU Trustee and have responsibility for Social Policy. I have attended Greater Gower Deanery meetings, Faith and Policy discussions at Gowerton, MU Council Meetings at Brecon and MU Provincial meetings at Llanidloes. We are proud to belong to Mothers’ Union which is a Christian mission organisation working with people of all faiths or none. MU is engaged in mission in 600 dioceses in over 80 countries. We have over 4 million members worldwide. We usually meet on the 1 st and 3 rd Tuesday of the month in St Hilary’s Parish Centre – all are welcome. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, friendship, support, loyalty and generosity. Our theme for 2018 will be “In Mary Sumner’s Footsteps”. As we look to the future we are reminded of the life and vision of Mary Sumner, her faith and resolve to follow God’s call to make a difference to families and society. Carole Pickard, Branch Leader Junior Church We continue to meet during the service on Sunday morning, although this is dependent upon children being in church. We would be delighted to welcome new members to Junior Church, if anyone would like to bring their grandchildren. We stay in Church until the psalm is read and come back to join the congregation for the Eucharist. We follow the Gospel readings from the Lectionary as far as we can and continue to learn about Christian festivals and values. We have continued to join with the children and adults from the other parishes in our Ministry Area this year, when there has been a 5 th Sunday in the month. In addition to this, we have been active participants in Messy Church at Holy Trinity and at St. Paul’s. The recent Messy Church at Holy Trinity linked to the theme of Light was very successful. We are making a contribution to the Family Services and hope to develop this further with the Lay Worship Leaders. We would like to thank all members of our Church family for their support and we ask for God's blessing on our work with the children. Marian Williams and Sian Gwynn Parish of Killay St Hilary’s Church and St Martin’s Church Diocese of Swansea and Brecon Page !9

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