The Mothers’ Union is a worldwide society whose aim is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life. It has 4 million members in 84 countries. The literacy and financial education programme in Burundi, Malawi and Sudan has given thousands of men and women the chance to learn skills making a real difference to their lives.
The Guilsfield branch of the Mothers’ Union was formed in 1912 and recognized in May 1913 as part of the Pool Deanery in the Diocese of St Asaph. The wife of the vicar, Mrs Hawkins, became the first Enroling Member. The meetings were at first held in the afternoon on the last Tuesday of the month but are now held in the evening. The Branch celebrated its 75th Anniversary as part of the Deanery Festival in Guilsfield Church on 10th September 1987 and Centenary in 2012.
From 1989 afternoon meetings were also held in the afternoon of alternate months ie February, April, June, August, October and December at 2:30 pm in the Old School, enabling members who are unable to attend the regular monthly meetings through age, disability or lack of transport to attend. In 1990, Mrs Margaret Davies formed a Prayer Group that usually meets on a Monday afternoon in Mrs Davies’ home. In May 2003, to celebrate the Branch’s 90th anniversay, a former member, Mrs Jean Astley, who had moved to Bath, donated a new banner, a copy of the previous one, which had been made by Christi Anna Designs of White Lodge, Wrexham.
Although a Church of England/Church in Wales organisation, all those who uphold marriage and family life in a Christian way are welcome. The monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm Church Service, 8:00 pm Meeting with Speaker in The Old School Guilsfield SY21 9NQ; men are also encouraged to attend. For further information please contact the Branch Secretary, Mrs Maud Griffiths, 01938 556329 or visit the Mothers’ Union website at www.themothersunion.org.
Mothers’ Union Events – Feb/Mar 2018
The subject of the Mothers’ Union meeting in the Old School on Tuesday 27th February will be ‘Spring Flowers’ with Sioned Hughes. The Womens’ World Day of Prayer is on Friday 2nd March (postponed due to weather; new date to be confirmed) and, this year, the service will be in Groes Chapel at 6:30pm with the resources having been prepared by the women of Suriname. On Tue 13th March, there will be a ‘Quiet Morning’ with Bring and Share lunch in Berriew Old School with the Archdeacon, Ven Peter Pike.
MU 125th Anniversary in St Asaph Diocese
A Service was held at Guilsfield Church on Wednesday 9th August 2017 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Mothers Union in the St Asaph Diocese attended by approximately 100 people, including members from across the Montgomery Archdeaconry. This was in the form of a Songs of Praise with 17 favourite hymns sung by the congregation and three numbers performed by the Singing Group. This was followed by a well earned cup of tea and refreshments in the Community Centre.