We were pleased to welcome Rev. Mary Godin at our last meeting to lead us in ‘Reflections for Lent’. Some members had not met here before so she told us a little about herself. Mary trained as a midwife, then married and had a family. Later on she entered the Ministry and I first met her many years ago when she came to speak to the M.U. members in my previous parish in Surbiton, Surrey (Southwark Diocese). Mary moved to Somerset and continued her ministry in Bath and Wells, joining the chaplaincy team at Taunton hospital until she retired a couple of years ago.
Mary brought along a photo of the stonework at Iona Abbey for us to look at. The flint stones were all shapes and sizes but fitting together for support. Using a bible text, she challenged us to think about this in relation to each other. We all have a part to play in life, but are all different, We then discussed the changes that happen. Quite often we don’t like changes, but have to accept that it happens in our lives, the community and the Church. We agreed it is important to listen, to reflect and be aware of changes happening around us. Prayer is vital and Mary urged us to pray – especially at this time for the whole of Parliament. We then had a short quiet time, some prayers and ending with saying the Grace together.
Unfortunately there were only about half of our normal members present. Most or those not able to come were unwell so we included them in our prayers, and sent best wishes for their recovery.
Donations were received for the M.U. Make a Mother’s Day Project at Mary Sumner House. We then enjoyed a delicious cream tea to celebrate Sylvia’s 90th birthday. We had presented her with a flower vase, a card and lovely flowers to enjoy. Best wishes to Daphne.
Our guest speakers this month were John and Janet Angle, Trustees for MU, Bath & Wells, who gave an excellent presentation about the Middle East and Gaza.
This was a fascinating insight into the work both Janet and John are involved in. Most of us have seen the news of the constant fighting also the 2009, 2012 and 2014 wars on the Gaza strip. Every Friday Palestinians go to the border and shout out at the Israelis; there are protestor shots by Israel every day.
Janet and John are Trustees for The Hope Christian Trust, supporting communities in the lands of the Bible and encouraging Christian Ministry in Israel and Palestine for over 25 years. It supports students and training at Bethlehem Bible College and gives teacher training and provides educational equipment for the Christian Lighthouse School in Gaza.
The Lighthouse School was established in 2005 in the Zeitun neighbourhood of Gaza City by a cooperative partnership of Christian organisations. By offering quality education to the poor and needy, this project is bringing hope and help to hurting families who have little opportunity for a better future.
Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 19:14.
Prayers and readings were said by Gill, Rita, Margaret, Joan and Francoise about discrimination and depression.
Thank you to everyone who gave a donation towards the work of the Hope Christian Trust; we were able to give John £71.00.
AFIA box donations are given by members and we raised £60.00 for
this holiday project scheme for deprived people. At the next meeting on 2nd October we shall welcome Lydia Monday again to give us up to date news about the AFIA Holiday Project
Apologies from Yvonne, Liz and Shirley who were unable to come. Sylvia gave best wishes from Daphne Ford
The Garden Party in July with Heather and Brian raised £60.00 for the MU Sumner Hope Project.
Val and Heather