Ladies Group & Mothers’ Union News & Programme

Scroll down to see a list of meetings. If you would like a copy of either programme (or both!) please contact Linda on 01943 863715, or via the Parish Office.

Mothers’ Union News

Irene and Paul Fowler came to talk to us in March about ‘Time Out – Behind the Scenes in a Quiet Garden’. We were reminded of our need for quiet, for time out from the busyness of modern life, to be still, to allow God to speak to us. Jesus himself needed to withdraw to think and to pray. We are called to follow his example. There are 300 Quiet Gardens worldwide. How fortunate we are to have one open to us in Burley. Look out for the advertisements in this magazine for the next date.

If you prefer a longer break, there is to be a ‘Time for Reflection’ at Parcevall Hall, Appletreewick from Monday 3rd June to Wednesday 5th June 2019. The theme is ‘Listen, Observe, Act . . . in Step with God.’ The cost is £146 for 2 nights full board. If you would like to book, please contact Pam Sowman (01943 863151) Bookings must be made by 10th May.

You may remember that Mary Thorpe came to speak to us last month. Her topic was MULOA –‘ MU listening, observing and acting’. Mothers’ Union has embarked on this major programme worldwide to help us as an organisation to reaffirm who we are, what we do, who we help and should be helping. We are a movement of over four million Christians in 84 countries worldwide. Mothers’ Union is unique because our members work as volunteers in local communities, putting their faith into action by acts great and small, giving individuals in need a helping hand and enabling communities (of all faiths and none) to have the confidence and skills to transform their lives in a sustainable way.

Some of our members have joined the JSP (Jesus shaped people) groups being run in our village. We are learning to listen better, to observe the way Jesus lived and taught and will be looking to see how we can really meet the needs of other people.

Most of you will have heard that our link branch at Shelf has felt obliged to close. Therefore we won’t be having our annual trip there on May 8th. Instead we will be having our meeting in the afternoon at 2 pm as usual, and Bryony Partridge will be coming to tell us about ‘Iona, it’s Beauty , Saints and Pilgrims.’

May God bless us all as we journey through Lent and celebrate Easter.

Pam Sowman

Dates for your diary

Thurs 4th April at 8 pm Pam Stoney (neé Selby) is coming to speak at the next joint meeting about ‘Living and Dying well – what is a Compassionate Community?’

Wed 10th April at 2 pm Linda will be hosting a Musical Miscellany. Please bring a CD with a favourite tune so that we can enjoy some music together. There will be time for discussion too if there is any aspect of MU that you would like to talk or ask about.T


Ladies Group News

I would like to thank Irene Exley, on behalf of Ladies Group, for her sterling work in arranging our theatre trip to “Sound of Music”. Judging by the huge applause the cast received, I think it’s fair to say we all had a great night out!

4th April 8.00pm in Parish Centre. We join M.U. for a talk by Pam Stoney on “Living and Dying Well in Compassionate Communities”.

2nd May 8.00pm in Parish Centre Daniel McLoughlin, from the Donkey Sanctuary in Leeds, will be talking about working with disabled people using rescued donkeys. I’m sure this will be an informative and heart-warming evening on many counts.

Kathryn Bennett (863672) and Angela Pickard (07800596841) are organising this year’s Summer Meal, which will be at The Hopper Lane Public House, Blubberhouses, on 27th June. Further details will be available shortly.

Our AGM is fast approaching, so would all members please put on their thinking caps and see if they have any new ideas for next year’s programme.

Lynne Robinson


Mothers’ Union and Ladies Group 2019

Thursday Evening meetings at 8pm in St Mary’s Parish Centre unless shown otherwise.

4th ‘Living and Dying Well in Compassionate Communities’ – Pam Stoney

2nd ‘The Donkey Sanctuary’ – Daniel McLoughlin
16th Ladies Group AGM
30th Ascension Day Service – 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church. Followed by refreshments

May/June: Meal – Date & venue to be confirmed

Mothers’ Union 2019

Wednesday Afternoon meetings at 2pm in St Mary’s Parish Centre unless shown otherwise.


Please note that the dates are not the same as those on our printed programme, we have had to re-arrange some meetings!

April 10th ‘Musical Miscellany’ – bring along a CD with a track you would like to hear, and tell us briefly why you have chosen it.

May 8th ‘Iona, its Beauty, Saints and Pilgrims’ – Revd. Bryony Partridge

June 12th ‘From The Netherlands to Bradford’ – Revd. Henriette Howarth

July 3rd Strawberry Tea

July 10th AGM