Higham Ferrers Mothers' Union
At the end of September we joined with the choir to run the Farmers’ Market Coffee Morning, raising much needed funds for both organisations.
October began with our regular meeting on the 3rd when the speaker was Helen Allan who gave us an interesting and thought-provoking insight into her work with the homeless, both at Emmaus village and at ENCS in Rushden. Members also attended mass on 17th October for our Corporate Communion.
From November we will be holding some of our meetings in the Chantry Chapel, beginning with the visit of Mrs Linda Norris on 7th November to talk about “Embroidery Through the Ages”, including church embroidery.
Our December meeting on 5th December will take the form of a Christmas Party, a little early as it will still be Advent. Visitors are always welcome to our meetings.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: On Wednesday 4th December Mothers’ Union are hosting an informal social evening at Pizzeria Venezia in Rushden for supper, followed by a short talk by a speaker from the anti-bullying charity Kidscape. Further details will be available early in November, but we anticipate that a two course meal (to be pre-booked) will cost £12-15. Do come along and enjoy an evening of fellowship, good food and maybe a glass or two of wine?
More information about MU nationally and globally is available on our website www.mothersunion.org.
JILL’S PRAYER PILGRIMAGE
On Thursday 18th July members and friends of Higham Deanery Mothers’ Union joined Jill Cannings, our new Diocesan President, on the final day of her Prayer Pilgrimage around the diocese. Jill was marking her 70th birthday by walking 70 km around the diocese over the two weeks beginning 8th July, with the aim of raising the profile of MU & raising funds to support its work.
We assembled at Higham for prayers led by Revd Michelle and Jill, finishing with a procession around the church singing ‘One more step along the road I go’, led by Fr Tom carrying the Higham banner.
Then it was off in the sunshine for the pleasant walk across the valley to St Peter’s Irthlingborough.
After a short stop for prayers and light refreshments we continued via the A6 to our final stop at St Mary’s Finedon where we were welcomed with tea and cake by other members of the Finedon MU branch. We finished our pilgrimage with prayers led by Jill and Revd Richard Coles and a rousing rendition of ‘Give me joy in my heart’.
And no, we didn’t walk back to Higham too – Ruth came to chauffeur Jill and the Higham contingent (including her husband Peter who not only walked all the way with us but also acted as photographer) back to base, after a wonderful afternoon of prayer, fellowship and exercise.