Woodbridge St Mary

We meet on the second Thursday of the month at 2.30pm in St. Mary’s Church Centre, Market Hill, Woodbridge.  In February, May and October our meeting is preceded by Corporate Communion in Church at 2.15pm.

We currently have forty members although, sadly, some members are unable to attend meetings because of failing health.  They are anxious to support MU and we keep in touch by telephone and visits.

We endeavour to plan an interesting programme of talks, discussions and visits.  Members knit hats for Seafarers and sheep to accompany the two Travelling Cribs, which are enjoyed by the Sunday School and St. Mary’s Primary School.  Baptism Anniversary Cards are purchased and sent to all the children Baptised at St. Mary’s Church.

We give financial support to MU Overseas and last year we organised a very successful Cream Tea to raise funds for the Away from it all Holiday Scheme.  We also support our Church by organising stalls at the annual Autumn Fair.  Toiletries, socks and undies are collected for the Womens’ Refuge.

We are always pleased to welcome new members and visitors.

View our programme for 2017.

For more details please contact Margaret Lowe by phone on 01394 383486 or by email.

 

Photo of members with 140th celebration cake

Cutting the cake for Mary Sumner - members pictured are Margaret Lowe, Pauline Bowbrick and Ann Stent

 

Celebrating 140 years of Mothers Union - Mothers Union was founded by Mary Sumner in 1876.

At St. Mary’s in Woodbridge we took over the main communion service on 7th August 2016, the nearest Sunday to Mary Sumner Day, 9th August. This year as well as producing an article for the front of the pew paper members did the reading, intercessions and paraded the banner; we used the MU dialogue where ‘Mary Sumner’, suitably dressed in period costume, is interviewed in the sermon slot. We added to the set piece by then having our interviewer speak to Margaret Lowe our Branch Leader to tell the congregation how things had moved on from 1876 and what we do now in 2016. The congregation were invited to celebrate with us in the Church Centre afterwards where we provided a cake to go with the usual coffee.

Our notice board in Church had a poster showing all the things that MU helps with and was decorated with MU celebratory balloons.

On Mary Sumner Day, 9th August, a party of us went to Palgrave where we joined in a service and were given a splendid tea afterwards. It was lovely to meet up with another Branch and one of our former members.