Autumn Council 2018
The Autumn Council Meeting for 2018 took place in The Faith Mission Centre in Durrow on Thursday 8th November.
Revd. Margaret Sykes with the assistance of Lesley Bayley began the morning by celebrating Holy Communion with all those who attended the meeting.
During the meeting Revd. Margaret, our Diocesan President, paid tribute to outgoing Office Holders in Mothers' Union and presented them with tokens of appreciation.
- Elizabeth Johnston ~ Elizabeth has been Diocesan Treasurer for the last six years and has guided Branches through a difficult time as we have all had to cope with new accounting procedures due to Charity Regulation. Margaret thanked Elizabeth for all of her hard work and dedication as Diocesan Treasurer.
- Joan Blake ~ Joan has been Training Officer for the last six years and many have benefitted from her advice and support which is always given in good humour and in a practical way. Joan is also currently the co-ordinator for the Finance and Central Services Unit.
- Canon Barbara Fryday ~ Canon Barbara has been co-ordinator for Faith & Policy for the last two years and now takes over the role of Diocesan Treasurer.
- Lesley Bayley ~ Lesley has been VP for Ferns Area for the past two years and will now take over as our Diocesan President. We wish her well as she guides Mothers' Union in the Diocese into the future.
Revd. Margaret thanked Pearl Olsen who has been elected as Unit co-ordinator for the Action & Outreach Unit
Joan Blake then paid tribute to Revd. Margaret Sykes, out-going Diocesan President, and presented her with a gift from the Diocese in gratitude for all she has done for Mothers' Union in the Diocese during the four years she has been Diocesan President. Margaret replied that it had been a privilege to serve in the role for the last four years and thanked everyone for their friendship and support.
The Faith Mission Centre, Durrow
SPRING COUNCIL K1LTEGAN
17th APRIL 2018
The Spring Council was held in Kiltegan and was very kindly hosted by Kiltegan/Hackestown Branch of Mothers' Union. Holy Communion was celebrated in the St. Peter's Church by the newly appointed Rector, Revd. Robert Jones, assisted by our Diocesan Chaplain, Revd. Canon Mark Hayden. Canon Mark also preached and gave us all plenty to reflect on in his thought provoking address.
The Spring Council Meeting meeting also took place in the Church. We had very interesting and informative reports from all of the Units and also heard about many of the planned events for Mothers' Union ~ the trip to Wales organised by Bea Thorpe, the Docesan Tour to Sligo, Mums in May, the General Meeting in Wales etc. There was a great deal of focus on MULOA (Mothers Union Listening Observing Acting) and we look forward to seeing how this initiative will help to energise and promote Mothers' Union not only here in Ireland but throughout the world.
Following the meeting everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal in the adjoining hall. We were all spoiled for choice with the delicious array of salads and mouth-watering desserts. A very big THANK YOU to the ladies from Kiltegan/Hacketstown Branch who did sterling work in organising a very successful and enjoyable Spring Council Meeting. Well done everyone.
ST PETER'S CHURCH ~ KILTEGAN