Elizabeth Page looks back on the recent Triennial Festival and the welcome offered to Lynn Tembey...

Three-hundred Mothers’ Union members gathered from around the diocese in July for the Mothers’ Union Triennial Festival.

Many members brought their banners, which, along with the diocesan banner, were processed into Grimsby Minster and put on display. Members took an active part in the service, which was arranged by our Chaplain, the Revd Sylvia Rice-Oxley, and it was a wonderful uplifting occasion.

The congregation was welcomed by Bishop Christopher, and we were delighted to have our Worldwide President, Lynn Tembey, with us in her final year of office. Lynn gave a very interesting talk about her travels around the world and in Britain and Ireland, where she has been able to visit Mothers’ Union members. She highlighted the difference the Mothers’ Union makes to communities, and she also enrolled and welcomed two more members during the service.

The service included an opportunity for members to showcase the work they do in the community, including the Baby Basket Project, many knitted items for babies, the elderly and dementia patients, support items for refuges, and emergency bags for hospital patients, amongst others.

The Revd Richard Rice-Oxley invited members who like to sing to arrive early for choir practice, and these members led the singing of hymns and the Mary Sumner Prayer set to music by Richard. The service was of course followed by refreshments before the members headed for home.

Lynn was in the diocese for three days and was taken to meet various groups, including the Grimsby St James members and clergy at a tea party, the Keelby Branch for an evening meal and chat, a member’s fish and chip supper at Cleethorpes, Bishop Grosseteste University, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, and finally to St Benedict’s in Lincoln, where she met more local members and led midday prayers.

Members were delighted to join in and celebrate being a member of this wonderful worldwide Anglican organisation of 4 million members in 28 countries. With big changes ahead worldwide, nationally and locally, we look forward to making a difference in our diocese and growing our membership of 1000.

Coming soon: Open Day at St Benedict’s – Celebrating 50 years as Lincoln Mothers’ Union Centre

Tuesday, 25th September 2018 (10am–4pm) with artefacts and photographs from 1969–2018.

There will be a short informal service led by the Rt Revd Bishop Christopher Lowson at 2.30pm to mark our moving on from St Benedict’s at the end of the year.