Co-Chair North, Ruth’s Blog: 21st November 2023
The first half of November has been filled with preparations for visits. Last Wednesday I spoke about my visit to Colombia at the Dane and Trent Circuit MWiB Box opening held at Trinity MC where we had the World Federation Day and where Michael and I served in the 1980’s. It was lovely to see new faces and to meet up with old friends.
Last Saturday, Margaret Lindley (Trustee for the Manchester and Stockport, Liverpool, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent Area), Sylvia Harrison (previous District President) and myself, visited Princes Park MC in Toxteth Liverpool. We had been invited by Naledi Phaladi, the Liverpool Ambassador, to talk about MWiB to a new group. We began with worship led by Naladi and then were given a history of the church which had served the community during the Toxteth Riots in July 1971. After a wonderful ‘Bring and Share’ lunch, we talked about MWiB, it’s values and work and then we had a craft session – decorating candles and making bags for our Period Poverty Project. Craft work always generates conversation and we learned much about the lives of the women in Toxteth. We were royally looked after by Alfred, who, as well as looking after our needs and brewing endless cups of tea, joined in with the craft work. Thank you to the women at Princes Park, for making us so welcome and we look forward to seeing you at some of our events.
Yesterday, was the annual ‘Love and Light’ Day for the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District, held at Wolstanton MC, Newcastle-under-Lyme. There were a choice of activities – Christmas Card making, Glass Painting, Bible Study, Journalling, Christmas Poetry and Music workshops. It was a lovely day of fun and fellowship and we ended the day with a ‘Show and Tell’ Advent Service followed by tea and cake.
Do look out for our Advent Reflections on our website. Bronwen and I have written them as an email conversation between Elizabeth and Mary. They will also be published in the Methodist Recorder in next week’s edition.