The Mothers’ Union is the largest Christian Charity in the world and has 4 million members in 80 countries. It is also an accredited voice at the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women.
The goal of the MU is to be specifically committed to strengthening and preserving family life and marriage, by our Christian faith and through practical action. We serve in prisons, in contact centres, literacy schemes and in many other vital ways.
The St Giles’ Branch celebrated its centenary in 2003 and continues to thrive today.
The Baptism 1-5 Scheme
We keep in touch with Baptism families by visiting and taking a card on the anniversary of their baptism and hold an annual baptism reunion tea for families, following the reunion service in church.
Mothers’ Union Prayer
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your spirit,
may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service
reach out as your hands across the world.
In Jesus’ name. Amen
Programme for 2017
25th January New Year Lunch 12 for 12.30
1st February (Wednesday) AGM & ‘In the footsteps of Jesus’ video
4th March (Saturday) 12-2pm Soup & Sandwich Lunch in the Church Hall
5th April (Wednesday) Lent Meditations with Music.Janet Richardson, MU Faith & Policy
3rd May (Wednesday) The NSPCC by Elaine
7th June (Wednesday) Faith & Humour by Rev T C Travis
5th July (Wednesday) Outing (details later)
15th July (Saturday) 2-4pm Strawberry Teas in the church hall with speaker
6th September (Wednesday) ‘Come Fly with Me’ by Jean Weatherill
4th October (Wednesday) Magistrates in the Community
1st November (Wednesday) Wiltshire Farm Foods
6th December (Wednesday) Advent Service
All meetings at 2pm unless otherwise stated
Branch Coordinator: Mary Mumby
Minute Secretary: Joanne Dawdry
Treasurer: Gill Pinches
Communication: Gill Pinches
Worship: Barbara Hill
Charity: Sheila Williams
Catering: Jill Perkin
Outings: June Pickles
Men’s Supper Club
We meet monthly from October to March, normally on the second Thursday evening at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m. in the St Giles’ Church Hall. Glasses of wine, beer and soft drinks are available from 6.30 p.m. We also organise a Ladies’ Evening Dinner in September, recently held at Headingley Golf Club and a Ladies’ Invitation Meeting in May, held in the Church Hall.
We sit at tables to enjoy a cooked main course and dessert, finishing with a cup of tea or coffee, before settling down to listen to the speaker, organised by the Speaker Secretary Jonathan Slater.
The cost in 2016 – 2017 is £11 to cover the meal and overheads. Average attendance at the men-only meetings is about 40 men and you are assured of a very warm welcome.
Whereas most members live in Bramhope and are associated with St Giles’, church membership is not a requirement. We have members who come regularly from Adel, Cookridge and further afield.
If you would like to attend a future Meeting, please note that meals have to be booked at the latest by the Sunday preceding the Thursday of a Meeting. Please contact the Treasurer and Meeting Secretary – Derek Owram: tel: 0113 284 3301, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme for 2017
Thu 09 Mar. Ken Cothliff – ‘History of RCAF Bomber Group WW2’
Thu 11 May Ladies Invitation Meeting: Church Hall, 6.00 for 6.30 pm
Dinner followed by musical entertainment (Lydia Smith)
Sat 13 May 10.00 am to 12 noon – Secondhand Book Sale
Secondhand Book Sale
All are welcome at our secondhand book sale – the Men’s Supper Club’s annual fund-raising event for the benefit of St Giles. We always have a large range of paperbacks, hardbacks and children’s books in good condition, supplemented by CDs and DVDs.
In 2017 the main Sale will be in the Church Hall on Saturday 13th May from 10.00 am to noon. Further opportunities to purchase will be on Saturday evening in conjunction with a Musical Evening in Church and also after the Morning Church Services on Sunday 14th May 2017.
Books will be gratefully received in the Church Hall between 2 and 4 pm on Friday 12th May 2017. Please don’t bring books once the sale has started.
For further information contact the organizer of the Secondhand Book Sale, Steve Bates –
Tel: 0113 267 2965 or email: email@example.com
Brief history of St Giles’ Men’s Supper Club
Roy Warner founded St Giles’ Men’s Supper Club in 1971. The first meeting was held on Thu 14th October 1971 when twenty-six men attended, each paying 20p!
We celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Club on Thu 13th October 2011 with an ‘In-house’ evening of reminiscences by our own members, at least one of whom, Bryan Bundey, attended the first meeting.
The basic idea of men having the opportunity to meet socially and enjoy fellowship, sit down to a meal and listen to a speaker, has stood the test of time.
For many years a team of ladies, mainly members’ wives, prepared the supper. Our current caterers are Karen Sheard and her sister Julie from Otley.
Fred Archenhold (Convenor)
40th Anniversary Dinner
for a varied programme of speakers, suppers, outings, charity evenings and a carol service.
Do come along for an evening of Friendship and Fellowship.
The Flower Guild
The Flower Guild at St Giles is a group of 12 enthusiastic Flower Arrangers who look after the flowers in church each month. As well as these 12 participants there are lots of other people who do a new flower arrangement each week. If you are interested in helping please see Sara Leefe.
Pictures below are from our celebratory Flower Festival. Members of the Flower Guild and friends (both young and old) were joined by members of Leeds Flower Club to decorate the church to the theme of ‘All things bright and beautiful’.
Circle Dancing meets in St Giles’ Church hall on 1st, 3rd (and 5th) Tuesday evenings at 8pm.
Joan Peart, who runs the group wrote during the year following a week end course:
The Gift of Music is one of John Rutter’s beautiful tunes, and we took this as the title of our Day of Dance. Our guest teacher was Brenda Kelly, who has made up dances to a lot of John Rutter’s music.
She taught us Sing with the Spirit (wonderful), The Lord Bless you and Keep you (tremendous), Ave Maria (awe-inspiring), Angel’s Carol (lovely), All Things Bright & Beautiful (marvellous), and my favourite: For the Beauty of the Earth (fantastic). We needed no persuading of how beautiful our earth is, with the daffodils nodding in the spring sunshine outside the windows, the birds singing and the promise of the summer weather on its way.
We even did dances to two of Shakespeare’s sonnets (very jolly). The whole day was delightful, with a most delicious shared lunch. Everyone who came, from all over the North of England, said they had really enjoyed every minute of it.
We shall now continue to do these dances, and share them with others who couldn’t manage to come. Oooooo good!
Open House is a group of retired people who meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2pm. There’s sometimes games and crafts but always tea and cakes AND lots of chatter. New members are always welcome.