My name is Wendy Burke, and I’m the leader of the St Giles Mothers’ Union – I was appointed five years ago.
My life has always revolved around St Giles – I was baptised, confirmed and married here. Our three daughters were also baptised and confirmed at St Giles, and were also members of Brownies and Guides. As a young mum, I was part of the Young Wives group, then progressed to the Mothers’ Union.
The Mothers’ Union was founded by Mary Sumner in 1876. She was concerned about how local mothers related their Christian faith to their children. Mary formed a small group to guide new mums and her own daughters.
Many aspects have now changed – you no longer have to be married or have children to be a member, and we also encourage men to come along to our meetings.
There are only four MU groups in this Deanery and we’re one of the largest. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, (except January and August) at 2.30 pm in the Church Hall (which is inside the church itself).
Our speakers are very varied, and we encourage members of the congregation to join us and enjoy time together. If you are interested contact me on 621430.
Rev’d Ann is my ‘rock’ as she supports and contributes to all MU activities. We don’t think of Mothers’ Union as just a group but rather a gathering of very good friends, with shared beliefs that we care about and value in our lives.
MU is a lovely group of friends who look out for each other. We are a welcoming group and very happy to meet with new members, welcome back old ones, and enjoy the company of those who just want to pop in.