Recent News

Please pray for the diocese and all those involved in the appointment of a new Bishop of Connor, following the retirement of Bishop Alan Abernethy on December 31.

St Patrick’s Broughshane Branch Christmas Evening

St Patrick’s Broughshane MU held a very successful Christmas Craft Night as their November meeting. Almost 30 members and their friends joined together in an evening of fun and fellowship, the evening began with a short reflection led by Allison Campbell and Cathy Doig and the lighting of a candle to make the “16 Days of Activism “, then everyone had a chance to display their creative talents in making a Christmas table decoration using material provided.
Of course, no Mothers’ Union event would be complete without supper and this evening was no exception! The delicious Pavlova and Apple Tart went down well and all the ladies went home to proudly display their masterpieces at home.

As part of our ongoing support for Women’s Aid Instead of buying gifts for each other, the ladies brought gifts for the women who will be spending Christmas in a Refuge.

Younger Members’ Pre-Christmas Shopping Trip

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to our Pre-Christmas Shopping Trip to Kildare. Think it’s safe to say we had a brilliant day with plenty of shopping, laughter and friendship. A special thank you to McMillan Travel, Ballymoney and Dundalk Golf Club we couldn’t have done it without your help!

Craigs, Dunaghy & Killagan Branch Project Work Distribution

Following a very successful project afternoon, the ladies from Craigs, Dunaghy & Killagan Mothers’ Union Branch delivered 73 blankets, 54 cardigans, 264 hats, 15 pairs of booties, 4 pairs of mittens, 5 angel cribs and 5 angel gowns all hand-knit, plus 12 baby vests, 55 colouring packs and 55 toilet bags. All the items were distributed to various wards in Antrim Area Hospital with a further 34 hand-knit hats for older children given to Road to Hope. Well done ladies!

Gifts to Central Belfast Contact Centre

Volunteers Marie and Pat at Central Belfast Contact Centre accepting wooden toys and a baby changing station purchased with part of the proceeds of East Connor Prayer Breakfast.

MU Women’s Getaway Weekend 2019

June Butler, All Ireland President pictured with representatives from our Diocese at the All Ireland Women’s Getaway 2019 at Armagh City Hotel.

The annual MU Women’s Getaway was held in Armagh City Hotel on the 18th and 19th October. Approximately 100 ladies met on Friday evening for a drinks reception at Palace Stables hosted by Lord Mayor Mealla Campbell. The drinks reception was followed by an evening meal and Scottish Country Dancing in the hotel.

On Saturday morning a further 100+ ladies joined in for the day. The speakers were Bishop Ken Clarke and his wife Helen. The theme for the getaway was Words of Wisdom and Bishop Ken and Helen referred to the book of Proverbs as well as giving us insights to their family life and ministry.

After midday prayers, the ladies enjoyed a scavenger hunt around the grounds of Palace Stables. Following lunch, the ladies split into 2 groups for a session on relaxation and keep fit. The afternoon concluded with presentations to Mary Bourke and Barbara Clarke who completed their 6-year terms as All Ireland Younger Member Reps.

A huge thank you to all involved in the organisation of a wonderful weekend of fun and fellowship.

Mid Connor Area Service 2019

Craigs, Dunaghy & Killagan Mothers’ Union Branch recently hosted the annual Mid Connor Area Service. A wonderful evening of worship and fellowship, enjoyed by all who attended.

Younger Members’ ScamwiseNI Event

The first of 2 Younger Members’ Committee organised events for 2019 took place on Saturday 5th October in Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim. The committee invited members of the PSNI to come along and talk to Mothers’ Union Members and their friends on how to protect themselves and others on the internet and how to spot and stop scams.

Over 30 ladies and gents attended, the morning opened with prayers and welcome from our Diocesan President Sally Cotter followed by Alison Skillen, Action & Outreach Unit Vice President who introduced our 2 speakers. Our first speaker was Staff Officer Sam who spoke about how there has been a huge increase in scams over the past few years and that the scammers had become much more convincing when trying to extort money from people.

Since May 2019 the monetary value of scams reported to the PSNI came to almost £2million. The method of obtaining the money varied from the doorstep, internet, phone and postal scams. Sam explained the Scam Test; an acronym of SCAM:
• Seems too good to be true
• Contacted out of the blue
• Asked for personal details
• Money requested

We were also reminded that financial Institutions, utility companies, law enforcement, HMRC, internet and telecoms providers or other public bodies:
• Will NEVER ask for payment in vouchers.
• Will NEVER ask you to transfer money because your account is compromised.
• Will NEVER threaten you over the phone, by letter or email for not paying a fee.
• Will NEVER threaten to arrest if payment isn’t made immediately.
• Will NEVER ask for money for a ‘free gift’, ‘admin fee’ or as part of a promotion.
• Will NEVER ask to reveal your account security codes or online passwords in full.
• Will NEVER call out of the blue and ask for remote access to your computer or devices or to download software.
• Will NEVER inform you about tax returns by email, text or voicemail.

Next, it was the turn of Constable Gerry to talk to us about internet safety. Gerry advised us on how to create safer passwords, about not opening links sent in either emails or texts and about parental controls to protect our children and grandchildren when they are using the internet. All the information and tips shared by Sam and Gerry will help protect us all from the dangers of internet usage and scams. Further information about ScamwiseNI can be found on the NIDirect webpage https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/scamwiseni and the ScamwiseNI Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/scamwiseni/
Our Diocesan Younger Members’ Rep Wendy Halligan then showed a short video about Mothers’ Union to raise awareness about what our organisation does as well as giving information on up and coming events in our Diocese.

Alison and Sally concluded the morning with a vote of thanks and concluding comments. Everyone who attended the morning received “goodie bags” from both the Mothers’ Union and PSNI.

Craigs, Dunaghy & Killagan Branch Opening & Enrolment Service

Day 5 of Craigs, Dunaghy & Killagan Back to Church Week saw the opening service of their Mothers’ Union Branch. The service of Holy Communion included the enrolment of 3 new members and the transfer of a member from another Branch. The ladies all enjoyed a cuppa afterwards in the parish hall and it was lovely to hear all the laughter and chat.

Long Service Award Presentation

Pictured above are members of St Anne’s Cathedral Mothers’ Union Branch who have a combined total of 622 years of service in our wonderful worldwide organisation. Diocesan President Sally Cotter presented certificates at the recent monthly meeting.