At our March meeting our speaker was Mrs Penny Allen who spoke about the Simnel cake and it’s likeness to the Mothers’ Union.
The brown sugar and spices come from ‘hot countries’. Mothers' Union has projects in ‘hot countries ‘ throughout the world.
The marzipan layer in the centre of the cake represents the unity of our beliefs. The marzipan on the top represents God’s love for the world.
Simnel cakes were traditionally made for Mothering Sunday and Easter.
The twelve balls on the top of the cake for Mothering Sunday represent the gifts of a mother: patience, love, kindness, encouragement, strength, wisdom, support, loyalty, confidence, teaching, caring and experience of life which they pass on to their children. Penny explained this as she mixed together all the ingredients and compared them again to Mothers’ Union and it’s caring, supporting role.
At Easter there are only eleven balls on the top, representing the disciples (Judas excluded).
Penny had made a Simnel Cake at home which she brought along and shared with us all with a cup of tea.
We were joined for our meeting by four members from Backford Mothers’ Union.
Our Lent lunches have started and will continue on Fridays throughout Lent at 12.30pm after Stations of the Cross at 12 noon in St Mary & St Helen. All are very welcome.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 12th April at 2.00pm in St. Michael’s, when Rev. Alan Dawson will lead us in an Easter Meditation.
All are welcome to and share in this experience.
All are welcome, so do come along and join us.
Loving Lord, We thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of the Mother's Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthing and support of marrage and family life. Empowered by your spirit, may we be united in prayer and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world . In Jesus name. Amen
Mothers Union (Neston Branch)
Mothers union in Neston is part of a worldwide organisation with approximately four million members in eighty one countries.
We have over fifty members in our branch and meet on the second Wednesday of the month in St Michael’s church on Marshlands Road at 2pm. (any alterations to date, time or venue will be published in the weekly ‘Prayer in Action’ or via website. New members are always welcome.
Mothers union was established in 1876 by a vicar’s wife Mary Sumner. When her first child was born she was overwhelmed by what she saw as the awesome responsibility of parents, not only in caring for their children’s physical well being but also their spiritual nurture and growth.
Later she formed a small group of local women, offering mutual support and help in rearing their families. From such a small beginnings she could never have imagined the extent in which Mothers Union has grown today.
The aim of the Mothers Union is the advancement of Christian faith in the sphere of marriage and family life. Mothers Union offers friendship. Care and unconditional love to thousands of women and men throughout the world, offering a life-line to many families. It is a praying, teaching and caring society open to both men and women who have been baptised in the name of the Trinity and support its aims.
Locally, as part of the Parish of Neston, we raise money to support ongoing projects worldwide, support, which is underpinned with prayer.
The Literary Programme is one such project, changing the lives of hundreds of people as they learn to read and write and are then able to work to support their own families. Many start up their own small businesses: an impossible task if you can’t read or write.
Nearer home, another project provides needy families with a holiday. For those of us who take holidays for granted it’s easy to forget that others, even in our own country, the shortest break is impossible on a tight budget.
For further information contact: Branch Leader Pat Clark 336 3759