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St. Columbanus (Ballyholme) Mothers’ Union

Mothers’ Union was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner, a Rector’s wife in the village of Winchester. Becoming a mother made her aware of how little preparation and support women received for motherhood. She invited local mothers from all backgrounds to her home to offer them the opportunity to learn together, to develop their faith and to support each other. Hence the beginning of this wonderful organisation. The MU in Ballyholme was founded in 1955, very soon after the church was opened. The Rector’s wife, the late Mrs Jo Mercer was very involved in MU at Diocesan and All Ireland level, so there was no delay in starting a new Branch in the area. Many of the parishioners living in the locality had previously been members of Bangor Parish MU and they then automatically transferred to their new Church at Ballyholme. Mrs Mercer was Enrolling Member for an outstanding 26 years.

In September 2015 Ballyholme Parish celebrated their 60th Anniversary. We invited back some past members together with representatives from the local branches of MU. Diocesan President Joy Silcock, Diocesan Secretary Margaret Conn, Area Secretary Elaine Lester, former curate Denise Acheson, and Bronwyn Dark and Eva Wright wives of former curates attended. Following Afternoon Tea at 4.30pm, the Preacher at the Special Evening Service at 6.30pm, was the Rev. Canon Robert Howard, MU Chaplin. Please remember our Branch in your prayers as we endeavour to uphold the aims and objects of this special worldwide organisation.

If you would like to join us please come along on the 1st Monday of each Month at 8.00pm to the Parish Centre. You would be most welcome. (Branch Leader Ruth Ruttle) 91450130

Programme 2016

January
July
Tuesday 5th, 7.30pm Christmas Dinner, Bangor Golf Club

February
August
Monday 1st, 8pm Overseas with Elaine, Ruth and Vicky

March
September
Friday 4th Women’s World Day of Prayer, Ballyholme Presbyterian Church

Sunday 6th Mothering Sunday

Monday 7th, 8pm Roberta Rogers Hydebank Prison

Saturday 12th, 10am Annual Overseas Coffee Morning and Sale

Monday 21st, throughout the week Holy Week Services

April
October
Monday 4th, 8pm Festival Service, Bangor Parish Church Monday 3rd, 8pm Home–grown Fun
May
November
Thursday 19th, 2.30pm Indoor Members Communion and Tea Party, Lurgan Thursday 3rd, 7.30pm Area Service, Bangor Abbey


Monday 7th, 8pm Sheelagh Returns
June
December
Saturday 11th, 8am Bus Outing to Kildare Outlet Centre Monday 5th, 8pm Young Members Advent Carol Service

For further details please contact the Branch Leader Ruth Ruttle (028 9145 0130 or ruthruttle@gmail.com).