During my thirty years of being a Mothers’ Union member I have been Branch and Deanery Leader, Action and Outreach Adviser and Co-ordinator and Vice President. Having worked for many years in a Residential Children’s Home I am particularly interested in outreach work with families and young people and have been a volunteer at a prison play area and Family Contact Centre. It is a privilege to be leading such an enthusiastic and inspiring team and remembering the opening words of Mary Sumner’s prayer I know we shall, “All this day, O Lord, touch as many lives as possible for thee;”
I have been a member of Mothers’ Union for thirty eight years and been involved at Branch, Deanery and Diocesan level, having been a Branch Leader, Deanery Leader and an Elected Trustee. I am at present the Diocesan Secretary and thoroughly enjoy being a part of a very inspiring team.
Have been a member for fifteen years. During that time, I have been Branch and Deanery treasurer. I have also been Social Policy Contact and was involved in the launch of the postcard. I am currently Diocesan Treasurer and a member of Faith and Policy committee at Mary Sumner House.
Reverend Ruth Moverley
Lowrie Washington Jones
Action and Outreach Unit Coordinator
Mothers’ Union has always played an important part In my life. My mother was an enrolling member and I have been Branch Leader of Eglwysilan MU for many years. From 2009 – 2015 I was Deanery Leader of Caerphilly and then Merthyr with Caerphilly Deanery. I was privileged to be elected the Welsh Representative on the Worldwide Council between 2012 & 2015 and this year I am Action and Outreach Coordinator.
Faith and Policy Coordinator
God always surprises – in my case because I find myself following paths in unexpected directions. My past roles within Mothers Union have been branch leader, deanery leader, marketing unit advisor, Diocesan Secretary and now faith and policy coordinator. I am a lay reader licensed to the Vale of Glamorgan and am studying part time Theology for Life course through St Padarn’s Institute. I am very much looking forward to my new role in the Faith and Policy Unit, particularly because it is the 140th anniversary of MU, the theme of the year being Celebration of Faith. Whatever next? This quote sums up God’ patience with me – “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh.
Finance and Administration Coordinator
I joined Llandaff M.U.in the 1980’s and then became the Branch Secretary and then the Branch Leader. During this time I was appointed as a Trustee and in 2000 became Deanery Treasurer and am still in post. I was elected as the Coordinator of the Finance and Administration Unit for a second time this year having been Vice President for the Llandaff Archdeaconry.
I have been member of Mothers’ Union for 35 years I am branch treasurer and deanery treasurer for the Merthyr and Caerphilly Deanery. In the previous triennium, I was an elected trustee and a member of the Faith and Policy Unit. I was particularly interested in the Bye Buy Childhood campaign and assisted in promoting the ‘Labelled for Life’ booklet. This year, I have been appointed as the Marketing Unit Coordinator, elected as the Welsh representative to the MU Worldwide Council and have been elected as a lay member to the Governing Body of the Church in Wales.
Vice President (Llandaff Archdeaconry)
My Mothers’ Union journey began in 1978 when I was enrolled. I served as Members Representative on the then Central Council for 3 years (1980 –1982). I became Diocesan Secretary and served as such for 9 years (1983 – 1991), Elected as Vice President for 6 years (1992 – 1997), Looked after Diocesan Members for 3 years (1998 – 2000) and Served as an Elected Trustee for 3 years (2007 – 2009). I then became Unit Coordinator for Finance and Administration for 6 years (2010 – 2015) and elected as Vice President. Life with Mothers’ Union has always been great fun, interesting and fulfilling.
Vice President (Margam Archdeaconry)
I am branch leader of Llantwit Major Mothers’ Union, Deanery Leader for the Vale of Glamorgan Deanery and luckily it is only a very small deanery as I have now become the Vice President for the Margam Archdeaconry. I started life as a valley girl up in Aberdare and spent all my school days there before joining the forces and becoming a member of the Womens Royal Naval Service. I was lucky enough to travel quite extensively with the forces, since then I was a Civil Servant until my retirement . I am blessed to have a son, a daughter in law and a grandson who ‘keep their eyes on me’. As a Mothers’ Union member I volunteer in Parc Prison working with the children in the Visits Hall, which I have been doing for the past 7 years and still enjoy. I look forward to my three years as a Vice President and hope I live up to the faith you had in electing me.
Vice President (Morgannwg Archdeaconry)
I can thank Canon Nigel Cahill for being the inspiration behind my Mothers’ Union journey for it was he that reopened our branch in St. Thomas’ Clydach Vale more than 25 years ago. Before he left us he asked me to be Branch Leader and so began the best job in the M U family. I also loved being an advisor on the Faith and Policy Unit and am grateful to Tyann and Peter Leonard for encouraging me to be the co-ordinator. As Rhondda Deanery Leader and Church Warden and branch leader I am pleased that I am back on Faith and Policy as Vice- President of the Archdeaconry of Morgannwg.