Reflections on the 2012 General Meeting in Llandudno
The Mothers’ Union General Meeting
This beautiful North Welsh Beach Resort hosted this years MU meeting in somewhat
inclement weather, but this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the leadership or the
Both the Dioceses of St Asaph’s and Bangor held magnificent services in both Welsh
and English on the evening prior to the General Meeting. More members wanted to
attend than there were tickets available, but fortunately extra accommodation was
provided both for the meeting and for the services.
The service at St Asaph’s opened with “Guide me O thou great Jehovah” printed in
Welsh but the vast number of English who knew the words sang lustily in English,
providing a wonderful combination of uplifting sound!
The Rt Rev Gregory Cameron opened his sermon with these words “ People on this side
are radiators and those on that side are drains…or may be the other way round”
He explained that radiators are those peoplewho exude warmth, love, care, friendship,
concern, whilst the drains are those who drag you down with their constant complaints,
self centred-ness and negative attitude.
It was quite a challenge for I guess all of us have a share of both of these attributes!
The meeting itself was held in the Venue Cymri, a theatre and conference centre.
The use of our gifts and talents was the main theme and we were urged to do all
that we can to heighten the profile of the MU in our Dioceses so that its work and
witness may flourish into the future.
The Unit Co-ordinators gave well prepared presentations of the work in each area,
each linking their work as a response to prayer.
Reg Baillie interviewed 4 members from different parts of the country asking them
why they joined the Mothers’ Union and what was important to them. One stressed
that she felt that being a member was “A way of life.”
We were asked to share what we do with others, again in our areas, to encourage growth,
and to get the message home we were given a packet of seeds to plant seeds of hope
and expectation. It was suggested that it is crucial to have courage to move forward,
to embody change, to be flexible and to use initiatives to change the pattern of
meetings so as to attract new and younger members, so that the MU in the UK will
not wither on the vine.
Those in our Diocese who were not able to attend the General Meeting will be able
to be encouraged and inspired when Rosemary Kempsell comes to Aberdeen in August.
(The Festival Service is on Saturday 11th August at 3.00pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral
On reflection, I feel that in our Diocese we are already putting into practise many
of the suggestions given at the Meeting, by raising the profile of the MU by Church
visits, distributing the literature etc. and we have enrolled 28 new members this
year. We must not be complacent. There is still much that we could / should do
but we all need to play our part.
Altogether this was a great time sharing, fellowship, worship and encouragement.
This was my overall view of the General meeting 2012.