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Worldwide President’s Visit to Aberdeen - August 2012

Visit of Rosemary Kempsell

10th – 14th August , 2012

It was a privilege to welcome our Worldwide President and her husband John to our Diocese.  


The few days were packed with visits, activities, services, fun and relaxation.  This included a Branch coffee morning, a lunch hosted by +Bob, who is also a member of the Mothers’ Union, a Festival Service in St Andrew’s Cathedral at which members, friends and representatives of other denominations were present together with the Lord Provost of Aberdeen.  The service was led by +Bob and Rev Graham Taylor our Mothers’ Union Chaplain, both of whom were wearing vestments gifted by Dioceses in Africa and some of our African members were wearing their traditional Mothers’ Union dresses. The photograph above shows Bishop Bob, Rosemary and the Lord Provost of Aberdeen along with two African visitors.

The ‘Peace’ in the Cathedral


Rosemary addressed the congregation with a comprehensive description of the work of the Mothers’ Union in the United Kingdom and Ireland and across the 84 countries around the world where the Mothers’ Union is to be found.  It was a beautiful service  made even more so by the singing of the choir thanks to choir master Owen Jenkins. The Cathedral which was decorated with flowers in Mothers’ Union colours looked lovely and members of the Cathedral Branch provided tea, coffee and cakes.

Chris Crosley, Rosemary and +Bob at the service in the Cathedral

Sonia (Branch Leader), Chris & Rosemary greeting the Lord Provost in the Cathedral


Rosemary made visits to St Clements Church where a Mothers’ Union Fellowship is flourishing; St Mary-on-the Rock, Ellon, where she addressed the congregation and shared lunch with members of the church and ended her visit with a service of Compline at St Mary’s Carden Place. These visits enabled many of our members and others to share fellowship with Rosemary.

Rosemary with our Chaplain Rev Canon Graham Taylor


It was fortunate that Rosemary’s visit coincided with the ‘Mothers’ Union on the Move’ event (click here for more about this).  The participants arrived in Aberdeen on the morning of Tuesday 14th  en route for John O’Groats. Rosemary and several others met the bus and some travelled on to Elgin where they met up with members of the Moray Diocese for a lovely lunch.


Altogether these few days were enjoyable and gave us encouragement and support.  Rosemary expressed her appreciation of all that we strive to do in our Diocese.


Sheila George



More Photos from Rosemary’s visit:

The Fellowship Group at St Clements, Mastrick

Rosemary meeting 3 Past Diocesan Presidents and the present one in St Mary-on-the Rock

Lunch afterwards in St Mary’s

Group photograph at St Mary’s