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Our Mothers Union has been in existence since 2005 and during that time we have done the Mothering Sunday flowers and cards, provided the Sunday School with prizes and confirmation bibles every year.  We have also provided books and crayons to be used by small children in church.  When called upon we have knitted caps and small vests for premature babies and made up emergency wash bags for the hospital.  We provide Fair Trade Hampers to be raffled at both the Summer and Autumn Fayres.
We meet once a month on the 3 Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Lower Church Hall and we have a wide range of speakers with topics as diverse as The Lancashire Air Ambulance and Lancashire Blue Cheese.  We usually enjoy 2 special meals a year, summer and Christmas, we have been to shows in Manchester, shops near Preston, made cards and tasted each others favourite recipes.
This coming year will be no different, we have planned a mix of speakers, crafts, outings and talks, kicking off with a talk by our own Vicar, David on the 20 March.
Details of our  programme and meetings can be found on the weekly news sheets or on the Immanuel web site.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact either Jan Hartley on 012543 722503  or Sheila  Haworth 01254 722602


Last Tuesday evening our mothers union had the privilege of the Rev John Hartley coming to give our members a talk on his experiences of the Pilgrimage of 500miles to Santiago de Compostella a holy city in Spain which he completed in 33days.
He met a huge mixture of people along the way, all doing the pilgrimage for different reasons of their own.
Rev Hartley was very easy to listen to and he brought a map of Northern spain to show us the route that was taken.
He left us feeling very humble but wanting to do the walk ourselves.
he stayed at basic hostels and carried all his belongings with him everyday.  It was a very intresting evening and it was made even better by having visitors from St Aidans and St Francis and
also some of our church members plus a possible new member.
A nice social meeting altogether.
Jan Hartley

Branch Leader


March has been a busy month for the Mothers Union.  On 4 March we attended our first joint meeting with St. Aidans at St. Francis.  It was a very enjoyable evening and especially pleasant to see so many ladies attending.  The speaker was Mr. Cowpe who used to own Huntleys farm shop.  The talk was vey entertaining and a large range of topics were discussed.  Our thanks go to St. Francis Mothers Union. 
25 March saw Immanuel hosting the annual Lady Day Service.  Around 50 people came along to join in our evensong service.  It was a moving service and greatly enhanced by having a joint Immanuel/St. Francis choir.  Rev’d Roscoe gave the sermon and the evening ended with tea/coffee and biscuits.  Our thanks to all who helped.
29 March and we were busy preparing the flowers to be given out on Mothering Sunday by the Rose Queen.
30 March, Mothering Sunday saw our enrolling member addressing both the 8.30 and 9.30 congregation, our numbers are greatly reduced and we would like to get more people interested in sharing time with us.  We also gave out Mothering Sunday cards to the ladies after the 8.30 service.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 15 April and takes the form of an Easter Service at 7.30pm in church, followed by tea/coffee and hot cross buns.  Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
Immanuel Mothers Union



In September we had a guest speaker from the Forensics Lab in Preston who gave a really interesting talk to around 22 ladies.  Everyone agreed that it was very informative and the speaker and his colleague really enjoyed themselves too.  Immanuel were pleased to welcome MU members from St. Aidens and St. Francis and members from the Wesley Hall Crafters.
Our meeting in October is a talk on the History of Soapmaking and is on Tuesday 15 October at 7.30 in the lower hall, everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy an entertaining evening plus a cuppa and a chat.

Blackburn with Darwen Deanery
Mothers’ Union Festival Eucharist
Thursday 18th June 2013
St James, Blackburn
Members of Immanuel Mothers’ Union joined with over 100 other
members of the Mothers’ Union from our Deanery and beyond at the
Blackburn with Darwen Deanery Mothers’ Union Festival Eucharist at
St James Blackburn on Tuesday 18th June
During the Service David was installed as Deanery Mothers’ Union Chaplain by the Area Dean, Canon Andrew Raynes.  David also preached at the Eucharist.  Christine Duckworth, wife of St Francis Churchwarden Tony Duckworth was installed as deanery MU President at the Service.  

 Immanuel were privileged to carry the Deanery Mothers’ Union Banner in the procession of Banners from around the Deanery


Immanuel Mothers’ Union
Tuesday 25th June 2013

A lovely supper, several riotous games of beetle, a huge raffle for the MU Relief Fund (which not only supports good causes in Africa, but more recently in England supporting victims of the floods) and a titillating quiz which taxed quite a good few of the people attending, all added up to a wonderful evening and I think most people would agree another resounding success for Immanuel Mothers Union.  The joint winners of the Beetle games were Kevin and Edward Bretherton who shared a £20 prize and the booby prize of a large red tray saying “Keep Calm and carry on” was won by a lady called Alice.  Carol Bretherton won the quiz and a bottle of wine.

We would like to thank Sandy Woods for his help with setting up the tables and all our members who provided the supper and raffle prizes and helped to set up and afterwards clean up.  
A jolly good night was had by all who came and we were pleased to welcome The Wesley Hall Crafters, Residents of Lingfield Court, MU members from St. Aidans and St. Francis and 7 members of Immanuel congregation plus the vicar’s wife and children.

Immanuel Mothers Union   

 Eleven ladies attended the November meeting of the Mothers' Union.  Mr. Nick Callard gave a very informative talk on the myths surrounding leprosy and the work of the Leprosy Mission around the world. 

We were amazed to hear how leprosy can be cured for the small sum of £15 per person if caught and treated early enough and how the worst effects of the disease could be eased by simple 20 minute surgery.  The social and cultural stigmas concerning leprosy were shocking with couples able to divorce, landlords able to evict and children taken out of the education system.  Mr. Callard described leprosy as a disease of poverty only affected 5% of the world's population.

The next meeting of the Mothers' Union is on the 18th December when we shall be going to the Spread Eagle at Mellor for our Christmas meal. 

A varied and interesting programme has been planned for 2013, and anyone interested in coming along to see who we are and what we do is welcome to come along to the lower Church hall on January 15th at 7.30pm, or contact Jan Hartley on 01254 722503  or Sheila Haworth on 01254 722602

For the September meeting we decided we would have a quiz night and invite several of our neighbouring Mothers Unions,  We were pleased to welcome ladies from Holy Trinity at Hoghton, St. Aidans, Mill Hill and St. Francis, Feniscliffe . Around 60 people came to support us and they enjoyed a potato pie supper, a super quiz (thanks to Dorothy Lee and Salesbury Parish Church), and a free raffle.  A team  named ……won the first prize and a good time was had by all.  

Palm Sunday 2012
We enjoyed a lovely Palm Sunday on 1st April this year with our traditional palm Sunday procession, at our 10:30am Eucharist, from the Hall into Church after the blessing of the Palm Crosses.


During the Service we welcomed and enrolled Jan Hartley as our new Immanuel Mothers' Union Branch Leader and Sheila Haworth as our new MU Secretary. 

Jan's first act as Mu Branch Leader was to present the outgoing Branch Leader, Jo Eccles, with a beautiful crystal vase from all the Mu members at Immanuel as a Thank You for her work over the last few years.