Bradford Diocesan Mothers’ Union has celebrated its End of the Triennium with a special service of thanksgiving for its past, and hope for its shared future within West Yorkshire & the Dales Mothers’ Union.
The service at Christ Church Skipton combined prayer, Bible readings, singing, poetry and liturgical dance. The preacher, giving her first sermon in Bradford, was the Revd. Henriette Howarth (pictured below left). Preaching from passages from Jeremiah and the Letter to the Hebrews, she spoke of the need to trust in God at times of change, and to learn to live positively in the present, rather than looking to what has gone, and what might be different in the future.
Drawing on the Mothers’ Union’s worldwide presence, its Wave of Prayer, and its range of projects supporting families in many different communities, Henriette offered encouragement and a shared acknowledgment that we continue working closely to meet people’s needs where they were.
Bishop Toby Howarth was present to give a blessing as the service drew to a close.
Jean Bailey, Joint Diocesan President: Bradford, said, “Presentations were made to those leaving office, and we did indeed sing with gusto as we “went out with joy” – and shared a generous spread of refreshments as old friends met up.”