Muriel opened our November meeting with prayer and welcomed everyone before May read Psalm 121. Our planned speaker was unable to be with us but sent along two of her staff, who gave a very in-depth talk on Little Super Stars. This is an organisation which came into existence through May McAvoy’s hard work and determination, with a lot of help from various people. Little Stars is a funded organisation which provides social, leisure and training opportunities to people with learning difficulties, from school leavers to adulthood. They also run a café at Oldtown Street Cookstown which is open from Tuesday to Saturday. They depend a lot on volunteers to support the members at the Club. A range of activities takes place during the week e.g. 10 pin bowling and other sports activities and a theatre Group in Burnavon. The Club also engages with Sperrinview School on a regular basis. The Group received a gift from Muriel as a token of our appreciation. Tea was served by June, Violet and Janet.
In December we held our Christmas Dinner, provided by Gilberry Fayre, in the Church Hall. The food was delicious - so hot and tasty! There was a lovely atmosphere on the night. We had a couple of “Pass the Parcels” - ripping off a wrapper while wearing a pair of oven gloves was not easy!!! Mr & Mrs Santa Claus presented everyone with a pressie and to round off the night we had Andrew Cornett, from ‘Kingdom Bound’, singing for us.
Our January meeting began with the AGM at 7 p.m. which was chaired by Rev. Elizabeth, who opened with prayer. May gave a review of the year and Averil presented the financial report. The elections then followed with the officer-bearers remaining the same: Chair - Muriel, Vice-Chair - June, Treasurer – Averil, Secretary – May. The elected Committee members are: Rea Gallagher, Carol McAree, Jean Palmer and Jean Mullen.
Tea was served by Hannah, Muriel and June.
Muriel then opened the next part of our meeting with prayer and invited June to read the scripture. Muriel introduced our speaker, Mrs Heather Glendinning who gave a very in-depth talk on her early life, as part of a church- going family in Dundrod. She met her husband Millar at a farm show. They settled down to married life in Stewartstown and had two sons and a daughter. They lived on a farm and reared ponies, attending shows country wide. They were befriended by a man who filled their heads with high hopes of breeding ponies and making a fortune!! As a result, they lost their home and land. During a traumatic time and with a lot of help from Barristers, lawyers and Heather’s commitment to her Bible readings, eventually they regained their home and land, having all given their lives to the Lord.
Muriel presented Heather with a gift as a token of our appreciation.
Ladies Guild coffee morning and cake sale in St Elizabeth’s Hall
Many thanks to all who supported our coffee morning and cake sale in St Elizabeth’s on 7th December when the magnificent sum of £1,110 was raised.