Mothers’ Union at Swansea Wedding Fayre

October 1, 2014

A hot Sunday in September and the Brangwyn Hall is a wedding market full of couples, their parents, friends and young children. One person in every group is hanging onto a clutch of pastel carrier bags – and generally a couple of flutes of fizz. Sometimes it’s a prospective bridesmaid, sometimes a mother, often a husband to be; never the bride. There is music: classical, harp and pop; a fashion show. Vintage cars are parked outside. The place is alive with hopes and ideas. And why is the Mothers’ Union here and not in Church? MU 2 Kay Warrington, President of the Mothers’ Union, says Christian outreach is one of their key values; supporting families is another. She is delighted for the MU to be a visible part of the Wedding Fayre, able to share in the joy, and to offer support - not just for a couple’s big day but also for the marriage that follows. It is great to be a Christian presence in the marketplace – whatever the day. The MU stall is simple. Kay’s not selling anything. Couples are invited to write their first names and the date of their wedding on a coloured heart and tie it onto a pretty tree with silver thread. Why? Because the MU will pray for those couples (and their children) as they make their preparations and on the day itself. If they want to, and they generally do, there are some excellent, free leaflets. No surprise that everyone wants '50 ways to save money on your Wedding'. Of course the MU does much more than support marriage. They care for families worldwide as well as at home. Take a look at the projects on their website and be impressed at just how much they do. You might be surprised to know that the MU was also a presence at Freshers Week this year – where their inspired gift of an MU mug with a recipe book was enthusiastically snapped up by the new students. Practical help generously offered - and gratefully received. Some of the students were so impressed they wanted to join the MU. If you want to find out more about joining you can email Kay here. The Llandrindod Mothers' Union recently celebrated their 130th year - you can read the article about it on our Diocesan website here.