As Mothers’ Union members from throughout Derry and Raphoe Diocese gathered to celebrate their Festival Service in St Columb’s Cathedral, Right Rev Bishop Ken Good praised them, saying they were the most committed, most active and most involved parishioners in the Diocese.


Lt – Rt canon Harold Given, Mrs Mary Good, Bishop Ken Good, Canon John Merrickintersessions were led by Jacqui Armstrong, Linda Hughes and Pearl Scott.

Commissioned at the service with Mrs Mary Good by Bishop Ken were Vice President Jennifer Given, Diocesan Secretary Brigid Barrett and Indoor Representative Pearl Scott.

In his sermon based on Revelation Ch3 v 14 – 19 Bishop Ken commended members for their faith throughout the years, their fundraising worldwide, the support and encouragement given to parents and married life at home and abroad, especially in times of adversity.

As the Son of Man points to issues needing to be addressed, he posed the question, “What is the Spirit saying to Mothers’ Union?” They are an organisation he said quite good at self- examination and willing to take risks. Pointing out that Mothers’ Union are facing a challenging time he reassured them that God was with them in their planning and envisioning and he wants them to be courageous in going forward, facing the future with confidence and faith, knowing that Our redeemer Liveth.

Greeting the assembled members as the new Diocesan President Mrs Good said that it was with a great sense of pride and humility she takes on the role of President, following in the footsteps of many remarkable women who had served before her and had left indelible marks on the history of Mothers’ Union over 140 years.

Going forward she said we must be bold, creative, faithful and take risks. Encouraging members by referring to the well- known poem Footsteps in the Sand she reminded everyone that we do not stand alone, but, in difficult times Jesus carries us. He leads and enables us and we must not be afraid to take risks and do what he is asking.

Concluding the service Mrs Good announced the names of those who had won awards. The Overseas Award was presented to Stranorlar MU and received by Mrs Elsie Stewart and the Livingstone Award presented by Mrs Helen Livingstone to Christ Church Drumachose MU Limavady.