On Saturday 21st September, MMUK held its Annual General Meeting and Festival Day at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. The AGM was attended by 32 supporters and members.
The Hon Treasurer reported that MMUK’s accounting records for 2018 – 2019 comply with Act & SORP, and that there were no matters to draw members attention, after being independently examined by Redwoods Accountants. Members accepted the accounts and agreed for Redwoods to examine the accounts for 2019 – 2020. Members also accepted the Review of the Year report and the minutes for the 2018 AGM. All of these documents can be found on the charity’s website; 2019 AGM & Festival Afternoon Programme & Speakers.
The Rt Revd Mark Rylands and Canon John Pinder were re-elected as Trustees for three years, and Mr Steven Scoffield was elected at Trustee and Honorary Treasurer for three years. Trustees were delighted to confirm that Revd Cath Duce will continue as a Trustee for another two years, having now secured a position following her curacy.
Mr Ian Drew stepped down as one of the Archbishop’s two appointed Trustees, after a term of eight years. Thankfully Ian has agreed to continue to maintain and look after the charity’s website and IT needs. Ian was sent a letter of thanks from Archbishop Leonard and also received thanks and praise from the Trustees and members.
The Most Revd Leonard Dawea has chosen Canon Daphne Jordan to replace Ian. Unfortunately, Daphne could not be at the meeting due to travelling back to the UK from the Solomon Islands, but sent this introduction;
I have spent all my working life teaching and then leading as a headteacher in Church of England schools. On leaving teaching I spent 10 years as the Deputy Director of Education for Blackburn Diocese and now work as a consultant for the schools and academies within the Diocese. I made my first visit to Vanuatu in 2013 to support ACOM in developing their Christian Distinctiveness programme making further visits in 2014 and 2018. 2018 was also the first opportunity I had to visit Honiara in the Solomon Islands again to support the schools in acknowledging their specialness as church schools.
I have been a lay canon of Blackburn Cathedral since 2001 in recognition of my career in church schools in taking the word of Jesus to children and young people.
I take great joy in sharing our seven grandchildren with their parents, watching Burnley Football team in the English Premier League, reading and gardening.
With an increased workload in 2020, the Trustees have also agreed to co-opt Canon Jane Brooke from Chester Cathedral as a Trustee for 2019-2020.
During the Eucharist in the Lady Chapel, Mr Steve Scoffield and Canon Jane Brooke became Associates to the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia.
In the afternoon there were presentations from Canon Jane Brooke on her first visit to the Solomon Islands with husband George in June. Jane gave praise to the work of the Mothers’ Union and their work on the Positive Parenting Programme. She also enjoyed the morning prayer services, going into the chapel in the dark of early morning and then coming out into the light. Read more about Jane’s visit; Learning From Each Other. Jane has also written some parables reset in the Solomon Islands, to help UK children understand the Solomon Islands through teaching the parables’ – download these from our Resources page.
Westcott House ordinand Lizzie Campbell was the next guest speaker, talking about her six week visit to the Solomon Islands this summer. Lizzie shared her experiences and what she would take into her own ministry under three headings;
- Live slowly
- Welcome openly
- Worship loudly
Read more about Lizzie’s visit; Lizzie Campbell – Six Weeks In The Solomons.
Members next heard plans for a MMUK hosted visit to the Solomon Islands in September 2020 from Canon Tony and Alison Sparham. The idea is to take supporters to the Solomon Islands for about three weeks to visit the church’s headquarters, Honiara Cathedral and see the work of the four Anglican religious orders and the Mothers’ Union on Guadalcanal and also on other islands. Tony and Alison will lead the group and places will be limited to around 12 people. More details will be sent out shortly and supporters are encouraged to contact the charity to register their interest.
Fresh from the enthronement of Archbishop Leonard, Bishop Mark Rylands shared news from the region. Read more about the enthronement and service, along with the Archbishop’s sermon and speech in the following articles; Archbishop Leonard Dawea’s Enthronement Address | Sermon for Archbishop’s Enthronement and Installation.
It was wonderful to see friends from across England and Scotland, and we look forward to seeing you at our very special AGM and Festival Day next year in July!