The ACW logo is symbolic of our purpose: To unite all women
is symbolized by the three gold rings intertwined; awakening a greater desire for Christian service…is symbolized by the lighted candle; in the parish, community, and the world…is symbolized by a red circle enclosing the candle and rings.
The symbols and colours are significant:
• Red is for charity
• Gold is for the richness of God’s blessing
• White is for joy
To unite all women of the Diocese in a fellowship of worship, study, and offering, with the aim of deepening and strengthening a greater desire for Christian service in the parish, community, and the world.
Almighty God, we give thanks to you for having sent Your blessed Son to become the Saviour of the world; grant us a deep sense of gratitude for Your grace and mercy towards us. Enable us by Your Spirit to reveal Your love in all our actions so that Your salvation may become known to all peoples and Your name glorified throughout all the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The ACW meet every first Monday of the month at 7:00pm usually in the Library. During the winter months however they meet in the afternoons at 1:00pm in the Library. The President of the ACW is Jackie Young.
Mothers’ Union Prayer:
Loving Lord we thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life. Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service, reach out as your hands across the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Simnel Cake: The traditional Simnel Cake takes its name from the Latin “simila” meaning fine wheat flour. Cakes were rich, glazed using almond paste and symbolic decorations. Special cookies are also used.
Anglican Observance Of Mothering Sunday: Mothering Sunday, not to be confused with Canadian Mother’s Day, is celebrated in Anglican Churches on the fourth Sunday in Lent.
It is a very old liturgical feast known by several names over the ages: Laetare Sunday to honor the Virgin Mary, Refreshment Sunday, Rose Sunday and Mothering Sunday. It dates back to the custom in England when domestic servants in the grand houses of the landed gentry were permitted to go home to visit their home church and mothers. Often the housekeeper or cook would allow the maids to bake a cake to take home for their mother. Sometimes a gift of eggs or flowers from the garden (or hothouse) was allowed. Or they may have picked a bunch of wildflowers from the wayside, violets especially.
In Canada Mothers’ Union branches observe Mothering Sunday by distributing flowers to mothers and serving the traditional simnel cake and/or cookies during the coffee hour. Simnel cake is a light fruit cake made with a layer of marzipan in the middle and if desired a layer on top which is decorated with 11 marzipan balls representing the 12 apostles minus Judas, who betrayed Christ. If 12 balls are used, the 12th one is to represent Jesus.
Our own branch of Mothers’ Union here at the Church of Saint Andrew was started in 1983, our members meet on the 1st Tuesday of every month in the Church Library.