mors - friendship for all
Meets: 1st Tuesday of each Month in the Church at 19:30. Contact: Tony King
MORS is a Church Social Group open to “Methodists of Rose Street”, and to all other friends of the Church. Our main aims are to encourage friendships to grow and to welcome everyone into the overall Church family.
- A Monthly Programme of talks followed by refreshments and a chat in The Meeting Place
- Visits and Excursions to places of interest
- An Annual Dinner and Anniversary Service
A further aim is to raise funds in support of Church activities and Local Charities via our own efforts and also in cooperation with other Church groups, especially Contact and the Theatre Club.
2 January 2018
10.30am & 6.00pm MORS Anniversary Services
Revd Nick Thompson
5.45pm Community Hymn Singing
Wildlife on your Doorstep
Annual Dinner at 'The Bull', Arborfield
Aviation in Berkshire
Reading Male Voice Choir Concert
My Experiences Training with the Cosmonauts at Star City, Russia
A Long Walk across England
Lies and Excuses - Going through Customs
Outing to Lacock Village and Museum
Lunch in Chippenham - Booking required
At our November meeting, Sheila Hill reviewed her experiences from a year's assignment in Afghanistan. Sponsored by the Foreign Office, she was the token woman and sole European civilian in an Afghanistan team set up to train and educate the police. She found the culture very different being dominated by the men, but the older women had some subtle influences – plus a sense of humour. When asked by a visitor 'Is there any sensible reason why you walk behind your menfolk?' One of them replied "Yes - landmines!"
Two features that impressed Sheila were the majesty of the mountains and the hospitality of her hosts, who went to great lengths to provide her with a banquet and a giant birthday cake on her special day. Cautiously, and a few at a time, the young men came along to see from a distance what was going on – the closest they would have been to a European woman. One 14 year old caused great concern when he waved an automatic rifle about. "I've come to protect you" he explained. The ceremonial dress was also impressive – and not just for the ladies. The men's dress included massive bloomers and fancy waistcoats costing a month's salary. The Afghans face a formidable task in trying to build their economy, but they are an intelligent people, keen to ensure their children are well educated, and anxious to be part of the solution not just part of the problem. Let's hope their standard of living will soon improve.
MORS has already given an early Christmas gift of £1,400 to the very successful Alzheimer group run by the Church, and we are now moving into the New Year with a very full programme. Your committee send you all their very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
On 2nd January we look forward to Tony King's presentation on "The Edwardians", which no doubt will be thoroughly researched and illustrated as usual. Our February talk by Tim Way will be about "Wildlife on your Doorstep".
On Sunday 4th February we are delighted to welcome back Revd Nick Thompson to lead our Anniversary Service, accompanied by the MORS choir. Then on Tuesday 20th February we will be holding our Annual Dinner at 'The Bull' – Arborfield. Booking Forms will be available at our January meeting.
Annual Review (February 2017)
We support 'Our Vision' by providing 'an exciting and comprehensive range of activities -- in an environment where everyone belongs, and enjoys true friendship'.
We meet this aim through our diverse programme of Talks, Visits, Concerts, Dinners and Annual Services. Our monthly talks attract an audience of about 65 people, from Church and Community. Last year we were entertained by a variety of subjects ranging from a rather novel 'Audience with a Mole' to a nostalgic 'Do you remember the Fifties?' We then all enjoyed coffee and a chat in the Meeting Place, which itself is a major asset in building up friendships. We also attracted splendid support for our traditional British Airways Band Concert, which raised over £1000, and for our Annual Dinner at the Bull at Arborfield where once again over 70 of us thoroughly enjoyed the first class food and excellent service provided by Bruno and his team.
We were delighted that the Revd Bryan Coates, along with Sandy, returned this year to lead our Anniversary Services, which he did in great style. Mike Bowstead led the Community Hymn Singing during the evening, at the same time giving us knowledgeable insight into the importance of the music and lyrics of each hymn. Again the MORS Male Voice Choir, conducted by Eileen Goode, gave another splendid performance- a successful and thoroughly enjoyable day.
This year, thanks to the support received for our activities, we were able to donate over £3,600 to local charities from the MORS Charity Fund, as well as £1,700 to our Church. We trust that all our activities again created the environment for generating 'friendship for all'.