This month it was a joy to welcome Ephena Matthew the Diocesan President of Antigua. She made me very welcome when I was lucky enough to visit Antigua in early 2020.
She stayed with me for a week and brought glorious Antiguan sunshine with her. It was a busy week of MU and church activity, and many people were able to meet her. We had a meeting of Deanery leaders and representatives at my house. It was a joy to be able to meet face to face and share a buffet meal and lots of ideas, as people start to worship and meet together again.
We were able to attend the wonderful service at Werrington church celebrating 100 years. Bishop John presided and Revd. Deborah, our chaplain, coordinated the prayers and offering of symbols of thanks. Jennie Edis gave a wonderful summary of MU activity. The branch and deanery had worked very hard to put on a wonderful celebration. We processed our MU banners, and of course enjoyed a wonderful spread of hospitality.
There were also opportunities to meet Ephena over a coffee at the Falcon, and sharing meals with friends. On the Saturday after attending a Eucharist together we walked nearly 15kms as part of the ride and stride. This involved walking across the fields between churches. The week ended with attendance together at our Harvest service.
In a card of thanks she writes “Thankyou and your family for opening your hearts and home to me. Your kindness has made a great difference to my life. Thankyou also for your fiends and MU sisters for involving me in so many events. I enjoyed every moment!”
Ephena has become a great friend and inspiration as a woman of faith and action. I give thanks for her, and the worldwide mission and ministry of MU.
Jill Cannings, Diocesan President