Festival of Food, Fun and Friendship

Festival of Food, Fun and FriendshipFor a number of years the MWI on the Portadown District held their Spring Rally on a Saturday morning in March, but numbers were falling.   At the District Executive we decided to change the format  and so we invented the “Festival of Food, Fun and Friendship”.

Plans were made for Tuesday 13th May in the Faith Mission Centre, Portadown.  This  proved a very suitable venue having the halls, kitchens and ample parking required.  We employed the services of Ardlee Catering and menus were discussed.  Our speaker, Barbara Boyd was booked and we waited for bookings to come in.

Crafts on Display

As the ladies arrived on the night they were met and welcomed by District Treasurer Florence Bowler, who gave everyone a programme for the evening.

District President Gillian Johnston began the evening by welcoming everyone, with a special word for our speaker Barbara and a short prayer.   We began the event at 7.00 pm with a Buffet Meal where we were offered a large variety of main courses, sides, desserts and  tea and coffee.  The sound of chatter in the hall indicated how much everyone was enjoying the food and the fellowship.  During tea announcements were given by Vera Metcalfe and there followed a time of praise.  Gillian had chosen some old Sunday School choruses, such as “Running over, running over”, “Climb, climb up sunshine mountain”,  “Away far beyond Jordan” and “Jesus wants me for a sunbeam” which the ladies heartily joined in singing. Music was provided by Brenda Thompson.   It was a very uplifting sound.

Barbara BoydThe rest of the evening was given over to Barbara Boyd who tells her life story through her craftwork.  She brought with her a variety of crafts, which she displayed, even hanging some of it from the windows.  There was Quilting, Carrickmacross Lace, Tapestry, Felting and more.  Barbara’s theme is “Sewing Through Life” and as she shared her story,  including her times of illness, she showed how God had been working in her life.  She is married to a Presbyterian Minister,  but still finds time for her craft and speaks at women’s meetings throughout the country.  Her talk was very much enjoyed by everyone and no one was in a hurry to go home.

We had more than 130 ladies present, which was a big improvement on the 2013 Rally and so proved to be a good decision.  Everyone was given a gift of a small card to take away with them.  It contained Bible readings on “What God thinks of You”.

We had fun together planning the evening and even while stacking the chairs and tables away afterwards we were aware of the lovely fragrance of Jesus with us.   The evening was very successful and we express our sincere thanks to the Faith Mission Centre for the use of the property, in particular to the manager Andrew for all his help.

Our hope and prayer is that this event may encourage those present to take a fresh look at MWI and plan to attend regular meetings.
Barbara Boyd and Gillian Johnston