Page 10 - Moravian Messenger - October 2021
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Fetter Lane London
Sr Deirdre Mason 31st March 1934 - 4th February 2021
Earlier this year friends and family paid respects to Deirdre Mason a a a a a a a a long-time member of the Fetter Lane congregation Deirdre had a a a a a a a varied and and full life with travel studies parenthood work and and volunteering Born in in in in Antigua she relocated to Harlem in in in in New York City in in in in the the the 1950s and and then to to to London
in in in in the the the late 60s where she continued to to to work work and and to to to study She eventually worked in in the Civil Service at Somerset House a a a job she continued until retirement Deirdre was a a a a a a woman of many interests among which were fashion and sewing as as as well as as as teaching herself French A Moravian from childhood she was a a a a a very active member of the Gracehill N Ireland
Summer Events in Gracehill Already summer seems a a a a a a a a long way way away but with with children back in in in in schools and small groups meeting with with required safety rules in in in in in in place a a a a a a a a a a a kind of 'normality' seems to to be creeping back back into our our lives We have all felt that 'normal' is a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a word we we cannot quite place back back in in in our our vocabulary and and yet slowly and and very carefully we we have managed to feel some gentle progress For the children in Gracehill summer always means
looking forward to the the fun times spent
together at Holiday
Bible Club and with Sr Sarah's good
guidance Rachel
Hamilton's hard
planning work and all the helpers involved this this year's year's club was very special and and so so appreciated With some creative thinking this this year's year's title changed to 'Blended Club 21' which included two sessions each day
a a a a a a a 'Home Session' Session' in in in in in the the the morning followed by a a a a a a a 'Live Outdoor Session' Session' held in in in in in in the the the Village Square in in in in in in the the the afternoons The morning session included registration Bible Story Work Booklet time memory verse singing and and craft activities finishing with recap and and and prayer The outdoor sessions were held in in in in the square and and and proved to be great fun with games snacks and and activities for all all all ages! All in in all all all a a a a a a a a a a a a a very different but really successful 'Holiday Club 21' The 4th of July may well be an an important date in the the the the calendar for the the the the United States when they celebrate the the the the Declaration of Independence in 1776 but we had a a a a a a a a more personal and Fetter Lane congregation holding a a a a a number of positions including MWA (Moravian Women's Association) leader EDC (Eastern District Conference) representative Church Committee secretary and Domestic Steward It was Deirdre who organised the the Easter Breakfast gatherings enjoyed by many London
Moravians She frequently visited members who were unwell and kept a a a a a birthday list ensuring cards were sent to each of us A woman who believed in in broadening one's own horizons while serving family friends and community Sr Cynthia Dize
very special celebration for the oldest member of our congregation Sr Lily Kitson was 95 this year year although she looks years younger with that beautiful smile! She celebrated her her special day
with all her her children Daphne Billy Raymond and and Doreen and and enjoyed every second of it!
Cardiac arrest can can happen to anyone at at any any time and and can can prove fatal With funding from Mid and and East Antrim Borough Council the the Gracehill Old School Trust have provided a a a a a a a a a a a a new cardiac defibrillator for the the the the community situated in in in a a a a a a a a a a a locked cabinet on on on the the the the wall of the the the the old school building This is is a a a a a a a a a a a a a wonderful addition to the the the village and can be used by anyone with no special training required Over the the the summer lots of visitors and and locals enjoyed walking around all the the the the the new walks and and visiting the the the the the burial burial ground ground The first part of the the the the the path up into the the the the the burial burial ground ground can seem quite steep Brother Raymond Kitson worked very closely with the the the the the contractor to to ensure lovely black railings have now been fitted along the the the the steps and and on on on on the the the the first part of the the the the path creating not only a a a a a a a a a a a safety asset but a a a a a a a a a a a beautiful and and welcoming entrance Also a a a a a a a a a lovely informative plaque has been placed on the the the pillar at at the the the entrance informing visitors of of of a a a a a a a a a little bit of of of the the the history of 'God's Acre' Sr Roberta Gray
© Sr Roberta Gray
© Sr Jill McDonald

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