Saturday 1 September 2018
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
The 15th annual Luton Ladies Day took place on Saturday 16 September 2017. Twenty-four ladies coming from as far away as London, met to share their day with worship, speakers, fellowship and food. Registration and coffee at 10:30 got us going.
Daria Fowler, the organiser welcomed everyone, read out some announcements and opened with Prayer, before Portia Brathwaite led us in a couple of hymns.
Our first speaker was Mrs. Shirley Jones with a talk entitled ‘All That I Owe Her’ about the influence of their wives upon the Kings. Looking back into the Bible we saw Esther, whom God used to save her people, Bathsheba and Jezebel, who was a byword for evil female wickedness! The Monarchy in the UK serves several valuable purposes such as positive image, tourism, stability and continuity. She looked at Alexandra, Mary and Elizabeth the Queen Mother-wives of Edward VII, George V and George VI. Their unswerving devotion to duty, like Esther, sets us an example of faithful, loving support and encouragement of their husbands the Kings, and is an inspiration to many.
After another hymn and a prayer over the meal, we enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch together before reconvening to hear Dr. Raj Khiani, a Consultant Cardiologist. Dr. Khiani talked to us about women’s heart health using his phone to project a 3D image on the screen illustrating how the heart works. He answered many questions including risk factors to heart health, the use of statins, the role of cholesterol and whether drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure (and yes is the answer but you have to drink litres of it!). He addressed panic attacks, the role of personality and emotion on heart health, and what role genetics play. He encouraged everyone to walk two miles every day, saying it has a huge impact on your health.
We had two more hymns before Daisy Dublin read ‘Letting go’, and Matilda Radovic read ‘A Mother’s Prayer’. Our last speaker of the day was Nancy Silcox who spoke about ‘Day by Day’. Nancy went over some of the scriptures encouraging us to study daily to be renewed in the inner woman. She talked about the Church’s daily mini-Bible study website www.daybyday.org.uk and told us that it is an opportunity for church members to participate in outreach to the world and not just Christians. We heard about the format of the studies with Title, Scripture & Reference, Comment, Prayer and Author information. We finished with everyone being given a guide and time to try their hand at writing
There was a hymn and Daisy Dublin asked the Closing Prayer. Daria announced that next years’ Ladies Day is scheduled for 1st September 2018.