Great Food and Great Conversation at the Women’s Breakfast

Over the last year, the Women’s Breakfast has become a well-known, well-attended event in Isleworth. Bringing women together from across four different churches (All Saint’s, All Soul’s, St John’s with St Mary’s and St Mary’s Osterley), each time we have a different speaker sharing from her personal experience and Christian Faith. St Mary’s Osterley hosted for the first time last Saturday, with Sheila Matthews giving a poignant, touching testimony to the goodness of God through her and her husband Elis’ journey of infertility. Elis and Sheila write about these issues at the blog saltwaterandhoney.org. Here are some reflections from women from our congregation who went.

Katy Cooper:

I was nervous of attending on my own and had no idea what to expect. When I arrived I was so warmly welcomed by a mixture of ladies from the local congregations and immediately relaxed in such a welcoming environment, and an amazing breakfast! What I learnt was that no matter our experiences of joy or sadness we are stronger together sharing words and faith with honesty and laughter. Without using faith as judgement without trying to offer a solution just an understanding that we all walk different paths, whether that’s infertility, illness or loss. It was a truly fantastic morning that will stay with me.

Vicky Owusu-Ansah:

I thoroughly enjoyed the women’s breakfast on Saturday, it was emotional, fun, inspirational and the team did a great job hosting. Sheila’s talk on fertility was inspiring and touching, it allowed me to be more empathetic. I loved Sheila’s energy and courage in sharing her story. In addition, the event had a fantastic atmosphere – we shared lots of laughter, people were lovely and the food was great. It was a heartfelt conversation and very refreshing. I am glad I attended. 

It’s our turn to host next so ladies please SAVE THE DATE in your diaries: Saturday, 25th January 2020.

Rachel Maclure