A Shared Passion for Church Embroidery

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undefined A group of Mothers' Union members recently met to compare notes with a visitor from Nigeria. Christianah Akanbi runs a company in Ife, Nigeria, which makes church vestments and clerical shirts.

On her first visit to England, she met Vivien Ley, the Mothers’ Union Diocesan President, and other MU members from across the diocese, at St Thomas’s Ellesmere Port. Christianah showed the group examples of her work, including stoles and a cathedral cope. Local members were also able to share what they had made, and to ask Christianah about life in Nigeria today. Part of the work of the MU is to pray for other members across the world, and the MU in Chester has links with several dioceses, including Afikpo, elsewhere in Nigeria.
On her visit, Christianah also attended MU events in Nantwich and Stockport deaneries, and helped to lead textiles classes in some of our Church Secondary Schools (Bishop’s High School in Chester, Woodchurch High School, and St Chad’s High School in Runcorn). Christianah’s husband, Solomon, is the Dean of St Philip’s Cathedral in Ile Ife, and is studying for a doctorate at the University of Chester.

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Christianah Akanbi (second from the right) meets Vivien Ley (centre) and other MU members Angie Magoro, Dawn Colwell (Diocesan MU Secretary) and Jean Welch.