Mothers' Union


The Mothers’ Union was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner. It is a world-wide Anglican society with over 4 million members in over 80 countries.

It's aim is to  teach about the sanctity of family life; promote marriage and family health and well-being; and support families world-wide, especially in times of struggle or adversity.

It's members are not all mothers, nor even all women. The Mothers' Union is open to men, women, parents, grandparents, separated, widowed, divorced, and singles.


St Mary's Branch

The Mothers' Union Branch at St Mary's currently has over 25 members, ranging from people in their 30s to those aged over 80.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the church.

  • We start and close each meeting with prayer
  • Opening Prayer is usually followed by the sharing of any news
  • We then advertise any events of interest to our members, such as meetings of other MU branches, and deanery, archdeaconry and diocesan MU events
  • We also promote forthcoming events in our church community
  • We then have the main event, which can vary from a Quiet Evening to a Candle Party, a Beetle Drive, or a Guest Speaker 
  • We end with tea and cakes and a general chat with the speaker and with one another

Our subscription for the year for each person is £12.00.

There is a Mothers’ Union magazine called ‘Home and Family’, which is available at £6.00 per year.


Aims and Objectives of the MU

  • To uphold Christ’s teachings on the nature of marriage and promote its wider understanding
  • To encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the Church
  • To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service
  • To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children
  • To help those whose family life has met with adversity


Further information about the Mothers' Union can be found on the MU website. If you want to know more about our branch at St Mary's, please contact Cathy.





Cathy Bottomley

01706 880361