Mothers’ Union

What do we do?

MOTHERS’ UNION is an international Christian charity, with over 4 million members in 81 countries, devoted to doing all it can to make a better world for families. A world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. Through supporting a variety of projects here and abroad from literacy to HIV prevention; social policy work lobbying government; community outreach; Christian fellowship and prayer; members seek to support and nurture family life in all its diversity.

Here at St. John’s, in addition to the advertised programme, we actively support the baptism and marriage preparation in the parish, facilitate a Parent Support Group, are involved as volunteers in local community projects and play a key role in lobbying local and national government on issues and
concerns affecting family life.

Please come along to any of our events – you will be most welcome!

Questions and Answers

What is the Mothers’ Union?

It is a world-wide Anglican organization whose Purpose it is to be concerned
with all aspects of Christian family life.

Why was the Mothers Union founded?

The Mothers Union was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner, an Englishwoman.
When her first child was born she was overwhelmed by what she saw as the
awesome responsibility of parents, not only in caring for the children’s
physical well-being, but also for their spiritual nurture and growth.

What is the Aim and what are the Objects of the Mothers Union?

The Aim is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage
and family life. In order to carry this out there are five Objects.

To uphold Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its
wider understanding

Members hold conferences and training sessions, including marriage
preparation, in their branches and dioceses. The Society offers spiritual
support and development to all.

To encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of
the Church

In many ways the members give practical support to young families both
within the Church and the wider community: e.g. running crèches,
mother and the toddler groups and parenting courses.

To maintain a world-wide fellowship of Christians, united in prayer, worship
and service

Members not only give very generously to fund workers and projects
in many parts of the Anglican Communion but they pray daily through a wave
of prayer for fellow members around the world.

To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the
protection of children

Any proposed legislation affecting the family is discussed and comments
are passed to the relevant Government committee. There is active monitoring
of all forms of the media.

To help those whose family life has met with adversity
Many branches are involved in offering practical support: e.g. running
prison crèches and tea bars, debt counselling, providing holidays
for those needing a break and child contact centres so that separated families
can spend time together.

Quotations about the Mothers’ Union

  • “A Church without a Mothers’ Union is not alive.” an African Bishop
  • “If someone says it cannot be done – they will probably be interrupted
    by the Mothers’ Union doing it.” a parish priest
  • “The Mothers’ Union gave me an opportunity to develop spiritually.”
    MU member