Mothers' Union

The Mothers' Union is an international Christian membership charity that aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide.

The MU works with people of all faiths and none in 83 countries to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and campaigning. It supports families and communities both in the UK and around the world. Since 1876, when Mary Sumner first brought together parents in her own parish to build their confidence in bringing up their children in the Christian faith, the MU has grown to over 4 million members worldwide. MU members work around the world bringing hope and practical support to millions of people every year through parenting, literacy and community development programmes and as part of the volunteer base of local churches.

Our local Mothers’ Union Branch meets once a month on the 4th Tuesday afternoon normally at 2.15 in St Andrew's Church House. We have had speakers this year on such varied subjects as “The work of a Hospital Chaplin” and “A Christian view of Wildlife Conservation”. There are also social events, sometimes with other branches in the Deanery, and fundraising events for projects both overseas in developing countries and locally in the Somerset area.

Forthcoming meetings include:-

  • February 27th - Speaker, Karen Atherton from Gemini Refuge
  • March 27th - Speaker, Carol Hellen on the Role of a Church Warden
  • April 24th - Deanery Buffet Lunch (ticket only). Speaker - Canon Mike Peters
  • May 22nd - Speakers, Ian & Helen Wills on Backwell Meeting Point
  • June 26th - MU Cream Tea in Church House at 2.30pm
  • July 24th - ‘Our favourite things’

Like the Church itself Mothers’ Union is an organisation with links locally (Deanery and Diocesan), nationally and internationally.

Through our annual coffee morning, Cream Tea, Harvest Lunch and donations we are able to support Mothers’ Union projects at home and abroad. This year -2017 - we have supported the “Summer of Hope” appeal which aims to help struggling families in the UK and around the world. MU’s target is to raise £125,000 through this appeal.e also collect items needed by Gemini, a refuge from domestic violence, for both men and women, which is based in Weston-Super-Mare.

‘Knitting for others’. Our Mothers’ Union member, Barbara Paige, hosts a small knitting group to knit items requested by hospitals for premature babies. They knit caps, bootees, cardigans, in fact any items that a baby might need. Hospitals also request ‘Angel pockets’ on the sad occasions when babies are still born so that they maybe buried with dignity. Barbara’s group usually meet on the 2nd Monday in the month, anytime after 10.30 at 18 Karen Drive.

We also collect items needed by Gemini, a refuge from domestic violence, for both men and women, which is based in Weston-Super-Mare.

There is much more information about MU on our Diocesan website at mubathandwells.org/ and also on the national website www.mothersunion.org

Co-ordinator: Marie Bale