The Mothers’ Union
Mothers’ Union was set up in 1876 by Mary Sumner the wife of a parish priest in Winchester.
It is now an organisation of more than 4 million members in over 83 countries, all working towards improving family life in our communities through practical action and prayer.
The Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation which promotes the well-being of families world-wide.
We achieve this by:
- Developing prayer and spirituality growth in families
- Studying and reflecting on family life and marriage and their place in society
- Resourcing our members to take practical action to improve conditions for families, both nationally and in the communities in which they live.
Purpose, Aim and Objectives
The purpose of the Mothers’ Union is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life. In order to carry out this Aim, its Objectives are:
1. To promote and support married life
2. To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children
3. To maintain a world wide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service
4. To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children
5. To help those whose family life has met with adversity
YOCKLETON MOTHERS’ UNION
Branch Leader: Mrs Christine Jones
(Chair of Pontesbury Deanery Mother’s Union)
Branch Secretary: Miss Elizabeth Bromley
Yockleton Mothers’ Union meets on the 3rd Tuesday in each month usually in the home of one of its members. At the moment we have 10 members, and membership is open to both men and women. Membership is open to all who have been baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity and who declare their support for the Aims and Objectives of the society.
Although few in numbers we are an active branch, taking part in many varied activities.
In addition to monthly meetings, over the past few years we have organised and led a meditative service during Holy Week.
We organise the annual Women’s World Day of Prayer service.
We support the South Shropshire Women’s Refuge by collecting toiletries for mums and children, and toys, especially cuddly toys, for the children.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Mothers’ Union has around 4 million members worldwide. Around one thousand of those live in the Hereford Diocese.
We are represented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
In 2003, 36 UK dioceses provided ‘away from it all’ holidays for 452 adults and 575 children – 231 of these were one parent families; 39 were aged over 50; 89 adults had health problems; 79 children had health problems. 5 of these families had holidays provided by Hereford Diocese.
In Hereford Diocese there are 5 MU trained parenting course facilitators. At present in the UK there are 253 MU trained facilitators.
MU works in 80 prisons in UK and Ireland
The MU is involved with some 30 child contact centre across 17 dioceses
Other UK projects where MU is involved include –
- Parent and Toddler Groups
- Visiting the elderly and housebound
- Hospital chaplaincy
- Debt relief
- Drugs awareness
- Media awareness
- Work with travellers, refugees and the homeless
- Numerous knitting and sewing projects
- Help in schools and churches.