The Mothers’ Union (MU) is a national Christian membership movement whose aim is to promote Christian family life and to provide support to families and communities in need in the UK and worldwide.
Founded in England in 1876 by Mary Sumner, the Mothers’ Union now has over 4 million members in over 80 countries around the world. Membership is not limited to mothers; men and women, married or single, parents and non-parents are all welcome. These members seek to serve people in their communities through outreach projects and various programmes. Members work tirelessly, offering Christian care for families, regardless of faith or background.
Through its many programmes worldwide, MU works with some of the most neglected, marginalized people in the world, and at times of hardship and distress, caused either by natural disasters or conflict, MU members are often the first to respond, bringing relief from hunger, illness and homelessness.
Here at St Michael’s, families are supported by the Mothers’ Union through prayer as well as a wide range of activities which include -
Supporting ‘National Marriage Week’
Encouraging ‘Make a Mother’s Day’ donations
Providing ‘Away from it all’ holidays for those under stress
Supporting and engaging in the weekly ‘Tiny Tots’ service
Visiting those in need
Organising fund raising events
Providing weekly posies in the Lady Chapel and other festivals to name but a few.
St Michael’s MU meets on the second Wednesday of each month (except August) in the church at 1:45pm for 2pm. We begin with prayers and notices and these are followed by activities or a talk by a guest speaker; we have had talks on topics as diverse as “A Visit to the Holy Land”, “The Natural History of the Hadhams” and “Following in Mary Sumner’s Footsteps”. Whatever the subject, we always finish with tea!
We are always looking to welcome new members. So if you would like to get involved or know more, then please do come along to any of our meetings, speak to our Branch Secretary, Jenny Savage, or contact her via the Parish Office.
Mothers' Union posy in the Lady Chapel
Mothers' Union members at a Branch meeting in the WCC