DID YOU KNOW THAT THE MOTHERS’ UNION (MU) IS A WORLDWIDE CHRISTIAN CHARITY THAT WORKS TO PROMOTE AND SUPPORT THE WELL-BEING OF FAMILIES WORLDWIDE?
Our vision is of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. This is not a vague hope, but a goal we actively pursue by praying, campaigning and enabling.
We aim to show our Christian faith by the transformation of communities worldwide. We can do this through the promotion of stable marriage, family life and the protection of children.
We work with people of all faiths and none in 83 countries through praying, enabling and campaigning. We support families and communities both in the UK and around the world, through our parenting, literacy, relief and community development programmes and by being part of the volunteer base of local churches.
Our members are not all mothers, or even all women. They are single, married, divorced, parents, grandparents, men, or young adults all of whom are baptised and committed to being part of a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community and worldwide - through prayer, financial support and actively working at the grassroots level in programmes that meet local needs.
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, Mothers’ Union has grown to over 4 million members worldwide.
There has been an MU group at St Stephen’s for over 100 years. An evening group was started in 1997 - the 2 groups are now merged into 1 which meets for prayer, discussion, talks and refreshments and we are also now part of the wider Bath Deanery Branch creating opportunities to meet with members from across the city.
Within our church family and the wider Bath family we are involved in:
‘SOAP’ - (Support on a Plate) meals ministry, organising refreshments for the church carol service and for parents at our church school, supporting women’s refuges, providing lunch for couples attending marriage preparation days, fund raising to provide holidays for families under stress, raising funds for the Deanery Student cookbook (£1,000+ at our simple coffee shop during the Bath Christmas Market) and helping to hand these out at university Freshers’ Fairs.
For National and International families:
MU is often first on the scene because we have “home grown workers” available.
As a result of Literacy, Numeracy Projects and Family Life Programmes MU now sits at the UN and is one of the few NGO’s to be directly involved in shaping policies on women’s issues, HIV/AIDS, FGM and gender based violence.
MU is frequently consulted by governments on matters relating to families and family life.
e.g. As a result of lobbying Parliament through the “Bye, Bye Childhood” campaign into the sexualisation and commercialisation of children the resulting report has led to a dramatic reduction in sales of sexualised clothing for under 16 year olds and major improvements to on line safety for children.
Interested in finding out more?
- Come along to our monthly meeting in the Foyer on the THIRD Wednesday at 11.30
- Take a peek at our MU notice board in church - do borrow any of the publications you find there
- Visit mothersunion.org and you can even follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
- Speak to Mary Greenwood: 01225 464884, Pat Brocklebank 01225 422755 or contact the church office
The heartbeat for Mothers’ Union members is our commitment to prayer especially through our daily worldwide 24hour Wave of Prayer
As you can see MU is not just about making cups of tea!!
(although we are known to make a mean cuppa!)