Mothers’ Union

MU logo The Mothers’ Union is an international Anglican society. Its mission is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life. Membership is open to all who have been baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity and declare their support of the aim and objects of the society. The Corsham branch meets in Church House, Church Street, Corsham at 2:30pm on the first Wednesday of each month.

Our theme for 2022 is Transformation – Now

Chippenham Deanery and Corsham Branch Leader is Mrs Cathy Reynolds, Coquet Lodge, 11 Greenhill, Neston SN13 9RN Tel. 01225 374935  or 07434802013.

Corsham Mothers’ Union hosted the Deanery MU Service on 1 December 2021 and sadly Corsham remains the only branch in the Chippenham Deanery as other branches have now closed.

The Mothers’ Union is the world’s largest lay Christian membership charity. It was founded in 1876, when Mary Sumner a clergyman’s wife, first brought together parents in her own Hampshire parish to build their confidence in bringing up their children, it has grown to an organisation of over four million women – and men – in 84 countries of the world, promoting stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and campaigning and caring for families regardless of faith or background.  Prayer is central to the work of Mothers’ Union and each day, at midday, members pause to pray.  The Wave of Prayer is a continuous expression of their commitment in prayer to each other in this country and worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mothers’ Union is the world’s largest lay Christian membership charity. It was founded in 1876, when Mary Sumner a clergyman’s wife, first brought together parents in her own Hampshire parish to build their confidence in bringing up their children, it has grown to an organisation of over four million women – and men – in 84 countries of the world, promoting stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and campaigning and caring for families regardless of faith or background.  Prayer is central to the work of Mothers’ Union and each day, at midday, members pause to pray.  The Wave of Prayer is a continuous expression of their commitment in prayer to each other in this country and worldwide.

Work carried out in the provinces includes marriage and relationship support, dealing with problems of poverty of opportunity with Literacy and Financial Education programmes, vocational training, health education, care for vulnerable adults, prison work, community support, advocacy and campaigning and provision of relief.  Thousands of people benefit each year from the work done by Mothers’ Union members in their communities.

The Mothers’ Union was first established in the Bristol Diocese in 1898 when there were 12 Branches and around 400 members.  Members support our Diocesan Projects either by volunteering or by raising funds and giving donations. Some members volunteer to be at Bristol Cathedral so every week day visitors are met and made welcome by MU members.  MU members started the Friends for Parents scheme at Bristol Children’s Hospital providing a friendly face, supplies of tea and coffee and practical help for parents who arrive from all over the country.  Donations of toys, clothes, sometimes furnishings (for the RISE project in Chippenham), and the Corsham Refuge, tea and coffee (for Friends for Parents in Bristol Children’s Hospital), rice and tins of fish (Asylum Seekers in Bristol) come from all over the Diocese and many members are busy knitting children’s jumpers, woolly hats, angel pockets to go overseas to orphanages, to refugees and others in need in our own country.

Every parish linked to a Mothers’ Union branch benefits from the help MU members give to a wide range of activities including supporting Wedding couples and families who bring children for Baptism, taking on leading positions on Parochial Church Councils, and providing tea and cake at various functions.

As a member you can:-

  • Strengthen communities all over the world
  • Help the most disadvantaged at home
  • Shape how we advocate for the rights of families
  • Build supportive, loving relationships
  • Develop your own relationship with God

We have so much to celebrate and there is still so much to be done.  We always need new members and anyone interested can find out more about the Mothers’ Union by visiting the main website or contacting Corsham Branch Leader Cathy Reynolds.