Mothers' Union

The 'Mothers’ Union' is the UK’s largest Christian charity. Its purpose is to be especially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and family life, locally and globally. As an Anglican led worldwide organisation it has around 4 million members in 83 countries.

"Our members share one heartfelt vision - to bring about 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 through prayer, programmes, policy work and community relationships. By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, we tackle the most urgent needs challenging relationships and communities."

We extend a warm invitation to those who wish to join our meetings or seek to discover more about how we at St. Margaret's work with the Mothers' Union.

Further information about the 'Mothers' Union' can be found at their official website:


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Who's Who

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104th Anniversary of Mothers’ Union at St Margaret's

It was in 1876 that Mary Sumner, for the first time, brought together, parents in her own parish in Hampshire to build their confidence in bringing up their children and to share, what we today call, “best practice”. The group began to meet regularly in her home and in this relaxed and comfortable setting, its members organised events and activities which supported and promoted stable family life. This was the origin of Mother’s Union, 140 years ago.

Since then M.U. has grown to become the world’s largest lay-Christian membership charity. Members of St Margaret’s Mothers’ Union are part of it. It was in 1912, that trail-blazing women at St Margaret’s inaugurated a M.U. branch of its own. Mrs Emeline Steinthal, who lived at St John’s, Queens Road, was instrumental in persuading Mary Sumner to visit the new Ilkley branch.

To this day, we at St Margaret’s, with over four million other members in eighty countries of the world, work together in practical ways to give aid and encouragement in support of Marriage and family life – the bases of strong communities – whilst enjoying the fellowship, friendship and stimulation our membership brings.

Family life everywhere is under increasing pressure and the call on M.U. resources is higher than ever. In this year over 500,000 people will benefit from Mothers’ Union support of one kind or another.

Because of this, nationally Mothers’ Union has set itself the challenge to raise £1,400,000 so that its work and outreach, in the U.K. and overseas, can continue and grow. Special Anniversary services and celebration events are planned during the year including a Celebration Service in Winchester Cathedral on 22nd September; returning full-circle to where Mothers’ union was founded. To find out more visit: 140th Anniversary

Val Smith

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