Mothers’ Union is a worldwide organisation with a membership of over 4 million people in 81 countries which is quite an achievement for a society formed in 1876.
Mothers’ Union Today
Members work towards 5 objectives:
- Promoting and supporting marriage
- Encouraging parents in a role to develop the faith of their children
- Maintaining a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service
- Promoting conditions in society favourable to a stable family life and the protection of children
- Helping those whose family life has met with adversity
Membership is not restricted – men, women, parent or not – are welcome to join. The only requirement is that you are a baptised Christian and support the work and beliefs of the organisation. You can get more information about the national work of Mothers’ Union here.
Mothers’ Union Gainsborough
Gainsborough Mothers’ Union was formed in June 2004 when the branches of All Saints and St George’s were closed and later the same day Gainsborough Mothers’ Union branch was opened. Now part of the Trentside Cluster (with Haxey, Epworth and Belton)and with 28 members it continues to thrive. Meetings are held on every third Monday of the month at 2pm (except December) in St George’s Church Hall. The Branch Committee plans a varied yearly programme (click here for the current programme) which includes speakers, member-led afternoons, discussions, quiet afternoons and updates on local or international news. At every meeting there is always prayer time and fellowship ending with tea and biscuits. For information on our forthcoming meetings, see Upcoming Events above.
Gainsborough Mothers’ Union has links with All Saints Booval in Australia and also Swinehead branch in Lincolnshire. In the community members help in different ways. The branch has a good relationship with West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service and helps at the Refuge throughout the year with food at Harvest time, donations of practical items like toiletries and general household/cleaning products and Tesco gift cards four times a year. The collection from the Mothers’ Union Carol Service goes towards gifts for the children in their care over Christmas. Some members also enjoy knitting items for the neo-natal unit at Scunthorpe General Hospital. Members also serve refreshments at the Mothers’ Union Centre in Lincoln.
History and Founding of Mothers’ Union
Mary Sumner, wife of the Bishop of Winchester, founded the Mothers’ Union when she herself became a grandmother and reflected on how inadequate and alone she felt as a young mother and wanted to help others. She believed the primary responsibility of mothers was to raise their children in the love of God. Although many changes have occurred over the years the ethos of believing in the importance of family life remains the same.
Mothers’ Union in the Lincoln Diocese
Mothers’ Union are privileged to have their own Diocesan Centre at St Benedict’s in the centre of Lincoln – it is a 12th century church between BHS and Marks and Spencer – right in the heart of the shopping area. St Benedict’s is used regularly for meetings but is also open to the public on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 2:30pm serving fair trade tea and coffee and offering a place for rest and refreshment. Greetings cards, books and other articles from Mothers’ Union Enterprises are also on sale here.