Mary Sumner, the wife of a vicar, founded Mothers’ Union in 1876, in the parish of Old Alresford in Hampshire. It was because of her concern for young parents who had no support, that she started Mothers’ Union. Now it is an organisation of 4 million Christian members in over 81countries, who give money, experience and prayer to support marriage and family life.
Members also supervise Parenting groups; oversee contact centres for broken families, where children are able to meet up separately with both parents. Organising crèches in prisons, is another one of our many activities. Money is given to World Wide Projects, Literacy programmes abroad and caravan holidays in Great Britain to needy families.
At St Mary’s we have a membership of 39 and we meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (except January, July and August) at 2.15pm in the Church Hall. Our meeting consists of a short service and a speaker on a variety of subjects. Mothers’ Union now includes not only married members but divorcees, single persons and men who have been baptised in the Trinity and support the aim of the organisation. All are very welcome to join us. If you like what you see you can then be enrolled as a full member. Please come along to one of our sessions to find out more. You can also visit the Chester Mothers’ Union website for local information on www.mothersunionchester.co.uk.