Mothers' Union

Mothers' Union 2017

Mothers’ Union is a membership-based organisation. Members are Christians from all walks of life who join together to form the largest lay-led mission group in the world. All the charitable outreach of the organisation is actively carried out by the members, and Mothers’ Union’s governance, leadership and programmes are driven by and undertaken through members within their communities worldwide.

We follow on from our year of celebration in 2016 when we gave thanks for God’s faithfulness to Mothers’ Union over 140 years and acknowledged that: 

Thus far the Lord has helped us.

1 Samuel 7:12 

We now look to the future trusting that God will continue to help us as we share his love in the world through our Christian care for families and communities. We do this by actively putting our faith into action to serve God and his world. This is no new concept for us as Mothers’ Union; rather it has always been at the heart of our mission and outreach.

So 2017 is a year for us to highlight the ways in which we already live out our faith though action; it is also an opportunity for us to consider new ways in which to do so, being ever aware of the changing needs of society, and always looking to God for his guidance and provision.  

Sadly at the end of 2016, Glossop Deanery lost two branches of Mothers' Union, Holy Trinity Dinting, and St Johns' Charlesworth.  Charlesworth members have continued to be members of Mothers' Union as Deanery members. This means that they are still members of Mothers Union but do not meet as a branch but join in all Mothers' Union activities where they can. 

Prayer and worship is central to all that we do as Mothers’ Union members.  Our practical support for families and communities is motivated by our faith and sustained by our prayers. Members pray for each other everyday through the Wave of Prayer and each year an annual theme is decided, which focuses members' prayers and actionon particular aspects of Mothers' Union's work and faith. 

As a young woman our founder Mary Sumner took a special interest in women and their families. When she started meeting with mothers of her parish in 1876 Mary wrote the first Mothers' Union prayer. Her words are still an inspiration for us today.

All Saints Glossop Mothers' Union now has 9 members and although we are small in number we are big in action.

Last year we celebrated 140 years of Mothers' Union and for a challenge we knitted over 140 items which were sent to various charities. In September during the 'sermon slot' of our Sunday worship we gave a presentation illustrating the work that we do as Mothers' Union. The presentation was a phone call from Mary Sumner, the lady who started Mothers' Union, asking if Mothers' Union was still functioning.  The answer was a resounding YES, we are very much alive and functioning.

In December we took part in the 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence. Three separate venues around the diocese were chosen. This was attended by both Mothers' Union members, representatives from Crossroads, previously Women's Aid, and Caris House, a refuge centre in Buxton.

Our programme this year is very varied. Sometimes we meet on a Wednesday afternoon at Enid's house, beginning with a short communion service, and then others on a Wednesday evening in church with a speaker.

We were very honoured in February in have our very own Bee speak about her recent holiday in Kenya. Although Bee admitted that her journey was a holiday and not a mission journey we could see the way that the people live in Kenya on a very basic life style. We have Mothers' Union members in Kenya who like us help out with reaching out to their people in whatever way that they can to show God's love.

May meeting we have Fr. Greg from All Saints Catholic Church to speak.  As our theme for the year is Faith in Action, this should be a very interesting meeting. Also in May, Janet Proctor is leading a 'Quiet Morning'. June we have invited Nicola from Reubens retreat to speak.

 As well as meetings together we also enjoy going out for lunch every two to three months.All our meetings are open and we would love to welcome new people.