For further information contact Canon Diane V Cookson.
What is The Mothers’ Union?
It is a world-wide Society within the Church of England which cares about Marriage and Family Life.
As a global movement of women (and men), the Mothers’ Union supports local churches with the prayers and activities of its branch members, local communities through social outreach projects and is an international campaigning charity. Particularly concerned with the plight of women in the world, its projects include literacy & development, parenting, micro finance and campaigning against violence against women and the trafficking of women. The Mothers’ Union is part of ‘Make Poverty History’ and the ‘Jubilee Debt Coalition’. Within the United Kingdom it has successfully lobbied Government to introduce the Right to request flexible working for all parents, and internationally it speaks out on issues of gender equality through its representative status at the United Nations.
Of its 4.1 million members, approximately 1.9 million Mothers’ Union members are from Indian dioceses (from the formerly independent church women’s organisations of the Church of North India and the Church of South India, which affiliated with the Mothers’ Union in 2001 and 2003 respectively). A further 1.3 million Mothers’ Union members are in African dioceses, with the largest membership, 680,000, in Tanzania. Membership within the United Kingdom is around 93,000.
Who can be a member?
Anyone can be a member, male and female, providing you are baptised and believe marriage and Christian family life to be important in today’s Society. At St. Saviour’s we meet for worship, recreation, talks, demonstrations, outings. Some meetings are quiet, others are noisy! Some are serious whilst others are light-hearted, but all are enjoyable.