Mothers' Union

In 1876 Mary Sumner founded the Mothers’ Union.  A  Vicar’s wife and mother of three, she was aware of the burdens and responsibilities of parenting, so she formed a society for the support of women in their role as mothers.  Agreed objectives were that marriage, parenting and prayer were the basis of the future of families. 

From 1900 branches were established worldwide and subsequently the Mothers’ Union has become one of the largest Christian organisations in the World, with 4 million members in 81 countries, all sharing one goal – to bring about a world where relationships are loving, respectful and flourishing.

Members support communities through prayer, fundraising, running local projects and becoming involved in international campaigns.  Mothers’ Union lobbies local and national government on family life issues and challenges legislation which neglects the vulnerable and marginalised and it is represented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Members do not need to be mothers, or married, or women, or attend meetings regularly but they do need to have been baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity and they do need to support the aims and objectives of the society.  The aim of the society is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life.

St Cuthbert’s branch of Mothers’ Union celebrated its centenary in 2019 and we currently have 44 members.  We have a thriving membership and we meet on the third Thursday of the month in the evening.  Our meetings begin at 7.45 p.m. when we usually have a speaker.  In May we have a coach outing and in June a car quiz.  We usually have a break during July and August and return in September for a joint service in church and a supper in the Parochial Hall with members from Emmanuel Church and St Stephen’s Church in Banks.  Please see below for our 2022 Programme of meetings and events.

Throughout the year we have projects such as making toilet bags for the local hospital and knitting for needy families in other parts of the world.  We also raise funds for the work of the Mothers’ Union in this country and worldwide by making and selling cakes and in other ways.

We are always looking for new members and welcome anyone who would be interested with open arms!

For further information please contact Branch Leader, Mrs Ann Evans, on 01704 535420 Email: or Branch Secretary, Mrs Susan Dixon, on 01704 225468 Email:


 20th January                                    Social Evening

  17th February                                   AGM and hotpot supper - start 7 pm

   17th March                                       Lenten talk by Brenda Jagger

   21st April                                         Cora Shafto from Claire House Children’s Hospice

   19th May                                          Coach Trip

   16th June                                         Deanery Festival Service

    21st July                                           Birthday celebrations - Afternoon Tea at Southport Old Links Golf Club

    14th August                                      10.30 am Morning Prayer incorporating a celebration of Mary Sumner Day

    15th September                                7.30 pm joint meeting - service and following supper

     20th October                                    Nancy Lloyd-Parry TBC

     17th November                                Michael Braham

     15th December                                Christmas meal at Southport Old Links Golf Club

                                                                         Visitors are welcome at any of our meetings and special events


Loving Lord

We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.

We pray for families around the world.

Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union as we seek to share your love

through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life.

Empowered by your spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as

your hands across the world.

In Jesus’ name.