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 40 members.  We have a thriving membership and we meet on the third Thursday of the month in the evening.  Our meetings begin at 7 p.m. when we usually have a speaker.  In May we have a coach outing and in June we have birthday celebrations with an Afternoon Tea.  We usually have a break during July and August and return in September for a joint service in church with members from Emmanuel Church and St Stephen’s Church in Banks.  Please see below for our 2024 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.   Our members make and donate cakes for all the fund raising events held at St Cuthbert's church.

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

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


 18th January                                        Social evening with a Beetle Drive

  15th February                                     Lenten talk by Janet Yardley

  21st March                                         AGM and Supper

  18th April                                           Kirsten Marshall with a talk entitled "Wills on Wheels"

  16th May                                           Coach Trip

   20th June                                        Birthday celebrations with Afternoon Tea 

   11th August                                    10.30 am Morning Prayer incorporating a celebration of Mary Sumner Day

   19th September                              7 pm joint meeting - Holy Communion service in church with following refreshments

    17th October                                 North Meols  Local History Society - Family Trees

    21st November                              Janice Atfield - with a talk of her choice

    19th December                              7 pm 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.








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