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!
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
MOTHERS’ UNION PRAYER
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.