Mother's Union Chester
Neston Mothers’ Union report for April
Viv told us about the life of Mary Sumner, who founded Mothers’ Union in 1876 at the age of 48. She was already a grandmother. It started in Old Alresford, near Winchester, where her husband George was Vicar. She was passionate about transforming the home lives of Parish families, by helping the women to support one another in raising their children. She was nervous at first but George encouraged her to speak from the heart. Inspired by her faith and practical aptitude, other groups started across the country and the world, growing Mothers’ Union to become the worldwide society of 4 million members in 84 countries that it is today.
We then had some audience participation! The objective was to help people think about how to develop something for themselves and not be dependent on outside welfare support.
It involved three people crossing an imaginary river with a strong current. There were stepping stones and an island but the people were very apprehensive. By helping each other and giving each other confidence, they succeeded in crossing the water.
Our April meeting is on the 8th at 2 pm in St Michael’s and is an Easter Meditation by our Clergy. All are welcome to come and join us.
I wish you all a Happy and Holy Easter. Angela Klabou
Neston MU Branch Leader
Mothers’ Union Prayer
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.
Let us go forward rejoicing that God loves us and gives us all we need for life.
As the children of God, we take his love into the world that others may also have the fullness of life
as part of his family. Amen
Mothers Union (Neston Branch)
Mothers union in Neston is part of a worldwide organisation with approximately four million members in eighty one countries.
We have over fifty members in our branch and meet on the second Wednesday of the month in St Michael’s church on Marshlands Road at 2pm. (any alterations to date, time or venue will be published in the weekly ‘Prayer in Action’ or via website. New members are always welcome.
Mothers union was established in 1876 by a vicar’s wife Mary Sumner. When her first child was born she was overwhelmed by what she saw as the awesome responsibility of parents, not only in caring for their children’s physical well being but also their spiritual nurture and growth.
Later she formed a small group of local women, offering mutual support and help in rearing their families. From such a small beginnings she could never have imagined the extent in which Mothers Union has grown today.
The aim of the Mothers Union is the advancement of Christian faith in the sphere of marriage and family life. Mothers Union offers friendship. Care and unconditional love to thousands of women and men throughout the world, offering a life-line to many families. It is a praying, teaching and caring society open to both men and women who have been baptised in the name of the Trinity and support its aims.
Locally, as part of the Parish of Neston, we raise money to support ongoing projects worldwide, support, which is underpinned with prayer.
The Literary Programme is one such project, changing the lives of hundreds of people as they learn to read and write and are then able to work to support their own families. Many start up their own small businesses: an impossible task if you can’t read or write.
Nearer home, another project provides needy families with a holiday. For those of us who take holidays for granted it’s easy to forget that others, even in our own country, the shortest break is impossible on a tight budget.
For further information contact: Branch Leader Pat Clark 336 3759