Believe it or not but the Mothers’ Union is the largest Christian organisation for women in the world. World-wide there are more than half a million members. In this country, there are 173,000 members in just over 6,000 branches. Throughout the Anglican Communion, members of the Mothers’ Union have a special concern for all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life. Membership is open to anyone (man or woman alike) who has been baptised and who supports the aim and objects of the Mothers’ Union.
The five objects of the Mothers’ Union are:
- To uphold Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider understanding.
- To encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the Church.
- To maintain a world-wide fellowship of Christians, united in prayer, worship and service.
- To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children.
- To help those who family life has met with adversity. Our branch meetings begin at 2pm on the first Wednesday of the month, and are held in the Parish Centre, which is next to the Church. Everyone is welcome to come along to meet us.
In December, we change our meeting day to the second Wednesday in the month to be a bit closer to Christmas. This proves to be a popular as we invite friends and family to our Christmas Presentation, which is always followed by a scrumptious buffet. During the year we meet up with other Christian women and MU branches on the Women’s World Day of Prayer, Deanery Festivals, Quiet Afternoons, Coffee Mornings, and other social events.
The Oughtibridge branch currently does not have a leader. Members of the committee are leading branch meetings.