Mary Sumner was born in 1826 at Swinton. In 1848 she married a young curate named George Sumner. A mother of three children, Mary called a meeting in 1876 at which the Mothers' Union was founded, providing a forum in which mothers of all classes could join together and share experience of bringing up children in the Christian faith. Baptism and parental example were its two basic principles.
Starting as a parochial organisation, it has grown to an International organisation seeking to be a 'Caretaker' of family life. 4 million members in 80 countries. We are asked by our Government to give a voice on issues relating to children, family life and the care of the family in general. Recently we have been asked to discuss, Gender Abuse, (this is a campaign in which we asked members of the church to join in prayer and response in November each year). There has been the issue of the new proposals for marriage and civil partnerships, and recently the matter of abuse in the home. We are looking at the Bye Buy Childhood campaign recommendations 2015. This follows the 2010 bill accepted by parliament.
The Mothers' Union run contact centres, there are two in our area. "Away from it all" holidays for
families in need. The Faith and Policy group are constantly keeping family matters under review.
Each area of the world is linked to another part of the World using a daily prayer diary, this shows
the size of the organisation!
A Suitcase of Puppets Piled High
Puppets made by Mothers Union members in the Diocese for children in the kindergarten of the Lighthouse school in Gaza. 107 for the children (these can be used often for the children to express themselves) and 13 large animals for the teachers to use for story telling.
Click on the picture to see them in all their glory!
Mothers' Union 140 Years Celebration in Winchester
Heather, Georgina, Janet and John had looked forward to 22nd and 23rd of September 2016 for some time as it was the BIG celebration! Over 2000 members and others ascended on Winchester Cathedral for the event. I think every hotel and car parks were full on that day. It showed us what an amazing organisation we are part of. Archbishop Justin Welby was the speaker and was impressed with the Mothers Union work across the world. It was a solemn moment to stand by the grave of Mary Sumner and to thank her for her courage, concern and wisdom in seeing the need, and to do something about family life and the protection of the children.
On the 23rd it was the same chaos as we gathered in a splendid Hotel in Basingstoke for the Annual meeting. There wasn't a dry eye in the room as a theatre company presented the life and work of Mary Sumner with the support of her husband George, who eventually became the Bishop of Winchester. (I am hoping to get a copy of the presentation on a DVD it is so well worth a showing.) We were challenged with the goals for the next 10 years, the campaigning and petition work that we undertake for the Government. There is so much to do. Yes, a cup of tea is useful, BUT that is NOT what Mothers' Union is about!!!!
Bath and Wells Mothers' Union
The Bath and Wells Diocese Mothers' Union website contains information about these campaigns, copies of Newsletters, the Disocesan Diary and details of local branches.
Axbridge Branch 2017 Meetings
We hold monthly meetings at 2.30 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in Axbridge Church Rooms.
|Date||Speaker / Event||Location|
|March 8th - 2.30pm||AGM and Rev Tim Hawkings||Axbridge Church Rooms|
|April 7th - 10.00 am to 1.00pm||Diocesan AGM||Keinton Mandeville|
|April 12th - 2.30pm||Craft for Easter||Axbridge Church Rooms|
|May 10th - 2.30pm||Gerry Hellier - Avonmouth Chaplain||Axbridge Church Rooms|
|June 14th - 12.00||Teddy Bears' Picnic||The Rectory|
|June 21st - 10.30am to 2.30pm||Quiet Day||Puriton|
|July12th - 2.30pm to 4.00pm||Cream Tea for Away from it all||14 Farthing Combe|
|August 9th - 10.45am||Mary Sumner Day - Coffee followed by Communion||Cheddar|
|August 29th - 2.30pm||Festival Day||St Pauls, W-S-M|
|September 13th - 2.30pm||Dementia Awareness||Axbridge Church Rooms|
|October 11th - 2.30pm||Overseas Meeting||Axbridge Church Rooms|
|October 28th - 10.00am to 2.00pm||Archdeaconry Day - AGM and Rev Kevin Roberts||St Thomas, Wells|
|November 8th - 2.30 pm||Tot Slot - Mary Earle||Axbridge Church Rooms|
|November 13th - 12.00||Lunch||Brent House|
|December 11th - 2.30pm||Deanery Advent Service||Burnham|
|December 13th - 2.30pm||Christmas Coffee for Women's Refuge||Axbridge Church Rooms|
Please contact Janet Angle or Joyce Winder for more information.
Last Updated by AG 8 March 2017