Mothers' Union


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

mothers' union puppets for lighthouse school, gazaPuppets 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

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