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Reaching out in love and service
Mothers' Union is an international Christian membership charity that aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide.
We are working with people of all faiths and none in eighty three countries to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and campaigning.
Our aims and objectives are:
- To promote and support married life
- To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children
- To maintain a worldwide 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 whose family life has met with adversity
Our vision is of a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. This is not a vague hope, but a goal we actively pursue by praying, campaigning and enabling. Discover how in Our Focus.
Mothers' Union is a Christian mission organisation working with people of all faiths and none. Mothers' Union is firmly rooted in a voluntary ethos centred on mutual respect and collaboration. Our governance, leadership and programmes are undertaken and driven by members within their own communities worldwide.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbour as yourself.”
Our members are not all mothers, or even all women. They are single, married, parents, grandparents, or young adults just beginning to express their social conscience. Mothers' Union provides, for all four million members, a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community - through prayer, financial support and actively working at the grassroots level in programmes that meet local needs.
Our Diocesan Strategy
Our Mothers’ Union theme for 2019 is “Listen, observe, act – in step with God”.
After completion of an initial questionnaire given to Trustees, and much discussion both in private and at meetings, the following strategy has evolved. It’s simple: A, B, C.
We will be focusing on AFIA (Away From It All) holidays – a very national MU initiative, listening and supporting, through fund-raising and grant provision, our young people in schools and youth organisations in this diocese providing them with an opportunity to share in activities which could otherwise be unaffordable.
Befriending will be noticing or seeing the need around us. Whether this be through a home-grown MU project allocating specific time and energy for a particular MU cause (eg. setting up a prison project group (Community of Interest) or initiating/supporting “Meet Up Monday” (see YouTube clip), café church, craft clubs or visiting, the Night Shelter and/or refuges – wherever situations arise in the circles in which we move, we can think befriending and show we care.
Clewer Initiative and the MU are working together in partnership to eliminate Modern-Day Slavery by 2030. In our diocese, we will have representation on a Diocesan Standing Committee, with a small team of MU supporting members. We will be acting on the information we receive from them, whether through actively learning more through our speakers and workshops, or by being the ears and eyes in our own community and using technology, or making a commitment to pray regularly for those on the front line.
It is not anticipated that every member, in every branch will engage in every aspect of the strategy! – it is the direction in which we are intending to travel together. At the end of three years, we will be able to look back and see what has been achieved. The strategy is hopefully all-encompassing - for those more able there are opportunities to fully engage; others can contribute by making a regular commitment to pray, whether on an individual, pairing, trio, small group or branch, deanery, area or diocesan level.
The strategy is designed to help us enthuse, encourage, engage, enrich and enjoy the opportunities we have to build community, and to show Christian care for the families around us. In God’s strength we can do what may feel to us be impossible. Let’s see!