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! And sometimes we meet in person - for example, the recent visit from Charlotte Gurlip from False Bay in Southern Africa.
Mary Sumner Day Festival
Over sixty members from Branches of the Mother’s’ Union in the Wells Archdeaconry attended a special Summer Festival service on Mary Sumner Day, 9th August, at the church of St. Peter and St Paul in Shepton Mallet.
One of our members, Ellen Bailey proudly carried the banner for our Axbridge branch. During the service we were challenged as we remembered Mary Sumner’s life and her life’s call to serve her Lord. We were reminded that such was the appreciation of her ministry that over 4000 attended her funeral as a testimony to her devoted work.
Mothers Union this year is 142 years old and is still growing strongly all over the world. Mothers Union is working in many practical ways to support family life, the welfare of parents and children and the safety of women, showing love and concern and campaigning to see fair laws through the British parliament.
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!
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 Meetings
We normally hold monthly meetings at 2.30 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in Axbridge Church Rooms. Please check the weekly In Touch for latest details.
Last Updated by AG 28 August 2019