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What does MU do?


 The main aim of Mothers’ Union is to support marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity. In Suffolk Mothers’ Union branches run parenting programmes; these are very popular and offer parents of teenagers, as well as of young children, the opportunity to explore and reflect on issues such as active listening, so that parents can develop and maintain positive relationships with their children

Mothers’ Union members make drain bags for the oncology unit, memory bags for the neonatal units, hats for seafarers, fiddle muffs for people with dementia. You will find us collecting toiletry items for the Ipswich night shelter and Women’s refuge or for emergency wash bags for the local hospitals.

Mothers’ Union members hold fund raising events to support the Away from It All project which provides a much-needed break for families who are going through stressful times.

Everything we do is supported by prayer.


Forthcoming meetings in 2024

January 11th - 12noon/12.30pm start New Year's Lunch at Notcutts Garden Centre


February 8th - 2.15pm Corporate Communion in Church followed by AGM in SMH


March 1st - World Day of Prayer - venue/time TBA


March 14th - 2.15pm 'Icons' talk by Dr John Hare


April 11th - 2.15pm 'Songs of Praise & Readings' in SMH


May 9th - 2.15pm Corporate Communion in Church followed by talk by Pauline Bowbrick on being a Prison Visitor


June 13th - 3pm Cream Tea in SMH


July 11th - 2.15pm 'Wave of Prayer' in SMH


August 8th - 2.15pm 'Tea and Chat' in SMH


September 12th - 2.15pm 'Guiding Memories' talk by Margaret Lowe


October 10th - 2.15pm Corporate Communion in Church followed by talk by Christine Ward on the 'Clewer' Initiative 'Taking action against Modern Day Slavery'


November 14th - 2.15pm Reflection on16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence


December 12th - 2.15pm 'Carols and Readings' in SMH


The Mothers' Union is a world-wide organisation founded by Mary Sumner in 1876. - please see the attached Mary Sumner paper for more of the history of this Union. It is open to all who have been baptised and support the aims and objectives of the Mothers' Union.

The aims and objectives 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, fellowship 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 monthly meetings include speakers, a Reflection for Lent, and a fund raising cream tea and corporate communion three times a year before the meeting. New members are always welcome at our meetings, to join us in Christian fellowship.

St. Mary's Group - second Thursday in the month at 2.15
 p.m. at St Mary's Church Centre (unless the programme states otherwise).

Email: - Tel. 01473 621558


Mothers' Union

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