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 2022


13th January   – 12.30pm - New Year Lunch in St Mary's House main hall - Tickets £6


10th February – 2.15pm - Corporate Communion in church followed by the Annual General Meeting


4th March      – 2.30pm  - World Day of Prayer - St Thomas' R.C. Church


10th March    – An afternoon of Reflection for Lent.

                       In addition, Clare Thomas will join us and bring cards and other MU Merchandise for us to see and/or buy  


14th April       – Stations of the Cross for Maundy Thursday

12th May       -  2.15pm - Corporate Communion in Church followed by 'Have you heard the News?'  - Anne Wright

9th June         -   3pm - Cream Tea in the St Mary's House

14th July        -    Wave of Prayer service in St Mary's House Hall

8th August (Monday) - Visit to 'The Hut' in Felixstowe

8th September -   The Riverside Trust - Mr Bryan Knibbs

13th October   -  2.15pm - Corporate Communion in Church followed by a talk by Clare Perkins 'My Mayoral Year and other stories'

10th November - Prayers and meditation to support 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

8th December   -  Carols and Readings


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 2.30 p.m. at St Mary's Church Centre (unless the programme states otherwise).

Email: cobbjean7@gmail.com - Tel. 01473 621558
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