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St Mark's Mothers' Union


The Mothers' Union (often abbreviated MU) is a worldwide movement of Anglican women, founded by Mary Sumner in 1876, and calculates its membership to be about 4 million in 81 countries.  The aim of the MU is to strengthen and preserve marriage and family life through Christianity.  In order to carry out this aim, the MU's objectives are:

The Mothers' Union Prayer: Loving Lord, we thank you for your love so freely given to us all.  We pray for families around the world.  Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life. Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.  In Jesus' name. Amen. ©The Mothers' Union.

The MU is a worldwide campaigning charity, particularly concerned with the plight of women; its projects include literacy and healthcare education and campaigning against violence and trafficking.  It emphasises the importance of prayer and each year organises a Wave of Prayer. On a set day we all pray together at a specific time to give members a sense of unity in prayer as the wave moves from branch to branch and from diocese to diocese internationally.  The Wave of Prayer this year was on 1 March.

Our membership number has changed and we have some ladies who are still members, although they have become "indoor members" because they are unable physically to get to our meetings.

Sandra Austin is now our Treasurer and Pauline Clarke has taken over as Minute Secretary.

The ladies enjoyed their trip to the Anderton Boat Lift at Northwich.









A small group of ladies gather together once a month in a Prayer Group to pray for each other and members of St Mark’s. The group meets monthly. If you’d like to ask for prayer, please speak to Pauline or Barbara Smart.

Three new members were enrolled into the Mothers' Union - Barbara Sumner, Valerie Turner and Christine Moffat made their promises to follow the aims and values of the MU.

Please feel free to attend any of our meetings which are held on the first Wednesday of the month (except August) at 7:30 pm in the church lounge. You will be very welcome.

St Mark’s MU was formed in the 1920s and meets at 7:30 pm in the Church Hall on the first Wednesday of each month, except for August: membership is open to anyone both male and female.  There are 17 members in our branch, including Irene Salisbury who is an Indoor Member, built up from 6 at the reforming of St Mark's Branch in September 2007.  In 2015, St Barnabus closed so there are now just two branches in our Deanery (St Mark's and St Paul's). We are proud to be growing and active. The meetings cover a variety of topics such as professional people showing their expertise, and speakers on subjects of interest.

We also support the Samaritans Purse Christmas Shoe Box appeal by collecting items for shoe boxes during the year up until October when we then get together, cover the boxes with Christmas wrapping paper and fill them with the various items we have collected. These gifts are then distributed to Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Items collected include small toys, pens, pencils, crayons, colouring books and writing pads etc, hair decorations, toothpaste and brush; soap and face cloth The inception of this Shoe Box appeal was over 20 years ago. For some children the shoe box will be the only gift they receive, and we get great pleasure in helping with this project knowing that we are making some children happy at this special time of year.               


Church of England parishes are grouped into areas, known as Deaneries, which are then grouped into Diocese. St Mark’s is in the Mottram Deanery, in the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield, in the Diocese of Chester. In March, branches from the Deanery MU attend a Lady Day Service at one of the churches where the Deanery Banner is received. We visited Chester Cathedral in May for the Diocesan Festival where the banners from the Diocese are presented, and the Bishop of Stockport, the Rt Rev'd Libby Lane, welcomed everyone. The Mothers' Union Worldwide President, Mrs Lynne Tembey, gave the address.

St Mark's Mothers' Union Branch Secretary, Barbara Smart, 0161 368 6239, buntysmart@talktalk.net.


The Mothers' Union now has a voice in parliament. For more information on the Mothers' Union nationally or in the Diocese of Chester, go to the following web pages: