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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:

  • to uphold Christ's teaching on the nature of marriage and promote its wider understanding;
  • to encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the Church;
  • 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.

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 Treasurer and Pauline Clarke is Minute Secretary.

       1. Games afternoon - we played golf, bowls and darts. Val was our overall winner.

      2. Summer lunch at the Rising Moon with family and friends.

      3. Mothers' Union members helping out on the Church Stall at Dukinfield Festival in July.

Moravian Outreach Project for local families in need

We launched our support for this project in February. They ask for: toothbrushes, toothpaste, facecloths, soap bars, toilet rolls, tinned, jarred or dried foods, children's clothes and gifts for children. Please leave items at the back of church. The MU were invited by to attend a lunch at the Moravian Outreach on Thursday 9 May as a Thank You for their support for the project.

Mothers’ Union Christmas appeal

Thank you to those who donated gifts for children. The Mothers’ Union are supporting the Moravian church outreach projects. The gifts, which were blessed at the service on 2 December 2018, were given to local families in distress.

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 Sandra.

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 2pm 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 Indoor Members, built up from 6 at the reforming of St Mark's Branch in September 2007.  We now are the only Mothers' Union group in the Mottram Deanery            



For more information on the Mothers' Union nationally or in the Diocese of Chester, go to the following web pages: 



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