Charity No. 250129
Mothers’ union (MU) is the largest Anglican Christian organisation
which promotes the well-being of families worldwide. Founded in
1876 it now has 3.6 million members in 76 countries, the majority
of whom are outside the UK and Ireland. Members are encouraged
to support the work of the organisation through prayer, raising
finances and getting involved in local projects.
is open to all Christians who believe in the importance of family
life. Men and women, married or not - all can and do join the
with members overseas
All UK Dioceses are linked to Diocese overseas through the wave
of prayer, whereby a group of Dioceses is remembered in prayer
for a five day period during the year. Coventry is linked to two
Dioceses in Madagascar, one in Zambia and two in Nigeria.
raised for overseas is administered in grants from the London
Head office and the following funds benefit from this.
Fund: the Overseas Fund pays for training, equipment and start-up
costs for income generating projects. In 2006, nearly £1m
was sent out. £182,000 was awarded in Relief Fund grants.
Of this, Coventry Diocese raised just over £5,000 for the
Overseas Fund and £1,500 for the Relief Fund.
Fund: The Emergency Relief Fund sends money direct to MU Workers
in areas hit by war, famine, flood and natural disasters, and
is often the first Aid money received.
Literacy and Development Programme: The MULDP, started in 2000,
uses locally trained literacy teachers to deliver literacy, numeracy
and small business skills to members and their communities in
Burundi, Malawi and Sudan. So far over 8,000 people have benefited.
Comic Relief awarded a grant of £750,000 to enable the programme
to be extended to other dioceses. A short film of the programme
is available to borrow.
more information about the Mothers’ Union’s work overseas,
see the MU website www.themothersunion.org
support for projects at home
From it all (AFIA) which enables people experiencing fiancial
hardship or stress to take a much needed break.
and Ireland Fund where money is used for projects in the UK. Most
recently has been funding for Parenting Facilitators courses enabling
members to run parenting courses locally.
of what members in the Coventry Diocese are involved in include
Prison Visiting, are members of Prayer Chains, knit for premature
babies, make gowns for still born babies, help with baptism and
marriage preparation, virtual babies, run parent and toddler groups,
crèches and much more. For more information about MU in
this Diocese see our website www.mothersunion-cov.org.uk
Union at St John’s
In 2005 we celebrated 100 years of Mothers’ Union at St John’s.
(For details see Recent events). We have two groups (Afternoon &
Evening). The Branch is currently the largest in the Diocese with
106 members with an age range of 31 to 94 years and one third of
whom have children under 16 years and 5 are men.
have regular meetings - the Afternoon group meets on the
third Thursday and the Evening group on the first Wednesday
of each month and there is a Bible Study on the last Wednesday.
Speakers at meetings focus on the aim of MU which is to
promote the well being of families worldwide.
The current leader is Mary Bailey (853088).
are also involved with a wide range of activities - helping
at Toddlers’ group,
Tea and Chat, running Parents Talking, running Parenting
courses, collecting and sorting haberdashery for TWAM, supporting
the Globe café for international students at University
of Warwick, visiting sick and lonely. We provide family
events such as Family Fun Days with barbecues, Easter egg
hunt to involve the young members. We hold discussion times
on issues about which the MU is asked to make comment eg
Abortion and currently the Format of Civil Weddings. Each
year we pack shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child
have fun and fellowship too with with Summer Teas, Christmas
lunches, outings and quiet days.
original Banner made in 1930 by Phyllis Barnes now our oldest
member at 95
Underlying all this is our prayer life for members worldwide
and for the well-being of families.