Mothers' Union

Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation that has been supporting families worldwide for over 140 years. Started by our founder Mary Sumner in 1876 in her local parish in Winchester, we have flourished into an international charity with over 4 million members in 84 countries. As a Christian charity, we aim to demonstrate our faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide. Our members work at grassroots level around the world bringing hope and practical support to millions of people every year through our parenting, literacy and community development programmes and as part of the volunteer base of local churches.

At a central level we have, through the years, campaigned at local, national and international levels to bring about real change for family life, women’s and girls’ rights and the protection of children. At the heart of what we do is prayer and our members come together every day at midday to focus prayers for their communities, fellow members and for those in need. We believe that the power of prayer is transformational and supports our work around the world.

St Mary’s has an active and vibrant Mothers' Union group which meet monthly on a Monday evening and is led by Elizabeth Bowler. We meet for prayer and fellowship, and over the year have guest speakers, discussion evenings, activities and social events. The Mothers’ Union is very important in bringing a global aspect to our church life, running events to raise funds in support of local, diocesan and overseas MU Projects. We are committed to Christian family life and values, and anyone baptised in the name of the Trinity can become a member. Members of the Mothers’ Union are enrolled and make a promise in this respect.

In 2020 St Marys West Moors Mothers’ Union celebrated their centenary, a fantastic witness to 100 years of service and fellowship.

We would love to welcome new members. For more information contact Liz Bowler on 01202 872064 or for more information about the national Mothers' Union visit their website at or the Mothers' Union page on the Diocesan Website