The Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Rev Paul Ferguson, and Mothers’ Union Worldwide President, Mrs Lynne Tembey, will lead a special service of prayer for families on 31 May 2017 at 2pm in St Columba’s Church in Hull, to pray for the spiritual and physical restoration of families and communities in the UK and all over the world. Forming part of Thy Kingdom Come, the international wave of prayer led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Mothers’ Union members in over 60 countries will unite to pray and add their voice to the global prayers of Christians from around the world.
Saturday 22nd April saw the first ever Mothers’ Union “Fashion @the Heart of the Community” event in Broadstairs, Kent where the team raised over £2500 for their diocese AFIA fund. The event saw over 500 hundred visitors turn out to browse a number of stalls, grab a bargain on pre-loves clothes, be entertained by some fantastic dance and music and try their luck at a raffle with some excellent prizes.
Mothers’ Union has warned against a ‘weakening resolve’ in the fight for women’s empowerment and called upon the UK to do more to promote gender equality, and end discrimination against women in the workplace. Following the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women [UNCSW], which focused on ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work’, Mothers’ Union spoke out about its concern over the scaling down of rhetoric and faltering language recorded in the Agreed Conclusions from the Commission.
Mothers' Union member's in our delegation to the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women have featured in a video produced by the Anglican Communion in New York. The video explores the hopes of the delegation attending and their thoughts around the theme of UNCSW - Women's Economic Empowerment.
We live in a fundamentally unequal world. People’s quality of life, the opportunities they have and their experiences of the world differ dramatically based on factors such as their place of birth; economic standing; age; marital status; disability; sexuality and gender.
Mothers’ Union, which represents over four million members worldwide, has welcomed today’s announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May that current legislation governing domestic abuse in England and Wales is to be overhauled.
In November, Mothers’ Union submitted a petition signed by 4,500 of its members and supporters to Downing Street, calling for changes to the statutory Child Maintenance Service, so that survivors of domestic abuse are not forced to re-engage with their former partner, often the perpetrator of the violence against them.
Mothers’ Union received the sad news just before Christmas of the passing of Hazel Treadgold who was Central President of our organisation from 1983 – 1988. She passed away peacefully at home on Monday 19th December 2016, surrounded by her loving family. We extend our prayerful support and heartfelt sympathies to her son Marcus, daughter Joanna and their families as they mourn Hazel’s passing.
A South Sudanese woman nurses her child in Lilogo 2 refugee camp where she is being helped through a Mothers' Union funded programme. MU has been supporting relief efforts since the conflict broke out in December 2013. Now, violence has risen to unprecedented scales, looting has become the norm and thousands are displaced, hopeless and abandoned. Through the continued presence of the Church in the camp Mothers’ Union has provided for 15,000 people to receive basic food supplies.
Mothers’ Union is calling on the United Nations and national governments worldwide to reimagine the current global economic system to ensure women have equal access and rights to economic resources . In a statement to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women [UNCSW], timed to coincide with International Human Rights Day on 10th December and marking the culmination of 16 Days of Activism to highlight gender-based violence [GBV], Mothers’ Union says that a radical change in approach is required if sustainable progress is to be made.
Mothers’ Union members will today, Friday 25th November, march on Downing Street to hand in a petition that we hope will force the Government to reconsider the rules for survivors of domestic abuse. The petition, signed by over 4500 of Mothers’ Union members and other supporters, highlights problems with the current child maintenance payment system which could force survivors of domestic abuse to engage with a former partner, the very perpetrator who carried out the abuse against them.
Key Christian charities in Kent are taking innovative steps to ensure professionals and supporters in the area are equipped to welcome refugees, particularly unaccompanied children fleeing violence, persecution or conflict.
The international Christian charity, Mothers’ Union (MU), whose volunteer member transform the lives of over half a million lives worldwide every year, is to celebrate its 140th anniversary in the city of its founding, Winchester. A service of celebration and thanksgiving at Winchester Cathedral [22nd September] will be presided over by Mothers’ Union patron, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson.
Mothers’ Union yesterday (16th August 2016) spoke on Premier Christian Radio News Hour about the new figures released by the NSPCC showing how most parents believe the idea of sending indecent images via text to be harmful, but nearly six in 10 have not spoken to their children about the issue.
Today, 9th August, is Mary Sumner Day; a very special day to our members, friends and supporters as it celebrates the life and work of our founder. This year, we also mark 140 years since Mary Sumner humbly began a movement with a mission to promote conditions for stable family life and the protection of children.
Now working in 83 countries around the world, Mothers’ Union continues its vital work in many different forms. The vision now positively benefits the lives of over 500,000 people each year worldwide.
Over recent weeks our amazing members have truly been rising to the challenge to do something daring, creative, or innovative to raise funds for Mothers’ Union and to increase awareness of our organisation during our 140th year.
Jill Cannings regularly plays golf – around 36 holes a week. But for a week in June she went a bit beyond the usual by playing 140 holes in six days to celebrate Mothers’ Union’s 140th. This was a mammoth effort, and Jill raised a similarly mammoth £2,020.53. We hope we haven’t put her off her hobby!
Hilda Price shares a birthday with The Queen – 21st April 2016. But even she was shocked and delighted when she was asked to be part of The Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. During the service, on 10th June, held with The Queen and members of the Royal Family present, Hilda will read two prayers as part of the intercessions.
Mothers' Union was invited to speak at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Strengthening Couple Relationships in May, by Fiona Bruce MP, chair of the APPG. The group aims to promote and develop marriage and relationship skills and support, and identify best practice within the UK and internationally, to help reduce family breakdown; and meets on a regular basis in Parliament.
Many of Mothers’ Union Members are involved in supporting Parent and Toddler groups. One of the most beneficial supports for parents of young children is for them to get together with others who are going through similar experiences. Some of their best and life long friends are made at local Toddler groups, children made friends there and so find moving on to the next stage easier and parents get to know Christians from the local community.
Our 4 million members from around the world join together to wish our patron, The Queen, a very Happy 90th Birthday, thanking God for her 64 faithful years of support to the nation and to the Commonwealth.
Since 1952 we have been privileged that our charity has royal patronage from The Queen and Mothers' Union's values very much align with the importance that Her Majesty places on both family and faith.
Mothers’ Union in Ethiopia is mainly based in the Gambella region on the South Sudan border, where the situation has been deteriorating for many months with bomb attacks and various shootings. The community has been on high alert and the situation is volatile. Currently, Gambella hosts 284,000 South Sudanese refugees, mostly of the Nuer ethnic group.
Zambia’s First Lady, Esther Lungu joined Lynne Tembey, Worldwide President, and members of Mothers’ Union Zambia yesterday (11th April) at their joy-filled service of Celebration of 80 years of Mothers’ Union in Zambia.
Addressing the congregation, the First Lady spoke with passion about gender-based violence and the protection of the girl child, giving support and encouragement in one of Mothers’ Union’s key areas of campaigning.
In a special service, held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle for only the third time since 1423, eight Mothers’ Union members were chosen to be among the 180 recipients (90 ladies, 90 men) to receive the Royal Maundy Money this year.
Angela Byram, Kathleen Wise, Marlene Armitage, Elsie Clark, Christine McMullen, Shirley-Ann Williams, Annelise Barrell.
Former central trustee, Angela Byram, Lay Canon Emeritus of Wakefield Cathedral describes the day:
[Lambeth Palace] The Archbishop of Canterbury said he “praises God" for the Mothers’ Union during a service at Lambeth Palace this week to recommission Lynne Tembey as worldwide president of the global Anglican women’s organisation.
The service was attended by the Very Revd Nigel Godfrey, Dean of Peel Cathedral; Mothers’ Union chief executive Bev Jullien; the Mothers’ Union board of trustees; and Lambeth Palace and Anglican Communion Office staff.
Mothers' Union's participation in health education to end Malaria in Zambia and Southern Africa has been in the news this week. Read more here.
Tuesday 9th February 2016, marks the global event Safer Internet Day, which celebrates the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people around the world.
The day seeks to highlight not only the positive uses of technology but also explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and others, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
2016 will see the world’s largest lay-Christian membership charity, Mothers’ Union, mark 140 years of faithful outreach to families of all faiths and none. Since 1876, when Mary Sumner first brought together parents in her own Hampshire parish to build their confidence in bringing up their children, it has grown to an organisation of over four million women – and men – in over 80 countries of the world.
As part of its participation in the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, Mothers’ Union is calling for “One in three to zero” – for the number of women globally experiencing gender-based violence to drop from one in three to zero.
Two Mothers’ Union members in Ely Diocese have had their community volunteering recognised by the Diocese of Ely.
Beryl Watson and Ros Wright were both awarded St Ethelreda Medals by the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway in a special service held at Ely Cathedral recently.
The Church of England has made a robust response to the UK Government objecting to plans to extend Sunday trading hours, arguing that an extention to shopping hours will be detrimental to family and community life. The Council for Mission and Public Affairs said "Our objections to extended Sunday shopping hours stem from our commitment as Christians, and as the national church, to the common good of all the communities of this country.
Mothers' Union welcomes the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit this weekend. Tackling poverty is pivotal to furthering human development and we believe the 17 global goals will go some way in improving the lives of ordinary people, through tackling underlying causes such as inequalities, and the results such as hunger and poor health.
Mothers' Unions around the UK are actively supporting refugees arriving from Europe
At any given point of time during the year it is likely you’ll find Mothers’ Union members supporting refugees in their own communities. From Rwanda and South Sudan in Africa to Myanmar in Southeast Asia, Mothers’ Union works to support not only the basic needs of refugees but works to bring some stability to family life for those displaced. Each year some 25,000 people are helped through Mothers’ Union’s relief efforts.
In response to the recent government-commissioned review on high pressure fundraising, following recent tragic accounts in the media of its effect on vulnerable donors, Mothers’ Union welcomes the proposed introductions of a more regulated fundraising sector.
The Worldwide President, Lynne Tembey, and Mothers’ Union Chief Executive, Beverley Jullien, were honoured to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs Welby at Lambeth Palace on Tuesday, 8th September.
During the meeting, the Archbishop was very appreciative of the work of Mothers’ Union members worldwide, and we explored areas where we could work even more closely with the Church in the future.
The Way We Are Now – a welcome insight into relationships in the UK
Mothers’ Union today [1st Sept 2015] welcomed the 2015 “Way We Are Now” report: a publication from Relate, Marriage Care and Relationships Scotland that gives a unique perspective into the quality of our relationships with partners, family, friends and colleagues in the UK.
Mothers’ Union are delighted at the announcement by Government today, 18th August 2015, that it will introduce age-ratings on streamed music content produced within the UK.
The charity has been campaigning for policy and industry changes that will help protect childhood from commercialisation and sexualisation since 2010. Earlier this year Mothers’ Union’s Bye Buy Childhood 2015 report highlighted that 86 percent of parents are concerned about sexualisation.
Mothers’ Union is aware of and already responding to the devastation caused by Cyclone Komen and the resulting floods that have hit Myanmar, affecting people across 12 states and regions of the country. With reports of over 250,000 people affected and 69 lives reported as lost so far the rain and flood waters continue to move southwards increasing the threat of flooding as water makes it way down from the mountainous highlands.
The first weekend of August dawned warm and bright, crowds gathered to watch the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. Club cyclists, celebrities and all sorts of amateur riders were among the 25,564 cyclists who competed in Sunday’s event. Looking closely you would have seen three bright blue Mothers’ Union cyclists whizz by.
Mothers’ Union are thrilled to announce the appointment of Beverley Jullien as the new Chief Executive of our charity. Beverley joins us with great experience within the corporate and education sectors, including roles such as Vice-President for pharmaceutical company AstraZenecca and Pro-Vice Chancellor at London Southbank University. Beverley also has extensive knowledge of the non for profit sector which was highlighted when she set up a unique service for the 2012 London Olympic Games to develop professionalism in sports governing bodies.
The election process in Burundi is leading to civil unrest and much anxiety as people fear for their safety. Since the polls opened on Tuesday (21st July) nearly 200,000 people have left their homes to seek safety across Burundi's borders or safer places within Burundi. Mothers' Union are calling for prayerful support. Read more here
July 23rd 2015
Mothers’ Union today, Monday 13th July 2015, asked members of the General Synod of The Church of England to engage with the concerns parents are voicing over the impact of commercialisation on children and on the well-being of the family.
In a panel led debate chaired by Rt. Rev David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon, Mothers’ Union raised awareness of their Bye Buy Childhood campaign and called for help from the Lords Spiritual to raise recommendations in Parliament which have been drafted by Mothers’ Union as a result of their most recent research.
Sustainable Development are very much a buzz word mentioned a lot in parliaments and political agendas throughout the world. One of the most prominent subjects that is being heralded in discussions at present are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) – also known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Thousands of Mothers’ Union members demonstrate the love of Christ through their volunteering: in prisons, hospitals, schools, parents groups, parent & toddler groups, Sunday schools, food banks... the list is long and the activities lovingly carried out week in week out every year. Many more members spend time making things which are used to comfort or bring help to children and adults who are going through stressful times. Mothers’ Union’s ability to reach out in charity to improve and strengthen family and community life would not happen without our volunteers.
Following the massive earthquake in Nepal, which has devastated both the country and areas of North India and Bangladesh; we are calling for urgent prayers for:
- Comfort for all of the bereaved families
- Shelter for those who are internally displaced
- Protection for the one million or more that are now at risk of disease from lack of fresh water and shelter.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, in Beijing. In 1995, six thousand government delegates attended UN-led negotiations, building on previous political agreements to create an action plan for furthering gender equality and the empowerment of women. Four thousand activists also attended to influence the outcome; and thus the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (PfA) were born.
Parents remain concerned about the impact advertising and marketing are having, both directly and indirectly, on the lives of children and young people a new Report reveals.
Research published today by Mothers’ Union reveals that despite welcome attention since 2010, four in five (80%) parents in Britain are concerned about the commercialisation of childhood, and a similar proportion (81%) say that the media encourages their children to ask their parents to buy them things that they see advertised, indicating the potential impact of “Pester Power”.
You may think that the General Election is a long way off but May 7th is fast approaching! It is very easy to get bogged down with all the information that is thrown at us by the parties, or become disengaged by the endless “debating” of the party leaders, or just feel like your vote doesn’t count in the grand scheme of things. However, it really does matter and you really can make a difference when you engage in politics.
The month of March has a distinct focus on women. Within four weeks we are challenged afresh by the obedience of Mary in bearing God’s Son; we are inspired by remarkable lives on International Women’s Day; we uphold the value of motherhood on Mothering Sunday and we join in prayer with women around the world on World Day of Prayer. In addition to this we watch with interest the debates taking place at the Commission for the Status of Women at the United Nations; this year focussing on a review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
Mothers' Union Australia Hervey Bay branch has given away its 5000th gift to a new mother in Hervey Bay Hospital. New mum Jude, with her baby daugher Rose were the lucky recipients.
Members of MU Australia Hervey Bay branch have been giving new mums on the Fraser Coast gifts to help them become more adjusted to parenthood for 15 years. Each mum receives a gift basket full of hand-made items that are useful to new families.
Branch Tresurer Rosslyn Fallon says a typical basket contains hand-made bits, washers, beanies, booties, mittens and small stuffed toys.
Mothers’ Union is working with the Diocese of Cyprus & The Gulf to provide for 15,000 displaced people in Iraq
In November 2014 the Mothers’ Union’s Relief Fund was able to contribute to the coordinated efforts of the network of Kurdish churches in Iraq to bring refuge and safety to displaced families and refugees from towns that have become war-zones due to IS aggression – Mosul, Qaraquash, and more.
Safer Internet Day 2015 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 10th February with the slogan ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.
This month, as part of Marriage Week Mothers’ Union groups across the UK will be celebrating marriage and the benefit it brings to couples, to the wider family and to all of us. Marriage is known to make couples happier, healthier and bring financial stability. But it is romance, rather than research, that brings couples together, a loving relationship that the couple desire to take on to be a life-long flourishing relationship.
Mothers’ Union member, Monica Hill, known to her friends as Sue, has been recognised in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List with a British Empire Medal for her volunteer work for children and families.
Sue and her Hurstpierpoint branch of Mothers’ Union took on the running of the parent and toddler group in 1996 and Sue has run the group since that time. But Sue’s work doesn’t just stop at the parent and toddler group work; she has also faciliatated parenting groups, and raises funds for the local, national and international projects.
The Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Oxford has appointed a development officer to raise its profile and promote its membership. Steve Jenkins has a background in public relations in charities and spent more than 20 years in the Communications Office of the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council. “It’s an interesting new challenge,” he said, “and I look forward to working with clergy, church communities and existing members to promote everything Mothers' Union is doing in the diocese.”
We are well aware of what a busy and stressful time of year it can be for parents and carers alike. The commercialisation of Christmas is something that we see increasing year on year as well as the pressure that is felt by adults it can mean the heart of Christmas gets lost under the piles of presents.
Today is World AIDS day, and it is also the 7th day of 16 Days of Activism, a campaign in which Mothers’ Union members worldwide have been partaking. Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is not just a major problem in its own right; it is also having an effect on the spread of HIV. The World Health Organisation has stated that “Violence against women constitutes an urgent public health problem worldwide, particularly in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” According to UNAIDS, women who have experienced violence are up to three times more likely to be infected with HIV than those who have not.
On 12th November members of Mothers’ Union from across the UK and Ireland met with the Action & Outreach staff to share their experiences of working in prisons and supporting prisoner’s families. It was also an opportunity to pray using inspiration from prayers for Prison Week. Jane Newsome, prison chaplain joined them as well as visitors from Prison Fellowship who used the opportunity to promote Angel Tree. Angel Tree is a project that Mothers’ Union sometimes works in partnership with to help the children of prisoners receive a gift at Christmas time.
The international leaders of Mothers’ Union, from across the Anglican Communion, met last week in the United Kingdom under the theme of “A Goal to Celebrate”.
Members of the Mothers' Union group from St Thomas' Church in Ashton-in-Makerfield have recently been busy knitting 'Twiddlemuffs' a special hand mitt that can be beneficial for the elderly along with people suffering from dementia. Twiddlemuffs are designed and developed to provide simple stimulation for both hands and brains with various sensory items attached both insdie and out.
In March 2015 we are offering the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Baby training day led by Community Development Coordinator Joanne Triffitt (Mothers’ Union Salisbury) in the provinces of York and Canterbury.
Aim of the Project:
Lynne Tembey, Worldwide President of Mothers' Union, will be the star of Travellers Tales on Premier Christian Radio on 19th October. Lynne talks to presenter Hannah Scott-Joynt about all aspects of her journey in faith, her family life and of course, her relationship with Mothers' Union from the very beginning through to her aspirations for the organisation's future.
Travellers Tales, Premier Christian Radio
Sunday 19th October, 7.00pm
Mothers’ Union responds to the call for prayer against the persecution of Christians in Iraq
Mothers’ Union has approximately 3,250 members in Iraq. Many attend St George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad. Reverend Canon Dr Andrew White is the Chaplain of St George’s and he has suggested three specific prayers:
During the weekend of 5th/6th July 2014 the Tour de France reached Yorkshire and Mothers’ Union members were out in force! The churches of Yorkshire welcomed and extended friendship and hospitality to visitors from throughout the world and many Mothers’ Union branches were part of it within the Dioceses of West Yorkshire & The Dales, York and Sheffield.
Mothers’ Union used this opportunity to work together in the York Province;
Here at Mothers' Union we are very proud and encouraged to hear of the great work that our dioceses are carrying out throughout the world. We are excited to share with you a very great honour that some of our members in Hull diocese have achieved. A team of Mothers Union members were awarded the Pre‑school Learning Alliance’s Volunteer Awards 2014 for Outstanding Volunteer Team. This is in recognition of the Hull Prison Play scheme that they run.
Mothers’ Union responds to the call from Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby to join him in praying for the safe release of the school girls abducted in Nigeria.
Three weeks ago, over 200 girls were kidnapped from their school in the northern Nigerian city of Borno. Mothers’ Union is communicating with members in the surrounding areas for news and to identify any specific prayer needs.
Mothers' Union are thrilled to be attending the Chritian Resource Exhibition International at Sandown Park, Esher. The CRE is a great opportunity for Church leaders, youth and children's workers, and anyone involved in leadership continually need to discover new and fresh ways to communicate God's unchanging message and we are looking forward to having the opportunity to engage with members of the church about the work of Mothers' Union.
South Wales Scorpions Rugby League side has Mothers' Union close to their heart - literally. On Mothering Sunday the entire team wore Mothers' Union's distinctive logo across their rugby shirts to raise awareness of the work of Mothers' Union.
In addition to proudly branding themselves as supporters, there was also a collection in aid of Make a Mother's Day during the match on Mothering Sunday.
Mothers’ Union’s Relief Fund Committee has sent a grant of £25,000 to aid the humanitarian response of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan & Sudan to thousands of displaced people in South Sudan.
The funding will form part of the wider response of the Anglican Communion given to the local relief arm of the Church, SUDRA. This will be used to bring urgent food and medical aid to displaced families. A further grant of £25,000 has been agreed in principle by Mothers’ Union which the organisation hopes to source from outside its membership.
Mothers’ Union responds to the call from Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to pray with the Episcopal Church of South Sudan & Sudan for peace and stability to return to South Sudan.
Mrs Rosemary Kempsell, Worldwide President of Mothers' Union from 2007-2012, has been made CBE in the New Year's Honours 2014 for services to families both in the UK and across the world.
"I'm surpised and delighted" said Rosemary today (1 Jan), "It is wonderful to see the way that the work of Mothers' Union is being recognised, and that is reflected in this award. Whilst we are building on the past, Mothers' Union is today an organisation that is forward looking. I've been so warmed by the messages of support from all over the world today."
Mrs Nkasiobi Okoh, Provincial President of Mothers' Union in Nigiera, has added Mothers' Union's voice to those of women's rights campaigners in Nigeria to speak out against the Senate of Nigeria blocking a bill which would have banned child-marriages.