Mothers’ Union

Tea with Friends in Marnhull

Christian Care for Families

Christian Care for families

Tea with Friends followed on from Marnhull Branch of Mothers' Union

Tea with Friends supports initiatives to build community and support families in and around Marnhull

Mothers’ Union is an international Christian membership charity that aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide.

Its aims are to promote and support Christian religion in family life, to encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith, to help maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians promoting a safe and stable family life and to help those who have suffered adversity.

It was started in 1876 by Mary Sumner, a rector’s wife, who recognised that the responsibilities of motherhood needed support. 

There are now over 4 million members worldwide. Members are active in 84 countries. Members show faith in action as they work towards stopping poverty, inequality and injustice. Working at grass roots level they bring hope and practical support to millions of people every year through parenting, literacy and community development programmes.

For more information check the national website

The Salisbury Diocese has a special link with South Sudan.  You can find out how you can help by following this link.

Mothers’ Union in Marnhull

MU has been present in Marnhull since 5th November 1895 when meetings were held on a Tuesday afternoon, there were various alterations over the years. For several years ( mid 80’s) the MU had a successful Young Wives group which met on a Wednesday morning at a variety of homes with the seniors running a creche in a separate room.  As time went on the little people went to school and mums to work.

In these last years the group has supported Women’s Refuges, Guys Marsh prison, Holiday caravan scheme and a Devon holiday scheme. There has also been much knitting for a variety of projects and fund raising to support MU worldwide projects.  Sadly, mainly due to a reduced membership, it was decided at the AGM in February 2022 that the Marnhull Branch would close.

There is a branch in Sturminster Newton contact Brenda Birt    01258 472219                   
and also a branch in Sherborne contact Josephine Higgs      [email protected]                  
and a prayer and fellowship group in Gillingham. 

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.