Registered Charity Number (Chelmsford Diocese Mothers' Union): 1044663
Welcome to the The Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey branch of Mothers' Union in 2017.
Last year we celebrated 140 years since Mary Sumner started Mothers' Union in 1876 and a celebration in the life of our branch was Judith Meaden becoming Chelmsford Diocesan President, with her Commissioning service held in the Abbey Church.
Globally, we have over 4 million members in 83 countries with the purpose of being specifically concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life. We exist to serve God and his church through showing practical Christian care for families worldwide as a voluntary Christian movement and as the largest lay led organisation in the Church of England, we are proud of the faith and love which has kept us strong and enabled us to work for the good of families and communities in the UK and around the world. Rooted in faith and prayer we’re here to pray and work with our parish clergy, being enabling and empowering.
Membership is open to all who have been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity and promise, by God's grace:
- To confess the faith of Christ crucified and to continue His faithful soldier and servant to our life's end;
- To uphold and support the Objectives of Mothers' Union by word and action;
- To try to plan our life to include worship in Church, prayer and bible reading.
There are three types of membership:
- As a branch member;
- As a Diocesan Member (someone who can't or doesn't want to be part of a branch);
- Indoor Members' Prayer Circle (branch members who can't attend meetings).
Our Link dioceses in the world are Jamaica & Cayman Islands in the West Indies; Rejav in the Sudan; Doko and Owo in Nigeria and the Military Episcopate in Kenya.
By their donations and fundraising, our members support central MU projects abroad – helping communities find the resources needed to build their own toilets and improve sanitation; teaching mothers and grandparents how to care for their families and enabling women to set up their own business so they can support their families.
One of our worldwide projects is that against Gender Based Violence – we have a consultative status on the United Nations in connection with women’s issues because we have representation in 83 countries and therefore a strong voice.
We support our central Overseas and Relief funds; Overseas providing the required workers in overseas dioceses; the Relief Fund for use when a disaster occurs in a country where we have a presence and where, already working on the ground, we’re in the best place to be the first to give aid. Last year, centrally, £60,000 was given to relief projects in the UK and Ireland and nationally in the same year, 3,000 families had AFIA holidays.
Our Objectives are:
- To promote and support married life;
- To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children;
- 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.
Our vision for the future is to commit ourselves to nurture better conditions for family life; we are motivated by faith to help transform family life through relevant practical action based on what is required in the communities they are based.
The fundraising we achieve supports our work in the UK and around the world.
We meet every other month and have a full programme of meetings with speakers; outings and fundraising events.
Our branch can trace it's history back to 1892 (see more).