Registered Charity Number (Chelmsford Diocese Mothers' Union): 249736
Welcome to the The Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey branch of Mothers' Union in 2019.
Our identity is that Mothers’ Union is a global, women-led global movement. United in our diversity and living out our faith, we support individuals and families to transform their lives. Embedded in the Church and our community, we have unprecedented reach to give voice to the stigmatized and vulnerable around the world and our theme this year is ‘Building Hope and Confidence’. This follows on from the themes for the past two years where we’ve looked at how we, as Mothers’ Union, listen, observe and act and, Central MU, having listened to what members across the world have said, feel that it is important for us to build hope with confidence, not only in ourselves but in those we serve.
“Building hope and confidence”, our theme for 2020, is at the heart of our call to support individuals and families to transform their lives. As we build our hope and confidence in God we will be inspired and equipped to build each in others, in both a local and a global context.
Globally, we have over 4 million members in 84 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 of any faith and none; women and men; young and older. 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);
- As a Friend (for those who have not been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity or do not wish to be a full member).
Indoor Members' Prayer Circle (branch members who can't attend meetings) are a vital part of prayer link.
Locally, we support the work with children in our parish by giving age related bibles to children who are baptised.
In the Diocese, our projects are:
- English for Women (EfW) – where women of differing nationalities are able to make connections. By breaking through isolation by building relationships and networking, we provide a safe and friendly space, where they can improve their English and find a warm welcome and where their children have an interactive play environment and language development in preparation for school.
- AFIA (days out and holidays for those who are stressed in any way – single or families – see the leaflet on our board in the Abbey Church.
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.
We support our central funds whether in the United Kingdom and Ireland or abroad; providing the required workers in overseas dioceses; 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.
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 at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month in the Abbey Church and have a full programme of meetings with speakers; outings and fundraising events.
In 2019 we held a pancake lunch, cream tea and coffee morning to support our projects and gave £287.00 to providing bibles for baptisms in the Abbey Church and £748.00 towards our Diocesan projects, Central projects and Ethical Giving.
Our branch can trace it's history back to 1892.