The Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation which was founded by Mary Sumner in 1887 and has now grown to 3.6 million members in 78 countries. The latest country to join was incredibly Iran which has now enrolled more than 40 members.
Our branch at St. Mary’s - Ecclesfield has been in existence for over 70 years and one of our current member’s mother-in-law was the original secretary. We therefore have a fine history of continuation and tradition.
Contrary to popular belief we do more than bake cakes and make tea! Although St. Mary’ s does have a reputation for excellent cakes.
Our aims are to demonstrate the Christian faith in action and to promote family life.
Our life together as members revolves around practical help and prayer.
We pray for all babies and children Baptised at St. Mary’s.
Help needy families by providing holidays in cooperation with other groups in the Diocese.
Provide toiletries for women in a Homeless Women’s Hostel.
Money is forwarded to the National organisation for a Relief Fund and Overseas Aid wherever it is needed.
Of the many practicalities we participate in knitting appears to be the most popular and we have many friends to help us knit clothing and blankets. Simple jumpers and blankets are knitted, made up and sent to Africa.
We meet each month on the first Wednesday afternoon at 1.00pm in The Gatty Hall on Priory Rd. We are a friendly group and at each meeting we always have an interesting speaker. We are not a group of ‘old women’ we also have some male members, and we invite young mums to join us as we love to hear the cries of young children.
A group also meet in the evening on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm - meeting at 21 Minster Road. This is generally a discussion group but we do have occasional speakers.
For more information contact Stephanie Hartshorne at St. Mary’s Church - Ecclesfield.
We would all love to meet you
Tele: (0114) 245 9435
Tele: (0114) 245 6065