The Mothers' Union Guildford
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MOTHERS’ UNION!
This year will see Mothers’ Union mark 140 years of a faithful Christian outreach to families of all faiths and none. Since 1876, when Mary Sumner first brought together parents in her own parish to build their confidence in bringing up their own children in the Christian faith, we have grown to an organisation of over four million women – and men – in over 80 countries around the world.
Over the past 140 years, Mothers’ Union has faced, and will continue to face, many challenges. Family life is under increasing pressure and the call on our resources is higher than ever. But we can look at how we are meeting these challenges and say ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us’.
As we mark our 140th year, the future of Mothers’ Union is very much on our minds. Our celebrations are not only about celebrating how God has lead us as we discern the needs in our communities that are necessary for stability for both families and society as a whole.
During 2016 over 500,000 people will benefit from Mothers’ Union support for family life. Many more will know the support of our membership without any tally being taken – because not only our programme work but in their daily lives our members support families in prayer, in voicing their support for policy changes that benefit families and in their practical support.
There has never been a more challenging, or more exciting time to be part of the Mothers’ Union!