Clergy Log In Church in Wales

Mothers' Union


What is the Mothers’ Union?

Mothers’ Union is a world-wide organisation of 4 million members in 83 countries.  It was established in 1876 by Mary Sumner and incorporated by Royal Charter.  We have a network through which members can serve Christ in their own community through prayer, financial support and actively working at grassroots level in programmes that meet local needs.

Membership is open to both men and women, married or unmarried, who support our aims and objectives and who have been baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity. Members join a branch (we have 60 branches in St Asaph Diocese and 1,000 members) or, if they are unable or do not wish to attend branch meetings, they can become Diocesan members.

What are our aims and objectives?

Christian faith in action through the nurture of family in it’s many forms by working towards five objectives

  1. Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage
  2. Encouraging parents to bring up their children in the faith of the church
  3. Maintain a worldwide fellowship united in prayer worship and service
  4. Promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and protection of children
  5. To help families who have met with adversity

Everything we do is underpinned by prayer with the wave of prayer continually going round the globe 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What do Mothers’ Union members do?

Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation which promotes the well being of families worldwide. We do this by:

  • developing prayer and spiritual growth in families
  • studying and reflecting on family life
  • resourcing members to take practical action to improve conditions for  families when they experience anxiety

Our work  has an impact locally, nationally and internationally.

Here in St. Asaph Diocese we follow a three-year cycle of projects –

  • In Year 1 – 2019 – Raising funds for our AFIA fund
  • In Year 2 – 2020 –  we meet a local need –  sometimes raising funds and awareness of a specific project
  • In Year 3 2021 – fundraising for a MU overseas project

Events in 2019

2019 Theme – ‘Listen, observe, act – in step with God’


17th January  Trustee Board meeting

26th January  Australia Day Service  2pm at St Mary Denbigh

26th February  Commissioning of Worldwide President and Trustees

Service at Southwark Cathedral

25th March   Diocesan Festival Service 2pm  at St Asaph Cathedral

To include commissioning of Trustees

11th April Trustee Board meeting  Venue tbc

2nd May Spring Council 10am at Wrexham

9th May Trustees training day  Llanidloes

14th May Family group service at Ruabon

31st May Thy Kingdom Come service at Coventry Cathedral

4th-5th June Retreat at Noddfa Penmaenmawr

6th June Family group service 7pm at Shotton

11th June Family group service at Pool 7pm

13th June Family group service at Meliden 7pm

8th July Family group service at Wrexham 2.30pm

11th July Trustee Board meeting

9th August  Mary Sumner Day

17th-18th September General Meeting in Portsmouth

9th October Provincial meeting at Llanidloes

12th October  Diocesan Council

17th October Trustee Board meeting

14th November Autumn Council 10am at Wrexham

Office Holders

in St Asaph Mothers' Union

Patron:   Bishop Gregory

President:  Mrs Beryl Griffith

Vice President …St Asaph: Mrs Janet Rees

Vice President …Montgommery: Mrs Elizabeth Sherriff

Vice President …Wrexham:  The Revd Mary Brotherston

Secretary: Mrs Karen Stringer

Treasurer: Mr Tony Lotherington


Action and outreach: Mrs Joan Barker

Faith and Policy: Mrs Norma Mollard

Mothers Union Chaplain: The Venerable John Thelwell

Roundabout Magazine:  Revd Canon Paul Varah & Mrs Susan Varah

For general enquiries please make contact via the  Secretary or Treasurer.

The Trustees are answerable to Mary Sumner House and the Charity Commissioner