The City of Chester branch of the Mothers’ Union was founded 40 years ago on 5th October 1973 when Chester Team Parish was in existence and Canon Lunt was the Rector of St John the Baptist Church. The branch members continued to meet after the breakup of the parish and with just a slight change in the name became the Branch it is today. The Branch draws its members from churches within and without the City (St John the Baptist, St. Thomas of Canterbury, St Mary’s without‑the‑Wall and St Werburgh RC); meeting at 7.15 pm on the third Wednesday of the month in St. Thomas of Canterbury’s Church Hall, Parkgate Road.
At our anniversary celebrations 12 members were awarded Long Service Certificates for more than 25 years membership of the organisation, with two having given more than 50 years service. Thus showing how dear to members’ hearts the organisation is. It is through prayer and the various money-raising events held by the Branch that we are able to support Mothers’ Union projects within the Diocese, UK and Ireland, and worldwide.
The seed of the Mothers’ Union was sown by Mary Sumner in 1876 when she founded a society for the support of women in their role as mothers. Mary recognised that good parenting was more than providing for the physical needs of the child and she believed that the primary responsibility was to raise children in the love of God.
The organisation has, of course, grown and changed with the times and the depth of work far exceeds Mary Sumner’s original vision of a circle of prayer upholding family life. It now has four million members in 83 countries. Yet prayer continues to be at the heart of the witness of members who in the Wave of Prayer maintain constant chain of intercession across global membership. Members continue to promote family life through parents’ group work, marriage support and advocating for family-supportive policies whilst at the same time upholding families affected by poverty, homelessness, imprisonment, relationship breakdown and prison sentences.
Mothers’ Union Prayer
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union
as we seek to share your love
through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit,
may we be united in prayer and worship,
and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.
In Jesus’ name.
Mary Sumner’s Personal Prayer
All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for thee; and every life I touch, do thou by thy spirit quicken, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe, or the life I live. Amen
The Diocese website www.mothersunionchester.co.uk and Central website www.mothersunion.org give a fuller insight into the aims and work carried out through the many projects undertaken in both this country and worldwide.