The Mothers’ Union is an international Christian charity whose mission is to demonstrate the Christian faith in action by the transformation of communities worldwide through the nurture of family in its many forms.
We have 4 million members living in over 80 countries.
Our objectives are:
● Promoting and supporting marriage
● Encouraging parents in their role to develop the faith or their children
● Maintaining a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service
● Promoting conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children
● Helping those whose family life has met with adversity
The Mothers’ Union launched the Bye Buy childhood campaign against the commercialisation and sexualisation of children in September 2010. This led to Reg Bailey, the Chief Executive of the Mothers’ Union, being appointed by the Government to lead an independent review. In June 2011 the Bailey Review ‘Letting Children be Children’ was published. Its recommendations include:
● Age restriction on music videos
● Reduction of sexualised imagery in locations likely to be seen by children
● Raising parental awareness of marketing and advertising techniques
The Mothers’ Union branch at St. James’ Church currently meets once a month on Wednesday mornings. We share communion then follow a varied programme. We sometimes have a speaker, or go on an outing. We have recently been to RHS Wisley, also Westminster Abbey where we saw the Royal Wedding exhibition. We also meet socially throughout the year. We have a ‘pot luck’ supper with husbands/partners/friends, an annual Christmas lunch and a restaurant meal in the summer months.
More importantly we raise funds for various Mothers’ Union projects, supporting families in this country and abroad. Projects such as:
Away from It All – to enable families under stress to have a holiday
Prison work – to help families whose lives are affected by imprisonment. The MU in Southwark has recently re-equipped the children’s play area at Belmarsh prison.
Domestic violence - Mothers’ Union in Southwark has formed a link with Croydon’s Women’s Aid, to help women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Literacy and Development Programmes – run in Malawi, Sudan and Burundi.
We welcome new members.
Our branch leader is Sue Page – 020 8668 6075 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Mothers’ Union visit www.themothersunion.org
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