What we do 

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The Mothers' Union

Mothers' Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide. With groups in 81 countries, Mothers' Union members share one heartfelt vision - to bring about a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. Members are not all mothers, or even all women. Single, married, parents, grandparents, or young adults just beginning to express their social conscience. For all 4 million members what Mothers' Union provides is a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community - through prayer, financial support and actively working at the grassroots level in programmes that meet local needs. We lobby local and national governments on issues affecting family life and campaign to challenge legislation that neglects the vulnerable and marginalised. We are also represented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.


The Mothers’ Union in Melton Mowbray

The St Mary’s Branch has been in existence for over 100 years having been founded on 23rd March 1893. Recent research into Parish Records has found the following report in a Parish Magazine of the time:

“A talk was given on Friday 17th February 1893 at 7.30pm in the Colles Hall to a
large audience of the Mothers Meeting Group by Mrs Creighton, the wife of the
Lord Bishop  of Peterborough, about the Mothers Union, founded by Mary Sumner,
the aim of which was the temporal and spiritual welfare of our children and those
present were recommended to consider joining.

A Special Service in connection with this body was held in St Mary’s Church on
Thursday 23rd March 1893 at 8.00pm. The Vicar preached and members were
enrolled afterwards.”

The St Mary's Melton Mowbray branch usually meets at The Samworth Centre at St Mary’s, Burton Street on the 3rd Friday of each month at 2.00pm unless otherwise indicated in the programme.  We have an exciting and informative series of talks and welcome you to come.

St Mary's Branch Officers for 2019

Leader                         Gillian Beavis:  01664 851386
Secretary                     Janet Larder:  01664 569245
Treasurer                     Gillian Beavis: 01664 851386

Programme of Activities for 2019

New members and/or visitors always welcomed - for more information contact Gillian Beavis 01664 851386

September 20th
Annual Holy Communion Service in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray 2.00pm 
October 18th
Medical Detection Dogs
a talk by Michael Money

November 15th
Greeting Cards
a talk by Wendy Nye
 December 13th (second Friday)
'Seasonal Celebration'
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Be still in the presence of the Lord
Dr Ted Hutchin joined us at the February meeting of Melton Mowbray Mothers' Union in response to questions that had been put to him after his talk last year telling about his role as a Chaplain to both the police and the fire service. More ...
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Building hope and confidence
Our 2019 programme ended on a peaceful and joyful note as Revd Mary led us in an Advent Worship 'Prepare the way of the Lord', writes Gillian Beavis. More ...
Come bearing gifts
Members of St Mary’s Mothers’ Union are reminded to please bring their Gifts For Young Carers In Leicestershire to the meeting on 15th November at 2pm in Mary's Place when a representative from Barnardos will join us to receive these. More ...
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Who's a clever dog?
Members of the Mother’s Union enjoyed a talk by Michael Money from the charity Medical Detection Dogs and learned just how clever all dogs are, but especially those trained to detect potential illnesses. More ...
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Start knitting!
After the Summer break we met again in September for the annual Holy Communion Service. We are grateful to Revd Canon Peter Moseling who prepared and led a service for the Birth of The Blessed Virgin Mary. More ...
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Rain stopped play!
Although there was no planned meeting in August a few members had accepted an invitation to a garden party on 9 August organised by the Leicester Diocese Mothers' Union to celebrate Mary Sumner’s Day. More ...
The years of a clown!
The speaker at our June meeting was one of our own members, Sue Brown - otherwise known as Hattie the clown. More ...
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Many congratulations
This month we congratulate two of our members and their husbands who have celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversaries. Love and best wishes from us all to Joy and Len Atton and Beaulah and John Hickling. More ...
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Welcome return for Pam 
What a pleasure it was to welcome back the Revd Pam Harvey in April, as the speaker for the day. Pam’s talks are always full of humour with a very important message. More ...
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There's something about Mary!
The Rev Peter Moseling was speaker for the March meeting of the St Mary’s branch of the Mothers' Union where we celebrated Lady Day, writes Helen Bett. More ...
Looking forward to Pam's visit
The April meeting will be held on 26th of the month, which is a fourth Friday. We look forward to a return visit from the Revd Pam Harvey. Pam always leaves us with much to think about whilst keeping us amused. More ...
Hail Mary!
St Mary’s Mothers’ Union will meet on Friday, 22nd March at 2pm in the Samworth Centre. There will be a talk on ‘Mary’ given by Revd Canon Peter Moseling. More ...
How to be Dementia Friendly
Among those welcomed to the February meeting were four new members — at least new to our Branch as all have at some time been members elsewhere — and two visitors. The speaker was Linda Pearson, who came to advise us how to be Dementia Friendly. More ...
No change
The January meeting was preceded by the Annual meeting for the Branch. This started with prayer which was followed by the usual necessary business. There was no change in Branch Officers and Mary Waren was elected to join the existing committee. More ...
Grateful thanks
On Friday, 14 December, several members and husbands met in the Samworth Cafe for what has become our traditional Christmas meal together. Needless to say, this was very enjoyable and our thanks go to Carol and her helpers at the Samworth Café for this. More ...