The Mothers’ Union (MU) was founded by Mary Sumner in 1876. We are a Christian society and our work is underpinned by prayer.
Today there are over four million members in 83 countries throughout the world. The backbone of the MU is a worldwide network of women and now men drawn from local backgrounds but with a commitment to marriage and family.
Our aim is to strengthen and preserve marriage and family life.
In order to carry out this aim we have five objects:
- To promote and support marriage and its wider understanding.
- To encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the Church.
- To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service.
- To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children.
- To help those whose family life has met with adversity.
The MU is working together to support families and see relationships flourish. We do this by praying, enabling and campaigning together to see communities transformed.
The key activities of the St Davids Mothers’ Union at present are helping provide holiday breaks for families in need (the Away From It All project), providing suitable toys for young children in hospital (Toys for Tots) and supporting seamen who come into Milford Haven docks from hot countries without any warm clothing (the Mission for Seafarers project).
Residential retreats are held twice a year in the diocese.
There are over 1000 members in our diocesan branches. We continue to encourage Diocesan membership as we see this as the way forward for belonging and supporting the work of the Mothers’ Union.