About Mothers’ Union

Mary Sumner, Bishop’s wife, mother and grandmother began the Mothers’ Union in 1876. She recognised the need to support women in her local community and invited them to join together to learn together and develop their faith.

There are approximately 100,000 members of the Mothers’ Union in the UK, some 1,200 of them in the Peterborough Diocese. All our work is underpinned with prayer and that remains a central part of our lives. Midday prayers are said daily around the world and every diocese with a MU presence is remembered throughout each year with our Wave of Prayer.

The Aim of the Mothers’ Union

The aim of the Mothers’ Union is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life.

The Purpose of the Mothers’ Union

The purpose of the Mothers’ Union is to be specially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life.

The Objects of the Mothers’ Union

  • To uphold Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote 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

Mission Statement

The Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation which promotes the well-being of families worldwide.

We achieve this by:

  • Developing prayer and spiritual growth in families
  • Studying and reflecting on family life and marriage and its place in society
  • Resourcing our members to take practical action to improve conditions for families, both nationally and in the communities in which they live


  • The Mothers’ Union has 4 million members worldwide
  • The Mothers’ Union was founded in England in 1876
  • There are members in 83 countries around the world