The Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation which was founded by Mary Sumner in 1887
and has now grown to 3.6 million members in 78 countries. The latest country to join was
incredibly Iran which has now enrolled more than 40 members.

Our branch at St. Mary’s - Ecclesfield has been in existence for over 70 years and one of our
current member’s mother-in-law was the original secretary. We therefore have a fine history
of continuation and tradition.

Contrary to popular belief we do more than bake cakes and make tea! Although St. Mary’s
does have a reputation for excellent cakes, and we are always willing to cater for events.

Our aims are to demonstrate the Christian faith in action and to promote family life.

Our life together as members revolves around practical help and prayer.

  • We pray for all babies and children Baptised at St. Mary’s.
  • Hold Afternoon Teas for those who spend their lives caring for others.
  • Provide books to help children; to help them, and their families, who are starting
    school from the local nursery schools.
  • Help needy families by providing holidays in cooperation with other groups in the
  • Provide toiletries for women in a Homeless Women’s Hostel.

Money is forwarded to the National organisation for a Relief Fund and Overseas Aid
wherever it is needed.

Of the many practicalities we participate in knitting appears to be the most popular and we
have many friends to help us knit clothing and blankets. Small knitted garments are made
up and sent to The Jessop Wing – the local Maternity Hospital for premature babies. Simple
jumpers and blankets are knitted, made up and sent to Africa, this year we have produced
120 jumpers and 25 blankets.

We meet each month on the first Wednesday afternoon at 1.45 pm and on the Thursday
evening at 8.00 pm in The Gatty Hall on Priory Rd. We are a friendly group and at each
meeting we always have an interesting speaker. We are not a group of ‘old women’ we also
have some male members, and we invite young mums to join us as we love to hear the cries
of young children.

For more information contact Maureen Lambert at St. Mary’s Church - Ecclesfield.

                                 We would all love to meet you.
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Programme of Events - 2015

Wednesday 4th

Wednesday 4th

Wednesday 1st

Wednesday 6th

Wednesday 3rd

Wednesday 1st

Wednesday 5th

Nicky Lee


Rev. Jeni Fryer

Jean Kidner

Ruth Maughan

Angela Scarfe
Talk or Event


Street Pastors


Women's Refuge

Letters from Overseas

Well Women

Garden Party
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Branch Leader:
Mrs. Maureen Lambert
Telephone: 0114 246 9690
Mrs Janet Rodber
Telephone: 0114 246 6030
Mrs. Stephanie
Hartshorne  Telephone:
0114 284 5381
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