The Mothers' Union (MU) is a worldwide organisation whose aims are to:
- Strengthen communities all over the world
- Help the most disadvantaged at home
- Advocate for the rights of families
- Build supportive, loving relationships
- Develop a personal relationship with God.
Here in Canterbury, MU supports families through fund-raising activities, such as, collecting items for womens’ refuge homes and organising and supporting the ‘Away From It All’ holidays (AFIA). These holidays enable families to have a much-needed break, which they might otherwise struggle to afford.
The Benefice supports two MU branches: one centred on St Dunstan's and the other centred on St Peter's and St Mildred's.
St Dunstan’s MU Branch meets on the second Wednesday each month at 19.30 hrs. Members are involved regularly with helping at Messy Church, providing coffee after services, running Tiny Tots and taking an active part in Mothering Sunday worship. During the year the group takes part in the ‘Wave of Prayer’, where members support each other through prayer around the world. The MU Branch also entertains Japanese students from the Chaucer College. The Branch remembers members of the parish at Easter and Christmas by sending greetings cards. MU members also welcome families at Baptism services.
The St Mildred's / St Peter's Branch meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month after the 10.00 hrs Eucharist service at St Mildred's. It is a social group with prayer at its heart. Members contribute their ideas to the yearly programme which is made up of speakers, outings and fund raising. All are welcome to attend the meetings and membership is open to men and women, regardless of age or marital status.
The Mother's Union was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner, a Bishop's wife, mother and grandmother. She invited some local women together into her home to offer them an
opportunity to learn, to develop their faith and to support each
other. Today the Mothers' Union has a worldwide membership of over four
million women and men, working in over 80 countries.