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Axbridge Mothers' Union

Axbridge has a very active Mothers' Union which meets regularly throughout the year.

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 for practical action to improve conditions for families, nationally and in the communities in which they live.

The Mothers' Union has more than 3 million members in 70 countries. Though our lives and our experience of the Mothers' Union may differ widely depending on where we are, we are united by our shared belief in the importance of family values. We all have something to offer and something to learn. We have strong personal links between members around the world and we unite in prayer, worship and fellowship.

Our members support family life where there is a need within their own communities. We are involved in a great diversity of activities from worldwide literacy development to parenting projects in the UK. The work of the diocese and branch has an impact on a national and international scale. We are involved in campaigning and lobbying on worldwide issues, such as parental rights, international debt relief and child poverty.

In the UK, Mothers' Union members are helping in contact centres, parent and toddler groups and play schemes, as well as working with families affected by imprisonment. There are also a number of nationwide schemes, such as the hugely successful Away From It All holiday scheme, which enables families in need to have a much-needed break. Other projects include the Mothers' Union accredited Parenting Programme, which trains Mothers' Union members to run parenting groups in the community. There is also a range of MU resources looking at issues such as drugs awareness and media awareness, which are used by parents across the UK and Ireland.

Axbridge Mothers' Union has been involved in several local projects. Every year we hold a Teddy Bears' Picnic for pre-school children who have been baptised in the Parish. Our members also recently made up a number of Story Sacks for the Church and several parenting courses have been run within the Parish.

Branch Meetings are held on a regular basis throughout the year and we have a varied and interesting programme planned for 2011.

Anyone interested in attending these meetings is very welcome - men and women, married and unmarried, parent or not - all can, and do, join the Mothers' Union.

If you would like to find out more, or would like a copy of our Programme, please contact either Christine Latham or Georgina Syed via the church's e-mail: axbridge-benefice1@tiscali.co.uk

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