Bourne Abbey Church

Mothers' Union

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The Mothers’ Union (MU) was established in 1876. Its purpose was to encourage parents in caring for their children, not just physically and mentally but also spiritually. From the outset it recognised that strong relationships and the role of family, however defined, are crucial in building healthy communities.

Our mission

We aim to show our Christian faith by the transformation of communities worldwide. We can do this through the promotion of stable marriage, family life and the protection of children. This is our mission. It is what we aim to achieve.

Our values

There are more than four million members of Mothers’ Union today in 83 countries around the world. Each member subscribes to the same values; the moral and ethical codes that are central to the ways in which we operate.



Mrs Ann Northen welcomed 14 members and 6 members from Open The Book at the May meeting.


Mrs Merryn Woodland introduced her fellow performers and explained  the concept of the project, which was started in 1999 and in 2013 as part of the Bible Society.


In Bourne it is organised and run by a group of volunteers from Churches together in Bourne, who go into the primary schools and with one person reading a story the others in costume re-enact the Bible story.


This a three year rolling programme and it now has 2000 schools taking part over the whole country and there are over 11000 volunteers.


With Jack Dawson reading, the group told the story of David and Goliath, we all joined in the song with the actions to conclude their presentation.


We still support Boston Women’s Aid. If you have anything suitable ( mainly household cleaning materials) please contact Ann Northen 423353 as we shall probably take some items to the refuge in June .


Our project for 2017/2018 will be for Baby’s Basket. This is a charitable trust which provides baby and hospital essentials as an attractive gift for mums in the Lincoln area.


We are going to make up baby baskets for 0-3 months. Further details from Mrs. Jean Fownes. To date over 180 baskets have been delivered in the Lincoln Diocese.


You don’t have to be a Mothers’ Union member, everyone’s help is most welcome.

Dates for your diary


NEXT MEETING: Wednesday 7th June in Abbey Church Hall commencing at 2.15p.m.  when our speaker is Mrs Susan Lowson ( NHS Ombudsman)


Monday, June 4th - Summer Council at Horncastle.


Wednesday, June 7th - Talk by Mrs. Susan Lowson  (NHS Ombudsman)


Saturday, June 10th - We will be doing our coffee duty at St Benedict's in Lincoln. Volunteers to go are always welcome.


Wednesday, July 5th - An outing to Sempringham Abbey.



To learn more about our Bourne branch please contact:

Ann Northen - Branch Leader at

Elizabeth Page - Diocesan President at

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Mothers' Union Prayer

Loving Lord, we thank you for your love so freely given to us all.

We pray for families around the world.

Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement,

strengthening and support of marriage and family life,

Empowered by your spirit,

may we be united in prayer and worship and in love and service, reach out as your hands across the world.

In Jesus' name. Amen

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