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.


Our meeting in March began with a service of communion in Bourne Abbey celebrating Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.


There has been a great deal of news in the media recently about Modern Slavery and the distress and anguish it causes. The Mothers' Union is proudly working in collaboration with the Clewer initiative in order to end modern slavery by 2030. The initiative is a project that enables to Church of England and its wider networks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in their communities.


The Mothers Union in Lincoln is keen to be involved and so is working with churches and communities locally, in clusters, and deaneries to provide support and care to victims. For more information go to website.


The Bourne branch continues to support Baby's Basket, a charity which offers a Moses basket of baby clothes, bedding, baby toiletries, nappies and hospital essentials to any parent, carer or mum-to-be with a newborn baby in crisis or financial hardship anywhere in Lincolnshire.





Wednesday  Wednesday, May  1– 20 - Branch meeting in the Abbey Church Hall, 2.15pm, when Jonathan Smith will tell us Twenty things you might not know about Bourne Abbey.



Thursday, May 9 – Commissioning Service, 2.30pm at St. Peter's at Gowts, Lincoln.



We meet in the Abbey Church Hall on the first Wednesday of each month at 2.15p.m. unless otherwise stated. Reminders go on the Pew sheet. Visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings.



We join with the 10am Communion service for our Corporate Communion on the First Thursday of each month.



To learn more about our Bourne branch please contact:

Merryn Woodland - via

Elizabeth Page - Diocesan President via

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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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