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.



Members and husbands enjoyed a visit to Sempringham Abbey, where they had a conducted tour by Mrs. Nan Evans who explained the history of the Abbey. Afterwards we adjourned to Billingborough Vicarage where we enjoyed a sumptuous tea prepared and served by the Reverend Anna Sorenson.


Mrs Ann Northen, Mrs Elizabeth Page and the Reverend Sylvia Rice- Oxley attended the Summer Council at Horncastle.


Mrs. Ann Northen, Mrs. Merryn Woodland and Mrs. Elizabeth Page attended the Annual Meeting of the Boston Women’s Aid at Boston and also took a car load of bedding etc. for the refuge. Thanks to everyone who kindly donated, everything is much appreciated by these needy families.


Last Wednesday 20 MU members including some husbands from the Cherry Willingham Branch visited the Abbey where Merryn gave them a short talk about the Abbey and Jean, Ann and Avice served refreshments.


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 200 baskets have been delivered in the Lincoln Diocese.

August 9th (Wednesday) Mary Sumner Day Service at St Guthlac's Church, Market Deeping at 10.30am followed by coffee and stalls in the Green School, Market Deeping. The Bourne Mothers’ Union are running the bring and buy stall (anything suitable please give to Merryn or Ann). If you wish to go and need a lift please contact Ann on 01778 423353.


September 2nd (Tuesday) Cluster Lunch in West Deeping Hall 12.for 12.30pm when the speaker will be the Reverend Sylvia Rice Oxley. Names to Ann Northen by September 1st.please


NEXT MEETING .Wednesday 6th September in Abbey Church Hall commencing at 2.15pm when we are having a Tea Party to raise funds for families around the world. The cost for this Summer of Hope event will be £4. Everyone is welcome, but numbers would be appreciated a week before the event to Ann on 01778 423353..


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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