The worldwide Mothers' Union was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner, a vicar's wife, to support women in their role as mothers and to help them in bringing up their children in the Christian faith.
Today's Mothers' Union is an international Christian membership charity that aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide. The aims and objectives of the Mothers' Union are:
• To promote and support married life
• To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children
• To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service
• To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children
• To help those whose family life has met with adversity.
Despite popular perceptions, Mothers' Union members are not all mothers, or even all women! They are single, married, parents, grandparents, or young adults beginning to express their social conscience. Membership is open to anyone who has been baptized and is able to support the aims and objectives.
The Saint Andrew's branch of Mothers' Union was established in 1996. It disbanded in 2018 when age, illness and infirmity made it difficult for too many members to attend regular monthly meetings. It is hoped that the branch may be relaunched at some future date.