The Mothers’ Union is a worldwide society, organization or fellowship of Christian women in the Anglican Communion or Churches in communion there with who consent to accept the office under the patronage of the Archbishops, Bishops and Priests joined in prayer and fellowship. In Kenya, the Mother’s Union is under the patronage of its Archbishop and Bishops. Each Diocese has it’s own members and several committees which are led by its own women office bearers; Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and their assistants. Members are free to form any other committee if they wish according to their need in fellowship.
It was founded by Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Summer in 1876 at Old Arresford in Hampshire near Winchester, in England. It was here in her house she called many women from all different walks of life, in the Parish her husband ministered by telling them the importance of starting the Mothers’ Union. Mary was a woman of prayer and she also loved reading and meditating upon God’s Word. From this humble beginning the Mother’s Union has grown from strength to strength and it is now a worldwide organization.
Objectives of the Mother’s Union:
- To uphold Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage and promote its wide understanding.
- To encourage parents to bring up their children in Christian faith and life of the church.
- Maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christian, united in prayer, worship and service.
- To promote conditions in the society favorable to stable family life and the protection of children.
- To help those whose family life has met adversity or problems.
- To Confess the Faith of Christ crucified and to continue to be his faithful soldier and servant to till life’s end.
- To uphold and support the objectives of the Mothers’ Union by word and action.
- To plan one’s life to include worship on church, prayer and Bible reading.
At St. Joseph’s of Arimathea the Mother’s Union the current office bearers are as follows:-
Chairlady - Mrs. Annie Njuguna
Vice Chairlady - Mrs. Charity Kanyeki
Secretary - Mrs. Judy Kibara