St.Mary the Virgin, Lewisham Lewisham High Street SE13 6LE
St.Mary the Virgin Lewisham
346 Lewisham High Street
SE13 6LE 020 8690 2682
The Mothers’ Union was founded by Mary Sumner in 1876 in the Church of England parish of Old Alresford, near Winchester, where her husband was rector. She was inspired to start the movement after the birth of her first grandchild. Remembering her own difficulties when she was first a mother, Sumner wanted to bring mothers of all social classes together to provide support for one another and to be trained in motherhood, something which she saw as a vocation.
Today it is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide. Its members are not all mothers or even all women, as there are many parents, men, widows, singles and grandparents involved in its work.
St Mary’s MU is a vigorous and lively branch whose members are actively involved with the work of the parish, the diocese and beyond, but which also maintains a strongly supportive and pastoral ethos among its members.
All our members enjoy an annual programme comprising of a variety of artistic, contemplative, informative and spiritual activities, and we have had the opportunity of listening to some stimulating and interesting outside speakers.
We regularly meet for Bible Study sessions, in Advent, for quiet and spiritual meditation often led by one of our members. We join with our wider Church family for a contemplative Lent course. We also have fun together and enjoy each other’s company at events like community hymn singing and our summer picnic. In addition to our regular meetings our members join for informal prayer and fellowship. We also support the MU Wave of Prayer and the monthly prayers in Southwark Cathedral.
We keep up a lively interest in the MU in Zimbabwe and always enjoy hearing from
our fellow members there. We are always ready to help with collecting and sending
practical items to support them.