The purpose of the Mothers’ Union is to demonstrate the Christian faith in action by the transformation of communities worldwide, through the nurture of family in its many forms. Other aims cover supporting and promoting marriage, encouraging parents in their role to develop the faith of their children and maintaining a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service.
- Regular meetings take place at 2.15pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month (except August) in the small hall at Christ Church Hall.
- The fourth Thursday of each month, we meet at 10.30am for Holy Communion, with intersessions led by the Mothers’ Union.
- The commencement of each term we have a Church service followed by refreshments, we also have a guest speaker nearly every month.
- In the month of May we have a Cream Tea afternoon, open to all.
- At Christmas time we invite deanery members to our Christmas tea for readings and carols.
Service in church led by Sandra Morgan with commissioning of Ros Molloy as Branch Leader and admission of new members by Revd. Elizabeth Groves.
Hampshire County Council Consumer and Home Safety by Julie Gallagher.
Christmas Flower Arrangement by Jenny Whiteside.
Christ Church Advent Fayre (12.00pm to 3.30pm).
Mothers’ Union Christmas Party.
Mothers’ Union Christ Church Portsdown
In over 80 countries and 4 million members worldwide, the Mothers’ Union shares a vision to bring about a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships.
Leadership of the Mothers’ Union has been held by the following Branch Leaders:
1935 to 1938: Mrs Rae
1938 to 1948: Mrs Gillman
1948 to 1961: Mrs Worwood
1961 to 1971: Mrs Herbert
1971 to 1974: Mrs Collins
1974 to 1977 Mrs Ayling
1977 to 1981: Mrs Fisher
1981 to 1986: Mrs Dove
1986 to 1992: Mrs King
1992 to 1998: Mrs Gibney
1998 to 2004: Mrs Molloy
2007 to 2013: Mrs Taylor
2014 to 2017: P.J.Hatchard
2017 onwards: Mrs Molloy
To find out more nationally, please see Mothers’ Union website.
For more information contact Ros Molloy.
Testimonials of some of the members at Christ Church Portsdown:
Carmen Cooke enjoys the fellowship and prayers at the afternoon service.
Judith Cooke enjoys the time together with like-minded people.
Norma Gibney enjoys the love and friendship of all members around the country, as well as our own diocese.
Patricia Hatchard (currently leader of the Portsdown Branch), enjoys the fellowship, prayers, and friendship of the Mothers’ Union, as well as getting to know everyone in the diocese. Patricia also enjoys arranging the afternoon services and believes that by working together communities can be transformed. As current branch leader Patricia also prays for guidance and vision to ensure that people continue to support the Mothers’ Union.
Molly Scarf and Joan Lowe enjoy the company of other members in worship and conversation. They also enjoy tea together after our afternoon service.
Sheila King (our past President) enjoys the friendship, prayers and fellowship of the branch and diocese, especially those who have helped her through the sad loss of her husband Brian.
Ros Malloy joined Mothers’ Union after Young Wives, where good friends were made – many of them becoming members of the Mothers’ Union, a decision that Ros herself has never regretted. Ros is pleased to belong to such a large Christian group that achieves so much through projects worldwide.
Sheila Taylor enjoyed her time as branch leader and found it very rewarding. Sheila also enjoys the friendship and fellowship of other members.