About us

St Albans Abbey

The Diocese of St Albans includes the counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The M1 and A1 motorways run through these counties which have rural areas and large towns like Luton, Watford and Bedford.

There are approximately 1200 Mothers’ Union members in this area, many of whom meet at regular intervals. Others, who do not want or are not able to attend meetings for one reason or another, are kept in touch by letter or email and are invited to Mothers’ Union events throughout the year. These are our valued Diocesan Members, some of whom meet in local groups where there is no branch.

The common link between all members is the wish to support families and those facing adversity in local communities and the wider world.

Mothers’ Union members in the Diocese of St Albans work in  Contact Centres, run parenting groups and make and supply several  local hospitals with emergency wash bags, ‘cheer up’ bags for children and blankets and clothes for premature babies and we also supply them with memory books and ‘twiddle-muffs’ for dementia patients. Funds are raised for the Away From It All holidays scheme which is open to anyone who is in need of a holiday due to health or financial problems, bereavement, for family reasons or because of situations beyond their control – and who meets the criteria for the scheme.  Although work is locally based, we recognise that we are part of the wider community of Mothers’ Union, so our members actively fundraise to support Mothers’ Union programmes in many other parts of the world. Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre is located in the Diocese of St Albans and Mothers’ Union supports the work of the on-site Chaplaincy in various ways.

As we are a Christian organisation our programmes and projects are underpinned by prayer and we participate in the daily Wave of Prayer using the international Mothers’ Union prayer diary, Families Worldwide.

We have special overseas links with Runonge (Burundi), Tabora (Tanzania), Kabba and Bukuru (Nigeria) and Nagpur (North India) . We pray especially for our links in our annual Wave of Prayer when each parish is set a time to pray consequtively on one chosen day each Summer.

Three times a year we issue Newsline, our diocesan newsletter , which keeps each member up to date with Mothers’ Union news and events taking place in the area.

  • Families First Magazine
    Keep up to date on how Mothers' Union members are encouraging strong marriages, good parenting and active faith in Britain and worldwide.

    • Practical articles on relationships
    • Support for parents and grandparents
    • Ways to put faith into action
    • Fairtrade and eco-friendly products

    6 issues a year at £2.75 per copy
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