Mary Sumner


Mary Sumner was the founder of the Mother’s Union in 1876 and she is commemorated on the 9th August in the Anglican Calendar.

Who was she? Mary was born in Manchester in 1828.  While finishing her education in Rome she met and fell in love with George Sumner, the son of the Bishop of Winchester.   George became a priest and after he was ordained they married and moved to the Parish of Aylesford near Winchester. It was here Mary formed the first group of Mothers from all walks of life. The groups aim was to support family life.

Today the Mother’s Union, as it was called, has 4 million members in 83 countries.

Here in Finedon we have a Mother’s Union which meets in the Mission Room on the first Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm.  Why not join in for a chat, cup of tea, few prayers, a few hymns and quite often a speaker.  They still support families at home and abroad.

All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for thee; and every life I touch, do thou by thy Spirit quicken, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe, or the life I live.  Amen

The personal prayer of Mary Sumner 1828 – 1921.