The Mothers Union, founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner, is a society within the Anglican Church and has branches in more than 70 countries in the world. This branch is guided by the constitution and By Laws of the Diocese of Pretoria Mothers Union as well as the Constitution and By Laws of the Provincial Mothers Union.


The Mothers Union is a Christian organisation which promotes the wellbeing of families worldwide.


The purpose of the Mothers Union is to be especially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life. Its aim is advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life by:

  • Developing prayer and spiritual growth in families.
  • Studying and reflecting on family life and marriage and its place in society.
  • Encouraging members to take practical actions to improve conditions for and nationally families in the communities in which they live.



Roles and responsibilities of members

Members of the Mothers Union are expected to:

  • Uphold Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage and promote its wider understanding.
  • Bring up their children in the faith and life of the church.
  • To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service.
  • To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children.
  • To help those whose families have met with adversity.


Membership of Mothers Union.

Membership is open to all who have been baptised in the name of the holy trinity and who declare their support for the aim and the objectives of the organisation. Currently St Alban’s Cathedral  Mothers Union  branch has 32 affiliated members and 5 probationers.


Activities of the Mothers Union.

  • The Mothers Union meets for prayer meetings every alternate Saturday at 14h00 at the Cathedral and also participate in all activities of the diocese Lady Day, Mary Sumner Day, HIV and Aids Day.
  • Members of the Mothers Union participate with the compassionate committee to visit the sick in their homes and hospital.
  • Every year the Mothers Union organises a Christmas Party for the elderly members of the congregation.
  • The Mothers Union raises funds for the Gods pantry which provides food for the needy in the inner city.