Chudleigh Mothers Union

Since 1876, Mothers’ Union has shared God’s love for the world by encouraging, strengthening and supporting marriage and family life in all its variety. Exeter Diocese MU started in 1876, and Chudleigh Branch met for the first time in 1886.

Reaching out in love and service

Mothers’ Union is an international Christian membership charity with over 4 million members in 84 countries throughout the world. We aim to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide. We are the largest lay-led Christian organisation in the world, called “the best-kept secret in the Church of England” by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

We are working with people of all faiths and none to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and campaigning

Our aims and objectives are:

  •  To promote and support married life
  •  To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children
  •  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 family life has met with adversity

Our vision

Our vision is of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. This is not a vague hope, but a goal we actively pursue by praying, campaigning and enabling.

Our values

Mothers’ Union is a Christian mission organisation working with people of all faiths and none. Mothers’ Union is firmly rooted in a voluntary ethos centred on mutual respect and collaboration. Our governance, leadership and programmes are undertaken and driven by members within their own communities worldwide.

The Mothers’ Union Prayer

Loving Lord
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.
In Jesus’ name.


As a young woman, our founder Mary Sumner took a special interest in women and their families. When she started meeting with mothers of her parish in 1876, Mary wrote the first Mothers’ Union prayer. Her words are still an inspiration for us today.

 The Mary Sumner Prayer

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.


MU Matters

MU Matters is the newsletter for Exeter Diocese Mothers’ Union. It is usually published twice a year, in the Spring and the Autumn, and contains news and articles about what is happening in our area. It is not being produced at the moment, since because of the pandemic there is nothing to report on or to advertise, but click below for the last three issues. If you have any queries or suggestions, or you would like to contribute material when it is published again, please contact the Editor, Nicky Over, on 01626 852668,, or write to Orchard Court, Station Hill, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 0EE.

To see previous MU Matters, please click on the links below:

Current issue spring 2020          View as a flip book

Previous issus Autumn 2019        View as a flip book

Previous issue, Spring 2019        View as a flip book 

Nickie’s Notes

Our Diocesan President, Nickie Johnson, writes a newsletter roughly once a month about what is happening in Exeter Diocese Mothers’ Union. Since our twice-yearly magazine, MU Matters, is not being produced at the moment, any news from the Branches is included in a “Cluster Chronicles” section added to Nickie’s Notes. To see the last few issues, click on the links below.

Nickie’s Notes 34 and Clusters Chronicles Febuary 2021

Nickie’s 33 and CC – December 2020

Nickie’s 32 -November 2020

Nickie’s 31 – October 2020

Families Wordwide

Families Worldwide 2021 diary

Prayer Diary 2021

Our Usual Activities

Each year, we hold two Coffee Mornings in the Spring and Winter, raising funds for vital MU work at home and abroad. In addition, we hold a Social evening in the Summer, a Carol Service in December, and join in other diocesan events such as Quiet Days and services in Exeter Cathedral. On the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, from 2.30 to 4.00pm, we hold a “Knit-and-Natter” group at Chudleigh Parish Church, when everyone is welcome to come and knit, crochet, sew, and natter – or just come and natter!

Chudleigh Mothers’ Union Branch is part of the Teignbridge Cluster of Branches, with Bovey Tracey, Kingsteignton and Kingskerswell. Under normal circumstances, there are quarterly Cluster events and other activities in which we take part.

Monthly Update

For an update on what has been happening recently, click on the link below to see the MU report in the current issue of Chudleigh News.

Current issue of Chudleigh News

Contact Details and Useful Links

Contact Nicky Over (01626 852668, ) for further details of Chudleigh Branch and the Diocesan and World-wide organisation.

Diocesan Mothers’ Union website

National Mothers’ Union website