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Mothers' Union Diocese of Chelmsford

Chelmsford Mothers' Union is based in the county of Essex and in the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. 


Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Chelmsford works in the heart of rural and urban communities. As a church charity working with and in our local parishes and communities, we work with young families and the older generation who find loneliness such a struggle.

Enjoying the enriching experience of working where we see a need, we try to bring hope and fun too. Our ‘fun events’ – belly dancing and pamper evenings - reach out to the wider community, showing how diverse we are. Members support the central overseas and relief funds plus specific appeals from head office. Our 1,600 members come from three episcopal areas – Barking (seven deaneries with 29 branches), Bradwell (eight deaneries with 27 branches) and Colchester (six deaneries with 19 branches).

Diocesan projects:

  • English for Women
  • AFIA holidays
  • Three contact centres
  • 450+ jars of pickled onion for diocesan bishop’s initiative in 2017 (one for every parish in the Diocese)

Members involved in:

  • Giving child baptism Bibles
  • Attending baptisms
  • Leading Messy Church
  • Wedding fairs 
  • Catering for wedding dinners
  • Foodbank recipe cards
  • Baby and toddler groups
  • RideLondon
  • Knitting teddies for baptisms, sheep for travelling nativities
  • Prison volunteers
  • Visiting and coffee in care homes.

Many members hold positions of high responsibility in their parish churches.

Membership is open to anyone who has been baptised as a Christian and supports the aims and objectives of Mothers’ Union.

As we all have different demands on our time, we offer two types of membership - branch membership and diocesan membership for those who don’t wish to or cannot be part of a branch - whichever you choose, you will be part of our Mothers' Union family.

We invite anyone to get in touch with us to find out more; no pressure, no commitment, but we’d love to explain our wonderful work and what we do.

Contact details

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Primary contact: Mrs Margaret Harvey
Telephone: 01702 332032
Diocese of Chelmsford website:
Province: Canterbury

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