Welcome to the Barbados Mothers' Union. We as mothers are
united with all mothers throughout the world in worship love and praise. Give us a call we
want to hear from you.
In 1913 a visitor to Barbados, Mrs. Bloxham, founded a
Mothers' Union group on June 24th (St. John Baptist's Day) at St. Michael's Cathedral. The
work went on quietly until 1925, when Canon and Mrs. Burton arrived from England and
started Branches in other parishes.
The first among these were St. Matthew's, St. Matthias' and St. Saviour's. A
fellowship of Marriage was also started, and in 1935 was re-organised as a department of
the Mothers' Union to deal with the requirements of young married women and to meet
special needs and conditions with the object of upholding the high ideals of the Mothers'
Union concerning marriage, parenthood and social obligations.
Scores of mothers benefited greatly from the work of this department, both in
Mothers' Union ideals, in Fellowship with others and in faithfulness in Church membership.
This department organised an annual Toy Service at Christmas- time; to which children
brought their own toys to be distributed later among those who had none of their own.
A literature stall was run by the members and this proved to be of greatest value
in supplying books dealing with the training of children. Intercession prayers were all
drawn up regularly and distributed to members.
By 1930 there were 26 Mothers' Union branches, but by 1946 the number had dropped
to 22. Monthly meetings of the branches were held regularly, and at the quarterly meetings
of the Diocesan Council, enrolling members and other officers had the opportunity to give
an account of their work and to express their views on any matters which might arise.
Barbados was represented at the World-wide Mothers' Union Conference held in
England in1948 by Mrs. H. Hutchinson and Mrs. A. Skeete. The highlights of the conference
were the Corporate Communion of the delegates and a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral.
It was in 1968 that at the World-wide Conference, held in England, many questions
as to the relevance of Mothers' Union to the present age and concerning the position of
overseas dioceses and provinces were raised, particularly with regard to autonomy. The
President, Mrs. P. Tudor attended that Conference. Under the terms of the 1974
Supplemental Charter which replaced the Royal Charter of 1926, Barbados asked for autonomy
and was granted it in June 1975.
The Centenary of the Mothers' Union in England was celebrated in 1976, and in 1979,
the International Year of the Child, a Reception Centre for children was presented to the
Government of Barbados. It is situated at the Nightengale Complex - Black Rock.
The 1981-1982 project raised enough funds to provide a car for the transportation
of disabled children. This was in commemoration of the designated Year of the Handicapped
(1981). In 1984 a van was presented to Minister of Health to be used by handicapped
children. In 1988 Barbados was represented at the World-wide conference by Lady Undine
Membership of the Mother's union is open to all
mothers married or unwed because of the changes in society. Especially the young mothers
who need help. Come to us!! We need you. You need us.
|1st Friday in
||Women's World Day of
|4th Sunday in
||Lady Day - Feast of
the Annunciation. Chain of Prayer (6 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
||St. John Baptist Day -
Anniversary of Founding of Barbados Mothers' Union
|August 26 -
||Wave of Prayer
throughout the year and especially at this period.
Branches observe Corporate Communions once a month and on March 25th and June 24th.
These are occasions of witness to the Parish of the corporate entity of the Mothers' Union
Branch and members should make every effort to attend
At present there are approximately 2000 members
in the Mothers' Union from 48 churches in the Diocese of Barbados. The churches are:
||St. John The Baptist
|St. Albans & Silas
||St. Philip The Less
||Visit the Barbados Diocese site
Mother's Union Prayer
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who gave marriage to be a
source of blessing, we thank you for family life, with all its joys and sorrows.
May we know your presence and peace in our homes, fill them with your love and use them to
Bless all who are married and every parent and child.
Pour out upon us your Holy Spirit, that we may truly love and serve you.
Bless the members of the Mothers' Union throughout the world, unite us in prayer and
worship, in love and service, that, strengthened by your grace, we may seek to do your
will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
The purpose of the Mothers' Union is to be specially
concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life.
Membership is open to all those who have been baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity and
intend to support and work for the Aim, Purpose and Objects of the society.
Members are united in prayer and service to show forth the glory of God and to help
forward the work of the church.
The mothers' Union is a World- Wide society
and its objects are:
To uphold Christ's teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider
To encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the church;
To maintain a world-wide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service;
To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of
To help those whose family life has met adversity.