Welcome to Derry and
Raphoe Mothers’ Union

Our Mission Statement

For 130 years members of the Mothers’  Union have been making a difference in families. The Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation, which promotes  the well-being of families worldwide. We achieve this by developing prayer and spiritual growth in families. Studying and reflecting on family life and marriage and its place in society. Encouraging our members to take practical action to improve conditions for  families, both nationally and in the communities in which they live.

A Message from Diocesan President – Jacqui Armstrong

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new everymorning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

These are the words which come to mind today. During pandemic times, yes, there have been times of despair, but we have seen much goodness, hope and confidence appear and reappear in recent months.

No matter what happens the day before we wake up each morning with a new heart.

Thank you, Mothers’ Union members, clergy, laity and friends …..

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Our Latest Activities

URGENT APPEAL: The impact and response to COVID-19

It has been as harsh as it has been sudden. Within the UK and around the world, the economic fallout of COVID-19 is being felt by millions of ordinary people, with many thousands more continuing to risk their lives to protect others. Whilst government measures globally are proving effective in halting the spread of the

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A Passover Seder

Hosted by Strabane Area Mothers’ Union In 2020 Derry & Raphoe Trustee Board set each area a challenge to try ‘something different’ for our annual area service and certainly this was a very interesting evening hosted by Strabane branch. The Passover Seder, which combined the Jewish tradition of the Hebrew celebration of exodus from Egypt

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16 Days Breakfast 2019

Over 90 women from across the United Diocese, including the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council and the Deputy Lieutenant of County Londonderry, attended the 16 Days Breakfast hosted by Diocesan President, Ms Jacqui Armstrong, and organised by the coordinator of MU’s Faith and Policy Unit, Joan Stockitt. Joan led the 16 Days

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Our Units

Action and Outreach

This unit helps many communities and aims to reach out both locally and globally offering practical support.

Faith and Policy

This unit encourages in our spiritual journey, unites us in prayer and provides us with a voice to lobby on social issues

Finance & Services

Finance and Central Services manages financial and secretarial structures of Derry and Raphoe Mothers’ Union.


The marketing unit is chiefly concerned with promoting Derry and Raphoe Mothers’ Union to a large audience.

What We Do

The goal of the Mothers’ Union is to be specifically committed to strengthening and preserving family life and marriage, by our Christian faith through practical action. This practical action can be seen through the giving of self, in prayer, in voluntary work, and in helping those less fortunate than ourselves in whatever ways we can.

Today the Mothers’ Union provides

  • Literacy and Development Programmes
  • Overseas Volunteers in Community Projects
  • Relief in Times of Disaster
  • Parenting Programme

Monthly News Letters

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 live. 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. Amen.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the Mothers’ Union is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life.To uphold Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider understanding.
  • To encourage parents to 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 favorable to stable family life and the protection of children
  • To help those whose family life has met with adversity