Mothers’ Union


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St. Columbanus (Ballyholme) Mothers’ Union

Mothers’ Union was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner, a Rector’s wife in the village of Winchester. Becoming a mother made her aware of how little preparation and support women received for motherhood. She invited local mothers from all backgrounds to her home to offer them the opportunity to learn together, to develop their faith and to support each other. Hence the beginning of this wonderful organisation. The MU in Ballyholme was founded in 1955, very soon after the church was opened. The Rector’s wife, the late Mrs Jo Mercer was very involved in MU at Diocesan and All Ireland level, so there was no delay in starting a new Branch in the area. Many of the parishioners living in the locality had previously been members of Bangor Parish MU and they then automatically transferred to their new Church at Ballyholme. Mrs Mercer was Enrolling Member for an outstanding 26 years.

In September 2015 Ballyholme Parish celebrated their 60th Anniversary. We invited back some past members together with representatives from the local branches of MU. Diocesan President Joy Silcock, Diocesan Secretary Margaret Conn, Area Secretary Elaine Lester, former curate Denise Acheson, and Bronwyn Dark and Eva Wright wives of former curates attended. Following Afternoon Tea at 4.30pm, the Preacher at the Special Evening Service at 6.30pm, was the Rev. Canon Robert Howard, MU Chaplin. Please remember our Branch in your prayers as we endeavour to uphold the aims and objects of this special worldwide organisation.

If you would like to join us please come along on the 1st Monday of each Month at 8.00pm to the Parish Centre. You would be most welcome. (Branch Leader Yvonne Manogue) 91469707