Mothers' Union

Our speakers in February were Paul and Christine Salaman, telling us about their life as a family in Tanzania.


Their adventure began eighteen years ago when, as part of the Church Missionary Society in partnership with the Anglican Church of Tanzania, they went to the village of Dodoma, where they were teachers and missionaries.


After three years they returned to the UK where their two sons were born, but went back to Dodoma when the boys were still small, they continued their missionary work and teaching, also music became a focal point with the boys as they grew, leading worship with their music.


Now happily settled back in St Austel,l they hope to continue their work and Paul is looking forward to training for ordination.


Jenny Edwards


In Mary Sumner’s footsteps”

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This is the theme for the Mothers' Union this year. Mary Sumner was our founder, becoming concerned about how local mothers related their Christian faith to family life. Wanting to encourage them, in1876 Mothers Union was born. She lived to see it become a worldwide organisation.


Today withover a 4million strong membership in 83 countries we campaign for policies which strengthens family life. Keeping prayer central to the life of the Mothers Union.


Our Par branch meets on the last calendar Tuesday of each month in the Biscovey Church Room at 2pm. There is usually a guest speaker followed by tea and biscuits, sometimes even a slice of cake. We then have the business side of the meeting.


We welcome anybody to join us male or female to hear of our work where we help wherever we are needed.


June Swonnell



History of the Mothers' Union

The Mothers’ Union is the largest voluntary Christian organisation in the world with a distinctive tradition of personal links and relationships, being especially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life.

Mary Sumner founded the Mothers' Union in 1874.  She was remarkable woman who identified and met a need for inviting people from different backgrounds into the home to talk about children, families and the Christian faith. With her encouragement and inspiration the Mothers' Union was formed.  This has become a national and then an international organisation, which has spread to 83 countries with 4 million members worldwide.

Meetings of the Parish of Par Branch

The Par Branch meets on the last Tuesday of each month in the Biscovey Church Room (next to St Mary's Church) at 2.00pm.  The Branch Leader is Reverend Valerie Perry and the Branch Secretary is Mrs June Swonnell - 01726 816721 - who can provide further information.


Background of the Parish of Par Branch


The branch is within the Deanery of St Austell and the Diocese of Truro.


A branch of the Mothers' Union was formed in Par in 1914 at the Church of the Good Shepherd with 22 members.  Several years later another branch was founded at St Mary's Church, Biscovey.


Due to a decline in members the two branches were amalgamated in 1970.  The monthly meetings continue to be held in Biscovey Church Room.  We fit our meetings and activities to local and diocesan priorities and needs.


Membership of the Mothers' Union is open to all baptised women and men of any age, married, single or divorced, providing they support the aims and objectives of the Mothers' Union.


Further Information 


If you would like more information about the Mothers' Union, please contact:


The Mothers' Union Diocesan Secretary

Mothers' Union Office

Diocesan House