St Barnabas Church

Living, Sharing, Growing in God's Love

  • St Barnabas
  • Bournmoor
  • Houghton-le-Spring
  • DH4 6EU


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Mothers’ Union was formed by Mary Sumner in 1896 and in the last decade membership worldwide has increased from 1 million to  4 million members in 81 countries.

Here at St. Barnabas’ in the parish of Burnmoor, we have a very active branch with a membership of twenty-one including two indoor members. Our meetings are held in the church hall on the third Monday of the month at 2pm.

Membership of the Mothers’ Union is open to those who support its aims and objects.  Male or female married or single are welcome to join us. 

The meetings begin with a short service including hymns, prayers and reflections followed by various speakers and demonstrators. We meet for summer outings and festive meals. We join other Deanery branches at various times throughout the year for special services and events.

Mothers’ Union members assist in baptism preparation and Worker  children's activities and other youth events.  We also assist in Pastoral Care, Home Communions, Toddler Group and M.U. weekly Village Coffee Morning. and supply refreshments and kitchen help at our Summer and Christmas Fairs.  We hold fundraising events for Mothers' Union Projects at home and abroad.

The M.U.   "United in Prayer" - for us an ongoing theme that is the declaration of our fellowship and our reliance on God.  As we continue to plan for the future and continue to grow in M.U. worldwide and at home, prayer is at the heart of all we do.

Our Mothers’ Union aim here in Burnmoor is to support the family within our community with prayer, love and practical support whilst nurturing our bonds with our overseas branches.

PROGRAMME FOR 2017        

April   10th    Holy Week - attend service in church - probably p,m.         

April   12th    I.M.P.C.Service in Cathedral at 3pm

May   15th     Enrolment of new member and Talk on (NEPACS) 2pm           

June    1st      Diocesan Festival in Cathedral 2pm

June   11th     Commissioning of new president & Vice Presidents 3.30pm in

                     the Cathedral by Bishop of Durham.

June   12th    Summer outing to Whitby & Guisborough

July     3rd     Deanery Quiet Afternoon 2pm at Hetton Community Centre

July    17th    Talk -2pm by Mrs. Nevitt -African Orphanages Charity.

Aug     NO MEETING

Sept     4th    Deanery Festival Service 2pm St. Miahael's Houghton

Sept    18th   Talk -2pm Andrea Baxter,Head Ranger at Elba Park

Sept    26th   Overseas Night 7pm at Kepier Hall , Houghton-le-Spring

Sept    29/30th  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IN EDINBURGH

Oct     16th    Harvest Lunch 1pm - Further details later

Nov    20th     2pm  Speaker - Judith Leese - Ghana update.

Dec    18th     Advent Service - to be arranged


All welcome to come along and join us at any of our meetings 

and learn more about the work of Mothers' Union.