About Us

Crediton Centenary Celebration Cake 

Crediton Mothers’ Union, now incorporating Newton St Cyres and Shobrooke, has approximately 20 members and meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10.00am in the Boniface Centre, when we have a short service and a speaker. There is a varied programme throughout the year and this is displayed on the Mothers’ Union Noticeboard in the North aisle in church. This is always followed by tea/coffee and the money raised from this and our regular bring and buy table raises funds for overseas projects and the work of the Mothers’ Union. Each branch is committed to help finance this.

We also come together for meals in the summer; at harvest and at Christmas and attend our home communion services at Easter and Advent. We are part of the Mid Devon Cluster together with the branches in Colebrooke, Sampford Peverell and Tiverton, joining with them for social events and midday prayers at Exeter Cathedral (these are held on the last Friday of each month).

We would welcome new, especially younger ones, and anyone who finds themselves in Crediton on the second Wednesday will always be assured of a very warm welcome.

Supporting Church Life

We support the Rector with baptism preparation and are present at every baptism where we make a presentation of a teddy bear, knitted by our members. We provide the refreshments at the Babes & Toddlers group each week. Members of the Mothers’ Union are also part of the teams that help with Messy Church and Open the Book. Our group includes some very skilled knitters who made all the animals for the Noah’s Ark in the Children’s Corner in church. Each year in December, we run the cake stall at the annual St Nicholas Fair.


We support local charities through donated goods. These include the Crediton & District Foodbank and the Exeter Babybank Network.

60 Years Service certificate presentation

International Mothers Union

This international organization was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner in the village of Old Alresford in Hampshire, where her husband George Sumner was Rector, to help and support local mothers and families. Crediton Mothers’ Union exists to extend this mission to Crediton in the 21st Century. Since 1876, the organization has spread worldwide, with branches in Canada in the United States, and throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, to Australia and New Zealand. There are now more than 15,000 branches throughout the world; three quarters of them are based outside the British Isles.

Purpose & Prayer

The purpose of the Mothers’ Union is to be especially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life. Its objectives are:

  1. To uphold Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider understanding.
    2. To encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the church.
    3. To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service.
    4. To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children.
    5. To help those whose family life has met with adversity.

The Mothers’ Union prayer is said at all meetings, everywhere:

Loving Lord, we thank you for your love so freely given for 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 life.  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.


For further information please contact Anne Jerman, Branch Leader on 01363 772865.