St. Matthew’s branch of this worldwide organisation was formed in 1959, and has always had a flourishing membership. The branch meets on the first Thursday of every month at 14:00. All meetings are open to everyone and usually start with prayers and a Bible reading followed by an invited speaker and conclude with a cup of tea and a chat with friends. We have a garden party and a Christmas lunch. Every second Thursday of the month we have corporate communion at 10:00 followed by coffee in the church hall. Meetings with other branches in the deanery and in the diocese take place throughout the year. Qualification for membership has altered over the years to reflect the change in society and is open to all who have been baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity and believe in and uphold the aims and objects of the Mothers’ Union. Members who find themselves too busy with work and family to attend regular meetings can keep up to date on the Mothers’ Union website http://themothersunion.org. A magazine is available and is published six times a year.