Mothers’ Union to welcome Worldwide President at festival service in Canterbury Cathedral

The Canterbury Diocesan branch of the Mothers’ Union, an international Christian charity which seeks to support families internationally, will welcome the Worldwide President of the organisation at a special festival service in the Canterbury Cathedral nave at 11am on Saturday 20th April.

Mrs Lynne Tembey, the newly elected Worldwide President of Mothers’ Union, who is making her first visit to the Diocese and the county of Kent, will preach at the service. Lynne’s international role includes chairing the most culturally diverse Board of Trustees in Mothers’ Union’s 136 year history, with six elected trustees from Zambia, Kenya, Ghana, DR Congo, Guyana and Isle of Man and nine trustees from the UK and Ireland.

The service on Saturday will also see the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, celebrate and commission the new trustee board for the region.

Ms Di Sabel, Diocesan President, said: “Canterbury Cathedral is our spiritual home so all our members are looking forward to joining together with Bishop Trevor and our Worldwide President for this triennial commissioning for the new Trustee Board of the Mothers’ Union.”

There are 40 branches in the Canterbury Diocese and each branch will parade their Mothers’ Union branch or deanery banner at the start of the service.


Further information from: Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese: 07876 210 446

Information about Mothers’ Union from: Marianna Poliszczuk: Tel: 01622 751243, or

Press are welcome at the service on Saturday April 20th at 11am.

Photo opportunity

Suggested photo opportunity with Lynne Tembey, Bishop Trevor and Canterbury Trustee Board by the West Door of the Cathedral at 12.30pm – Please contact Marianna Poliszczuk

Notes for Editors

Mothers’ Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide. The Mothers’ Union in the Canterbury Diocese has over 1000 members and is open to anyone who has been baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity and agrees with the Aim and Objects of the Society.

There are over 4 million members of Mothers’ Union in the world. Members are not all mothers, or even all women but includes single, married, parents, grandparents, or young adults wishing to express their social conscience.

In over 83 countries, members share one heartfelt vision – to bring about a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. This is not a vague hope, but a goal actively pursued through prayer, programmes, policy work and community relationships. By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, the MU tackles the most urgent needs challenging relationships and communities.

Lynne Tembey Biography – Mothers’ Union Worldwide President

Lynne has been involved with Mothers’ Union for 33 years.  In the early 1980’s she heard Rachel Nugee speak in Whitehaven and – the rest is history! Lynne transferred her membership to Abbey Town in 2000 and still attends when at home.

Lynne has served many roles within the diocese of Carlisle: Branch Treasurer, Branch Leader; Prayer Representative and Leader for Calder Deanery; Diocesan Overseas Chairman; Diocesan Vice President for the Archdeaconry of West Cumberland with special responsibility for  what was the Prayer  & Spirituality Unit. Lynne has also served central Mothers’ Union as a Representative Member and a member of the planning group which planned a great gathering at the Harrogate Showground to celebrate the Millennium. She has also been a member of the Action & Outreach Committee and a General Trustee in her role as Provincial President for York. Lynne was privileged to be part of the Special Regional Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia – a meeting with Mothers’ Union Leaders from regions of the world – a truly inspirational experience.

Lynne has now been in the role of Worldwide President for just over three months. “God has enabled so much on my Christian journey. I look forward with hope and with joy to what God has planned for me in the future.”

She will be chairing the most culturally diverse Board of Trustees in Mothers’ Union’s 136 year history, including six elected trustees from Zambia, Kenya, Ghana, DR Congo, Guyana and Isle of Man and nine trustees from the UK and Ireland. Lynne commented: “With a new Board structure that truly reflects the international scope of Mothers’ Union, we will be able to use experiences we have from all over the world to bring cohesion and focus to our activities right across the organisation.”

Lynne is married to David and they live in Cumbria.