All Hallows Church has close links with Henshaw School and children are always welcome to attend services.

Facilities specifically for children such as Messy Church and Storybook Church are temporarily unavailable. A review of facilities for children is being carried out by Reverend Canon Steve Wright.

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Storybook Church

Join us for storytelling and craft activities during the morning service.

All ages welcome; designed for 0-7 years.

Henshaw Messy Church



Messy Church is a great way for young families to come to church in an informal way, with craft activities, sharing of a meal and listening to God’s word through stories, prayer and praise. Donations welcome.

All ages welcome; designed for 3-8 years.



All the sessions above provide an ideal way to both welcome in and continue to support families that come to us for Baptism. You can find out more on the Baptism's page of the website.

Henshaw Church of England Primary School

Henshaw Primary School is located next to the church in Henshaw. For more information, click here to open the school's website.

Mothers' Union

The Mothers’ Union Prayer

Loving Lord, We thank you for your love so freely given to 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

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Who are we?

The Mothers’ Union is an international organisation of over 4 million Christians in 81 countries. It started from small beginnings in 1876 when a vicar’s wife, Mary Sumner, of Old Alresford near Winchester saw the need for mothers of all social classes to meet together to provide support, friendship and education.

She set up the first meeting in the Rectory but was so paralysed by fear, her husband had to take the meeting and invite all the ladies to come the next week! In 1885 she was at the Portsmouth Church Congress Women’s meeting when the 1st Bishop of Newcastle, Rev’d Ernest Wilberforce, was to give the address. Finding he had little to say to the women he invited Mary to address the Congress. It takes little imagination to know how she must have felt but she gave a passionate address about national morality and the importance of women’s vocation, as mothers, to change the nation for the better. Some of the women present went back to their own Parishes to found Mothers meetings along the lines of Mary Sumner’s. The Bishop of Winchester, Rev’d Edward Browne, declared that the Mothers’ Union should become a Diocesan organisation, as it is today. Newcastle Diocese was one of the first 5 Diocese to start a Mothers’ Union in the UK and it then grew rapidly. Queen Victoria in her Diamond Jubilee year (1897) became Patron as the Queen is today. Mary Sumner visited Hexham in 1913, at the age of 84, and addressed a full house. She died in 1921, and her date of death, 9th August, is in the Liturgical calendar of the Church of England. Membership is open to all, male or female; any Christians of any denomination are welcome.

What do we do?

The Mothers’ Union is, for the sake of convenience, organised on 5 levels, World, Provincial, Diocesan, Deanery and Branch (us!).

Our Branch is Haydon Bridge and Beltingham with Henshaw, shortened to Haydon Bridge. We have 25 members and more would be welcome! We meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month, except August and December. We have a Speaker, on a variety of subjects, Our meetings start with a short service then a brief business meeting, to keep you up to date! The Speaker and refreshments follow. We are in the very privileged position of having our own Branch Chaplain, Rev’d Dr John Harrison and not all Branches have one.

On the Saturday before Mothering Sunday, we have a fundraising Coffee morning and much more, books, cakes bric a brac. This raises funds for mothers worldwide in a less fortunate position than us. We also run a monthly stall that generates funds for projects. We support 60-80-30 Women’s refuge and information centre in Hexham amongst other MU related projects, including Gift Vouchers at Christmas. At Diocesan level, we also send families on days out and caravan holidays.

Mrs Patsy Linton started a branch in Beltingham and Henshaw before Mrs Enid Garrow started Mothers’ Union in Haydon Bridge in 1987. There is no documentation of when they merged. We are a friendly group; we hold a Shrove Tuesday lunch at the General Havelock in Haydon Bridge, which has proved to be a popular event each year.

Mary Sumner House in London runs an information service, conference rooms and a catalogue, cards gifts etc. Membership entitles you to a Worldwide MU magazine and further subscription to another excellent magazine, Families First.

If anyone would like more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 344557. Secretary, Haydon Bridge MU.


Our Parishes are committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults to worship and grow in Christ safely. Click here to read our Safeguarding Policy for Beltingham with Henshaw.  If you wish to contact one of our Safeguarding Panel their details are on the 'Safeguarding' page or on this poster.