These short videos illustrate how churches are a central part of the communities they serve. Visit www.youtube.com/manchesterdiocese for more videos.
Revd Les Ireland, Rector of Levenshulme, talks about the role of his church in the South Manchester Credit Union that has become hugely important in the wake of the financial crisis.
Revd Sue Morgan reflects:
Since Summer 2009 we have seen much change and some continuity. The interior of the church has both changed and improved; the scaffolding has gone and we are now watertight and warm following the installation of a new heating system, thanks to diocesan grants. There has been loss and grief: Andy our Sacristan (at my side at the altar) died very suddenly and we miss him still, but rejoice that we have this visual reminder of him.
Two of the children filmed are sadly now in care, and their mother was evicted from her property and has been homeless now for many months although still attending church. One family filmed could find no work in Rochdale and so moved to Manchester and we really miss them. Others have come and stayed however following baptisms and weddings in the church.
So we remain, continuing in our worship and life together to embody hope on this estate - an estate that is struggling to see a way forward in its vision for regeneration. Families here are challenged by benefit changes and the constant battle to find employment - we still only have a couple of parishioners in full-time paid work. But we pray, and try to be a community of love, and the Eucharist continues to be a worshipful experience of great joy, and unity in diversity.
St Agnes CE Primary School in Longsight moves into a new £6.5m building.