Emergency clergy

Below you will find a number of issues. We will add to the list as feedback is given to us.

Personal crisis

Media questions regarding your private life
Do not let journalists into your home. Make a note of the journalist’s questions and phone number. Then call the Communications Manager on 07836 224444.

Spiritual burn-out
The diocese has a number of trained Spiritual Directors of Spiritual Companions. Contact Pastoral conversations can always be organised with any Bishop or Archdeacon.

Conflict with colleagues or parishioners
There are a number of people trained to help in mediation and conflict resolution. There is support therefore for clergy who find themselves in this situation. Contact The Revd Peter Reiss, Director of  Discipleship and Ministry Training. 

Someone has instigated Clergy Discipline Measure (CDM) against you
Many people are unhappy with some aspects of the working the CDM measure. In particular the rule that a member of the Bishop’s Staff cannot offer pastoral support to clergy, is seen by many to be an interference with the pastoral duties of the Diocesan Bishop. The Bishop of Manchester has appointed assistant Bishops to offer support to clergy. Your Area Dean can also support and advise you. The union UNITE (formally AMICUS) is also available and has considerable experience in supporting clergy through any investigation. The clergy or church worker helpline line is: 0333 123 0021 or visit their site. You can read more about CDM here.

Need Counselling
The Inter-Diocesan Counselling Service operates in our region.

This service offers confidential marital and individual counselling for clergy, accredited lay workers and their families.

For details of counsellors, please visit http://interdiocesancounsellingservice.org.uk/ and download their leaflet.

Vicarage Emergency

During office hours call the Property Department at Church House on 0161 828 1400.

In the event of an emergency out of hours, please contact:

Boiler, central heating or gas fire breakdown

Archdeaconry          Contractor Contact       Number
Manchester/Salford    H H Smith                      0161 280 3509/07765 371464 

Bolton/Salford           Craggs                            01204 697157

Rochdale                  Barnes & Booth                01457 872582

Gas leak

Gas Leak British Gas                                        0800 111999

Power failure of electrical emergency

Electrical supply failure Norweb                        0800 195 4141

Electrical emergency repairs
Paul Hindle                                                      07850 591415

Intruder Alarm malfuntion

use your existing maintenance company, if none retained call CIA 2000 on 0161 624 8500.

Broken Windows

Montrose Glass                                                0800 888 6123 (freephone)

Plumbing and Drainage

Water Supply leak NW Water                           0845 7462200 or 0800 330033

Andrew Millar (Dyno-Rod)                                01254 771818 
(quote reference AC-04398-VUEW)

Break-in, theft, malicious damage

Try to avoid touching anything and contact the police immediately. Follow their instructions and obtain a crime number. If there is damage to external doors and windows the police may advise on getting them boarded up, but contact the Property Department first at the earliest opportunity. As soon as possible, notify your Archdeacon, and if there is loss or damage to the contents of the property, or to motor vehicles, notify your insurance company.


Ecclesiastical Insurance Group                          01452 528533

Parish emergency

Loss of organist

A list of available organists can be found here.

Child Protection issues

Safeguarding Helpline 0845 120 45 50

Click here for more information and policies about Child Protection.

Media interest

If there is media interest in a story linked to your church, please contact the Communications Manager for advice on 07836 224444

Major incident (explosion, chemical leak, crash, etc.)

Monitor local radio.