Seasonal Opportunities

There are opportunities throughout the year for your church to serve its community. The diocesan Annual Report and Calendar is a good place to look for ideas.

The following sections may also be useful.

Occasional offices

Occasional offices can bring newcomers into your church building, and weddings, baptisms and funerals present an excellent opportunity to minister to people who do not normally come to church.

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight, organised by the Fairtrade Foundation, happens each February. It is a good opportunity to support the wider community by promoting fairtrade. Visit the fairtrade pages for more information.

Welcome Week

It all began in 2007, when Mothers' Union welcomed students at Manchester University which is host to over 10,000 new students each year, 3000 of whom are from overseas.

An appeal was made to members, friends and parishioners to collect packets of pasta, rice, jars of coffee, tea bags, toiletries and toilet rolls. This culminated in a massive sorting exercise at St Peter’s Chaplaincy at the University.

During Welcome Week (formerly Freshers' Week), Mothers' Union goody bags were given out to new students, who were thrilled and surprised to receive them.

If you would like to support Welcome Week, email 

International Campaigns

Manchester Diocese has a number of formal and informal international relationships. You may be able to support these by getting better informed, writing letters, going on visits, or sending resources overseas.

For more information, visit our International links page or the Mothers' Union website.