Diocese of Manchester

  • Bishop David's Sermon for Ascension Day

    I love those stained glass church images of the Ascension. The ones where an awestruck posse of apostles gazes upwards; looking in mystification at a pair of feet disappearing into the tracery above the window. I love those images because, paradoxically, they bring me down to earth. When I am tempted to over intellectualise, to so focus on the meaning that I forget the man, pictures like this bring me back to the heart of our faith, to Jesus, truly God and truly man. And if it requires some slightly kitschy art to get the point across to me, so be it.

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  • Decision on deanery changes

    The Bishop of Manchester has approved the proposal to amalgamate 20 deaneries of the Diocese of Manchester into seven, and to seek to appoint a full-time Area Dean to each, following an extensive consultation between November 2019 and February 2020.

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  • Faith Leaders statement for Earth Day 2020

    Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders have released a statement on climate change to mark Earth Day 2020.

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  • Easter message from Bishop David

    Bishop David's Easter message of hope acknowledges suffering and sorrow, but asserts that there is still a meaning and a purpose in human life.

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  • Bishop David to lead national Palm Sunday virtual service

    Christians are encouraged to make their own ‘palm’ crosses in a national virtual church service for Palm Sunday to be broadcast by the Church of England.

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  • Church is changing - a letter from our Bishops

    A letter from the Bishops of Manchester, Middleton and Bolton

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  • Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2): An Announcement from Bishop David

    It is a priority of our diocese to ensure that our churches are as safe as possible for all, including both children and adults, all of whom can be vulnerable. I acknowledge that the church does not have a good record in safeguarding adults and children and in dealing with cases of abuse. The church has a distance yet to travel.

    It is therefore important to us all that we are aware of every known case of concern about the behaviour of clergy and church officers towards children and adults.

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  • Novel coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance from Bishop David

    You will be aware from the news stories about the spread of the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in recent weeks and we all hold in our prayers those affected in any way.

    Currently travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas are advised to contact 111 if they develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath: China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau. The majority of these travellers do not require admission to hospital but may require self-quarantine in their own homes.

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  • Bishop David's Epiphany Letter

    Epiphany can, all too easily, collapse into a tale about stars, strange gifts and exotic visitors. It becomes then a story about people very different from ourselves, living in an age far distant from our own. Yet Epiphany is the moment when God’s Church affirms its belief that Jesus Christ must be made known to all humanity, and when it reasserts its calling to facilitate that revelation.

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  • Gifts and Graces from God

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