Diocese of Manchester

  • How churches responded during lockdown

    The Church for a Different World Awards 2020 celebrated how churches adapted in inspiring ways to meet local spiritual, practical and pastoral needs.

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  • Offering hope as we face second wave

    The Church has a vital role to play in offering hope and comfort to the nation as we face an expected second wave of the coronavirus, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have said.

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  • After lockdown, online church must continue

    Many churches have seen significant growth during this period of doing church solely online, with more people engaging online each week than attend on an average Sunday. We now have a huge responsibility to ensure that both our existing and newly arrived worshippers are nurtured and served.

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  • Caring for Care Homes

    Many churches provide support to care homes in their parish. During the lockdown they adapted to offer appropriate and safe care.

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  • New Covid-19 grants programme launched!

    Allchurches Trust has launched a new grants programme – Hope Beyond - aimed at enabling churches and Christian charities to meet changing need within their communities as the longer term impact of Covid-19 becomes clearer. Grants of up to £50,000 are available.

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  • Opening churches up safely

    As lockdown eases, churches have been taking innovative steps to help keep their congregations as safe as possible as they begin to open up again.

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  • Resumption of Public Worship from 4 July 2020

    The government has advised that our church buildings can be opened for public worship from 4 July as long as this can be done safely.

    On 30 June 2020 The Church of England published very detailed information and advice to support parishes as public worship recommences.

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  • Churches may reopen for worship from 4 July

    The government has announced that church buildings will be able to reopen for public worship from 4 July, providing physical distancing remains in place.

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  • Cathedral open for private prayer

    The Dean of Manchester welcomes you and explains what you can expect now that the cathedral is open for private prayer.

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  • Generous giving in lockdown

    Since church buildings have been closed for worship, many churches are finding that being sustainable financially has been more difficult. People who are used to giving by plate or envelope schemes will not have been able to make regular contributions in the usual way and churches have had to be imaginative in providing other ways for people to contribute to life of the church.

    Church House has been keen to offer support and advice in this area, building on the Giving Conference held in February. Officers are helping with Gift Aid claims and digital giving options including Direct Debits, Donate Now buttons on websites, and fundraising via social media and shopping.

    Clergy have reported a generous response from parishioners when they have broached the issue of sustainable giving.

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The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400