Diocese of Manchester

  • Musical Director celebrates 30 year’s service to Rochdale

    Philip Lowe, Director of Music at Rochdale Parish Church, has completed 30 year’s dedicated service as Organist and Choirmaster.

    Since 1990, Philip has played the organ for some 2,000 services, including many town civic and ceremonial events at Rochdale Town Hall.


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  • Action for Creationtide: Energy Footprint Tool

    New data reveals that more than 3,000 churches are using the new Church of England Energy Footprint Tool to understand their carbon footprint and reduce their energy use and costs. The tool also helps the national church to measure progress towards the Church of England goal of “net carbon zero” by 2030.

    Churches are asked as part of their annual statistics return to include information from their energy bills and some basic dimensions for their church buildings. The Energy Footprint Tool provides a calculation and issues a rating in the form of an energy chart, similar to those found on household appliances. In time, parishes will be able to login to an online dashboard to track their carbon footprint year on year.

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  • Season of Creation

    The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through repenting, repairing, and rejoicing together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

    The Season of Creation starts on 1 September, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.


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  • Archdeacons’ Articles of Inquiry: Extension of Deadline

    A big thank you to all who have submitted returns under challenging circumstances. If this was not possible due to other pressures, there is still time. Following extension of the APCM deadline, the deadline for the Archdeacons’ Articles of Inquiry is also extended to 31 October 2020.

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  • Support for Fairtrade

    Buying products that have the Fairtrade mark is as important as ever. The Fairtrade premium paid to farmers is invested in essential services in their communities.

    Last year more than 200 people celebrated “Changing the World through Fairtrade” at Manchester Cathedral. A specially commissioned Fairtrade chocolate bar produced by The Meaningful Chocolate Company highlighted the work of the women who produce the cocoa for the chocolate we enjoy. Mandy Willliams, chair of the diocesan ‘Just Change’ group, reports on recent developments.

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  • Archdeacons' Visitations

    Due to the current pandemic APCMs and the election of Churchwardens and the subsequent Annual Visitations for the admission of the Churchwardens has been delayed until November this year.

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  • Grants for maintenance work

    The National Churches Trust is offering grants for maintenance projects now that churches are once again able to be open for worship and visitors.

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  • Church for a Different World awards 2020

    This year we have demonstrated more than ever that we are a Church for a Different World. The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to do things differently, and far from closing the church, it has opened church up in different ways. Tell us what your church or chaplaincy did differently so that we can learn from one another.

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  • Eco Diocese: Target met, but still more to do

    Five per cent of churches have achieved an Eco-Church award: an important milestone, but there's still much more to do to show our commitment to the environment.

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  • Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme Opens for Bids

    The Home Office is providing a total of £3.2 million in grant funding this year to help places of worship who feel they are vulnerable to hate crime to install more secure gates, locks, alarms and CCTV in order to deter and prevent hate crime attacks.

    Places of worship in England and Wales, including churches, gurdwaras, mosques, temples and associated faith community centres, can apply for grants of up to £56,000 per place of worship.

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90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

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