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Our constant hope

First published on: 27th March 2019

It plays havoc with school timetables and complicates many people's holiday arrangements, but I quite like the fact that the date of Easter can vary, by up to a month or more, from one year to the next. It reminds me that the joyful news of the resur


Our secret weapon: tea and cake!

First published on: 23rd March 2019

Bishop David Walker writes:Just over a week ago, a far right wing white supremacist went on a shooting rampage against Muslims gathered for prayer in Canterbury, New Zealand. Their city and ours lie at opposite points on the globe, but we share with


Call to prayer for Brexit

First published on: 19th March 2019

All three bishops serving the Diocese of Manchester have called for churches to join in with five days of national prayer for unity as the deadline for Brexit approaches. Churches will be encouraged to host informal caf-style meetings over


What can we learn from the deacons?

First published on: 18th March 2019

Canon Nick Smeeton reports from Tampere Diocese:Attending the Days of Deaconry conference in Lahti was quite an experience. Seeing many hundreds of deacons all wearing the diaconal green clerical shirts and hearing about their ministries among


Standing Together

First published on: 15th March 2019

Today We Stand Together with all New Zealanders, horrified by acts of brutality and hate. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the murdered, the injured and all those affected by these atrocious crimes.Whether perpetrated on a Mosque


Service of Renewal of Vows

First published on: 14th March 2019

MONDAY IN HOLY WEEKDear colleagues,I am writing to invite you to join with me and the bishops of Bolton and Middleton for the annual service for the Renewal of Vows and the Blessing of Oils which will take place in Manchester Cathedral at 10.30am on


Brexit wall of prayer at CRE

First published on: 12th March 2019

Visitors to this weeks Christian Resources Exhibition (13/14 Mar, Event City, Manchester) will be invited to post prayers on a wall following the Archbishop of Canterburys call for five days of prayer concerning Brexit.Andy Flannagan of Christians in


Building our links with Tampere

First published on: 11th March 2019

It was a joy to have Maarika Laakso-Helle spending time in Manchester exploring what church life is like here. She works as a Mission Secretary in Keski-Lahti parish in the Diocese of Tampere and is also a deacon and a teacher. One of the aims of the


Hannah wins Theology Slam final

First published on: 11th March 2019

Congratulations to Diocesan Officer, Hannah Malcolm, who won the inaugural Theology Slam with an impassioned plea for the Church to learn how to mourn the damage caused by climate change. Hannah is Coordinator of the God and the Big Bang project


Persian celebration

First published on: 7th March 2019

Iranian Christians from churches in Manchester, Rochdale and Salford joined a congregation of about 450 at Wakefield Cathedral to celebrate the launch of the first authorised Common Worship Eucharist in Farsi. The bi-lingual service was led by the Ir


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