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Pentecost letter of thanks from Bishop David

First published on: 2nd June 2020

Bishop David sent the following letter to clergy and lay leaders on 1 June 2020.Dear sisters and brothers,Thank you to all receiving this letter. In the teeth of the most trying of circumstances you have played your full part in ensuring that the cor

Virtual mission in Bolton followed by 2000

First published on: 1st June 2020

A mission planned for months took an unexpected turn: going virtual and attracting 2000 people.Revd Oli Preston from St Peter's Halliwell writes:When the Covid19 crisis hit in March it looked like the end of our plans for a 'Believe in Bolton' missio

Pope to join Archbishops for online Pentecost service

First published on: 29th May 2020

His Holiness Pope Francis will take part in an online church service alongside the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and a number of other senior UK church leaders for the first time online. He will deliver a special message for the virtual service

Eco Diocese: help us over the line!

First published on: 27th May 2020

Manchester Diocese has been on a journey to become an Eco Diocese, which means taking seriously our care of God's creation and making it part of our everyday lives. We are now just one church short of meeting a key criterion for Eco Diocese stat

Bishop David's Sermon for Ascension Day

First published on: 22nd May 2020

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, paradoxica

Mental health: a hospital chaplain's view

First published on: 19th May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week is the UKs national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. Revd Jeremy Law reflects on the impact that the coronavirus

Holy Trinity Church and Community Centre awarded £355k

First published on: 19th May 2020

The award-winning People, Place and Presence project run from Holy Trinity Church in the Parish of the Good Shepherd, Ashton-under-Lyne, has been awarded another three-year grant worth 355,600 from the Big Lottery Fund. The project tackles deep-seate

Coronavirus, Church and You

First published on: 19th May 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has obviously had a profound effect on churches. The lockdown has severely restricted ministry in areas such as pastoral care, fellowship groups, and serving the community. On the other hand, for those with online access, worshi

Decision on deanery changes

First published on: 15th May 2020

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.B

Thy Kingdom Come

First published on: 13th May 2020

Thy Kingdom Come is going to look slightly different this year, compared to previous years, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Here are five Ways your family and church can be involved in Thy Kingdom Come from 21 to 31 May 2020. You can join the D

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