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Church food parcels are a lifeline for people self isolating in Gorton

First published on: 23rd April 2020

The church at Gorton and Abbey Hey is adapting to life under lockdown by turning donations dropped off at the rectory into food parcels that are delivered every day to local people who are self isolating during the coronavirus emergency.The Gorton Fo

Faith Leaders statement for Earth Day 2020

First published on: 22nd April 2020

While we may understand the creation and evolution of our planet in different ways, we stand together in the knowledge that we face a global catastrophe through the damage we are continuing to inflict on this planet, our common home.We acknowledge th

Wedding blessing for police couple

First published on: 21st April 2020

Two police officers who postponed their wedding due to coronavirus were treated to a surprise blessing by their colleague who is also a priest.Sgt. McNulty & PC McGreavy were due to marry last week, but had to postpone their weeding because of th

Now the green blade rises

First published on: 15th April 2020

A virtual meeting of the Environmental Working Group discussed Eco Church awards, the energy footprint pilot and saved an estimated 0.02 tonnes of carbon dioxide by meeting online.By the time the diocesan Environment Working Group (EWG) hel

Easter on lockdown

First published on: 14th April 2020

With church buildings closed across the country to help prevent the spread of coronavirus that as so far claimed more than 10,000 lives in the UK, Easter was never going to feel like normal this year.Scores of churches in Manchester Diocese have

Churches mark Palm Sunday with virtual services

First published on: 6th April 2020

The Church of England has begun one of the most important weeks in the Christian calendar with a virtual Palm Sunday service led by the Bishop of Manchester.Bishop David encouraged Christians to make their own paper or card palm crosses and disp

Bishop David to lead national Palm Sunday virtual service

First published on: 2nd April 2020

Christians are to be encouraged to make their own paper or card palm crosses and display these in their windows in a national virtual church service for Palm Sunday to be broadcast by the Church of England.The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, will

Online worship: ideas and examples

First published on: 1st April 2020

Churches across the Diocese of Manchester are responding in many wonderful ways to the Coronavirus crisis; making regular phone calls to lonely and vulnerable members of the congregation, supporting foodbanks and other vital services, and finding new

Prayer and encouragement

First published on: 30th March 2020

Canon Rachel Mann has written a special diocesan prayer for these times of crisis. We encourage you to use this prayer every day during the coronavirus pandemic. Diocesan prayer in time of crisis Download the prayer

Churches to close to slow spread of virus

First published on: 24th March 2020

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). But they c

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