Diocese of Manchester

Ever hear the expression 'We're a broad church'? Well, the Church of England is the original 'broad church' and our churches are involved in an incredible breadth of activities and community life right across Greater Manchester and Rossendale.

See how Messy Church is done at Christ Church Harpurhey in this video. If you're interested in Messy Church, contact Karen Beal, Children's Work Officer on 0161 828 1433 or email karenbeal@manchester.anglican.org

Worship at St Edmund's Whalley Range. Across the diocese you can find modern worship and churches reflecting the great diversity of twenty-first century Manchester. St Edmund's is a multi-ethnic all-age congregation where everyone is welcomed and included in the life of the church.  

Choral evensong at St Ann's Church, Manchester. Plenty of our churches offer traditional worship, including services using the Book of Common Prayer. 

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people attend baptisms, weddings and funerals across the city. 

Children at Didsbury C of E Primary school, one of 190 church schools educating over 50,000 pupils, serving families across the city. Our schools are not faith schools for the faithful but church schools for the whole community. Find out more about our schools.

St Thomas’, Delph was the first ‘dementia friendly’ church in Oldham. Following the death of her mother, Olive, from vascular dementia in 2010, Joyce Brown poured her energy into raising awareness of the disease in Saddleworth, starting with St Thomas’ church. Joyce and three other ‘dementia champions’ inspired almost 300 new Dementia Friends, changing how people think, talk and act about dementia, and valuing people for what they can do.

Church can take many forms. Abide is a missional community at St James and Emmanuel, Didsbury. Around 40 people are committed to daily prayer, to following the five rhythms of grace, attending a monthly service and having a regular meal together. Across the diocese, under the banner 'Peregrini', Christians are finding new ways of living out their faith.

The Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter last year provided 733 bed spaces for rough sleepers, run in partnership with the Booth Centre, who support the guests during the day, working with them to find a route off the streets. A guest in his late 60s who had been sleeping rough for over a week wrote: "I really cannot put into words the feelings I have regarding the way you and the rest of the gang have looked after and cared for us."

We are here for the city. The church is here for the city at times of remembrance, here as chaplains to our universities and workplaces, here at times of birth, marriage and death, wherever there is joy and loss, whenever the city comes together, offering love and support to all who need it.  

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