We are called as followers of Jesus and as Christian churches to follow Christ’s example in serving our neighbour. Serving is about transformation, changing lives, and creating a different future together in a diocese where:

  • 48% of parishes fall within the most deprived 10% in England

  • our population includes people of many cultures, faiths and languages.


We seek to be present for all, speaking and acting for justice, and providing support, especially to the vulnerable, deprived and excluded.

Our Work

Serving is local – and more than local.  We serve our neighbours through local action and connecting with issues that affect God’s world.


In 2017 a Church of England survey found that nearly 900 social action projects are run, hosted or supported in other ways by Manchester churches.

We continue to serve our communities through food banks, parent and toddler groups, night shelters for the homeless and other activities.  Our work focuses on:

  • Welcome and belonging, including children and families, people with mental health issues, and those who are socially isolated.

  • Combatting poverty, and the challenges of food shortage, homelessness and debt.

Serving tea at Barrow Bridge


Our partnerships with the Dioceses of Lahore (Pakistan), Namibia and Tampere (Finland) remind us that we are part of one world. 

Our work focuses on two issues where our choices can make a real difference to the lives of those within and beyond our communities:

  • Care for God’s creation. We are an Eco Diocese and aim to embed positive environmental action into our lives.

Our Approach

Wherever possible we work in partnership locally and as a diocese. Our key partners in supporting social action projects are:

We also work with local voluntary and public sector bodies, other churches and other faiths.

Our environmental and Fairtrade commitments are supported by A Rocha UK, a Christian environmental charity, Christian Aid and the Fairtrade Foundation.


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