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Churches and schools get creative this Advent

First published on: 7th December 2023

In the lead-up to Christmas, it has been wonderful to see the many ways in which our churches, chaplaincies and schools are sharing the joy of Advent with their communities.

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Focal leaders: Alan Davey's story

First published on: 7th December 2023

As focal leaders are now active in parts of the diocese, we have been finding out what the role entails. This week we spoke to Alan Davey, who has been attending St Paul’s in Rawtenstall for three decades. 

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Sacred Space youth consultation

First published on: 5th December 2023

Over in Manchester North and East Deanery, Mission Community 3 have been co-creating a Sacred Space and worshipping community with young people in the area.

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Bishop David addresses the House of Lords

First published on: 30th November 2023

Bishop David addressed the House of Lords yesterday during the Autumn Statement debate.

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Foundations for Ministry group enjoys retreat day

First published on: 30th November 2023

This year’s Foundations for Ministry participants enjoyed a wonderful retreat day this week at All Saints, Elton.

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Rebuilding St Luke’s tower clock

First published on: 29th November 2023

In spring 2022, just a few weeks before work began on repointing and waterproofing the church tower at St Luke’s, Heywood, the clock on the tower was damaged by strong winds.

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Christ Church with St John's 'Living Room'

First published on: 27th November 2023

Last year, along with Trinity Baptist Church, Bacup and the ABD Community Centre, Christ Church with St John responded to the energy price increase and cost of living crisis by providing a Warm Space in Bacup.


A joyful celebration for Children Changing Places Project

First published on: 23rd November 2023

On Sunday, hundreds gathered at Bolton Parish Church for a joyous service of singing, dancing, and prayer to celebrate five years of the Children Changing Places Project.


Focal leaders: Revd Derek Allen's story

First published on: 23rd November 2023

Revd Derek Allen has been serving in Rossendale for around thirty years.

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Digital giving exceeds targets

First published on: 20th November 2023

We are so pleased to see these digital giving devices supporting our parishes in accepting contactless donations.


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