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Family Time Collective Worship

First published on: 18th April 2024

In January, St Stephen's, Astley teamed up with St Stephen’s CE Primary School to launch a new venture, ‘Family Time Collective Worship’.


Collaborative artwork to celebrate 30 years of women's ministry

First published on: 17th April 2024

On Thursday 2nd May at 7.30 pm, Manchester Cathedral will be hosting a Eucharist to celebrate 30 years since women were first ordained as priests. Bishop Cherry Vann will be preaching and Archdeacon Karen Best will be presiding and all are invited to attend. As part of the celebration, we are creating a piece of collaborative art to celebrate the work of women priests in the diocese.


Thy Kingdom Come 2024

First published on: 16th April 2024

The annual ecumenical prayer initiative 'Thy Kingdom Come' (TKC), led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, makes its return next month. This worldwide prayer movement, which runs from Ascension Day until Pentecost, aims to unite Christians as they pray together for more people to know Jesus.

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Gift Aid Lite scheme boosts giving across our diocese

First published on: 10th April 2024

We would like to thank churches and parishes in our diocese for utilising the Gift Aid Lite and Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme (GASDS), which have contributed an extra £793,000 in donations in the last financial year.

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Get involved in Bell Sunday

First published on: 9th April 2024

Bell Sunday is an annual opportunity to celebrate the contribution of bell ringers to the life of the church, and to acknowledge the part that bells play in worship and community life all the year round.


Beryl Kilpatrick RIP

First published on: 8th April 2024

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Beryl Kilpatrick (née Bamford) died peacefully on 17th March 2024, aged 93.

Manchester Diocese celebrates Easter!

First published on: 4th April 2024

Over Easter, our churches, chaplaincies and schools have been celebrating the joy of Easter in many wonderful ways.


Bolton's ecumenical leaders gather for half-day retreat

First published on: 4th April 2024

Bolton's church leaders recently gathered for a half-day retreat at Bolton Wanderers FC Stadium and joined together in saying the Nicene Creed to mark this special occasion.


Renewal of Vows and Blessing of Oils services

First published on: 27th March 2024

On Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday, clergy and licensed lay leaders from across the diocese gathered together at Manchester Cathedral to share the Eucharist, renew their vows, and bless the sacred oils


Bishop David shares an Easter message of hope

First published on: 26th March 2024

In his Easter message, the Rt Revd Prof David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, reflects on the terrible impact of war in the Holy Land and the need for hope to endure, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

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