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Our second Focal Leadership Focus Day

First published on: 21st February 2024

On Saturday we held our second Focal Leadership Focus Day, focussing on the theme of ‘Working well with others’.

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Archdeacon of Rochdale announces his retirement

First published on: 21st February 2024

The Ven David Sharples is set to retire on 31st March 2024


Ash Wednesday

First published on: 16th February 2024

On Ash Wednesday, to mark the beginning of Lent, clergy from across the diocese stepped out into the streets to offer Ashes to Go.

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HAFWAY youth project receives Youth Investment Fund grant

First published on: 13th February 2024

St. Paul’s Parish Centre in Bolton is set to become a bespoke youth centre thanks to funding awarded to the HAFWAY project. HAFWAY is the Halliwell-based youth project that provides young people with a range of fun indoor and outdoor activities including sports, away days, volunteering, building key skills, the Duke of Edinburgh award, mentoring and more.

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Revd Anne creates a warm culture for all at St Chad’s and St Mary in the Baum

First published on: 8th February 2024

In Rochdale, the churches of St Mary in the Baum and St Chad’s welcome migrant communities from a range of backgrounds. Amongst them, West African families and Farsi-speaking migrants from Iran have arrived after escaping persecution, and Revd Anne Gilbert has worked with congregations at both churches to create a warm culture of welcome for all.

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Vocations Day

First published on: 8th February 2024

On Saturday 3rd February, St Bride’s, Old Trafford hosted our annual Vocations Day. Created for anyone who is exploring God’s call in their life, attendees had the opportunity to hear from people involved in a wide variety of both lay and ordained ministries. Around 50 people attended, with a further 35 people speaking and sharing stories of their calling.

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Manchester: a place where everyone feels at home

First published on: 6th February 2024

One of the many things that makes Manchester Diocese such a vibrant place to live and work is the rich diversity of people that make up our communities.


Wiggle Worship continues to grow

First published on: 2nd February 2024

Jo Haslam, Early Years Adviser in the Man Dio Growing Faith team, talks about Wiggle Worship and it's wider roll-out across the diocese.

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The Children's Society is looking for venues

First published on: 1st February 2024

The Children's Society is looking for venues


Bishop David speaks up for victims in the House of Lords

First published on: 25th January 2024

Bishop David spoke in the House of Lords yesterday as the House considered the Victims and Prisoners Bill.

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