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Annual visitation services 2024

First published on: 27th February 2024

Visitation Services take place in summer each year following the election of churchwardens at the APCM. The dates for this year's visitation services have been released.

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Bishop David speaks up for victims in the House of Lords

First published on: 27th February 2024

Bishop David spoke in the House of Lords yesterday advocating for a duty of candour for public officials and bodies who are called to give evidence at public inquiries and major inquests.

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Thanksgiving service for Canon Peter Reiss

First published on: 22nd February 2024

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Canon Peter Reiss died peacefully at home earlier today, following a long illness.


A culture of welcome for Farsi-speaking community at St James and Emmanuel

First published on: 21st February 2024

The Farsi community at St James and Emmanuel, Didsbury, has been growing for around ten years. What started with just a few Iranian church members now includes a large, thriving and diverse congregation.

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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

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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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