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Borough Dean of Bury prays for an end to knife crime

First published on: 14th March 2024

This week, as the Knife Angel stands in Bury, a violent attack took place on the streets of the town.

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Song for the environment recorded by Rochdale schools

First published on: 12th March 2024

Earlier this month St Peter's CE Primary School welcomed Kelly and her team from ‘Praise Along’ (link), who produced a collective worship song themed around our environment. Taking place as part of the Spring term WOW Church Synod Group meeting, ten children from St Peter’s were joined by children from St John’s Thornham CE Primary and Milnrow Parish CE Primary to sing a beautiful song called ‘Rich Diversity’.


A Church Near You: preparing for Easter

First published on: 7th March 2024

Now is the perfect time to add your Lent and Easter services and events to your church and benefice sites on


Readers celebrate training success

First published on: 6th March 2024

Last month, a group of Readers went out for a meal to celebrate completing both their college Reader training and the diocesan Post-Licensing Reader Training programme.


Farewell service for the Archdeacon of Rochdale

First published on: 6th March 2024

The Ven. David Sharples retires at the end of this month after more than forty years’ service as a priest in this diocese, most recently as Archdeacon of Rochdale and a residentiary canon of the Cathedral. His ministry has been appreciated by many, and there is an opportunity to say farewell at a service at the Cathedral on Monday, 22nd April at 5.30 pm.

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New members admitted to the Order of William Temple

First published on: 6th March 2024

Congratulations to Barbara Taylor and Geoffrey Tattersall KC, who were admitted to the Order of William Temple on Sunday 3rd March.

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Funding success for charity set up by local churches

First published on: 6th March 2024

Founded in 2020, Taban is a charity which offers practical help to Farsi-speaking asylum seekers and refugees. It was born out of a need to assist a growing community of Iranian asylum seekers attending Holy Innocents, Fallowfield, the first of whom had been housed in a street next to the church.


Bishop David delivers petition to Downing Street

First published on: 6th March 2024

shop David joined the Shared Health Foundation, a non-profit based in Oldham, in delivering a petition to Downing Street calling for cots to be provided for every child under two living in temporary accommodation. 


Vacancies in the House of Clergy of General Synod

First published on: 5th March 2024

Two casual vacancies have arisen in the House of Clergy of General Synod.

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New vision for Lahore Diocese

First published on: 5th March 2024

The Diocese of Manchester has had a link with the Diocese of Lahore, Church of Pakistan, for over 30 years. This link has flourished through visits to each diocese, together with an active linking of schools in both areas.

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