The Manchester and Stockport District covers a significant part of Greater Manchester and extends into Cheshire and Derbyshire. Although relatively geographically compact, it covers inner city, industrial, post-industrial, suburban and rural areas. Within the apparently more prosperous circuits, areas of poverty and need are to be found. Just as no two towns are the same, the issues and challenges we face in rural Derbyshire are different from those in rural Cheshire.
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The District embraces a rich breadth and variety of theological perspectives and worship styles. A range of fresh expressions of Church (messy church, cafe Church, arts based projects etc.) are nurtured without neglecting the other, more traditional, expressions.
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There are 145 churches across 19 circuits, and a total membership of 8,400. The District seeks to support each circuit and church to meet the needs of their members and the communities in which they serve, offering opportunities to worship, work and learn together.
We hope that this web site gives you a feel for who we are, what we believe and what we do, and encourages you to share with us in the journey of faith in Christ Jesus.
Prayer of the day
Provided by : The Methodist Church in Britain
Grant us, O God, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would us do, that the spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your path may not stumble; through Christ our Lord. Amen.William Reed Huntingdon (1838-1909)
Lord Jesus, your way
spreads like a labyrinth before my sight.
Today, your Spirit may lead me to the outer edge
where I shall feel far from your presence;
or I may be drawn towards the centre
where I shall sense you tantalisingly near.
Thank you that I am never led to a dead end.
Help me to trust that your path will unfailingly lead me home
where I shall find both my end and my beginning
in the Creator’s love. Amen.
District Prayer Handbook
Loving God we offer you our journey and pray that, while you lead us to where we need to go, you’ll help us to be fully present today to your Spirit, ever beckoning, ever calling ever inviting to life in all its fullness.
And we offer to you the faith journey of those we know praying for them your peace and hope, and an ever-deepening awareness of your love and life.
Lord, in your mercy Let your kingdom come!