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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.

All are welcome ...

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.

… and supported

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.

Welcoming Refugees

Hubs of Interest from around the District

Creative Arts Hub
Rural Churches Hub
Young Adults Hub
Methodist Women in Britain Hub

Prayer of the day

Provided by : The Methodist Church in Britain

Sunday, 19 Aug 2018

Shine upon us, O Lord, with the light that surpasses all other light. Cleanse us with the fire that consumes all other fires and fill us with the love that transforms all other loves; for your own name’s sake. Amen.

Catherine of Siena (c. 1347-1380)

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
in whose name I was baptized,
may Jesus, the living water, spring up in me
as the daily source of thoughts, words, and actions.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
in whose name I live and move and have my being,
may Jesus, bread of life, nourish and sustain me
in the face of trials and tests, opportunities and challenges.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
in whose name I will be commended to your eternal care,
may Jesus, the grain which falls into the earth
     to die and bear much fruit,
gather together at the last all I have been,
separating weeds from wheat,
that I might know his resurrection life. Amen.

Andrew Lunn, Manchester and Stockport District Chair

District Prayer Handbook

Day 19: Alderley Edge & Knutsford Circuit

We give thanks for the ministry of Rev Ben Clowes after ten years, as he begins ministry in the Nidd Valley Circuit and we welcome Rev Sue Swires and her husband Bill who come to be part of our Staff Team.  We give thanks for the collaborative working across our Circuit and the relational teamwork of all our Staff and the Circuit Leadership Team.  But, we particularly ask for your prayerful support of Sue and Bill as they adjust to their new context of ministry.

See the full text for today in the District Prayer Handbook