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.
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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
Lord Jesus Christ, Wisdom and Word of God, dwell in our hearts, we pray, by your most Holy Spirit, that out of the abundance of our hearts our mouths may speak your praise. Amen.Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
God who loves and who calls us to love:
from hardness to divine compassion, transform our hearts;
from heaviness to holy joy, transform our souls;
from prejudice to eternal truth, transform our minds;
from fear to faithful courage, transform us in strength;
that we might love our neighbour, witness to your Son, and grow in your Spirit. Amen.
District Prayer Handbook
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.