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 Lord, the will to accomplish all that pleases you; the strength to do all that you command and the reverence to respect all that you have made; for your own name's sake. Amen. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) Joyous God, who sings the world a capella style, who improvises joy in unlikely events, and breathes an exuberant spirit to set the world dancing; help us, your unlikely followers, to glimpse the twinkle in your creative eye and to see a wonderful hope in dark and chaotic places; so that, even within sorrow and struggle, we may discover glimmers of hope, within pain, the possibilities of transformation; and within injustice, our own power to change the world for good. Most of all, God, don't let us be dull. Give us the courage to join your exuberant enterprise called life, to laugh at our own impossibilities and ridiculous notions and, in all this, to trust, that through you and in you and with your love, we and all your people should, and can and will be free. Amen. Barbara Glasson, West Yorkshire District Deputy Chair
District Prayer Handbook
Heavenly Father, bring us together to serve your church, at local, Circuit, District or Connexional level ...