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
Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit, and pour into our hearts that most excellent of love, the bond of all peace and virtues, without which those who live are counted as dead before you. And this we ask for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) Pilgrim God, grant us courage to walk with you this day, to walk alongside those who see things very differently from us, not to shun those who are trapped in minds or bodies that don't seem to fit, to be open to the silent cry of those who have travelled long with inner pain, so that together we may discover a greater companionship with you. Accompanying God, grant us faith to walk with you this day, to see the other with your eyes to listen to the other with your ears and to hold the other in your embrace so that together we may be all that you intend us to be. God of beginnings and endings, grant us hope to travel with you this day, to face hard choices and decisions, to let go of all that distorts or prevents your purposes for humankind, to embrace the call of your kingdom, so that in the fullness of your time we may enter into your eternal rest and with all your creation be lost in wonder, love and praise. Amen. Peter Barber, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District Chair