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
Create within us, O God, a love for your holy word. Teach us its true and inner meaning. Within its sacred pages may we find new strength and joy; by its precepts guidance for the soul, and through familiar words grace to help in time of need; for your truth and your name's sake. Amen. Walter James (1879-1908) God who is found in beauty and brokenness, holy and gracious one, whose heart is torn by the suffering of your children, you long for a world of justice and plenty for all. Liberate us to share in that freedom offered by your kingdom. Open our eyes to sense your presence in places of despair and fear, open our ears to hear your call to be salt and light in the world, melt our hearts, convert us to the needs of the other, and move us to be your people, a people of justice and care, for our world, for friend and stranger. Amen. Andrew Wood, Southampton District Chair
District Prayer Handbook
Please pray for all churches working closely with ecumenical partners, be that in LEPs, local CT groups or specific projects – and pray for all churches that are yet to make those connections.