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
To you, O Lord, O Father of Lights, we lift up our hearts. Here alone with you, O God, far from the busy ways of the world teach us your way. Let us open your holy book and grant us therein both to know your will and to find the path to heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. John Wesley (1703-1791) Loving God, your generous gifts of grace, mercy, forgiveness, love and salvation cost you so much, but they are free to those who will simply receive them from you! You demand nothing from us in return: there are no strings attached. Thank you! Yet, at the same time, the love for you that stirs in our hearts as we receive your generous gifts, recognises the call to serve and be sacrificial in the way we live, and to share in your suffering so that we might also share in your glory. Forgive us for sometimes being reluctant to make the sacrifices that you encourage us to make as you work out your purposes in us. May we be willing participants in your mission, giving all that we have and all that we are, looking for no reward except the knowledge that we share in your work and are making a difference in your world. May the sacrifices we make enable others to recognise that your free gifts are also available to them. In the name of Christ. Amen. Gill Newton, Sheffield District Chair