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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.

… and supported

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.

Welcoming Refugees

Hubs of Interest from around the District

Creative Arts Hub
Rural Churches Hub
Young Adults Hub
Methodist Women in Britain Hub

Prayer of the day

Provided by : The Methodist Church in Britain

Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

Receive, O Lord, every heart that desires to love you. Fill every mouth that longs to praise you and strengthen every hand that seeks to serve you; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Francois Fenelon (1651-1715)

Transforming God, give us your deep love and grace so that things may change around us.
As disciples of Jesus, may we sow transforming seeds of love, not of division.
May we show love and encouragement, rather than criticism and disapproval.
May we speak kindness into discord, comfort into mourning and hope into hopelessness.

Steven Wild, Cornwall District Chair

District Prayer Handbook

Day 12: Shaw & Royton Circuit

We pray for our new Superintendent, the Rev Adrian Burdon.

For Supernumerary ministers working in the Circuit.

For the Circuit Leadership Team.

See the full text for today in the District Prayer Handbook