News from SE&SJ

St Edmund's Thursday 23rd August 10.30am to 3.00pm… Come and join us for board games, dominoes, jigsaws and crafts.  A light lunch and tea/coffee will be provided.  Come for the whole time or just...
Do you have any talents or interests that you would be prepared to share this October as we celebrate a 'Harvest of Talents'?  Do you know who volunteers with the East...
The Faith. Life. Adventure. tour event will take place on November 24th@ St Peter’s House & Chaplaincy, Oxford Road, Manchester.  Book online at www.cvm.org.uk/events/ The event gets men together to worship God,...
The services in August will be ‘Summer Specials’ – a chance to relax a little in God’s presence.  They will be services suitable for all ages (no Sunday School), each with a...
The Church Office will be closed from Monday 13th August until Tuesday 28th August. Emails and answerphone messages will be checked occasionally and only urgent enquiries will be dealt with. 
There is still time to be involved in making a banner for Harvest…  Thank you to those of you who have already joined in and created a square for the Harvest...
The Bring & Share All Church BBQ at St Edmund’s took place last week after the morning service. Thank you from Grace and Sachin for the warm welcome they received...
Chris Greenhalgh has had an idea of using squares of fabric, covered with either embroidered felt or material in the shape of different fruit and vegetables.  Here are pictures of the...
August Fun Day at St Edmund's, Alexandra Road South Thursday 23rd August  10.30am to 3.00pm.  Come and join us for board games, dominoes, jigsaws and crafts.  A light lunch and tea/coffee will be provided. ...
It’s been great to welcome Grace and Sachin this week and this is just a reminder about the preparations for the Welcome BBQ.  The staff team will arrange - Beef Burgers...
The Faith. Life. Adventure. tour event will take place on November 24th@ St Peter’s House & Chaplaincy, Oxford Road, Manchester. We’re getting men together to worship God, have a laugh together and...
Manchester South Central Foodbank runs at St Edmund’s on Wednesday from 1-3pm.  At the Foodbanks session last Wednesday, 32 people were fed. Demand for Foodbanks is on the rise and 90%...
Grace Thomas and Sachin Awale will be ordained on Sunday at Manchester Cathedral. We ask for a rich outpouring of God’s grace for them. We thank their families and friends for...
We will be having a joint BBQ to welcome Grace Thomas and Sachin Awale as they begin their ministry with us.  Please encourage as many people from all of our congregations...
The development near to St James is now in week 20 of the 84 week building programme. Construction company Galliford Try have contacted us to advise that drainage works will...
We will be having a joint BBQ to welcome Grace Thomas and Sachin Awale as they begin their ministry with us.  Please encourage as many people from all of our congregations...
I have been deeply touched, by all the love and support which has been given to me over the last few weeks as I have said my farewells. Thank you,...
Grace Thomas is one of 23 candidates to be ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Manchester at Manchester Cathedral on Sunday 1 July 2018. Grace was encouraged on her journey towards...
About 60 people from our churches and Playroom, visited Blackpool Zoo on Saturday 2 June and we were blessed with a dry day.  The zoo was great with lots to see,...
The Church Office has now been moved to a larger room at St James as we prepare to welcome Grace Thomas in July as our new curate and for a...
Under the new General Data Protection Regulations which came into effect on 25th May we have now updated our privacy policy which can currently be found on the Church noticeboards. This updated...
Last week the Manchester South Central foodbank took to social media to post on Twitter a thank you to those involved with the Foodbank at St Edmund’s. Promoting that the foodbank...
Well done to Tony Hardy, Madhuri Chawhan, Jessica Jamal, Mamta Jadhav and Sunita Patole who took part in the Great Manchester Run last Sunday to raise funds towards the new building project for St...
We are delighted to announce that Ben has passed his Bishop’s Advisory Panel interview. Congratulations! Ben writes ‘I truly appreciate the kindness, love and prayers which have been given to me...
Come and join us on Tuesday 29th May at St James from 6-8pm.Tea and Coffee available. We are hosting regular meet ups to encourage people to come and share their memories...
Support Tony Hardy, Madhuri Chawhan, Jessica Jamal, Mamta Jadhav and Sunita Patole as they take part in the Great Manchester Run happening on the Sun 20th May 2018 to raise...
This global wave of prayer, is encouraging us to pray for our friends, church, community and world. Come and join us at St Edmund's on Saturday 19 May from...
St James’ will be supporting Christian Aid week in May, who have more than 70 years of working in partnership to support communities to thrive. They tackle the...
The Artsy threads team have been working on Tree Design pieces which will be joined together with other squares to make a forest and will be displayed at the Whitworth...
The Mothers Union Wave of Prayer, Faith in Action, on 29 April 2018 will be recognised at both St Edmund's and St James. The wave of prayer is a continuous...
Perhaps you would like to learn to knit or crochet? We have been working at embroidery for a few weeks now on a Tuesday morning at St James from 10am to...
St James’ will be supporting Christian Aid week in May, who have more than 70 years of working in partnership to support communities to thrive. They tackle the root...
The Mothers' Union has been asked to supply various items for premature babies - hats and bonding squares. There are patterns available if you would like to make some yourself....
Ben - will be attending the Bishops Advisory Panel from 8-10th May in Cambridgeshire. This will be to discern whether or not he can be recommended to train for the...
We would really appreciate a few more volunteers to help with PlayRoom while Tony is 'away' on sabbatical. Can you share two hours of your week? PlayRoom happens every Wednesday morning...
There will be a Church family day out to Blackpool, on Saturday 2nd June, leaving St Edmunds around 9.30 am and arriving back around 6.00pm. This is an inclusive trip...
We will be hiring a coach to go to see this exhibition on Friday 23rd March. We will leave St Edmund’s Church at 10.00am to arrive at Ripon by...
We are organising a Church family day out to Blackpool, on Saturday 2nd June, leaving St Edmunds around 9.30 am and arriving back around 6.00pm. We will go to Blackpool...
This week the sermon series continues looking at the Power of Prayer. Here is a powerful quotation from the useful theme sheet which will be available on Sunday for further...
This week sees the start of a short series focussing on Prayer. This week - 'Why Pray?' The sermon series will feature across all our congregations. Please also use...
For all those who have not yet seen the documentary film, here is the link to the interesting 'Alexandra Park - a short history of a people's park' that was...
The Manchester Refugee Support Network is looking for rooms for refugees who just have been given legal Leave to Remain in the UK. Anyone offering a room in their house...
Grace Hart, Lewis Oliver and Ben Brady are taking part in the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme (CEMES), living together and working in the diocese as Pastoral Assistants before...
Artsy (spelt correctly this week!) will meet every Tuesday from 10.00 am " 11.20 am at St James. The image shows the lovely results from the first meeting… Please do come...
An evening of music and food has been arranged for Saturday 27th January from 6.00pm-9.30pm at St Edmund’s. Vegetarian haggis will be served and there will be activities for all...
On Sunday 21st, there is an event for the Indian Evangelical Mission. This is at 5 pm when the Marathi congregation would usually meet. All are welcome to this and...
Open Door at St James will be the venue for the first Artsy meeting between 10.00am and 11.30am. Come and try your hand at embroidery, as we learn some simple...
Christian Event, Harrogate 3rd-7th...
Ripon Cathedral 26th February " 13 April...
Booking a room or meeting space at St Edmund’s or St James? Please contact Jill in the church office on Tuesday, Wednesday or Fridays between 10.00am and 2.00pm Tel: 0161...
January PCC meetings St Edmunds " 22nd St James " 25th Both at 7.30 pm as usual. Annual Parochial Church Meetings The APCM for St James will be brought early this year to 25th...
A meeting has been organised with our Ecumenical friends on Thursday 18th January, at 7pm at St James Church. This will be to plan joint events and to...
A Happy New Year to everyone at St James, Marathi, St Edmunds and the Grace community and all those who have been connected to our churches supporting us in various...
Coffee Morning St Edmunds will meet again on Wednesday 10th January at 10.30 am for refreshments and a chat! Look forward to seeing you then.
Playroom will meet again on Wednesday 10th January at 9.00 am. It will be lovely to welcome you all again and a great chance for the children to play and...
To everyone at St James, Marathi, St Edmunds and the Grace community and all those who have been connected to our churches we wish you all a happy and blessed...
Please note the Church office will be closed from Friday 22nd December at 2pm and will re-open at 10am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
Welcoming As we pray we begin to receive a gift from God, gradually and gently, and it is every bit as exciting as opening the very best of Christmas presents. Prayer is...
Waiting for Christmas is part of the excitement and preparation. In what ways are you being asked to wait this week? As you pray this week pray with an open heart,...
Take time to look; see the beauty and goodness around you and notice signs of God's presence. Where this week can you recognise the presence of God? As you pray...
Join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, who is God with us, during this wonderful season. Sunday, 17th December 10.30 am Nativity at St Edmund’s 10.30 am...
Join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, who is God with us, during this wonderful season. Sunday, 10th December 10.30 am Holy Communion at St Edmund’s 10.30 am...
Join us for our Christingle Service at 10.30am at St James. Christingle celebrations are named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. Christingles are made from an orange...
We were delighted to be contacted by Taranjit Dosanjh, Head of Customer Service at Moss Care St Vincents to be told they would like to donate a Christmas Tree for...
Join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, who is God with us, during this wonderful season. Sunday, 10th December 10.30 am Holy Communion at St Edmund’s 10.30 am...
Join us for our Christingle Service at 10.30am at St James. Christingle celebrations are named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. Christingles are made from an orange...
Carol singing in the Alexandra Park Pavilion will take place on Sunday 10th December from 2.00pm until 4.00pm
Would you like to explore your creativity? Learn a new craft? Teach others what you can do? Meet new people from the community? We would like to form a new circle of people who...
Carol singing in the Alexandra Park Pavilion will take place on Sunday 10th December from 2.00pm until 4.00pm
Mother Union Dates for December … 4th December Deanery Christmas Party at St James. 7th December Advent Carol Service 1.30pm at St Ann’s Manchester All Welcome! Friday 8th December 2pm Make Christingles for...
Would you like to explore your creativity? Learn a new craft? Teach others what you can do? Meet new people from the community? We would like to form a new circle...
Archdeacon Karen Lund joins us next Sunday, 26th November, at our 10.30am service at St Edmunds. She will also preach at St James in the New Year. Do pray for...
Carol singing in the Alexandra Park Pavilion will take place on Sunday 10th December from 2.00pm until 4.00pm
Come and share your stories of growing up, working or living in Moss Side and your hopes for the future. Help us shape plans for developing St James building to include...
A new day time Life Group has been set up and meets on a Wednesday at 9.30 am at St Ed's. The group will be studying the Purpose Driven Life....
As part of their 130th anniversary, new Home Insurance policies taken out with Ecclesiastical Insurance Plc will benefit our churches by £130 per new policy. A fantastic way to raise...
Come and share your stories of growing up, working or living in Moss Side and your hopes for the future. Help us shape plans for developing St James building to include...
Much interest has been expressed in setting up a Life Group that meets in the daytime. If you are interested in joining this group, then please let Tony Hardy or...
As part of their 130th anniversary, new Home Insurance policies taken out with Ecclesiastical Insurance Plc will benefit our churches by £130 per new policy. A fantastic way to raise...
Come and share your stories of growing up, working or living in Moss Side and your hopes for the future. Help us shape plans for developing St James building to include...
As part of their 130th anniversary, new Home Insurance policies taken out with Ecclesiastical Insurance Plc will benefit our churches by £130 per new policy. A fantastic way to raise...
Caribbean Weekend at St Edmunds Saturday 22nd October & Sunday 23rd October ...
Last year St Edmund’s hosted a Winter Night shelter from November 2016 until April 2017. We played our part in offering a bed to 12 men over the harsh winter...
On Thursday 16th November at 7pm for 7.30pm at St James we will be showing a film celebrating the history of the park. The film is the culmination of work...
Saturday & Sunday, 21st & 22nd October, recognising Black History Month in October. Saturday 21st October 4.00pm - 8.00pm Daytime Who do you think they are…? Acknowledging the Caribbean community. Please...
The Mothers Union Autumn Council Meeting will take place in the 3rd Floor Meeting Room at Church House, Manchester at 9.30 am on Saturday 18th November. Find out about...
Starting on Tuesday 17th October the Praying Mothers Club (PMC) will meet on the 3rd Tuesday, each month at St Edmund’s, from 5.00pm until 7.00pm. They are a Christian...
Saturday & Sunday, 21st & 22nd October, recognising Black History Month in October. Saturday 21st October Daytime Who do you think they are…? Acknowledging the Caribbean community. Talk on the contribution...
I am pleased to announce that following their ordination on July 1st, 2018 we will have two new curates! Grace Thomas will be ordained as a full time stipendiary curate,...
We look forward to seeing you at our All Age Harvest Service will be held on Sunday, October 1st at St Edmunds. At Harvest we give thanks for God's goodness and...
Neil Elliott has completed 2 years of his curacy and we are grateful that he, Naomi and the boys will be with us for at least one more year. We...
Ever wondered what life was all about? Yeah us too! Starting this Sunday the 24th September all 4 congregations of St Eds and St James are going to be discovering...
Harvest Barn Dance at St James Saturday 7th October 5.00 pm " 8.00 pm A family friendly fun evening for all and a great event to invite family and friends along to....
We are delighted that a new intern will be joining us in September from the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme, until June 2018. Ben Brady is 20 and will...
Following the Sunday morning services a ‘Bring and Share’ meal will be held for both congregations and it will be a chance to say farewell to Sophie on her last...
Naomi Elliott has created this amazing piece of living art. By taking moss from St Edmund's she has created the word 'life' on the St James building. A beautiful...
The beautiful and charming seaside town of Rhos on Sea, located between big brothers Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, was chosen as this years destination for the Coffee Morning group trip. With...
As you may know by now, St James Church, Moss Side is planning a building development for the benefit of church and community in Moss Side to be called ‘St...
A Special Prayer for those whose lives have been affected by the Manchester bombing God of compassion, You hear the cries of all who are in trouble or distress; accept our prayers...
'The last days and weeks in Afghanistan were the hardest... I didn't know if my family was going to be safe, alive' Nejebar and her family are stuck in a camp...
Making the most of the glorious weather, the regular coffee morning meeting went to The Tea Hive Cafe in Alexandra Park on May 10th... Do join us on a...
On Saturday the 29th April we had our first ever Man.Child event. We met up at St Edmund's church where some amazing volunteers had prepared a hot breakfast and cereals...
Join us at St Jame's, St Edmund's, and St Edmund's Grace services over the next 14 weeks as together we go deeper into the gospel of John through the 7...
We were delighted to welcome members from Wycliffe Bible Translators to work in partnership with the the Grace Community over a week in February. They managed to translate 25% of...
Grace community church Manchester is organising an vigil service for peace in pakistan on 27th november2016 at St edmunds church.
Addy Lazz-Onyenobi was instituted as Hulme Deanery Leader for Mother's Union at St James Moss Side on Sunday 21st February. Congratulations Addy. We will pray for you and the Mother's Union!
Advent ... is the beginning of the Christian year and it is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead...
Gallery: Art @ St Edmunds If art is your thing then St Edmund's now has a place to frame your work! We believe in a creative God who communicates in a...
We had a great time at the Fun Lunch on Thursday as children and adults of all ages got involved in games, craft, and really good food. Activities included playing Dominoes...
More photos of fun for St James Sunday school at the rectory in July - enjoy!   Gallery: Sunday School at the Rectory  
Isn't it amazing that we can talk to God and He responds to us?!  At morning prayer, Tony and I were struck by how apt this psalm seems to be concerning...
Over the first week of July hundreds of people got to explore, discover, and learn about the rich and diverse heritage of Moss Side.  For example did you know that...
Over the 17th to the 19th of July it was PARTY TIME at the rectory.  We began with the Mothers Union annual Garden party.  Great food, great weather, and loads...
Amit Chawhan, member of St James Marathi Community will be licensed by Rt Revd David Walker, the diocesan bishop this Sunday at 3.30 pm. This means that Amit will be a 'Reader'...
Announcing our first 'sermon selfie' on screen! As our Rector, Tony will be at at Manchester Cathedral for the ordination service, he has produced a 'sermon-selfie' for our two morning congregations on 28th June! It...
After much anticipation and prayer, Neil Elliott will be ordained as Curate to our two parishes on Sunday 28th June at Manchester Cathedral. He and his family, Naomi, Jude and...
A big thank you to everyone for the warm welcome we have received. From the cleaning of the house before we came, to people dropping in and dropping off cards both...
Brenda Himsworth, a former member of St Edmund’s died on Thursday 2nd April. Brenda designed and stitched the hangings around the cross at St Edmunds.
Introducing Karen Harrison - the new foodbank coordinator! Stood here (on the left) with the lovely Doreen Huggins. This photo was taken at the last foodbank distribution at St Edmund's church last...
The foodbank collection at ASDA on Saturday went very well. ASDA shoppers were giving very generously and we filled two transit vans with food. It won’t last long though, so...
also known as ‘Bring and Share’, ‘Jacob’s Joint’! at St Edmund's on Good Friday 3rd April. The lunch at 12.00 pm on Good Friday will be a shared lunch – bring lots...
TONIGHT!! Saturday 28th March - Remember to stay awake until 1.00 am tomorrow morning to put your clocks forward to 2.00 am!  – Clocks go forward tonight! Nobody will want to miss...
Thank you to everyone for your donations.  So far St Edmund's and St James have donated well over 80kgs of food. For the first time there will be a collection for...
Thank you to those of you who have indicated what times of the week you could meet in a small group. Currently we have the following which will begin to...
Mothering Sunday – ‘Raise them Up Project’ Every year the Mother's Union in the UK, for Mothering Sunday, donate something towards their "Make a Mother's Day" project. This helps to fund the vital projects they undertake in...
After a very long time in the planning the new screen and audio equipment will be installed in St James on Monday 23rd and Tuesday, 24th of March. It will be...
The pattern of weekly services in the evenings at St Edmunds will change after Easter to the 1st and 3rd Sundays only. On the 1st Sunday there will be a...
Are you free next Saturday morning (14th March) from 10.30 to 12.30?  Would you like to find out what goes on at Messy Church?  Some of our regular helpers are...
Our call to Mission and Developing Vision Over the previous year the church councils for both St James and St Edmund’s have been discussing our call to mission and our developing...
St Edmunds – 22nd March, 10.30 am St James – 29th March, 10.30 am A copy of the church electoral roll is available at the back of church for inspection. You must be on...
We now collect food for the foodbank at St James and St Edmunds. RJ (Roy - in the picture below) is St James’ link with the foodbank. We are running low...
Our sermons are now recorded and can be listened to here!  They are available on the 'Growing' tab for each congregation... at present this is only for St Edmund's and Grace Community,...
It gives us immense pleasure to announce that Sachin Awale, of the Marathi community, has made himself available to our churches as 'Parish Mission Assistant'. He has much to offer in this exciting...
We had an amazing nativity at St Edmund's on the 14th December. Talented children, great music, wonderful world-changing story!   Gallery: Nativity 2014  
Saturday 15th November saw several members of St Edmund's and St James congregations awarded with the Bishop's Certificate in Children's Ministry at a celebratory service held at Manchester Cathedral.  Some of those involved...
Many congratulations to Gill Clarke on the receipt of an OBE for work in the health service and to her very proud parents Roy and Hylsa Walters. The full story can be read here. Stockport NHS...
Today is the funeral of Lazz Oyenobi and this takes place in his home country, Nigeria. Lazz was a very popular member of St Edmund's, loved by a great many...
Yesterday, our harvest collection for The Women's Direct Access Centre in Manchester left St Edmund's Church. This valuable centre is open 24 hours a day and supports vulnerable and homeless women in...
On Friday 26th September, Manchester South Central Foodbank invite you to a volunteer drop-in between 10am and 1pm, at the Wesley Centre on the corner of Royce Rd and Old York...
At 4.00 pm on Sunday 14th September, Revd Falak Sher will be licensed to The Grace Community as assitant curate at St Edmunds by the Right Revd Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton....
We are pleased to be part of the opening celebration of Alexandra Park. The park was designed in the Victorian era and in the past few years has undergone extensive renovation. On the...
In April this year a market was started on the car park of St James church. It continues to meet from 11.00 until 4.00 pm on the first Saturday every month. Supported at first...