Here you will find news and information about the East Manchester Group of churches.
This area was once the thriving, industrial part of Manchester but it became an area of considerable deprivation when all the major industries closed down. It has high unemployment, low incomes and poor housing. There have been improvements recently with some new housing and developments like the national Cycling Centre and the stadium for the Commonwealth Games, now the home of Manchester City FC. Much still needs to be done to regenerate the area, even so. The East Manchester Group has two churches serving the community. St Paul’s with St John’s (known as PJ’s) has thriving youth work in a purpose built sports hall. There is also the Rainbow Haven project helping needy people, particularly refugees and asylum seekers. It offers clothing, provisions, advice on legal issues and social security benefits, computer training and English classes as well as a café. Meanwhile St Matthew’s, has sold its site and is a partner in an ecumenical project with the Church of England and the Methodists. A new fit for purpose church and community centre is being built on the Anglican site. Both churches continue to be given support by Partners for their various projects by providing professional skills when requested and gifts including food, clothing and other items.