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ALL ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED

Dear all
 
it is with great sadness that we must announce that, due to the government’s instructions, Monton Unitarian Church is ceasing all activities and services as of immediate effect.  We had hoped to be able to keep services going for a while, but all faith groups are being requested to close to help minimise and control the spread of coronavirus, and we feel out of a duty of care to all our members and attenders, as well as their families and the wider community, that we must adhere to this guidance.  
 
I am aware that some of you on this mailing list have weddings and baptisms booked to place over the coming months – I will be in touch with your separately to discuss a way forward. 
 
These are going to be difficult times for all of us.  But while we may not be able to meet in person, many of us, there are still many ways of reaching out to support those around us who may be less able to cope, whether practically or emotionally. 
 
I am always available to speak to if you need to talk – 07769 038 773.  While I am trying to keep visiting down to an absolute minimum, if you really need a face to face visit and neither of us have any symptoms in the household, then I will of course visit. And if you want to contact another member of the congregation, then please please do so – the more we can support each other the better!  IF you don’t have someone’s contact details, ask me to pass your details over to them, and I’ll do that with pleasure. In practical terms, those of us who are fit and well will I’m sure try to support those who are in isolation or unable to get out, with things like shopping, prescriptions etc – again, please contact me and I’ll try and either help myself or pair you up with someone nearby. 
 
In lieu of services, I am going to try to send out a weekly mini-service by email that people can read to themselves – if we wish to, we can try to time this so we know we are reading ‘in communion’ in with others – say at 10.45am, the time we would normally start our church services. That way we can at least have a spiritual connection even if we can’t see each other’s faces at the moment. In the first one, this Sunday, I’ll also send out links to online services that some of my colleagues are doing – I don’t have the technological know-how or comfort to do that myself (yet) but there are others that you can listen to, and even join on Sunday morning if you are into live streaming. 
 
Which leaves me just with this to say – while this is a frightening, strange time that we are entering, it will eventually pass, though the world may not look quite the same as it did. May we all take every opportunity to help others where we can, whether by phone calls, letters, emails or even just our prayers, and hold each other love.
 
Stay strong, stay safe, stay in touch – and know that you are loved.
 
Blessings
Anna

Welcome to Eccles Unitarians

At Eccles Unitarians, our church is open to all who wish to worship and explore their faith with an open mind, in a spirit of free inquiry. Although Unitarians have their roots in Liberal Christianity nevertheless, we look to many different perspectives. For example, we aim to discover and build upon the best in religious, philosophies and approaches to life. Overall, our worship is simple: firstly, we enjoy praise to God known by any name or none. Secondly, we celebrate life and its many wonders, and finally, we share concerns and ideals for human life and its dignity. 

Above all, perhaps the main feature of Uniarians is that we do not insist that everyone should hold exactly the same beliefs. Rather, each person is encouraged to work out his or her own faith with sincerity.  Hence, we aim to help each person do this within a living, loving community.

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We proudly provide same-sex marriages!

We proudly provide same-sex marriages at Monton Unitarian Church! Get in touch with us today for more information.

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About Us

Our Minister

Rev Anna Jarvis

Our minister, Anna Jarvis, trained at Unitarian College Manchester, before qualifying in June 2014. Furthermore, Anna has been a member of the Unitarians since she was 16 and had also led services for nearly ten years before entering training!

As well as being a minister, Anna is a mother to three young children, enjoys singing, and aspires to be a vegetable-grower! 

Please do contact Anna with any questions.  You should also get in touch with Anna to arrange a visit, rite of passage, or just for a chat.

Services

The Eccles Unitarians services celebrate and explore all aspects of life including the wider community. Generally, our services consist of sermons, music and hymn-singing, as well as readings, prayer and meditation. It should be noted however, there is no set liturgy. Overall, we try to be welcoming and friendly, allowing anyone who wishes to join us and take part in the life of the Church. Our services aim to be simple but meaningful. Additionally, special services take place regularly throughout the year. 

All visitors and enquirers are made most welcome and are invited to join us for coffee and a chat after the service.  

  • Sunday Service - 10.45am
  • Yoga
  • Art Club
  • Blessings
  • Choir
  • Weddings
  • Baptisms
  • Funerals
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Get in touch

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Rev Anna Jarvis

minister

  • 07769 038 773

For enquiries regarding weddings, baptisms, naming ceremonies, funerals etc, please contact Anna.

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Mavis Sumner

treasurer

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Becky Farquha

hall lettings secretary

  • 07845 247 031
  • rebecca.daniels@cantab.net
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The Church

Monton Unitarian Church has a long history of Protestant dissent dating back to 1668.

There have been four houses of worship on this site, the first of which was torn down in 1715 by a Jacobite mob. Originally, the congregation was English Presbyterian, before becoming Unitarian in the late 1700’s. However, only with the passage of the Bill of 1844 was Unitarianism openly recognised as the faith at Monton Church.

The current church was officially opened on 23 September 1875. We are very proud of our incredible collection of stained glass windows, depicting both biblical characters, but also notable figures such as Plato, Socrates, William Shakespeare etc.

Monton Unitarian Church,
Monton Green,
Eccles,
Manchester,
M30 8AP

Reach out today for more information

Everyone is welcome in our community!

enquiries@unitariansmda.org.uk

+44 7401 872 137

Natasha Stanley,
Cross Street Chapel,
Cross Street,
Manchester,
M2 1NL

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