Welcome to Gorton Unitarians
A Gorton 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.
Gorton Unitarians also subscribe to a national co-ordinating body, which is known as: The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. We have resolved:
“Firstly: To promote a free and inquiring religion through the worship of God and the celebration of life. Secondly: the service of humanity and respect for all creation. Thirdly, the upholding of the liberal Christian tradition.”
Rev. Dr. Vernon Marshall
Our ministers strive to create an open and inclusive environment. As a result, we encourage the idea of living in our faith of the divine spirit of life, through a commitment to social justice, which is evidenced through not only words, but also deeds.
Of course, feel free to get in touch with Vernon for a friendly chat if you have any questions.
At Gorton Unitarians, our services of worship can be seen as a celebration of our deepest values. Furthermore, we see our beliefs as relevant to all aspects of life, including the wider community. Overall, we try to be welcoming and friendly, allowing anyone who wishes to join us and take part in the life of the Church.
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The grade II* listed building was commissioned and endowed by Richard Peacock, engineer and partner in locomotive-building firm of Beyer and Peacock. The cornerstone was laid on October 30th 1869. Replacing the former Gorton Chapel which was built in 1703, it was designed by Manchester architect Thomas Worthington, a prominent Manchester Unitarian, before opening in 1870.
Our grounds contain many graves dating from the former chapel as well as a mausoleum for Richard Peacock and his son Ralph. The tower houses a peel of eight bells although they are only rarely rung. The adjacent grade II listed Sunday School was sold to a Housing Association until being converted into retirement homes after, unfortunately, becoming disused and derelict for a number of years.