cross street chapel
MDA Head Office
It is with a heavy heart that the Chapel Committee has taken the decision to close Cross Street Chapel for all activities until further notice. This is in line with the most recent government advice to limit social gatherings in order to delay the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection. We recognise the importance of Cross Street as a place to worship, meet and enjoy fellowship and until now we have endeavoured to stay open for as long as possible to facilitate this, however we no longer feel it is possible to do so.
For lessees, Chapel staff will be present on site to inform visitors to the Chapel about the decision and will ensure that any group members who haven’t received the message about the cancellations are directed to return home. Cross Street Chapel will refund any cancelled reservations where payment has been made in advance.
For worshippers, Cross Street Chapel will seek to continue to provide a vibrant and varied ministry to the congregation. Reverend Cody Coyne will create a digital service that can be accessed online, which may be in audio or video format, depending on the needs of the congregation. Virtual candles of joy and concern will can also be emailed to Cody for inclusion in the services. Groups such as Faith In Life will be facilitated via the Zoom app. If you need any support with using IT, do call and we will seek to ensure that easy to follow instructions are given so that you can access these resources. Cody will also continue to provide pastoral support via telephone, social media or home visit for those who need further spiritual guidance, or just a friendly voice if self-isolating.
We are very proud of the beloved community which we have built at Cross Street Chapel and as a committee and staff team we will do all we can to sustain this community through difficult times. We look forward to the time when we can reopen the Chapel for normal activity and welcome you back, until then we hope and pray that all of you stay safe and well during the Coronavirus outbreak, and continue to recommend following Public Health England’s guidelines about hygiene and infection control.
Your Chapel Committee & Staff Team
Cross Street Chapel is hosting online services on Sunday at 10:45am & Wednesday at 1pm. View our services via the button below!
Welcome to Manchester Unitarians
Certainly, the most effective way to gain an understanding of Manchester Unitarians is to attend a worship service. If you find that you respond to the atmosphere, feel welcome and included, and also react favourably to the ideas and attitudes that are conveyed, you may discover that Unitarianism is for you. In fact, you may consequently come to realise that for a long time you have been a Unitarian without knowing it.
We proudly provide same-sex marriages!
We proudly provide same-sex marriages at Cross Street Chapel! Get in touch with us today for more information.
Rev Cody Coyne
Manchester Unitarians Minister, the Rev’d Cody Coyne, has been with us since 2014. Cody was born in Michigan and then attended the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Flint, along with his parents and older brother and sister.
Cody attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and while there performed with the prestigious Eastman Wind Ensemble, before graduating in 2006. Afterwards, Cody moved to Manchester in to continue his education at the Royal Northern College of Music. While there, he met his future wife Catherine, and they then began attending a Unitarian church near their home.
Cody began his ministerial training at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, in 2011 under the Rev’d Dr Arthur Stewart. While there, he studied through University of London’s International Programme, earning a Diploma in Theology. Additionally, he attended the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel. Furthermore, he has conducted worship at the Annual General Meeting of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, and has preached throughout the Northwest.
In addition to ministry, Rev’d Coyne is passionate about music, creativity, and assisting the needy in Manchester.
Manchester Unitarians services can be wide ranging in belief, practice and feel, but we seek to include people from all walks of life and experiences. We often build upon a Christian-style service with hymns (our chapel is musically gifted), readings, prayers and also an address, but we draw from many traditions, seeking inspiration from different religions and philosophies. Manchester Unitarians mark the start of worship with the lighting of a chalice and additionally, people are sometimes invited to share an event of the past week that has been joyful or challenging.
We seek to provide a space where people can come as they are, while not feeling pressured to participate beyond their own level of comfort. We want to be a place where you can come, however you choose to identify. For example, we do not discriminate with regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender or any other identity one may hold.
Get in touch
Rev Cody Coyne
For enquiries regarding weddings, baptisms, naming ceremonies, funerals etc, please contact Cody.
Dr. R. Waddle
There has been a chapel on this site since 1694, but the current building dates from 1997.
It may not look like a chapel on first sighting, due to the appearance of the first two floors of a modern office block. However, once inside, you will find that it offers a peaceful spiritual oasis despite being in the city centre.
The modern, circular chapel provides for varied, contemporary worship, as well as occasional music concerts and other events. It has a seating capacity of up to 170. Finally, our ground floor is wheelchair accessible, with a ramp to the left of the front steps.
Of course, you are welcome to stroll on the concourse, browse at our literature table or simply sit quietly in the chapel, in silence or listening to some music.