Oldham Unitarians


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Dear Friends,

Following the COVID-19 lockdown we will be aiming to gradually resume our normal services. We are beginning this process by starting with our Sunday Service. We will be implementing a social distancing policy and restricting numbers in order to help protect our chapel members; ensuring both their safety and the safety of their families. We aim to resume our other services and activities when appropriate. For further information please do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

All good wishes



I hope this missive finds you well. These are uncertain times and given a rapidly changing situation arising from the spread of corona virus, the chapel and the café have been closed until further notice. This decision in line with government recommendations, has been made following discussions between the chapel president, the three officers of the committee and the minister. To date the situation is as follows:

User Groups

All user groups, the Green Party, the Zen Buddhists, Oldham Peace Group, and the Romanian Pentecostal Church have been informed that the chapel premises are unavailable until further notice.

The Food Bank

The food bank as operated by Ukeff and its volunteers will still operate on Mondays in order to provide for the most vulnerable members of the community. The café will not be open. Strict sanitization in terms of hand washing, social distancing and the thorough cleansing of all surfaces, and door handles must be observed.

One World Hub

The One World Hub has been contacted by the Adult and Social Care team from Oldham social services. Following a meeting with social services there is a requirement for front line support for a small number of vulnerable adults who need care in terms of social support and food provision. Therefore, it is intended that on some days during the forthcoming weeks that such adults under the supervision of One World Hub staff will be allowed into the café so that they may partake of a hot meal and be given food to take away. The staff involved are working with social services and are designated as front-line staff.

One World Café

In line with the need for infection control, the One World Café will not be available for service users on Saturdays, as per the chapel officer’s decision.

Infection Control

It is reiterated that Government advice on cleaning and infection control must be strictly observed.

Welcome to Oldham Unitarians

Oldham Unitarians are open to all who wish to worship God and to follow the teachings of Jesus.  Additionally, the congregation is self-governing on democratic principles and is affiliated to the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches and the Manchester District Association. 

As Unitarians, we believe in openness to all people, regardless of their belief, race, gender or any other identity. Furthermore, we strive to bridge any gaps between these identities, aiming to learn and grow with one another.


About Us

Our Minister

Rev Robert Pounder

At Oldham Unitarians, our ministers strive to create an open and inclusive environment. Hence, we believe in encouraging the idea of living in our faith of the divine spirit of life. We do this through a commitment to social justice, through not only words, but also deeds. 

Of course, feel free to get in touch for a friendly chat if you have any questions.


Certainly, Oldham Unitarians 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.

Oldham Unitarians have many other events, for example, The One World Café Folk Club.  This club meets on the third Thursday evening of each month, from 7.30 p.m. Led by Irving Lewis, this popular folk venue offers a warm welcome to everyone, regardless of your background or belief.  Additionally, The One World Café serves as a great meeting place for a range of groups and individuals. Occasionally, Oldham Unitarians also enjoy chapel lunches and other events. 

  • Sunday Service - 11.00am
  • Weddings
  • Baptisms
  • Funerals

Upcoming Events

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6th Sunday Service Francis Elliot Wright
13th Sunday Service Francis Elliot Wright
20th Sunday Service Rev. C. VanDenBroeder
27th Sunday Service Rev. R. Pounder

4th Sunday Service (Harvest) Rev. R. Pounder
11th Sunday Service Rev. R. Pounder
18th Sunday Service Rev. R. Pounder
25th Sunday Service Rev. R. Pounder

1st Sunday Service Francis: Elliot Wright
8th Remembrance Sunday: Rev. Pounder
15th Sunday Service (Chapel Anniversary 1813-2020) Rev. R. Pounder
22nd Sunday Service: Rev. R. Pounder
29th Sunday Service: First Sunday in Advent: Rev. R. Pounder

6th Sunday Service: Second Sunday: Francis Elliot Wright
13th Sunday Service: Third Sunday in Advent: Rev. R. Pounder
20th Sunday Service: Fourth Sunday in Advent (Carol Service): Rev. R. Pounder
27th Sunday Service: Rev. R. Pounder

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Get in touch

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Rev Robert Pounder


  • 0161 620 1810
  • bob.pounder@zen.co.uk

A. Clark



Janis Greenwood


  • 07549 014964
  • janis.gee@hotmail.com

T. Clark



The Chapel

Although founded in 1813, the present chapel was built in 1970. The chapel holds a central place in Oldham, not only as a religious meeting house but it is also home to the One World Café.

Oldham Unitarians help to support local charities, for example OSCA, the Oldham Carers in Autism.  We also support UKEFF,  The UK Education & Faith Foundation.

Finally, Oldham Unitarian Chapel & One World Centre is situated just off the King Street Roundabout in Oldham. Take the North Exit off the King Street Roundabout onto King Street A627 and then immediately left into Connaught Street.

Oldham Unitarian Chapel,
Connaught Street (Off King's Street Roundabout),

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Everyone is welcome in our community!


+44 7401 872 137

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

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