The Eccles Team Ministry
St Andrew's is part of a local Team Ministry, a group of five Anglican churches situated in the Eccles/Salford area. The five churches work together throughout the year through various joint worship services and other activities. The other four churches are St Mary the Virgin (Eccles), Christ Church (Patricroft) and St Paul's (Monton). Details for each of these are provided below by the churches themselves...
St Mary the Virgin
Known by the local community as "Eccles Parish Church", the church of St Mary the Virgin, Eccles, is the most historic church in the City of Salford. It is situated on the pedestrian portion of Church Street in the centre of Eccles, very close to the shopping centre.
The first church on this site for which there is any recorded trace was a Norman church erected in the 12th century. It consisted of a simple nave and sanctuary, and over the next 350 years was extended by the addition of north and south aisles, a tower, chapels, and a chancel. There was a major rebuilding in the 15th century which was brought to a halt by the reformation, and there was a further rebuilding in the 1860s. The last development took place as recently as 1996/7. The church thus has a rich history, and is a witness to over 800 years of Christianity in this place.
[Thanks to St Mary the Virgin, Eccles, for providing the above information]
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St Paul's, Monton
St Paul's Church Monton can be found tucked away in a leafy residential suburb of Eccles to the North West of greater Manchester. The church was built in the early 20th century with the commemorative stone laid by the Rt Hon. Earl of Ellesmere on August 7th 1907. Architecturally the church reflects the solid Edwardian values of the time and the deep red stock brick has weathered well, both internally and externally. The first impression gained on entering the church is of the homely welcome nature of the building, and more importantly its parishioners. Newcomers are made very welcome.
Under the present vicar, Andrew Young, the church has begun to grow in numbers, and as a result has also expanded its interests. It now provides a meeting place for a variety of groups such as the Mother's Union, the Mums and Toddlers group, the Youth Groups, the Craft Circle, and the Guides and Brownies Troops. In addition there are two home groups which meet regularly seeking to improve the understanding of their Christian faith in the relaxed atmosphere of parishioners' homes.
Socially the church holds the traditional summer and winter fairs and home coffee mornings, but it also hosts various musical concerts throughout the year to raise funds for the church or selected charities. These concerts have featured young local talent in various musical disciplines including jazz, folk, choir, classical, and opera. These concerts prove to be very popular and allow us to meet a number of our near neighbours who are not regular churchgoers in a purely social atmosphere.
St Paul's, like many modern churches, is experiencing difficult times, but alterations to improve the way we utilise our building space were approved and have enabled us to step out in faith and continue to do Our Lord's work. Why not come and join us some time?
[Thanks to St Paul's, Monton, for providing the above information]
Christ Church, Patricroft
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