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If you require further information, please contact St Andrew's Vicarage at 11, Abbey Grove, Eccles, Manchester. M30 9QN.


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Welcome

Introduction
Where to find us
About this website

Worship & Prayer

Worship
Prayer

Regular Activities

Café in the Church
Home Groups
SALT
BOING Youth Home Group
Outings for Everyone

Partnership

St Andrew's School
SAMS Link Project
Tearfund
Christian Aid
The Children's Society
The Eccles Team Ministry

History

A Brief History of St Andrew's Church
A Quick Tour
Family History Search


WELCOME

An Introduction to St Andrew's Church

Welcome to St Andrew’s on the web.

We are a local Church of England church comprising all ages, from babes in arms to the "older and wiser". Our aim is to love God, to love one another, and to love our neighbours, and this aim shapes the whole of the life of the church.We show our love for God in our prayers and praises and in receiving from him in worship. We care for one another as we meet together socially and to encourage each other in our walk with God. We demonstrate our love for our neighbours in action, in both regular weekly activities and in frequent special events.

We do hope you enjoy visiting us on the web and are pleased to invite you to come and see us for real!



Where To Find Us...
You can find us in Chadwick Street, Eccles, Manchester (UK). There is easy access for those who are disabled.

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WORSHIP & PRAYER

WORSHIP

Pattern of Worship

Sunday
10.30am
Family Worship, in St Andrew's

Sunday
6.30pm
Evening Prayer, in Christ Church (Patricroft)

Friday
12.45pm
Holy Communion, in St Andrew's


Everyone is free to join us in worship, and you can be sure of a friendly welcome. Details about the style of worship used in our regular services are below...

Family Worship: 10.30am Sunday
There are two types of family worship on Sunday mornings:

On the first, second, fourth, and fifth Sundays of each month there is a family communion service that usually lasts about an hour and a quarter. It is a modern service including hymns, prayers, a sermon, and holy communion. There is also a Sunday School, called "SALT", which runs during the service (if you wish to know more about SALT, then please click here.) After the service tea and coffee are served at the back of the church.

On the third Sunday of each month there is a family service without communion. There is no Sunday School on these Sundays; instead the children from SALT play an active part in the service itself. This service is therefore more child-orientated, and it lasts about an hour. After the service tea and coffee are served at the back of the church.

Evening Prayer: 6.30pm Sunday
As there is currently a vacancy for a minister at St Andrew's, the usual Sunday evening service is not being held in church. Instead we join each week with another of the churches in the Eccles Team Ministry, Christ Church (Patricroft). This joint evening prayer service is held at their site.

Holy Communion: 12.45pm Friday
This is a quiet communion service held in St Andrew's every Friday lunchtime. The current focus of the preaching at these services is "The Saints". The service lasts about half an hour, and is followed by soup and toast for those who can stay.

Other Special Services
In addition to the above, services are held at various times of the year to celebrate specific occasions (for example at Easter and at Christmas).

Private Prayer
St Andrew's is open to all every weekday morning, from 8.15am until 9.15am, for private prayer.

Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals
If you wish to contact us regarding a baptism, wedding, or funeral, please contact:
St Andrew's Vicarage,
11, Abbey Grove,
Eccles,
Manchester.
M30 9QN.

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PRAYER

Prayer is one of the ways we show our faith in God and put into action our love and concern for others. Through prayer we receive cleansing, comfort, counselling, and correction. We believe that God wants us to pray to him, and when we do this as he asks there is power in prayer. The church is open most days for private prayer. We pray together whenever we meet together at services, home groups, etc. There is a monthly prayer group meeting. We also keep a 'prayer tree' for individual prayer requests inside the church, and there is an online interactive version at this website too.

Through Worship
Prayer is an important aspect of our regular services of worship. It is through prayer that we offer praise and worship to God, ask that He provides for our needs, ask for and accept forgiveness of our sins, and intercede with prayers to God on behalf of others. Also, after the Sunday morning service there is always someone available in the side chapel to assist anyone wanting confidential support in praying over personal matters.

Through Private and Group Prayer
The church is open most days for private prayer. All are welcome to come in and use the contemplative surroundings to offer their own private prayers, or to simply rest quietly in God's presence. There is also a prayer group, "St Andrew's At Prayer", that currently meets up once a month to pray together.

Why We Pray Together
Prayer is not for God's benefit; it is for ours. Where else can we go to bear our soul without fear, and walk away cleansed, comforted, counselled, and corrected? Prayers work not because of how well they are said, but because of what God does when He hears them. We don't have to understand prayer to enjoy its benefits any more than we have to understand aerodynamics in order to fly. You just do it! Pray! Get on the plane and trust the pilot.

Christians pray together in the belief that through prayer God will act in their lives, and in the lives of others.

 

1 Timothy 2:1 - I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.

James 5:16 - Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Colossians 4:2 - Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Mark 11:24 - Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.


As Christians we accept that we are not perfect, righteous, or holy in ourselves. We are just ordinary people. We all do some things that God doesn't want us to do, and we all fail to do some things that God really wants us to do. This is sin, and our sins separate us from God. But because Jesus died on The Cross to take the punishment for our sins, we are offered reconciliation with God through His sacrifice. Everybody is offered this, the greatest gift of all. All that Jesus asks of us is that we each accept the gift that He offers... accept his forgiveness and acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour. Because of His sacrifice, He has the power to forgive completely... to wipe the slate clean and make us perfect, righteous, and holy in God's eyes.

We believe that when we come to God in faith, accepting the love and forgiveness that He offers us, He will guide us in prayer through His Spirit. Our prayers don't have to be long, clever, or full of fancy words. They are made acceptable to God through the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. He loves us. He loves to hear from us. He listens. He responds.

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REGULAR ACTIVITIES

St Andrew's is a growing church comprising all ages of people. Throughout the week we run a whole range of activities as we seek to serve the wider community and to demonstrate the love of Christ. Below is a list of weekly activities. If you wish to learn more about any of these please click on the relevant link below.

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Café in the Church
Friday
10.00am - 12noon
1.00pm - 3.00pm

Why not come and visit us on your way to the shops, or after visiting the medical centre across the road? Relax with a cup of coffee or tea and a piece of cake. A children's play area is also available.

The day...
Every Friday

The time...
10.00am to 12.00noon and
1.00pm to 3.00pm

The place...
The lounge at the back of St Andrew's (entrance through main doors on Chadwick St)

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Home Groups
Weekdays
Various

If you were to take a snap shot of your relationship with Christ, where might you find yourself on your journey of faith?
You may be at the beginning of your journey, and wanting to explore the claims of Christianity further. You may value an opportunity to ask questions and to see what it means to set out on the journey. You may be gaining a better understanding of Christ and the Christian gospel but haven't yet entered into a personal relationship with Jesus. You may still be investigating Christianity, and seeking the truth.

If this is you, then you might prefer to join the Alpha course (see above).

However, you may have been on the journey of faith for some time. You have a personal relationship with Jesus, and you want to grow further in your understanding of the Christian faith and of what it means to walk with God. You want to meet with others for worship, to look at God's word, and to make friends with others on the same spiritual journey.

If this is you, then joining a home group could be of benefit to you...

What Are Home Groups For?
Home groups are simply the church in miniature, with all of the advantages of being small scale. They give us the opportunity to apply the Bible much more specifically than is possible in a sermon. We are also able to ask questions and discover what the Bible means for our lives today. They provide a place where we can get to know one another better, and to care for each other's needs.

What Happens In A Home Group?
We love to welcome new members into our home groups. Near the beginning of each meeting we focus on Christ and invite him to be present with us throughout our discussions. We encourage one another by looking at the Bible together and applying it to our daily lives, bringing one another's needs to God.

How Do I Join In?
St Andrew's has several home groups, each running at different locations and at different times of day to suit your needs. If you live in the area and would be interested in joining a home group, then please write and let us know.

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SALT
Sunday
During Morning Worship

Sharing And Learning Together...

If you would like your children to learn more about Jesus and the Christian faith, then bring them along to St Andrew's Church for 10.30am on Sunday mornings.

SALT is the name of the St Andrew's Sunday School. The letters spell out the initials of the four groups of children that make up SALT, Sparklers, All Stars, Trailblazers, and Lazer. SALT is a Scripture Union concept, and their teaching materials are used.

The children meet in church at 10.30am every Sunday morning and go along to SALT during the family service... except for the third Sunday of each month, when they take an active part in the full service instead.

Sparklers
ages 3 and 4

All Stars
ages 5 to 7

Trailblazers
ages 7 to 10

Lazer
ages 10 to 13+

Under 3's are very welcome to join us and play with toys

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BOING Youth Home Group
Boing is a home group run exclusively for young people from school year six upwards. We meet from 7.00pm to 9.00pm once a month during term time, and have a lot of fun!

We take our name from the energetic song "Boing" by Dave Godfrey. (If your speakers are switched on you should be able to hear a chorus from "Boing" playing in the background soon after opening this page. There is more information about the music at the foot of this page.)

Our Friday evening meetings are divided into two distinct parts...

Firstly, there are typical home group activities such as praise, worship, and bible study.

Secondly, there are recreational activities such as table tennis, chatting, and generally having a laugh. Refreshments are provided too! We also go out on trips to various events such as Planet Life, and Taizé.

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PARTNERSHIP

St Andrew's works throughout the year in partnership with several organisations...

St Andrew's forms part of the Eccles Team Ministry alongside the churches of St Mary's, Eccles, Christ Church, Patricroft, and St Paul's, Monton.

Within Eccles itself there are firm links with both St Andrew's School and the 2nd/13th Eccles Scout Group.
We work with SAMS (The South American Mission Society) through a SAMS link project in Brazil, as well as directly supporting Christian Aid, Tearfund, and The Children's Society through our giving.

St Andrew's School
St Andrew's C.E. (Controlled) Primary School is a small, but growing primary school with a genuinely friendly atmosphere.
In 1992 the school celebrated its centenary. The Victorian red brick building consists of two storeys, and most of the early years children are housed on the ground floor, whilst the first floor accommodates the junior children plus Year Two. There are two hard-surfaced play areas, each surrounded by a brick wall.

The school takes its status as a church school seriously. Links with the church exist mainly through the Vicar who is Chair of Governors and a frequent visitor to the school. Visits are made to parish churches as part of the R.E. curriculum. Although many of the pupils are not from families with church backgrounds, the links the school has with the church are enriching and a positive experience for them.

St Andrew's has a clear mission statement which declares the Christian nature of the school and how this is interpreted in terms of valuing and respecting all members of the school community.

To sum up... the school has formulated a vision, is setting high standards for all, and is providing the support to help achieve them. The curriculum offered to the pupils is not merely in line with legal requirements, but reaches beyond to give them what they will need to meet the challenges and opportunities of the next century.

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Tearfund
Tearfund is an evangelical Christian relief and development charity working in partnership to bring help and hope to communities in need around the world. Last year, they supported over 500 projects in nearly 100 countries. Their mission statement is to serve Jesus Christ by enabling those who share evangelical Christian beliefs to bring good news to the poor.
St Andrew's is committed to supporting this work through our regular giving.

In partnership with other evangelical Christian groups and churches around the world, Tearfund proclaims and demonstrates the gospel as they strive for the physical and spiritual well-being of people.

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Christian Aid
The Christian Aid organisation is a charity that works in more than 60 countries. It was originally  set up in 1945 by churches in the United Kingdom and Ireland to help people in need - regardless of their race or religion - to improve their own lives and to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. Christian Aid do not give money to governments. Instead their finds are channelled into local community groups and church organisations that can help those in need directly.

Nearly one quarter of all Christian Aid funding comes from money raised during Christian Aid Week, and each year the people at St Andrew's are actively involved in fund-raising events and door-to-door collections in support of this.

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The Children's Society
St Andrew's supports the work of the Children's Society through regular giving.

The Children's Society uses its resources to tackle the root causes of some of the major problems faced by young people. It runs national programs covering five specific areas:

Safe on the Streets: aims to protect those who run away from home. These children are often victims of bullying, beatings, or abuse, and many end up on the streets because there is nowhere else for them to escape to. Sadly they are then in danger of falling into drugs, crime, or prostitution in order to survive.

A Right to Education: aims to give all children a chance to succeed. The Children's Society works with teachers, parents and children to identity the causes of disruptive behaviour and to find ways of putting it right. Thanks to this work, many children and young people threatened with exclusion get a second chance.

Youth Justice: protects children on remand.

Children in Communities: helps children to build a better future. The Children's Society helps to ensure that the views of children and young people are heard through local and national projects.

Feeding Matters: gives many children a healthy start to life. The Children's Society works with health and social care professionals to lead the way in ensuring that children with feeding difficulties are helped to overcome this problem that can otherwise lead to a condition called Faltering Growth.

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The Eccles Team Ministry
St Andrew's is part of The Eccles Team Ministry, a group of four Anglican churches situated in the Eccles area. The other three churches are St Mary the Virgin (Eccles), Christ Church (Patricroft), and St Paul's (Monton). The four churches work together throughout the year through various joint worship services and outreach activities.

 

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HISTORY

A Brief History of St Andrew's Church
St Andrew's parish was once part of the huge medieval parish of St Mary the Virgin, Eccles, from which the village (Eccles means church) took its name.

As the population of the area soared following the Industrial Revolution the old parish was gradually broken up as surrounding townships gained their own churches. Eventually in the 1870s the rector of St Mary's, Canon Pitcairn, realised that even within Eccles itself his medieval church could not meet the demands of an increasing population and an additional church was needed.
He organised local professional and businessmen to set up a building fund under the honorary treasureship of Henry Boddington, Chairman of Boddington's Brewery, to raise money to build a new church designed by Herbert Tijon. They raised £5000, but when the church opened in 1879 just over £2000 remained owing on the cost of the building, which was therefore built not only without a tower (eventually added in 1889) but also the planned interior decoration. This caused one local journalist to describe the building as, "light, but a little too monotonous to be quite cheerful."

Over the next 40 years the church was to be beautified with a wealth of stone carving, stained glass, decorative woodwork, and even wall paintings (although the latter were sadly covered over in 1965) to produce the magnificent Grade II listed building we see today.

But a building however beautiful is not the real church, which is a body of Christians worshipping and serving God together. From its earliest days the clerical and lay leadership of St Andrew's was committed to serving God, by serving their neighbours, especially those from the poorest section of the community. Four months after the church was consecrated a church school was opened, the forerunner of the present St Andrew's Primary School, the current building on Oxford Road dating from 1893. A second school in the suburb of Monton, then part of the parish, opened in 1881.

Throughout the late Victorian and Edwardian eras St Andrew's ran a wide variety of activities, mainly for the benefit of the less well-off. These included evening classes, a savings bank, a wide variety of youth organisations and activities, a clothing club, and even an informal job finding service for young people connected with the church.

As the local population continued to grow Monton became a separate parish with its own church, St Paul's, in 1912. By 1979 St Andrew's congregation had declined to about thirty people and the church faced closure. Slowly congregation numbers rose again to about a hundred on the Electoral Roll by the end of the century. The building was adapted to modern church practise with a tea and coffee area and children's corner being created at the west end in 1983. The present church hopes to continue the tradition of trying to meet the spiritual and other needs of our neighbours.

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A Quick Tour of the Building

1.   The Nave
St Andrew's was built in 1879, but it was not until 1919 that it was fully equipped with pews. The tops of the columns are each decorated with a different foliage, and the corbels above depict the twelve apostles. Amongst the foliage round the tops of some of the columns are angelic and human faces, and small creatures including a squirrel, a bat, and various birds.

2   The Font
The font was originally in the middle of what is now the lounge at the back of church. It was installed there in 1879. It was moved to its present position in 1995 to symbolise the central importance of children in the life of the church.

3.   The Chancel
The magnificent organ was installed in 1883. It was rebuilt and enlarged after World War II as a memorial to those servicemen from the parish who died in the war. It is unusual for an organ to be a war memorial! It now comprises 1440 pipes.
The reredos, which depicts the Last Supper, was erected to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1898.
The present altar was bought in 1934.

4.   The East Windows
There are three east windows, and they depict scenes from Jesus' life. They were designed and made in 1886 by Charles Kempe, one of the finest Victorian stained glass makers. Kempe's "signature", a shield depicting three wheat sheaves, can be seen at the bottom of the window on the north side of the altar. This window is in memory of Henry Boddington of Boddington's Brewery, honorary treasurer of the building fund which raised the money to build the church, and one of many local business and professional men to contribute generously to the building fund. The tops of the three windows contain some fine examples of heraldry.

5.   The Side Chapel
This was laid out in memory of the Speakman family in 1951. Above the altar are statues of our patron saint St Andrew and his brother St Peter. It is now used for private prayer.

6.   Entrance
The entrance on Chadwick Road has undergone a redesign in recent years to allow disabled access,

7.  The War Memorial
The war memorial commemorates the 151 men from this parish who died in World War I. To its right is a stained glass window which both depicts and commemorates Arthur Handley Clayton, who died at Loos in 1915.

8.   The Angel Corbels
The angel corbels between the windows on the north and side aisles of the church are of individual design and include an angel holding a medal, the Khedive's Star, in memory of a soldier who died in the 1881 Egyptian Campaign. There is also an angel holding a baby in memory of a baby boy, and an angel with a wreath of daisies on her head in memory of a baby girl called Margaret. Other angels hold a variety of musical instruments. The last of the angel corbels on this side of the church portrays an angel holding a dead child, who is in turn clutching a toy Noah's ark. This corbel was bought by the children of the Sunday school to commemorate 183 children who died in an accident in a theatre in Sunderland in 1883.

9.   The West Window
This window was installed in 1916 in the middle of World War I. It shows eight Christian soldiers: St Martin, St Alban, Longinus, St Oswald, St Edwin, Constantine, St George, and St Edmund. This window also has some interesting examples of heraldry in its top section. It was made by Shrigley and Hunter of Preston, as were several other windows depicting standing Biblical figures in the church.

10. An Unusual Window
This window depicts the Old Testament story of Abraham's concubine Hagar and their son Ishmael, a story rarely depicted in Christian art.

11. The Lounge Area
Created in 1983 by removing pews at the back of church, the lounge is used as a drop-in centre - "The Café in the Church" - on Fridays. It is also used for serving tea and coffee after Sunday morning services, and occasionally for 'coffee days' in aid of various charities.

The wood panelling along the west wall is inscribed with the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Creed, and dates from the 1860s. It once formed the reredos behind the altar in St Mary the Virgin (Eccles Parish Church) in the town centre. Its replacement in 1883 by a pictorial reredos caused a massive theological controversy locally, and led to some of the congregation leaving St Mary's to set up an independent Anglican church on the site of Peel House car park.

12. The Children's Corner and Library
Children can play with a variety of toys whilst those caring for them enjoy refreshments in the café, and parents can also use these facilities to entertain children who become restless during services. The library has a wide selection of adult and children's Christian books available for loan.

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Family History Search
Like most English churches St Andrew's often receives requests for information from people researching their family trees.

Before the introduction of birth, marriage, and death certificates around 1836, the local registers of baptism, marriages, and burials were the main evidence of people's existence. However, we must point out that St Andrew's was only built in 1879, so our records of baptisms and marriages date only from then, and do not extend back before the time of the civil registration of births and marriages. Furthermore, as St Andrew's does not have a graveyard we have no records of burials at all. Therefore it is important to note that family records from St Andrew's consist solely of baptism and marriage records, and only date from 1879 onwards.

The baptism and marriage records from St Andrew's are held in two places:

All records from 1879 to about 1945 are no longer in possession of the church. These are now held at Manchester City Council Reference Library, details for which you will find in the links at the end of this page.

Baptism and marriage records from about 1945 onwards are still available through the church. The registers are not indexed, and research can therefore be quite time consuming. Please note that by law we are obliged to charge a fee for carrying out a search of the baptism or marriage registers on your behalf.

Before contacting us on these matters it may be helpful to consider the following:

There is little point in carrying out a search based on the belief that a family might have come from somewhere in the Greater Manchester or Salford areas. To put things into perspective, both areas are densely populated; Salford currently has a population of around three quarters of a million, and Greater Manchester a population of around two and a half million. Eccles is only one part of Greater Manchester, and lies within the Salford area. St Andrew's is one of four Anglican churches within Eccles, all covering different parishes. We generally advise people that there is really only any point in undertaking searches with us if you have good reason to believe that a family member was baptised or married at St Andrew's, or that they definitely lived in the St Andrew's parish. Ideally you would need to know roughly the year of baptism or marriage too.

Should you have good evidence of a link to St Andrew's that is dated AFTER 1945, and you wish to pursue a search of the registers held at St Andrew's, then please contact us using the form you'll find by clicking here.

Should you have good evidence of a link to St Andrew's that is dated BEFORE 1945, and you wish to pursue a search of the registers held at Manchester City Council Reference Library, then you can get to their website through the link at the end of this page.

If you wish to research your ancestors further, the following resources may also be helpful:

Greater Manchester Records Office,
56 Marshall Street,
Manchester.
M4 5FU.
Tel: 0161 - 832 5284
Contains a national index for marriage, birth, and death certificates.

Salford Local History Library,
Salford Museum and Art Gallery,
Peel Park,
The Crescent,
Salford.
M5 4WU.
Tel: 0161 - 736 2649
Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10.00am - 5.00pm and Wednesday: 10.00am -
8.00pm.
Holds local newspapers and census records for the Salford area, including Eccles.

Salford City Archives Centre,
658/662 Liverpool Road,
Irlam,
Manchester.
M44 5AD.
Tel: 0161 - 775 5643
Open: Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 4.30pm by appointment only.
Keeps 19th and 20th century Local Authority rate books, and poor relief records from the late 17th to the 20th century, as well as some unofficial collections and hospital records.

Salford Register Office,
Kingslea,
Barton Road,
Swinton,
Manchester.
M27 5WH.
0161 - 793 0077
Covers records for the Eccles area.

Useful Web Links:

    Society of Genealogists

    Manchester City Council Reference Library

    Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society

 

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