27th November, 2005, 10:30am
Just off the big corner in Wilmslow Road, Didsbury
St James and the daughter church, Emmanuel, have a reputation as strong open evangelical congregations. St James is supposedly the more stylistically traditional of the two.
Type of Service:
According to the website, it should have been Morning Prayer, being the 4th Sunday of the month. The weekly notice sheet on the website did not indicate otherwise. Searching afterwards, I did however find a mention that it was a combined service at Emmanuel at the bottom of the monthly events planner thing (pdf rather than html).
There were four of us there - me, a bloke aged 20 or so and a young couple of East Asian extraction. The building was dark, quiet and locked, with no indication of why. The noticeboard showed only details of last week's services.
yes - it looks ok, but the "weekly" notice sheet has been known to be three months out of date.
This is a church that is either actively trying to discourage new members or that has a grossly incompetent communications system. I might try again, but if I was looking for a church to settle at, I wouldn't go back here.
David Hughes, the minister of St James's, replied to my e-mail with this:
Thank you for your letter. I am sorry that your visit to St James was in vain. There should have been a notice on the board. I have mentioned it to the Administrator and the person who does our web site and I hope that they have closed the gap.
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