St James and Emmanuel, Didsbury
At the heart of the local community St James and Emmanuel, Didsbury provides a unique environment for community groups and individuals to thrive. Our listed buildings, church school and parish centre serve many needs, from the education of children to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.
The vision that we have is that we believe we are called by God to grow a diverse, worshipping community, where we encourage belonging and nurture believing; together becoming followers of Jesus who share God’s love with the world.
Jesus once told a story about a tree that grew from the smallest of seeds. As it grew larger and larger the birds of the air were attracted to the shade and made nests in its many branches.
Our church structure and visual identity are based on this story. St James & Emmanuel is like this tree with many branches, meeting in four buildings, with four Sunday congregations and numerous mid-week groups. Each of these branches offers a different and varied place of belonging.
Our church is home to many community groups and voluntary organisations and, together withour church school, we offer a place of sanctuary and welcome for thousands of people and help them to fulfil their calling in the world. We hope you will find a place here too.