Inclusivity - Chorlton Central Church

Chorlton Central Church
an open & inclusive Baptist and United Reformed Church
an open & inclusive Baptist & United Reformed Church
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about faith

We are a friendly and informal congregation, worshipping together in an urban area of Manchester, and seeking to show the love of God in the world through Christ.

· We hope to be an open, inclusive and affirming congregation seeking to share the love of God through Christ
· We aim to be a friendly and informal congregation worshipping together in an urban area of Manchester and seeking to show the love of God in the world through Christ
· We are committed to searching out the meaning of faith, exploring and questioning what it means to be Christian in our multicultural society
· We celebrate God's gift of diversity and welcome people to share the journey of faith, whatever their age, race, culture, gender, sexuality, economic status or physical or mental ability
· We acknowledge with pain the injustices in our society and in the church, and want to share with all those who struggle against abuse
· We seek to be a community working together to grow in faith, understanding and our commitment to peace, justice and freedom.

Currently we are spending time together discovering where systemic racism is to be found in our society – including our church. We know that racism in any form runs contrary to the gospel commandment to love our neighbours as ourselves, but we are aware that we have no easy answers as to where we direct our energies.
We have been inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement to educate ourselves about the structural racism and white privilege within society where all white people benefit. Trying to be an anti-racist church, we welcome new ideas and pathways to this end. We are aware that this is an ongoing journey for us, and will continue to have this as one of the main priorities of our congregation.
Please join us in our BLM evenings (details can be found in our newsletter), where we discuss these ideas and aim to challenge ourselves to find ways of being anti-racist, both as individuals and as a church community and to live out the fact that there is only one race – the human race.

If you would like us to help you to mark some significant event in your, or your friends or family's life, please contact us by phone or email

detail from one of the banners embroidered by Church members

part of an embroidered banner made by church members

click here to link to Bible Study Notes on issues of Sexuality

The persecution of people because of their sexual orientation is every bit as unjust as that crime against humanity, apartheid.
We must be allowed to love with honour.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

As an inclusive congregation we cannot endorse so-called 'Conversion Therapy' : we believe that conversion therapy is coercive, and that therefore informed consent is not possible. We support government proposals to ban 'Conversion Therapy'.

revised 1 March 2022

Barlow Moor Road | Chorlton | M21 8BF
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