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Church For Everyone

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 from 09:00 to 17:00 (BST)

Church For Everyone

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There are now many, many churches up and down the country, of all denominations, who would like to learn how to become more inclusive. If your church is somewhere on that journey, either thinking about inclusion for the first time, taking those early decisions, or looking to learn from or share experiences with churches like yours, then the ‘Church for Everyone’ conference is designed to help you take that next step.

At St James and Emmanuel we have been exploring the many facets of inclusion since one of our own young people, Lizzie Lowe, tragically took her own life in 2014 – in part because of a perceived gap between her faith and her emerging identity as a gay woman. At the ‘Church for Everyone’ conference you will hear more about Lizzie’s story and the legacy of transformation she released. You will hear how a whole group of twelve churches took up the baton of inclusion together. You will also be able to choose from a range of workshops and seminars designed to help you become more diverse and inclusive.



Overview of the day

The conference is fully catered and there will be plenty of opportunities to learn from each other, expand our horizons together and become changed communities in a changing world. Following breakfast and opening worship the rector of St James and Emmanuel, the Revd Dr Nick Bundock, will give a keynote introduction. We will then hear from Jayne Ozanne (author and speaker), Ruth Wilde (Inclusive Church) and Andrew Foreshew-Cain (priest and founder of Equal).  

After lunch you will get to choose two seminars or workshops covering a whole range of topics. The afternoon will finish with a keynote address from Rachel Mann, author and speaker, and an open table Communion service. There will also be a marketplace of books and organisations championing different aspects of inclusion.

Inclusion releases a powerful new vision of God that impacts upon worship, mission and discipleship and the ‘Church for Everyone’ conference will help you join this growing and exciting movement. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you as an individual or as part of a leadership team.



Workshop Options

When registering for the conference you will have the opportunity to choose two workshops to attend. We've included some additional information on each of the workshops below. 


1. Resource Launch - Rev'd Canon Dr Rachel Mann and Rev'd Dr Stephen Edwards

Manchester Diocese is home to one of the largest LGBTQ+ communities in Europe. LGBTQ+ people have brought energy and lift to every aspect of life in Greater Manchester, including to its churches. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for the Church to model a radical Christian Inclusion and we wish to be bold in celebrating same-sex marriages and civil partnerships. 

Couples in same-sex unions often want their love and commitment to be affirmed and celebrated in a church, in the sight of God, supported by their friends and family. 

Over the past two years a group of LGBTQ+ lay and ordained people have worked to develop a resource and accompanying guidance notes for which can be used and adapted to celebrate same-sex unions prayerfully and joyfully in a church setting. 

This workshop will take you through the philosophy underpinning the service, the steps taken to ensure the resource conforms with the guidance of Bishop's Council, the purpose of this resource and how it may be used to give confidence to those wishing to celebrate LGBTQ+ couples. 

Rachel Mann is a poet, writer and broadcaster and is Rector at St Nicholas Church in Burnage, Manchester. Stephen Edwards is Team Rector of Wythenshawe and Area Dean of Withington. 


2. Youth and Inclusion  - Lexy McDonnell 

 As a gay young woman herself, Lexy acknowledges growing up in the church has been difficult. However, she know nows that God is using her story to educate others how to treat young LGBT+ people within church.

This workshop is to help guide those difficult conversations youth leaders often have, helping them to be more inclusive and loving. Advice from personal experience on how to help LGBT+ young people on their own journey through faith and life. 

There will be plenty of time for questions and when attending this workshop bringing any challenges or specific questions are encouraged!

Lexy McDonnell is the Youth Team Leader at St James & Emmanuel


3.  Being an Inclusive Church - Ruth Wilde

Ruth will lead a workshop on being an inclusive church, looking at different aspects of inclusion, diversity and welcome. There will be time for sharing our own experiences of inclusion and exclusion as a group and time for hearing voices that we may not usually hear. By the end of the workshop, Ruth hopes to send you away better equipped to make your church an inclusive and welcoming place for all, especially those who are often marginalised.

Ruth Wilde is the National Coordinator of Inclusive Church


4. To Have and to Hold: a Theology of Marriage Equality - Rev'd Andrew Foreshew-Cain

The Church of England currently refuses to allow same sex couples to marry in its Churches, to bless those in Civil Partnerships and insists on celibacy for both its ordained and licensed lay minsters in Civil Partnerships.  To see change in this stance those who affirm same sex relationships must be able to make a good case theologically and from a clear interpretation of Scripture.  In this session we will look at the history of marriage, key themes and an approach to Scriptural interpretation that will enable us to confidently answer the questions of others.

Rev'd Andrew Foreshew-Cain is a retired Church of England priest and is one of the Core Team at Equal, The Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England. 


5. How to Recognise and Safeguard against Spiritual Abuse - Jayne Ozanne

Spiritual abuse is sadly rife in many churches, and its impact can be deadly.  It is little understood, and yet can cause deep trauma and mental health problems to those it affects - who are often the most vulnerable in our midst.  It is practised by church leaders, small group leaders and even whole congregations - indeed anywhere where religious teachings and practises are used to manipulate and control, leaving the victim feeling powerless, guilty and ashamed. This workshop will therefore look at how to recognise spiritual abuse and how to ensure adequate safeguards are in place to ensure that our churches are truly safe places for all.

Jayne Ozanne is Director of The Ozanne Foundation.


6. The Possibility of Difference - Rev'd Marcus Green 

Marcus Green takes a look at the Scripture passages that have historically been used to condemn LGBTQ+ people, taking us through the wider Biblical story, and revealing the Bible as a place of radical inclusion and love. Marcus will challenge us to embrace the glorious possibilities of difference to become the fully equal children of God. 

Rev'd Marcus Green is a theologian, author and priest in the Church of England and member of the House of Bishops' 'Living in Faith and Love' project.


7. Inclusiveness: strategising a ministry of presence and belonging - Rev'd Hils Cocoran, Mike Thompso and Lea Appleby. 

Individuals and groups of people feeling marginalised by church have become a ministry of presence, wanting to be heard and waiting to fully participate in all aspects of belonging to a church family. For St Paul's Withington, the journey to develop a strategy began after attending sessions raising awarenes sof the desire to become an Inclusive Church Deanery. This workshop will look at how we can develop a strategy to ensure that the responsibility for becoming truly inclusive is a responsibility that is shared as we seek to understand each other and allow individuals to speak up. 

Hils Cocoran, Mike Thompson and Lea Appleby are from St Paul's Church in Withington




We aim to make your visit as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Please advise us of your needs at the time of booking and we will do everything we can to help.

  • There is onsite blue badge parking available.
  • A free ticket for a carer or Personal Assistant is available at the time of booking.
  • Our church has level access points, ramps, lifts and adapted toilets available.
  • There is onsite blue badge parking.
  • A loop system is installed for use by people who wear a hearing aid.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome. Bowls of water are available if required.

If you require any further information about specific access or need advice about planning your visit please contact the Parish Office on: 0161 446 4150 or email us at:

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Emmanuel church is located in Didsbury, a suburb in south Manchester. and is well served by public transport links. There are a small number of parking spaces onsite, and limited, free on-street parking in the surrounding area.

Please visit the church website for further details. 


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

A digital version of your ticket can be used to gain access to this event. Please consider the envornment before printing. 


Can I update my registration information?

Yes. Please contact us via email to update any of your registration details.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

If you are unable to attend the event, you can transfer your ticket to another person. Please contact us via email so that we can update the registration information. 

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When & Where

St James & Emmanuel C of E Church
6 Barlow Moor Road
M20 6TR Manchester
United Kingdom

Saturday, 26 October 2019 from 09:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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Organising Team

The Parish of St James and Emmanuel - Two Anglican Churches working together in one parish, co-operating with other churches in Didsbury. 

We believe in an inclusive Church – church which does not discriminate on any level, including: economic power, gender, gender identity, mental health, mental ability, physical ability, race or sexuality.

We believe in a Church which welcomes, accepts and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.*

*Adapted from the Inclusive Church Statement.

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