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Dukinfield Moravian Church

Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield, Cheshire SK16 5BJ (1973)
Old Road (1755)

History

old-dukinfieldThe original site of the Moravian Church in Dukinfield was on Old Road. There were, in fact, three churches on the land, the first being built in 1751, and the last in 1860. Across the road was also a Sunday School building which acted as the local junior school. In 1956, a letter was sent from the local council to all the Dukinfield churches, offering a disused farmhouse at the bottom of Yew Tree Lane to be used as a Sunday School and Youth Centre. A new housing estate was springing up in the Yew Tree Lane area and, after discussion, the church committee and minister, Br Tom McQuillan, took up the offer. The Sunday School started in February 1957 and was an immediate success with 119 people attending the first service. The farmhouse was eventually replaced by a disused army hut in 1959.


In 1967, after dry rot had been found in the Old Road church, and because many families had moved away from the area to be re-housed on the Yew Tree Lane estate, a decision was made to relocate to Yew Tree Lane, and so five years of labour began with the men and women of the congregation giving up their evenings, weekends and holidays to build the church we have today. This was consecrated in March 1973 and the Old Road land sold. All that can be seen of the original settlement today is the burial ground (God's Acre) on Moravian Close.

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Present Day

We have a busy Church these days (See Church Calendar below). The regular Sunday service takes place at 11.00am which includes Junior Church and crèche. Holy Communion is included in Family Worship on the first Sunday of every month at 11.00am, except for the months of February and October, when Holy Communion will be included with Lovefeast at 3.00pm. Guiding and Scouting groups meet weekly, a Mums’ and Tots’ Group is held on Tuesday mornings during term time, and the Friday Youth Club runs for children aged 5 – 10 years. The Thursday Group and Moravian Women’s Association hold monthly meetings for the women of our congregation and their friends. A Men's Fellowship meets on the last Tuesday in the month (except December). Social and fundraising events regularly take place. Our regular weekly activities include:

Monday                 Rainbows & Brownies, 6.30pm [Term Time only]; Dementia Warriors, 1.45pm

Tuesday                Mums & Tots, 9am-11am [Term Time only]; Men’s Fellowship, 6pm [last Tuesday in

                                      the month]; Bible Study, 7pm [except last in month]

Wednesday           Beavers [6.00pm-7.15pm], Cubs [7.00pm-8.30pm & Scouts       

                             [7.15pm-8.30pm] [Term Time only]

Thursday               Thursday Group meets on the last Thursday in the month, 7.30pm [except for 

                                       August and December]

Friday                    Friday (Youth) Club, 6.30pm-8.00pm [see Church Calendar for dates]



Messy Church

dukinfield-messy-churchApproximately four to six times a year, we run a Messy Church aimed at all children in the neighbourhood and their adult relative(s). Each one has a theme, usually a bible character, and each session starts with the playing of table games, then we move on to craft making activities, followed by a short, informal service and lunch – all free of charge to the participants.


More recent developments

In the summer of 2011, we applied for and were successful in receiving a grant from the National Lottery to enable us to rip out the old church kitchen and start again with modern electrics, an appliance that provides boiling water ‘on tap’, our very first fridge freezer, new cooker and microwave as well as modern and streamlined kitchen units. 

Since 2012, we have developed a beautiful Church Garden which provides outdoor facilities for our youth groups, and which is an area for quiet retreat. It is also an area of remembrance for scattering ashes, and is where we host our annual summer fayre. Since 2017, we have redeveloped the back of the Church to create a new accessible and flexible meeting room with separate heating from the Church, but with bi-folding doors under the balcony which can be opened up to increase the worship space on occasions when we get a larger congregation.

In collaboration with SureStart, we currently run a busy Hamper Project which helps families in the community, providing them with much needed food parcels when they are struggling. We also run a valuable Dementia Cafe, called 'Dementia Warriors', which offers support to dementia survivors and their carers.

We are an inclusive Church where we try to make all people very welcome.

 

Worship Times

Family Worship is at 11.00am every Sunday except on Easter Day and Christmas Day.

Holy Communion is included in Family Worship on the first Sunday of every month at 11.00am, except for the months of February and October, when Holy Communion will be included with Lovefeast at 3.00pm.

Christmas Day service is held at 10.30am, and Easter Day service is held at 9.30am. Both services include Holy Communion. On these two days, there is no service at 11.00am. 

Christingles is held at 6.00pm on the Sunday before Christmas.

Contacts

Minister: Revd Professor Peter M. Gubi, BEd, MA, MA, MA, MTh, PhD, ThD, FRSA, FHEA
38 Capesthorne Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 8PA
Tel:
01270 665401
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Treasurer: Mrs Susan Flint

12 Cherry Grove, Stalybridge, Cheshire. SK15 2HE
Tel: 0161 3049571

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Secretary: Mrs Sue Selby

212 Birch Lane, Dukinfield SK16 5AP
Tel: 0161 303 7381
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Location

Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield, Cheshire SK16 5BJ

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