Urban Spirituality from East Manchester

Worship in an area of such extreme poverty is not always straightforward. To put it bluntly, folk around here don't have much to thank God for!

Psalm 137 makes a lot of sense to us:

1 By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. 2 On the willows there we hung up our harps. 3 For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" 4 How could we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?

Worship to us has to reflect upon our experience of God alive and at work in our community.

We are constant developing our model of worship and spirituality, therefore, in the light of the ever-changing presence of God in this community.

We have created a number of resources to share our urban spirituality with others. Dancing Scarecrow is the main repository for our worship materials. This is an ever-growing collection of prayers, poems, reflections, Godly Play scripts and anything else we think might be of use. Click the link on the left to visit

We have published a book of prayers from the city called Crumbs of Hope which you can explore - and even buy - by clicking on the link to the left.