St John's Church and Centre on film

New film shows the vibrant community of St John’s Old Trafford


The Diocese of Manchester launches a short film featuring the Church of St John’s in Old Trafford. St John’s serves its largely immigrant community by running activities at the neighbouring St John’s Centre and through the energy cooperative, St John’s Sunshine, powered by solar panels on the church roof.


Called Spotlight on St John’s Old Trafford, the film is the third in a series from Manchester Diocese highlighting areas of ministry that might not be familiar to all.


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St John’s is a vibrant church at the heart of its very multi-cultural community.  At the St John’s Centre support is offered in the form of English language, maths and computer classes, and a range of popular social activities, ranging from bingo and community singing to charity events such as the ‘Knit-in for Syria’.


Priest in Charge, The Revd John Hughes, says “People of different faiths, and no particular faith, were united in wanting to do something to help refugees in Syria. All this was organised by people who live in this community, who used the centre just as I would want them to use it.”


St John’s is a keen supporter of environmental issues. John Hughes added,


“It’s my belief that we won’t do much about caring for God’s creation unless we see it also as a source of great joy. As a church and a coop we want to share our resources, so we give Sunshine grants from our feed in tariff. This demonstrates that we are here to serve our neighbours.”