St. Aidan's Orthodox Church, Manchester


Parish Life




Worship is coordinated by the clergy team, Subdeacon Peter Bateman and Reader Benedict Broomhead.  The Choir Master is Mr. Alexander Rast.  We are always pleased to receive new servers and new singers.




Confessions are heard during the Praises on Sunday morning (approximately 9.55 am to 10.15 am), before Great Vespers on Saturday evening (4.30 pm - 5.00 pm)


Childrens' Classes


These take place after the Liturgy.  See Oana Dragan for details.




Those wishing to become Orthodox first enrol as Catechumens and spend some time acquainting themselves with the Faith and Life of the Orthodox Church.  At a mutually agreed time the Catechumen is either chrismated or baptised depending on any previous church connection.


Faith and Life


Faith and Life sessions are held after the Sunday Liturgy from 12.45pm to 1.45pm on a weekly basis.  All are welcome and no existing knowledge or practice is assumed.  Usually this involve some examination of the Scriptures and the Fathers together with discussion on life application.


Theological Education - "E-Quip"


The parish runs a Diploma Course ("E-Quip") in Orthodox Theology over 3 years from late September to mid-July with breaks of 4 and 3 weeks respectively for Nativity (Christmas) / Theophany (Epiphany) and Holy Week / Pascha (Easter).   The second 3 year local lecture cycle began again in September 2014.  The online version is continuously available.  The Diploma is an optional extra and involves 6 essays per annum over 3 years.  The Course is blessed by our bishop and functions as both an instrument for general Christian education and theological formation prior to ordination, (Year 1 before the diaconate and Years 2 and 3 before the priesthood.


This course, which assumes no previous knowledge beyond the basics of Christian faith and life, is designed to equip Orthodox Christians (and exceptionally non-Orthodox spouses of attending Orthodox) in Orthodox theology for their own witness and service.


E-Quip online is available for long distance study but candidates will still be expected to complete the written work (2 pieces in each of 3 terms) if they wish to qualify for the Diploma.  If you are interested, please contact Fr. Gregory at


St. Theodore Orthodox Bookstore


This substantial bookstall is to be found in St. Aidan's Church.  It opens whenever the Church is open.




The parish runs a large Library of books on the first floor to lend and this has a separate section for the use of those on the "E-Quip" Diploma Course.


Icon Workshop


This meets on most Saturday afternoons (check first) and is run by our resident Iconographer and Warden, Efrem Carrasco.  Contact Efrem on 07882 381573.


Pastoral Care


Fr. Gregory, Fr. Christopher and Fr. Deacon Emmanuel are available for any kind of visiting or ministry.  Holy Communion may be received at home by the housebound and anointing is available for the sick.  If you yourself or loved ones are admitted to hospital please let your priest know and he will visit where requested.  Houses may also be blessed throughout the year.


Diakonia (Service)


St. Aidan's collects clothing, bedding and food for a local Mens' Hostel.  We also contribute to a local food bank.  Donations may be made in church.  St. Aidan's also supports Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Levenshulme and the surrounding areas.


University Life


Fr. Gregory and Fr. Christopher are Orthodox Chaplains to the University of Manchester, the Metropolitan University of Manchester, the Royal Northern College of Music and other associated institutions of Higher Education.


Her Majesty's Prison, Manchester


Fr. Gregory is the Orthodox Chaplain.





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