The Parish

Parish Profile

St. Aidan’s, Levenshulme is a parish in the south of Manchester serving the south Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and North Derbyshire.  The community worships in a property acquired from the United Reformed Church in 1996.  It was refurbished, equipped and consecrated by His Grace, Bishop Gabriel (Memory Eternal!) in October 1996.  The temple is located in a commuter district of Manchester central with excellent transport links by bus, rail and air.

The parish uses English exclusively in its services and because English is either the first or second language of everyone attending and being involved in parish life, the church is highly diverse culturally and inclusive in character.

The worship, while firmly Orthodox and traditional, is nonetheless fairly ecclectic in character, affirming all the differing customs and practices of the Orthodox patrimony, whether, broadly, Byzantine or Slav, western or eastern, African or Levantine / Syriac.  This applies to the musical tradition as well.

The parish emphasises all age Christian education and there is a very comprehensive provision for that; see the Resources page.  We also highly value and nurture the quality and depth of our commitments to one another in Christ and the marginalised and powerless in the wider community.  We seek, simply, to be faithful to the gospel.

Baptism, Chrismation and Reception into the Church

Please read this leaflet: Baptism Preparation

For the parent who may not be an Orthodox Christian …

… we hope here at St Aidan’s that we can make you feel comfortable in supporting the baptism of your child.

We do ask that you attend our service and the talk at the end for three Sundays before the baptism, NOT because we want you to become Orthodox, but simply to get well acquainted with how baptism will affect your family life going forward.

Nobody is going to ask or expect you to do anything you do not want to do. If you wish to just observe and listen without any other involvement or contribution, then that is just fine. If, however, you do have any questions, then please do feel free to raise these in the session at the end of the service.

Do please read the baptism leaflet with your spouse. It will give you a good understanding of baptism in the Orthodox Church and how we work with parents to raise children in Orthodox Christian faith and life. Baptism, of course, is important in its own right but what follows is equally important. 

Preparing for Marriage in the Church

Please read this leaflet: Marriage Preparation

Wills, Funerals and Memorials in the Church

Please read this leaflet: Wills, Funerals and Memorials in the Church

Parish Priest: Archpriest Gregory Hallam

Contact (Mobile): 07780 970884

Contact (Landline): 0161 456 8167




Assistant Priest: Fr Emmanuel Kahn

Contact (Landline): 01925 721206