St Edmund's

We are a multi-ethnic all-age congregation where everyone is welcomed and included in the life of our church.

Quotes from members

"St. Ed's has always been mission minded. A number of people have gone to work in the mission field" - Shirley

"When I first came to church I felt although I'd left home, I had come back home because it was so welcoming" - Thelma (who came from Barbados in 1965)

"After losing my husband I was invited to the Coffee Morning at St. E's and I'm a different woman!' - Doreen

St Edmund's

Our Parish

St Edmund's Parish covers part of Whalley Range and the Alexandra Park Estate in Moss Side. Our northern boundary is Moss Lane West, our southern boundary is Brantingham Road. We are in a United Benefice with the parish of St. James' with St. Clement's Moss Side.

Church Services

At St Edmund's, our style of worship is broadly evangelical, based around C.of E. Common Worship, with bible-based teaching to encourage us to show the love of God in our community. We sing a range of traditional and contemporary hymns and songs, led by the Music Group and organist.

We start off all together and then most weeks children move to a separate room for age-appropriate teaching and activities. Occasionally we all stay together for all-age-worship.

Twice a month we have Prayer Meetings on a Sunday Evening, sometimes with a simple shared Communion.

Pastoral care

"they'll know we are Christian by our love ..."

It is part of our calling as Christians to care for people, both those within our local Christian community and across our parishes.

Jackie Dixon is a member of St Edmund's and helps to coordinate pastoral care.

Contact Jackie

Supporting Mission Partners


Christians who are passionate about ending poverty. Tearfund work to support people in severe need and in many ways. Visit their website below and do contact Janet Palmer who is our link with Tearfund.

Tearfund website

CMS - Church Mission Society

Lynn Treneary serves in Maridi, South Sudan through CMS and St Edmund's and St James support them in prayer and mission giving.

Wycliffe Bible Translators

We support Alex and Jean Agha-Khan working for Wycliffe Associates translating the Bible into Pakistani Punjabi.

We also support smaller projects across the world-

House of Joshua in the Philippines,

A hospital in Nigeria,

A school in Pakistan and

A church community project in Jamaica

and many other personal interests.

Janet Palmer is the contact for all our mission support at St Edmund's

Contact Janet

Mother's Union

The Mothers' Union for both St Edmund's and St James' meets regularly for branch meetings.

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Coffee Morning

A lively group meeting on Wednesdays at 10:30am at St Edmund's, with a programme of bible study and a variety of talks. The coffee morning has a program of alternating Bible Studies and other activities or talks.

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Teaching on Sundays

During the feast days and major Christian festivals and seasons like Lent and Advent we follow set readings (the 'lectionary') and at other times of the year we have a teaching series - this is common to all our congregations.


Junior Church and Youth Group

Our young people matter to God and they matter to us! We have 3 exciting Bible-centred groups for our young people that run during the regular Sunday morning service at St Edmund's, where we aim to bring a very real God to our younger members. Scramblers (under 5's), Explorers (5-10) and Youth Group (11+).

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Life Groups

Life Groups are at the heart of our community here at St Edmund's and St James as we know that the best place to get Connected, Grow and Serve is in a smaller group (8 or less) that meets regularly.

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The two words ‘life’ and ‘hope’ are important for Christians. These words and the ideas they communicate can be found throughout the Bible from the broad over-arching ‘salvation story’ to the detailed teaching of Jesus, Paul and others. They are foundational words for our mission to all in Jesus Christ. They will shape all that our churches will plan and do into the future.

Our Shared Vision and Mission

St James and St Edmund’s church council’s have agreed the following;

Our Vision:  Inspired by Jesus, we are helping people live lives to the full, giving them hope for their future - ‘Life and Hope for all’.

Our Mission: United around a common vision of ‘Life and Hope for all’ and energised for mission, we will offer places of welcome and belonging for all ages and cultures, where people can explore life and seek God. We will do this by:

  • Helping people to become followers of Jesus Christ and to grow in their Christian faith
  • Nurturing leadership to match our vision
  • Loving and supporting those in need, helping them to flourish
  • Being an active voice for justice, peace and reconciliation
  • Encouraging creative living and living that reflects care for our community and the planet
  • Providing resources available to all in our community

We will commit to bring ‘life and hope’ to all in many different ways. More details will follow over the next few weeks and the full ‘Mission Action’ plans are available to read at the back of church. Meanwhile, here is a taster!

                                             Hope for people

New life for new people.

We will tell God story, our stories and tell of God’s promises. We will pray for people to find new life in Jesus Christ.

“I have come that they may have life to the full” Jesus words in John 10 verse 10.

Better lives for people who struggle. Hope for their futures.

We will do this through loving service, developing our relationships with people in our parishes, looking for ways to make new contacts and friends. We will offer pastoral care, practical support, advice, friendship and encouragement to people in our communities.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 

John 13 verse 34

                                         Hope for our communities

for Whalley Range, Moss Side and the other communities we support.

We will respond to God’s calling to loving service to all people in our parishes. We will be improving our buildings and facilities and working in partnership with community agencies who share our values.

“Love your neighbour as yourself”.

Matthew 22 verse 39

                                             Hope for our planet

We will live well and carefully as part of our God-given environment. This will shape our thinking and our life together as Christians.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1 verse 31

                                           Hope for our churches

We will work and pray for a missionary Christian presence in our parishes into the future. We pray that God will bring new life and hope to our worshipping communities.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29 verse 11

Buildings and Facilities

St Edmunds Congregations meet for worship in a building which was once the church hall.

We have a large meeting hall which is used for worship on Sundays but may also be used for community meetings midweek.

There is a small hall and a lounge which can be joined into one meeting space.

A kitchen serves the large hall and the lounge through serving hatches.

The building has Wi-Fi and the main hall has a large screen with audio and video facilities.

The building and rooms may be hired - contact the Church Office 0161 226 0088


St Mary's Primary School

St Mary's Church of England Primary School, Moss Side through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners. A strong commitment to Christian values and the development of the whole child underpin the work of the school. Children are able to explain how key Christian values relate to their rights and responsibilities, and these values are evident across the curriculum and in the daily life of the school. The achievement and progress of pupils from their starting points is exceptionally high. 

The daily act of collective worship is central to the life of the school and all members of the school community play an enthusiastic part. The themes chosen are planned around the seasons of the church year, religious festivals and key events. The school’s deep commitment to the UNICEF Children’s Charter of Rights is skilfully linked to Christian values and experience, producing worship which is inspiring and engaging.

All leaders consistently articulate and embody a deeply held Christian vision for the children to be ‘the best they can be’. This is based on a ‘can do’ philosophy which recognises every child as precious in God’s sight. As a result, the whole community has an absolute belief in every child’s potential to achieve exceptionally well. 

The school has developed an effective link with Mumbai in India via the Concerns Universe Foundation. Together with other work such as Fairtrade and Changeover Day, teachers are ensuring that the children have a rounded understanding both of the diversity in their own community, and of global concerns, including empowering women and children in Mumbai.

For more information please follow the link to their website...

St Mary's CofE Primary School, Moss Side

How to find us
Join us at:
St Edmund's Church
Alexandra Road South
Whalley Range
M16 8EZ
This week @ St Edmund's
Sunday 29th March
Morning Worship and Sunday School at St Edmund's
Evening Worship at St Edmund's, Grace
Tuesday 31st March
Artsy at St Edmund's, St James'
Wednesday 1st April
Coffee Morning at St Edmund's
FoodBank at St Edmund's