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Church-planting in Manchester

April 2015 | by Ben Franks

Church-planting bible studySince its formation in 1991, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales (EPCEW) has been passionate about the work of church-planting. 

Over the past two decades, God has grown our little denomination from 5 to 18 congregations, with churches in various parts of England, Wales, and even Sweden and Germany. 

However, many places remain without a distinctively Presbyterian and Reformed influence. There is much work to do, as we seek the continued growth and recovery of confessional Presbyterianism in this country. 

It is our prayer that God will continue to raise up churches that are passionate about upholding the inerrancy of Scripture, adhering to the Westminster standards, and fulfilling the Great Commission. 

It is with this prayer in mind that we have begun to explore the possibility of a church plant in Manchester, the largest of England’s northern cities. With over 2,550,000 people in the Greater Manchester area, there is a large mission field. The great and growing needs of Manchester present a wonderful opportunity for church-planting. 

This work is being spearheaded by Sheffield Presbyterian Church, under the direction of our minister Kevin Bidwell. Over the last two to three years, we have had people from Manchester and north west England worshipping in Sheffield. 

This year, we have begun more intentionally, holding church-planting Bible studies; one in January and one in March. Our initial Bible study was blessed by God as 13 people gathered from Sheffield and Manchester to sing, pray, and study his Word together. 

We invite you to join with us in prayer for this work. If you have questions about how to support or be involved in this work, whether through prayer, funding or attending, we invite you to contact our minister Kevin Bidwell at [email protected]

Ben Franks