Welcome to St Hilda, Prestwich

St Hilda’s is a Forward in Faith Parish in the Diocese of Manchester and under the Pastoral Care of the Bishop of Beverley

Following the Government’s announcement of a Lockdown and for the safety of our parishioners, the PCC have agreed that:

Until further notice, Public Worship has been Suspended
The church will now only be open for Private Prayer on Saturday mornings
9-10am

OUR MISSION STATEMENT: To love God through the Eucharist, Prayer and the Sacraments. To love and help each other through our shared beliefs, values and sense of community.

It is our hope that you will find visiting this website an interesting and helpful experience and a means of discovering who we are and what happens at St Hilda, Prestwich.  We are a growing church that sits within the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Church of England and has a focus on the community.  The congregation is open and has a welcome second to none that embraces all ages and backgrounds and sets no expectations other than a willingness to embrace the love of God.

Once you have traversed the website we hope that you might feel moved to visit us and to worship Almighty God amongst a congregation who would love to meet you as an individual, or as a whole family and become part of the family of St Hilda.

We look forward to meeting you!

Fr R Croft

January

“As with gladness, men of old, did the guiding star behold”.

On the 6th of this month we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the arrival of the Three Wise Men to greet and to worship the Christ Child – God made Man. This story is here in the Gospels for a purpose – the Wise Men came from “country far”, they were foreigners, we are being told very clearly that  Jesus came into the world to save all mankind.

They brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh for the new arrival. There is a lovely folk tale that Jesus ignored the gold, liked the aroma from the incense and touched the myrrh.

What is the message in this story? Just how important is money  in our lives? Do we let it dominate us or is it in its rightful place, just a means to an end? Incense is a part of our acts of worship, the fragrant smoke represents our prayers as they rise towards the Lord.  The Myrrh reminds us of how we must all endure difficulties  and sorrows as we go through life and  at the appointed time, leave this world behind.

We stand on the threshold of the New Year; we are leaving behind a very difficult year. Let us pray that the love and joy brought in to the world those two thousand years ago will give us the strength to endure all that 2021 will bring.

God Bless