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

Back to normal – well nearly.  Please see the menu bar “We’re Back” for details.  Join us at 11am.

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 your visit to this website to be both an interesting and helpful 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.  Our motto is ‘Faith and Fun’, one that expresses our dual focus of a church with its the heart in the local community.  The congregation is open and has a welcome second to none that encompasses all ages and backgrounds, and sets no expectations other than a willingness to embrace the love of God.

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

We look forward to meeting you!

Fr R Croft


In this month the Church asks us all to reflect on the “Precious Blood” of Jesus.

What an important part of our make-up is our blood; the red liquid that for every moment of our life is flowing around our body through our veins and arteries.

Our blood is essential to life and one of the greatest gifts we can give is to be prepared to shed it to save and protect someone we love.

In the story of the Passion, we read how Jesus was so terrified about what he was going to face he actually sweated blood through his pores. Copious amounts of this Precious Blood were shed for us as He was scourged, crowned with thorns, nailed to the cross and then pierced by a spear.

In normal times at every Mass, we commemorate this sacrifice, this shedding of blood for our sake, as we receive this Precious Blood in the form of wine. Let us pray that we will be able to do so again after 19th.


On 15th we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. We believe that Mary, the young woman who gave birth to the Son of God, cared for Him as a child and a young man, remained constantly near to him throughout his ministry, witnessed at first hand  his  sufferings and death; that when she died was given the unique privilege of being taken body and soul, straight to heaven.

We have so many beautiful Feasts to celebrate yet because of restrictions we are unable to do so in song.  I long for the day when we are able to join together in chorus to “Sing a Hymn to Mary”

God Bless