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This picture was taken after our morning service in July 2017

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Coming Shortly

Heritage Weekend

September 7th to 9th

Talks, tours and refreshments

Advance Notice.............

Murder Mystery Evening

by The Levenshulme Players

Saturday - October 20th 7.00pm


Come on your own or with friends,
and join a team of 4-6 people
Everyone welcome!!

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A special service, in celebration of Fair Trade Fortnight, was held on Sunday, March 4th, at Bury Unitarian Church. Rachael Kennedy and Bernard Emblem, the Chairman and Secretary of The Bury Fair Trade Group, contributed to the service, and The Mayor of Bury (Councillor Dorothy Gunther), The CEO of Bury Metroplitan Borough Council (Pat Jones-Greenhalgh), and The Bury Council Leader (Rishi Shori) were welcomed as distinguished visitors.

From left to right: Betty Kenyon (Chair of the Church Council), Anne Mills (Chair of the Congregation), Rev. Kate McKenna (Minister),
Councilllor Rishi Shori (Leader of Bury Council), Councillor Dorothy Gunther (Mayor of Bury), Rachael Kennedy (Chair of Bury Fair Trade Group), Pat Jones-Greeenhalgh (C.E.O. of Bury Metropolitan Borough Council), Bernard Emblem (Secretary of Bury Fair Trade Group),
Neville Kenyon (Deputy Chair of Trustees).

The Service was devised by The Minister, Rev. Kate McKenna, who chose elements which emphasised ideas of trade justice; this included a fair trade hymn, written by Unitarian, Sue Good, and sung to the tune of Hyfrydol. Anne Mills, Chairman of the Congregation and Fair Trade Champion for the church, researched, wrote and delivered the childrens address in which she talked about cocoa-bean production in Ghana, conditions there, and improvements resulting from Fair Trade involvement. Bernard discussed the Fair Trade process, which helps people in developing countries to help themselves, by supplying housing, education, medical care, training, and whatever else is most needed and valuable to producer-communities. Great strides have been made, since Bury became a Fair Trade Borough, in 2011, and the Council have proved co-operative and encouraging to The Fair Trade Group. Rachael told the congregation about her personal commitment to fair trade but stressed that it was part of her general belief that the planet should be treated with respect, without being damaged in any way; that women should be encouraged to achieve their full potential; and that developing countries should be given every opportunity to take their place in the world. She applies these principles to her business-life,as well; she has her own hairdressing salon, which operates according to highly-ethical criteria.The civic dignitaries who attended professed themselves delighted with the service and with the warm welcome they had received. Fairly-traded refreshments were served after the service; Anne organised this, and she and Rachael baked cakes appropriate to the occasion. The church Fair Trade Stall was open for business and did a roaring trade. This was a new, joint venture between the church and the local Fair Trade Group, and one well-worth repeating.  

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Our Church has its origins in the late 17th century, its first chapel being built in 1719. The current building of 1974 is the congregation's fourth in the town.

 We are the oldest nonconformist congregation in Bury.

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Bury Unitarian Church
1 Bank Street

0161 761 3785





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Recent Events

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Christmas Lunch 2016

Charity Quiz 2017

Kate's Induction Service

Mancunian Singers September 2017

Bury Light Night   October 2017

Barbara & Bryan Freemantle renew their Wedding Vows

Kate's First Year Presentation

Sunday 2017

Luncheon Club at Goldwin's

Fusiliers Concert

Candle-lit Carol Service

"A Christmas Carol" Presentation by Veronica & Gordon Walker

Sing-a-long Concert 2018

Medical Assistance Dogs

Quiz 2018

Kate's 50th Birthday

 Charitable Abseil down Peel Tower     

Three of the bravest members of our congregation - George,Damion and Alison, George's daughter, abseiled down Peel Tower Holcombe on 7th July 2018, all in aid of Toilet Twinning Charity. Damion and Alison had abseiled before, albeit several years ago, but for George, it was a first. (and possibly last he said!!!)"





Our morning service is held on Sunday mornings commencing at 11.15 am
(10.55 am on Remembrance Sunday)

All are welcome to attend.


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We have a parents and children's area within the church.




Bury congregation and others purchased a magnificent 140Kg of rice, well over the 90 kg. challenge!!

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The stall selling fairly traded goods is open for business from 12.15 pm to 12.45 pm normally on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month


Bury Unitarian Church
1 Bank Street

0161 761 3785


"Under the terms of the General Data Protection Registration (2018), Bury Unitarian Church will use information provided by its members for its own social and administrative purposes. A member's personal information will be removed from the church-records within one month of the receipt of a written request, to that effect. Bury Unitarian Church will not pass on members' details to any third-parties outside the church, without permission; information held by the Minister or Church Officers of a confidential nature will not be passed on to other church-members; this will include Gift Aid details. If photographs are taken on church-premises of church-members, Bury Unitarian Church will assume that, unless instructed otherwise, permission for these to be displayed is granted. In the case of members of the Junior Church, the permission of the children's parents will always be gained before photographs of them are taken or used (for example, in the church-calendar, or on the church-website); in such cases, surnames and ages will never be included.

Queries about GDPR should be addressed to the Church Secretary.


Bury's Cultural Quarters

Our Church is situated in Bury's Cultural Quarter and is surrounded
by buildings of architectural and cultural significance

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We have a range of social, educational and recreational activities and the Church is regularly used by other organisations.

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Charity Registration No.1078570
Bury Unitarian Church 2018

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