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This picture was taken after our morning service in April 2019



Click on a date below to see a pictures of our congregation in that year

                      1995   2003   2007   2008   2010   2011   2013   2015  2017

                                 Click here to read profiles of some of our church members

Corona Virus - Re-opening

Because of the Corona Virus emergency situation, the church has been be closed for all religious and social purposes. It has now been decided to re-open the church for religious  services on Sunday the 6th of September. The service will be held at 2.00 pm on that day and each Sunday thereafter until further notice.  The service will be a much abreviated version of our regular service and there will be no hymn singing

Numbers attending will be strictly limited and if you would like to attend you must first contact the minister.

The minister can be reached for the above and any other matters on the following contact number  0161 460 3363

Existing documented and zoom meetings at 11.15 am on Sunday morning will continue.

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 Camera Club

Picture by Howard Maden

As we are still on "Shut-down" we have started to hold our camera club meetings on-line. We have a meeting every other Monday evening at 7.00 pm on "Zoom" for about an hour. Our next meeting is Monday 7th September. If you have an interest in photography you are most welcome to attend. Speak to Janet Thatcher for more information.

Click here to see our last exhibition

Speaking of Photos..........
How about this beautiful picture of
Connie Diggle on her wedding day!!  

Take a look at the June Calendar     

                June Clarke 

June has recently celebrated her Eightieth birthday on June 19th. although, quite rightly, the celebrations actually lasted several days!


Anne Mills
Still our
GA Vice President!

Last year was the 300th annniversary of a Unitarian church on this site!

What, then, could be more fitting than for our current Chair of the Congregation and Secretary to the Church Council than to become the Vice-President of the GA, in the same year? Anne was installed in this post during the General Assembly Annual Meetings in April 2019. In April this year she should have become the second President ever to be appointed from this church.

However, because of current circumstances this did not happen!!

Read on ............................!!!

300th Anniversary Videos



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.

Click to read more about our past, including material about the past Heywood congregation

Bury Unitarian Church
1 Bank Street

0161 761 3785





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Recent Events

Click on each event for pictures

BGS Wreath Laying at Holebottom

Harvest 2018

Murder Mystery Event

Christmas Lunch after "Teddy Bear" Service

Fairtrade Service 2019

Mothering Sunday

Quiz 2019

GA Meetings 2019

Victoria Wood Statue Unveiling Ceremony

 Strawberry Tea 2019

Wedding of Peter & Lorraine

WL Talk - "Women of Nepal"

Wedding of Kate & Ade 

Murder Mystery Evening

300th Anniversary

Christmas 2019

Quiz 2020


August has kept me busy, in ways that I could not have expected; September should be quieter---on paper, at least---and arrangements in October are still to be negotiated. I led worship, by Zoom, at Padiham, and at Edinburgh, on August 9th and 16th, respectively, and the services proceeded smoothly, from a technical point of view, and were received with much appreciation by the congregations concerned; it is always very gratifying when positive comments are expressed, and good to know that one's hard work has not been wasted. Padiham had invited members of Cross Street Manchester to join their worship, on August 16th; as I was unable to be present, I recorded a message of greetings and welcome for them, on behalf of the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry, and of the General Assembly. Brighton Unitarians celebrate their Bicentenary, on August 23rd, and I shall again offer greetings and congratulations to them, on behalf of the GA. The Presidential Team, which consists of myself, Celia Cartwright, and Sue Woolley, have access to a special email account and are jointly responsible for dealing with messages sent there. My involvement in the event at Brighton arose from such an email, as did a message of condolence to the family of a member at Stockton: Edna Anderson. It has been suggested that the Presidential Team should offer assistance with services, in order to help ministers and worship-leaders who are feeling very overworked, at present. My invitation to Belper, mid-September, has been cancelled, but I have offered to conduct a Zoom service for them, if they wish, and I am booked for a Zoom service at Kendal, at the end of the month.

On Sundays, Roger and I quite often attend the service at Padiham; all their Zoom services have been recorded and can be accessed on You Tube, including mine from August 9th. There will be services from other Unitarian churches to be found on You Tube, as well. Simply select the You Tube icon on your home screen, and, once you reach You Tube, type in an appropriate title (for example, "Padiham Unitarian Church Services"). In fact, You Tube offers a great variety of different types of entertainment: music, drama, comedy, lectures; and it is easy to access, as long as you have a suitable device. I should mention here that, for the Zoom services that I lead, I need a recording-studio; I have to make sure that the camera-angles are right; a plain background is a necessity; and different levels are needed for the chalice-candle, my service-words, my computer---and a glass of water, of course. I have found cardboard boxes to be very useful, and my recipe-book holder is just right; so far, nothing has overbalanced! I have no plans for a career in the film-industry, however.

I extend my thanks to Kate, once more, for everything she is doing for Bury Unitarian Church. Each week, we are provided with a well-written, well-delivered, service, and one that is relevant to our current circumstances, as well as being interesting and thought-provoking. I can't always manage to read my service at home, at 11.15 on Sundays, but I make every effort to read and think about it, before Sunday is over. I do this in the belief that all our members are doing the same, and I sincerely hope that this is so. Our efforts towards reopening for worship, this month, have been substantial and have required time and thought, too. Kate has done a magnificent job with the documentation she has collected together and circulated, and in the meetings she has chaired. Ade, too, has been busy, not just as our technical supervisor, but also as our Property Manager; there has been a great deal of work to be done, in this capacity. He is being ably assisted by our HARP Team (Howard, Ade, Roger, Peter)! Thank you to all of them.

If all goes according to plan, this month will bring live services to Bury Unitarian Church, again; these will not be what we have been used to, and you may not find them very satisfying, but they will mean that, in a small way, we shall be able to meet together, once more. If anyone had told us, in March, that it would be six months before we were able to come together, we would not have believed them, and this was not naÔvety; we simply had no idea what was in store for us. In the hope that I shall see many of you, in person, at some stage during this month, I send you all my love and very best wishes, and Roger joins me in these sentiments.

Click here to read all Anne's diary entries since her installation


Most of our services are conducted by our minister
Rev. Kate Brady McKenna

Click here to read about Kate

Our morning services are held on Sunday mornings commencing
at 11.15 am

(10.55 am on Remembrance Sunday)

All are welcome to attend

Click here for a list of services and other religious occasions.

Click here if you are attending a Unitarian service for the first time and would like some help.

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



Because of the current Coronan Virus shut-down, the Traidcraft shop will not be open until futher notice. If you need any supplies in the mean time please contact Anne Mills who will do her best to help.


When the situation returns to normal the Traidcraft stall selling
fairly-traded goods will be 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

Click here for pictures and story


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

Click here for a list of special occasions.







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