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This picture was taken after our morning service in April 2019



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Corona Virus

Because of the Corona Virus emergency situation, the church will be closed for all religious and social purposes until further notice.

If you need to speak to the minister she can be reached on the following contact number 0161 460 3363

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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 Monday evening at 7.00 pm on "Zoom" for about 40 mininutes. If you have an interest in photography you are most welcome to attend

Take a look at some of our recent pictures

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 ............................!!!

Life’s Messy by Rossalyn Moore

Life's Messy.
To create one thing, you mess up another:
Space, cloths, the room.
You arrange the flowers, dig the dirt, plant the seeds;
All messy propositions
But you get the dirt, paint, pollen, on your hands, cloths, hair
And face, if you're lucky.
The more engaged, the grander the mess.
Cleaning up the gulf is a messy
Cleaning our your closet, your soul is messy
But there is no growth, development, nor creation without it
God, you must be a real mess.


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

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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


There is little to report, this month, as lockdown continues, and life proceeds according to the new normality. On the first Sunday in June, I produced the Sunday Service for Chowbent; this was a read-at-home service, to celebrate the chapel's 299th Anniversary, which considered the contribution made to Chowbent by Caleb Wright, a considerable benefactor of theirs, and of the local area; he was also the first M.P. for the new constituency of Leigh. Next year, I hope to able to be present in person, when Chowbent celebrates its important 300th Anniversary!

I continue to tune in to services and other events at Padiham, Kendal, Stand and Edinburgh, and enjoy the variety of material and style available. I have been invited to deliver a service for St. Mark's Unitarian Church, Edinburgh; as this will be via Zoom, I am quite apprehensive! Padiham's first Zoom service was subtitled "Be kind---it's an experiment!" I know the feeling! Kate conducted Bury's first Zoom service, on June 14th, from her kitchen-table; it was good to hear her voice again, and we found this a moving service, especially when each member was mentioned by name and formally remembered. Thanks to Kate for everything she is doing for us, in order to sustain us and help us through this difficult time; thanks, too, to Ade for dealing with the technical-requirements of Zoom. All went beautifully.

During Kate's leave, in July, I have offered to write a service for Bury, and this will be available for the 19th; details will follow, once Kate and I have agreed what is to happen to provide cover during her absence. I continue to work hard, on the congregation's behalf; despite our continued closure, there is still much to be arranged, and discussions and decisions are ongoing. As I write, churches are reopening for private prayer, but we are still a considerable time away from a full reopening; in some ways, I wish it could be soon, but a prime consideration must be that nothing should threaten the health of our members, many of whom are very vulnerable indeed. I send everyone my best wishes; be patient---we will be together as soon as possible!


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.







Charity Registration No.1078570
Bury Unitarian Church 2020

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