The Parish of S. Margaret, Hollinwood & S. Chad, Limeside
"A worshipping community, sharing God's love with everyone."
Registered Charity No. 1134150
Welcome to our Website!
"'In the Name of God.Amen', these are the opening words of the Consecration Deed of the Church of England Chapel in Hollingwood.The date, July 8th 1769.'" ('The Parish Church of Saint Margaret of Antioch, Hollinwood, Oldham - A Short History 1769 to 1996 by Barry Dainty')
So begins nearly 250 years of the local church and Christian life here in Hollinwood and Limeside.
The sketch you see on the right (believed to be Freeman's original drawing) is of the present church. It was preceded by and replaced the earlier building of 1769. In these past 244 years, many faithful people, pilgrims in the faith, have served their parish church and their community and so in a very real sense, as you turn the pages of our website, and pass this way, you are joining countless others known and unknown, who have discovered the delights of this beautiful parish church and we welcome your virtual visit, and we hope one day you will visit us in the flesh!
The Parish of Hollinwood & Limeside is in the Diocese of Manchester , the Archdeaconry of Rochdale, the Deanery of Oldham West. We sit in the northeast corner of the Diocese. S. Margaret's is one of a number of churches in the Diocese and in the Deanery, who uniquely find themselves under the alternative episcopal care of the Bishop of Beverley . Unable to accept the ministry of women priests, the Parochial Church Council in consultation with the congregation has in place Resolutions A & B [The Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure1993 and the PCC has also petitioned the Diocesan Bishop in accordance with the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod 1993 for ‘Resolution C’) which places us under the pastoral care of the Bishop of Beverley. That said, the parish has always sought to maintain the closest of links with the Diocese. The Parish is affiliated to Forward in Faith. S. Margaret's has a long and historic catholic tradition. It supports a number of the catholic societies of the Church of England among them: Society of S. Wilfrid and S. Hilda , Additional Curates Society , Church Union and as a parish we also a member of the Prayer Book Society!
At the heart of our community is S. Margaret's Church. At the heart of all we do, all we say, all we are, is the daily Mass - the Eucharist. The Parish Mass on a Sunday is at 10.30am. Our worship is modern catholic in style, so that as God intended, all of our senses are used in our worship of him, who is Father, Son & Holy Spirit. The Offices of Readings, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer are also said daily. On the first Sunday of the month, Solemn Vespers & Benediction takes place. Other Mass times can be found on the calendar tab on the navigation bar.and next to it you will find a tab giving our loction and directions.
We are very fortunate to have our own church school S. Margaret's CofE Primary School which was judged by Ofsted to be a 'Good' school in 2011. We are a Voluntary Aided school "All aspects of our learning are based on the Christian principles of love, faith and hope....our high expectations of behaviour and academic standards supported by our enriching curriculum, committed teaching and support staff enable each child to achieve their best, support each other and above all enjoy their learning and grow in confidence." (Mrs Kathryn Keiran, Headteacher)
From the earliest of days, S. Margaret;s has passionately stood by and alongside those whom the world and society casts aside and often rejects. We proudly support many charities which are international (The Leprosy Mission , United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, Christian Aid); national (Church Urban Fund, Children's Society); and local (Oldham Foodbank, Dr. Kershaw's Hospice),and we readily acknowledge that we often receive so much more from them, than we can ever give them in return. There is a hope also that current loose links with two communities in El Salvador namely El Tular and Los Claras will be deepened and strengthened through a local charity Wellspings.
With an historic building to maintain comes responsibilities - but we are not an anciet redundent monument, nor are we a museum - this is none other than the House of God, the gateway to heaven. We have been most fortunate in recent years to have attracted grants from English Heritage , Heritage Lottery Fund , and National Churches Trust and others which have allowed us to complete two major restoration projects to date: Phase One - the Tower Restoration and Phase Two - the replacement and restoration of the roofs of the North Aisle, Nave, Transept, Chancel and Sacristy. If you would like to further support the work of restoring our building, please go to the fundraising pages.
S. Margaret's Church - A Place To Be.Come!
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