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History of St. John's Church

St. John's was built and consecrated in the year 1846. The building was designed by the architect E H Shellard and it is one of the oldest and finest examples of this kind of church in the Diocese of Manchester. Before St. John's was built we were part of the very large parish of All Saints, the remnant of which is now All Saints Newton Heath situated at the top of Briscoe Lane. When the church was first built there was not enough money to erect the spire so the West end was castellated. The building didn’t feel or look complete.

Today, the bell tower and the spire is a feature of Failsworth and the surrounding area. It is visible from Oldham as people travel down the A62 Oldham Road and from many parts of the parish. The steeple was added later mainly through the efforts of Dr. Barnes the first rector’s son who had become Failsworth’s well-known, much-respected local G.P.

The church community here in Failsworth is made up mainly of local people with just a few people mainly with family connections, travelling in from outside the parish.

We have a broad spectrum of ages represented in the congregation, with a lively Sunday School (100 on the books, average attendance of 60+), an embryonic men’s fellowship, and room for the re-development of further fellowship groups, female and mixed.

With the development of the mission hall, we hope to see a pram service, mum’s and tot’s groups, a luncheon club for those who are retired from paid employment and further development of a range of evening youth activities including work with some of the local teenagers who are already coming to us and using our facilities.

The healing ministry of the church is a low-key regular part of each weekly Eucharist we are moving towards a vision of shared ministry and lay participation.

If you are ever in our neighbourhood, you are warmly invited to join us for worship: Sundays at 9.00am (Morning Prayer) & 10.00 a.m (Parish Eucharist). Monday to Thursday at 9.00am (Morning Prayer). Wednesdays 10.00 a.m (Holy Eucharist).

We pray together, work together, and play together as a wider family where all are welcome.


The people of Saint John’s

Clock Tower

The cost of Stage 3, the clock tower, is just over £200,000.00p. Please give generously - you can make cheques payable to:

St John's PCC Failsworth Cash donations willingly accepted at Church.

Church Bell Appeal

We can announce that work has been commissioned to provide an electronically controlled bell clapper for the bell which will allow for a variety of sounding as a call to service. Eventually, when the clock face is made secure the bell will be connected to the clock to provide an hourly chime. We would thank all those who have contributed to the appeal and also welcome further donations to help with other expenses.

Floodlights on the Church. - Celebrating the new millennium with light

Church bells rang out across Britain to mark the beginning of the year 2000 and floodlighting Churches was also going to be an important element of the millennium celebrations. Lighting important buildings and interesting architectural landmarks is an appropriate way of celebrating. It not only draws attention to our heritage and increases pleasure in our surroundings, but encourages more people on to the streets at night, which gives a feeling of greater safety in some areas and is an additional tourist attraction.

The Church Floodlighting Trust was set up on the initiative of the lighting industry and had received a grant from the Millennium Fund towards the floodlighting of up to 400 local churches throughout Great Britain. Grants of approximately 45% of the capital cost could be obtained through the trust by churches of all Christian denominations with the balance being raised from local industry and church fundraising.

St John’s Failsworth applied to take part in the project during 1998 and obtained approval in mid 1999. With fundraising events and donations from local industry, the installation was completed in December 1999 in time for our grand switching on ceremony following a “From Darkness to Light” Advent Sunday service.

Parish Priest : Fr. Jonathan Elcock

Tel. 0161 683 4196

Email. failsworthstjohn@aol.com

St. John the Evangelist