Manchester City Mission

The City Mission for Manchester based in the Windsor Christian Centre in Salford, has been a beacon of hope for the city since 1837. Its curent Director, Terry Durose heads the work in the city among homeless people and all who need to hear of the love of Jesus.

the dining area at Manchester City Mission

The three pillars of the work of Manchester City Mission are Incarnation – entering into the world of the people they are trying to reach, Compassion – responding to people’s unmet needs and Proclamation – telling the world about the unsearchable reaches of Christ. The three come together in the work of the Mission.

The home base of the Mission in Salford hosts the Narrowgate shelter, an emergency-access shelter for homeless people. It has thirty beds and is full every night, providing dormitory accommodation, showers, food and hospitality for those in need. Terry says that first thing the shelter offers people is an escape from the ‘fog’ of homelesness. By providing people the essentials of life, they can start to see beyond just surviving to a broader perspective in life.

Terry Durose

As well as its shelter Manchester City Mission works with homless people on the city streets, supports Iranian refugees, takes services in retirement homes and is involved in many primary schools in the region through its Groundbreakers project, which creates links between schools and local churches.

Manchester City Mission can be contacted through its website or by phone on 0161 736 7959. They have opportunties for volunteering, especially in their Narrowgate project.

Listen our Faith in Manchester podcast about Manchester City Mission.

Homeless Jesus sculpture unveiled in Manchester

Homeless Jesus statue in Manchester

A new sculpture in Manchester is making people in our city centre think about Jesus Christ in a new way. The sculpture is not of Jesus as a baby or Jesus on a cross, or even Christ in glory. This time Jesus is depicted as a homeless man lying on a bench.

The work “Jesus the Homeless” is by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz, and is one of a series of casts in cities around the world including Washington DC, Dublin, Glasgow and Singapore. This one was rejected by planners in Westminster but granted planning permission by Manchester City Council. It has been installed outside St Ann’s Church on St Ann Street in the central retail district.

The statue was unveiled in April 23rd 2018 by two homeless men called Dave and Ian and blessed by the Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd David Walker, who said, “Jesus is very explicit in the Bible – when we offer or refuse care to those in need, we will be judged as though he himself were the needy person before us.”

St Ann’s Church raised the money to place the statue in front of its church building. The church is active in helping homeless people in the city, including a new project called ‘Morning Hours’, in which hot drinks and toast are provided to rough sleepers before day centres open.

Rector of St Ann’s Church, the Revd Nigel Ashworth, said the artwork would ‘challenge passers-by to question their attitude towards homeless and marginalised people that they come across in their day-to-day lives’.