Booking other Services

Manchester Cathedral is a popular venue for special services of many types, and we welcome requests from organisations to mark their significant occasion in an act of worship.

One-off services for a particular occasion

Here are some examples of the special one-off services that have been held here over the past year or two, at the request of an independent organisation:

  • National Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act
  • Healing service (with the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation)
  • Taizé service (with Brother Paolo from the Taizé Community in France)
  • Launch of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal (with the Royal British Legion Riders’ Branch and the Royal British Legion in Greater Manchester)
  • The Priory of England and the Islands of the Most Venerable Order of The Hospital of St John of Jerusalem Service of Thanksgiving and Re-dedication
  • Manchester District Sea Cadet Corps A service to celebrate Trafalgar Day and the 150th anniversary of the Cadets.

Annual Services

Some organisations have been coming to the Cathedral for a number of years, and their services have become a regular feature, for example:

  • Carol Services (for charitable organisations)
  • St Ann’s Hospice Tree of Lights Service
  • East Cheshire & South Manchester and East Lancashire Wings Air Training Corps Anniversary Service
  • Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade Annual Parade and Service
  • Royal British Legion
  • Kidney Research UK Thanksgiving Service
  • Support After Murder and Manslaughter Service – a reflective memorial service for victims of violent death
  • School Founders’ Day Services – Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester Grammar, Crompton House.

Booking a special service at Manchester Cathedral

If you would like to explore the possibility of your organisation holding a service in the Cathedral, the first step is to put a request in writing (post or email). (You can have an informal chat with the Precentor first if you wish.) Include the following details in your request:

  • The name and nature of your organisation (if it is not well known)
  • The purpose of the service (e.g. an anniversary celebration)
  • The type of service (e.g. Holy Communion, Carol Service, Commemoration)
  • Approximate number of people expected
  • Any particular features or participants you would hope to include
  • The date and time of the service (it is not always possible to give people their first choice, so it is helpful if you could include other possibilities – ‘any Sunday afternoon in September’ or ‘a weekday evening’, for example)
  • How long you would expect the service to be, plus time for setting up equipment beforehand, rehearsal time for participants, and time for refreshments - if you intend to have a drink and nibble in the building after the service has finished.

The Precentor or a member of the Cathedral staff will respond to you and, if your request is successful, you will receive a letter of confirmation, along with a booklet to explain the process, Holding a Special Service at Manchester Cathedral, and a paper outlining the financial arrangements. The Precentor will request that you have at least one meeting at the Cathedral prior to, and well in advance of, your service. Complex service arrangements may require several meetings!

In almost all cases, an organisation will involve their chaplain or a supporting minister, who will draft the service in the first instance. It is very unusual for the Cathedral to put together an order of service for an independent organisation, although in all cases the Precentor will work alongside the organisation to give guidance and direction, as appropriate. (A precentor is an experienced worship-practioner, who is appointed specifically to have oversight of worship at the Cathedral.)

Attending a special service that has been publicised

All services at the Cathedral are open to the public. Very occasionally, however, the congregation is expected to fill the Cathedral to capacity, and an organisation will issue tickets to ensure that people can be certain of having a seat.

When this is the case, we endeavour to make it clear on the Cathedral’s fortnightly service schedule but if you are in doubt, please get in touch with the main office to enquire whether or not a ticket is required.