©2019 Longsight Community Church of the Nazarene

Registered Charity 1166806

About Longsight Community Church of the Nazarene

About

Longsight, Community Church of the Nazarene is about a community of people who share a common hope – that we will follow Jesus and live our everyday, ordinary lives in the light of the resurrection, here and now.  We are hopeful for the present and future transformation of our lives and the communities we live in.
No matter who you are or where you’re from, no matter where you’ve been, you are welcome to discover with us how to follow Jesus as part of our community.


When we gather in worship, we come together in gratitude to God, we come to learn how to live, to share and carry each other’s burdens and pain, to discuss, think and question, to celebrate together.  As we love each other, and work out what it means to be a community of God’s people, we discover that we are transformed – and our hope for love becomes more and more our reality.

Our gathering sends us forward – we believe that we are sent into the world, led by God’s spirit – we care passionately about loving others, creatively living, fighting injustices, helping those who suffer.  We believe that Jesus calls us, his Church, to be agents of good, of love, of sacrifice for others, of joining in God’s mission to transform the world.  We believe that God invites us to be so hope-full, joy-full, radical and imaginative in our daily lives that we bring God’s light wherever we live out our ordinary lives.  We believe that God longs for all people to share in this hope.

The Story of the Longsight Community Church of the Nazarene

Originally Star Hall Mission…

The Longsight church began in Ancoats as a ‘mission hall’ in 1889, by Manchester businessman Francis Crossley – founder of Crossley Works¹ – to meet the spiritual needs of his own workers. He purchased a dance hall, Star Hall, ultimately building his own facilities These included a place of worship which saw a multitude of the leading ‘holiness’² preachers of the day, as well as Ancoats Hospital, providing health care for that blighted area of the city. After his death in 1896 his daughter and a Miss Hatch took leadership of the ministry, which came to include a ‘Bible Institute’ that trained church leaders who were sent around the world.³

¹ Crossley was holder of the British patent for the Otto Gas Engine, which drove the engines of the Industrial Revolution. One of these engines is on display at the entrance to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. He was personally associated with William and Catherine Booth, founders of the Salvation Army, and was a major contributor to their work in the cities of Britain (giving an estimated £12m in today’s terms over the course of twenty years), and active on the Board of the Manchester City Mission. His concerns extended abroad as well: he was singularly responsible for bringing the Armenian massacres of the 1890s in Turkey to the attention of the British people and government.
² Star Hall was part of a spiritual movement of the second half of the 19th Century known as the ‘Holiness Movement’, which included America and parts of continental Europe as well. All the most famous preachers of the movement came to preach in the ‘Bull Ring’ (as the semi-circular worship hall was known) at the annual Easter Convention. Hundreds attended these meetings.
³ The Star Hall Bible Institute was led by an American educator, A M Hills, who also founded two universities in the US, now known as Southern Nazarene University and Olivet Nazarene University. These institutions sought, from the very beginning, to offer quality education within a Christian setting. The Institute responded in 1910 to an invitation from a group of churches in Korea to start a Bible College, and sent one of its own graduates, John Thomas, with support from OMS. Today the Seoul Theological Seminary has over 1000 students, serving over 500 churches of the Korean Holiness Church.

Changing Times, Changing Methods…

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New Start on Plymouth Grove…

A second CPO moved the church to its present location on Plymouth Grove in 1985.  This period of the church’s history is notably multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-congregational, including as many as 20 nationalities on a given week. From 1986-1995 the church provided the home for the Korean church and cultural centre, until this group outgrew the facilities, and now a Hispanic church gathers Spanish-language worshippers from all over the Northwest.

Also Global in Outlook…

The Church of the Nazarene carries a concern for the social as well as the spiritual needs of the communities in which it serves. World-wide, the arm of the church which focuses on this is known as Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Through the network of 16,000 local churches, assistance in disasters is able to be channelled directly to areas of need.  This has been increasingly recognised by other aid agencies, who have directed their resources through NCM in places, recently, such as Haiti (hurricane and earthquake relief), and Nepal (flood relief).  On a daily basis the NCM network includes a variety of urban projects, from alcoholic rehabilitation in Berlin to providing council youth-work in Carlisle; from pensioners housing on Clydebank to non-sectarian family assistance in Belfast. The Longsight church’s Crossroads Centre, beginning locally like all the rest, joins this network of involvement.