Asylum Seekers

Supporting those newly arrived as refugees or asylum seekers



We are the two Church of England Churches in Rochdale Town Centre and we are here to help you.

If you are Christian, we hope you will be able to worship with us.

If you are not then please do get involved in other ways. Please see the information below.



St Chad’s, Rochdale Parish Church on Sundays at 11.00 am
St Mary in the Baum on Sundays at 9.30am and Wednesdays at 10.00 am

If you wish to be baptised or confirmed please have a word with the Vicar.

A Farsi-English Liturgy translation is available at St Chad’s


Support and advice

We gather together at St Mary’s on Wednesdays after the 10 am service and offer advice and mutual support.

Come and join in our worship and stay and drink tea afterwards.

If you like, please stay for lunch and a concert (ask and we may be able to arrange a free lunch and ticket).

Help with learning English

We are working with the Salvation Army who provide English as a second language classes on Tuesdays from 10 am at the Citadel, Newgate, Rochdale OL16 1AW.

More information from Roy on 0770 839 1667

Trips and outings

Working with friends of the churches and local partners we organise special cultural events.

Last year a few of us went to the Halle Orchestra and an other trip to the theatre is planned soon.

Come along for more information.


Place of Welcome

This is a community café, held at St Chad's on Thursdays from 10.30 am to 12 noon, offering hospitality to those who are new to the town and also its long standing residents.

It’s free, and a good place to talk or play games.

All are welcome.


The Red Cross Refugee Hub

We work closely with the Red Cross which meets at St Mary’s on Mondays 10 am to 3pm.

The Red Cross provide:

  • Wellbeing courses
  • Employability (including CV writing) course
  • English for Speakers of other Languages
  • Non specialist casework support
  • Refugee and asylums seekers volunteering support
  • Emergency provisions
  • Open access directories.

Contact number: 0161 888 8932

Contact details

St Chad’s, Rochdale Parish Church, Sparrow Hill, Rochdale, OL16 1QT

St Mary in the Baum, St Mary's Gate, Rochdale, OL16 1DZ

Revd Mark Coleman, Vicar     07795 202955