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About Us

the St. Aphrahat the Persian church

We are a Persian-speaking Anglican church committed to meeting the needs of all Persian speakers.

Our beliefs are firmly grounded in significant historical creeds, including the Nicene Creed (325 AD), the Constantinople Creed (381 AD), the Chalcedon Creed (451 AD), and the Athanasian Creed.

While we value the independence of our church, we also maintain a spiritual and organizational fellowship with the Church of England.

History of Saint Aphrahat the Persian Sage Church

In viewing the church as the body of Christ with Him reigning as its head, our minds drift back to the foundational essence of the church: a collective of believers bound together in His love. In the year 2004 AD, in the city of Bolton within Greater Manchester, a handful of faithful souls gathered in a modest dwelling. It was here that the first bricks of what would become Saint Aphrahat Church were laid - bricks not of stone or clay, but of individual, intertwined lives. Just as cells make up a body, these believers came together to manifest His divine spirit.

As 2004 came to an end, this intimate home church metamorphosed into a more formal edifice, proudly becoming the first church for Iranians in Greater Manchester. This sacred space was originally a part of the Baptist 'Cornerstone Church'. Just a year later, in 2005, another venue in the Longsight district became the new sanctuary for the Saint Aphrahat Church community. Yet, the year had more in store, and by its conclusion, the church had relocated to Droylsden in Greater Manchester, where it held its congregation until 2006.

When 2006 was drawing its curtains, the Nazarene Church in the Didsbury region, an extension of the Nazarene Theological College, graciously became the church’s fifth abode.

By 2007, the Saint Aphrahat Church, a shining beacon of Persian legacy, found its forever home in the welcoming arms of the Heaton Mersey region of Greater Manchester. The unwavering warmth and acceptance of this area are a testament to the immeasurable love of a community that, transcending cultural diversities, wholeheartedly serves their Iranian counterparts in the body of Christ.

Today, Saint Aphrahat stands tall, looking back with gratitude and gazing forward with hope. The church, anchored in its faith, treasures the fellowship of its loyal members and always keeps its doors open to embrace newcomers.

In the blessed name of Jesus, let this legacy continue.





Staff and Leadership

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