St John Baptist, Hey or Lees

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In 1742, at a time when fines were levied for non-attendance at church, a “Chapel of Ease” was built in the hamlet of Hey, on the Lancashire – Yorkshire border so that the inhabitants of the district could attend Divine Service without having to travel three or four miles to the mother church in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Built of local stone, by local people, the structure was originally four windows long and was extended twice, in 1772 and 1843. With galleries on all four walls and high- backed box-pews, the building could accommodate 730 people.

In the mid -nineteenth century the chapel closed for a year while major alterations were made to the interior. On 24th June 1869, the chapel re-opened and two months later was assigned a parish with boundaries of its own, no longer tied to Ashton. Over the next 20 years, Gothic-style stained -glass windows were installed depicting scenes from the life of Christ and were designed by Capronnier of Brussels. For nearly a century the layout remained the same, with blocks of pews and two aisles There were galleries on three sides and an organ loft at the west end.

In 1987 a serious fire destroyed much of the woodwork and organ and damage from water and subsequent damp led to rot in the floor, screens and walls. A decision was made to remove all flooring, galleries and pews and to re-order the whole interior. The altar was brought forward to provide a more flexible use of space, and there is now a central aisle with chairs on each side. Fortunately the windows, although damaged were repairable and the fine reredos escaped unscathed. The cupola was also restored and was short-listed for the John Betjeman prize in 1991. It is an attractive focal point in the parish.

After more than 275 years St John the Baptist Church Hey is light, bright, warm and comfortable and all are welcome to come and join us in worship.

We are located at the junction of St John Street and Stamford Road OL4 3DS

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Holy Communion
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Parish Communion
This is our main act of worship on Sundays. We have a thriving Sunday School that runs at the same time in the hall attached to the church
Every first second fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments
Come & Praise!
This is a word service which is for all generations. All the children are in church and often there is a parade of the uniformed organisations.
Every third Sunday at 9:30 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Creche Refreshments


Wednesday Communion
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer


Come and Praise!
This service is to meet the needs of those who want to worship on a regular basis but find Sunday a difficult day to get to church for whatever reasons.
Every Thursday at 7:00 PM for 35 minutes
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Carol Service
Hymns, carols and readings for Christmas
Sunday 17th December 2017 at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Christmas Carols Mince Pies
Christingle/Nativity Service
A fantastic start to Christmas for all the family
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
Midnight Mass
Come to our Midnight Mass
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
Christmas Day
Welcome the Christ Child on Christmas day
Monday 25th December 2017 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome

Stained Glass Floodlight


Regular Christian Development courses are run

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Hall for Hire Please ring the Administrator for details
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 16001
Built: 1744
Style of worship: Central and inclusive
Our Patron: The Rector of Ashton
Archdeaconry: ROCHDALE (242)
Deanery: Oldham East (24208)
Benefice: Medlock Head (24/227CL)
Parish Legal Name: St. John, Hey (240273 )
CofE Church Info: (624273 24/273)
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The current editor is: David Green

This page was last updated on Thursday 6th July 2017
St John Baptist, Hey or Lees, Greater Manchester, OL4 3DS - Junction of St John Street and Stamford Road

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