About Us

We are one of several Church of England Churches in the area with a Parish stretching alongside this picturesque part of the Bridgewater Canal. We are 5 mins walk from the Sale Metro station, the Waterside Theatre and Sale Town Hall. You can spot the Church Tower from many vantage points around Sale, and you'll no doubt hear the chiming of the bells at regular intervals.

Our worship is typically Anglican 'middle of the road'-we have a robed choir and use both the Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship contemporary language. We hope that we are a friendly welcoming church and we hope that whether you're on a journey of discovery, a disciple seeking sustenance or just visiting us for a special occasion that you'll be aware of God's immense love for you. 

We reserve the sacrament and are happy to make arrangements for those unable to travel or attend church to receive communion at home, in nursing care or hospital.

Our building is accessible via a purpose built ramp, large print copies of Orders of Service are available, a loop system and we have gluten-free wafers on request. If you require assistance in advance of a visit please do get in touch.

We run various midweek clubs including our own 'babes & tots', Women's Tuesday club, Men's society and a 'dementia friendly' Community choir where we encourage singing to aid the memory and a social time with a brew.

We support various local Foodbanks and charities including The Mustard Tree who assist the homeless in and around Greater Manchester.

Historical Background

The Parish of St Paul's came into being on 7th August 1881 when the first services were held in St Ann's Mission Hall, Cambridge Street and on the same day subscriptions towards a permanent church were invited. 

The first sod for the new Church was cut on 25th March 1882 with the foundation stone being laid in the following July. The new Church was opened on 30th June 1883 but the tower was not added until twenty years later.

The Tower was recently renovated at a cost of over £40,000. The Bells were rung before the 1999 Candlelight Carol Service and rang in the new millenium at Midday on January 1st 2000.

Since then major work has been completed to provide wheelchair access and new toilet and baby-changing facilities.

The renowned physicist, mathematician and brewer- James Prescott Joule FRS FRSE worshipped regularly at St Paul's and there is a plaque marking the place where he used to sit. He was buried in the local cemetery at Brooklands and his gravestone bears words from John's Gospel "I must work the work of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work"

For more detailed information on services and photos of various Church events over the years see our website: St Paul's Church, Sale – Serving God and the Community (stpaulsale.co.uk)