Oldhams Church - Bolton

Oldhams Church Bolton

Come Exactly as you are* - No perfect people allowed!

Oldhams Church is part of the Antioch Network Manchester - an estate church planting network within the Manchester Diocese. 

We meet weekly on Sundays, 3pm at the Barlow Park Centre at the end of Dunoon Drive (BL1 7NT) on the estate. 

If you would like further details about our activities - please contact Lee & Mel on 07712 003 290.

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Our Story

There is a council estate in Bolton called Oldhams estate. In 2014 a small group of people, part of the local parish church; St Paul’s Astley Bridge, began to pray and dream about how they could plant church within Oldhams estate. In January 2016, after much prayerful waiting, Sunday worship started.

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Oldhams Church is a community of Jesus’ followers. We are seeking to become better followers of Jesus, better at sharing him with our friends and neighbours and better at being his family.

Oldhams Church is made up of many different people, some who have been Christians for many years, some for just a few weeks and some who are yet to call themselves Christian.

On Sundays we gather at 3.00pm at the Barlow Park Centre. The meeting lasts an hour. There are songs, testimonies, prayers, brews, treats and learning from the Bible.

Throughout the week we do many things as a church family. These include: Alpha Courses, a 6 month Apprenticeship course for developing leaders, daytime Bible study and Lunch, open house food, Community cafe, Men and Women's Bible Studies, Youth Groups, Celebrate Recovery 12-step group and lots of fun day trips and activities.

What people say

Jenny says,

“I was in a dark, lonely place for many years, and alcohol had destroyed my faith, hope and was destroying me and my family. In 2017 I found Oldhams Church and my relationship with Jesus. I haven't touched a drop of alcohol since. A true miracle from God”

John says,

“Since being part of church I’ve got people I can rely on, they are my family. Jesus has done that for me and he’s been there even when I haven’t known him.”

Want to Find out more?

The best way for you to find out more about Oldhams Church is to come along on a Sunday.

For more info please contact the leaders of Oldhams Church, Lee & Melanie on 07712 003290.

* But don't stay that way!

Safeguarding at Antioch's Churches

Antioch Network's churches are committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Manchester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

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Rev Lee Higson

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3 Ivy Bank Road

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Alpha Course

Every Tuesday at for 2 hours
The Vicarage
The Vicarage, 3 Ivy Bank Road Sharples Bolton, BL1 7EQ, United Kingdom

We run Start and Alpha courses once each year. Alpha is a great introduction to the Christian faith. Our sessions take place at the vicarage on Tuesday Afternoons following lunch together at 12pm. Please speak to Lee or Melanie if you would like to join the next course.

Courses run twice a year. Speak to Lee or Melanie for details.


The Antioch Network sits under the Safeguarding Policy of the Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese of Manchester, and the people in its parish churches, work hard to safeguard children and young people, vulnerable adults and those in abusive relationships.

We aim to create safe environments, where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice. As part of this, Antioch:

Has a Network safeguarding lead. The email for this is: [email protected].
Has designated safeguarding reps for every church plant in our Network.
Works closely with Diocesan safeguarding staff both on an ongoing basis (including a documented quarterly check-in with every church plant safeguarding lead) and in the event of any concerns for the wellbeing of vulnerable adults and children.

The direct email for the Diocese of Manchester's Safeguarding team is [email protected].

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