St John & St Mark Church Bury

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Below we have set out how we have sought to make our church, hall and website welcoming and inclusive.  If you require additional assistance or have ideas about how we can improve our access information then please do not hesitate to contact us on:

  1. Telephone: 0161 797 7652 (Vicar Dave Thompson)
  2. On-line via our Contact page


There is a floating blue microphone symbol on the right hand side of every page. This is a search facility that works for both voice and text searches.

Getting to the church and hall

If coming by car or bus, please see directions on our Find Us page.

Details of free and low cost travel for disabled people can be found at:

Parking:  On-street parking is available for both the church (on Sunny Avenue, BL9 6PF) and church hall (Parkinson Street, BL9 6NY). Depending on the time of day, spaces can fill up quickly, so please give yourself a little time for parking.

Please be aware that the streets are lined with trees. In places this narrows the pavement and makes the approach to the church and the hall uneven.

Access to the Church

A portable ramp into the front of church is available during services. There is also a permanent ramp from the emergency doors on the corridor between church and hall.

Portable access ramp and permanent slope
Portable ramp to the main church door and
permanent slope from the church-hall corridor

We are currently seeking advice on how best to provide a permanent slope into the main door.

Inside the church

Large-font hymn books and an induction loop are available in the church. 

There are spaces within the pews for wheelchair users, their families and friends. One is towards the back of the centre aisle on the left. The other is on the right, halfway down the centre aisle.

There are steps up to the altar with handrails to both sides.

Access space for wheelchairs and steps to altar
Space for wheelchair on the right of the aisle & Steps with handrails to the altar

If you would like to take communion but are unable to stand or come to the front of the church, then you can remain in your seat and the minister will come to you.  If you would like to do this then please let someone know on your arrival at the church.

People attending the church can use the wheelchair accessible toilet, located in the lobby of the church hall (see further below).

Moving between the church and hall

The church hall and accessible toilet are accessed from the church via a lift:

Access between church and hall
Steps which convert to a lift between church and hall

If this is your first time with us then someone will take you through the process of using the lift, which is operated by buttons. These buttons have to remain pressed during use. The lift converts into steps when not in use. The gate at the back remains up whilst the lift is in use. There is a metal lip at the front to prevent rolling. The lift emits a ‘beep’ when in use.

The emergency exit doors, with the permanent ramp outside, can be seen at the top of the steps.

Access to the church hall

The main entrance/ exit of the church hall on Parkinson Street has a permanent ramp.  The door is outward opening and is quite stiff.

Access to hall
Front access to the hall – steps and slope

Again please note there are trees on Parkinson Street which narrows the pavement and makes it uneven in parts. There is a slight difference in levels at the base of the ramp (due to a manhole cover). This is highlighted in white paint as shown on the photo above.

Whilst there is an induction loop fitted in the church, there is not yet one in the hall. This is planned for the future.


A wheelchair accessible toilet is located in the lobby of the church hall. Transfer is from right to left.

Additional considerations:

  1. In case of emergencies there are accessible exits from the hall and from the corridor between church and hall.
  2. Assistance dogs are welcome in both church and hall.
  3. Lighting levels are generally good in both church and hall. However, if you experience any problems with lighting then please let us know.

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