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Sanctus 1 is an inclusive and creative Christian community exploring spirituality in the heart of Manchester's Northern Quarter.

We meet on Wednesdays (7.00pm) at Nexus Art Cafe, Dale Street, Manchester, with the same theme for both sessions in the week.

Explore the rest of the site to find out more about why Sanctus 1 does what it does, what's coming up next and what projects it's been involved with in the past.

Our Venue

Nexus Logo

Virtual Service 1 launch

The first ever Sanctus 1 virtual service is now launched. The intention is for as many as possible to run this service themselves at 4pm on Thursday December 26th (Boxing Day), but you can actually run it whenever you like and as many times as you like!

See the new menu link or click here.


Christmas Gift

Christmas started early this year at Sanctus 1, as we've already done our Christmas day service.  We looked at the anticipation of opening a present and savouring it till the last moment, because once the contents have been revealed you can't put it back again, you can't unknow what you know.

The gift of Jesus is not just the gift of a baby boy to the world, but a whole way of being, a Kingdom come and still to come.  We pray that you will value all your gifts this Christmas time, just as the merchant valued the pearl of great value and sold everything he had.

Merry Christmas!



Anticipation candles

Anticipation by Yvonne M Carson


Ante-natal's hope:
A particular pleasure to be precipitated?

Ante-passion's apprehension:
A prospect to be prevented?

After that?
A waiting game but
A participation sport.


Once Upon A Time...


Once upon a time, in a cafe in Manchester... For the month of November, we are exploring the nature of short stories. The Bible is made up of many short stories, each with words of guidance and meaning, that span back thousands of years. We will be looking at some contemporary short stories from three different writers, seeing how they use brevity to convey a message, and what we can learn for their ideas. We will reveal the reading list at the November food service, where we will also be creating short stories of our own. We look forward to seeing you there ...and they all lived happily ever after.


Science month


It seems like Manchester runs from one festival into another these days. Having had a summer with the amazing Manchester International Festival and a Food and Drink Festival, October brings the Science Festival, a Gothic Festival and a Literature Festival!

Sanctus is taking inspiration from some of these and hosting some science-themed services this month. This has involved exploring the properties and uses of steam and how we can relate that to our spiritual experiences. Also, we have heard all about blood from a haematologist and wondered at the amazing capability and structure of our bodies.

Finally, as you can see from the image above, the community have come together to produce components for a piece in the Nexus art exhibition Origins. Inspired by the service Sanctus ran at Greenbelt earlier this year, this includes (loose) representations of molecules and is intended to grow throughout the month.