Hatherlow United Reformed Church
Otterspool Road, Romiley, Stockport, SK6 3DR

Hatherlow URC is one of the churches of the Goyt and Etherow Pastorate


Hello and welcome to our web page. Here you will be able to find information on our church and its activities

Hatherlow Church traces its history back to 1645, services then being held in Chadkirk Chapel, and it was the oldest Congregational body in Cheshire. The first independent minister at Chadkirk was Gamallel Jones, who settled there in 1688 or 1689. In the latter year the "Meeting Place" at Chadkirk was certified as a licensed place for religious worship shortly after the passing of the Toleration act. When they were finally ejected in the reign of Queen Anne, a new building was erected in 1706 on the site now occupied by Hatherlow Sunday School.

The present church was opened as Hatherlow Congregational Church in 1845, although the burial ground surrounding it goes back to 1793


The life of the Church

Our Worship Services start at 10.30 am on Sunday and last about one hour. The Sunday School meet before service, currently about 9.45am. Once a month the Sunday School come into Morning Worship for about twenty minutes to be part of the whole community at Hatherlow, and to show the Church something of what they have been involved in.

Quiet Prayer - 6-7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month - all welcome.
Short Service - 11 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, during Coffee Morning, held in the snooker room in the Sunday School. .

Holy Communion takes place once a month, usually the first Sunday in the month.

There is a wide breadth of special services through the year. As well as Easter, Harvest and Christmas worship we also celebrate Christingle, Remembrance day, Mothering Sunday, ‘Shoe-box’ Sunday, Men’s Day, Women’s World Day of Prayer is attended, and Church Anniversary Sunday.

There are more Baptisms than would be usual in a small church like ours – in 2012 there were 16. The local community see us as their ‘parish church’ and we feel that this indicates that there is a relationship with them that provides a real opportunity for growth. We have quite a few Weddings and this could be because the building is quite attractive.

The church is also used for funeral services, mainly for people from the local area.

Safeguarding - our church has a formal Safeguarding Policy for the protection of children and adults at risk. Further details can be provided on request from the Church Secretary

Updated 29th March 2018