Pat-a-cake is our baby and toddler group which meets on Tuesday mornings during term-time, from 10am to 12.00pm at Bethany Church.  Pat-a-cake has a real community feel about it with a very open and caring atmosphere. We cater for about 30 little ones each week with their parents/carers.

Babies and pre-school children are welcome as the activities are suited to this age group, but not school-age children. While parents/carers are responsible for their children, we try to make sure that Pat=a=cake is a safe and happy place for everyone.

There are a variety of toys for the children to play with, and tea, coffee, juice and snacks are available. We have just introduced healthy snacks for little ones to cut down on the biscuits.

During the morning there is singing and traditional nursery rhymes.
This is followed by a craft activity, with a topical theme.

We also have special events over the year like “Sports Day”, when we raised money for World Vision, Teddy Bears Picnic and Harvest, when we collected food items for Barnabus. Attendance is 50p per person which includes refreshments. Babies under 12 months go free.

Due to our popularity and space, there is a small waiting list; so if little ones want to come and join in they need to get their carer to contact us and get their name on the list. We do review placements on a regular basis and try our best to accommodate.

Call our office on: 0161 428 8891 for more details.


LiveWires is a weekly event during term time it starts at 6.15 every Wednesday and finishes at 7.45.  Live wires is aimed at Children 5-11 years of age.
Children arrive and make their way to the tuck shop before going off to play upstairs in our kids activity room which is supervised by our staff.  At Live Wires we have team sports and a craft corner.
LiveWires has been running for many years and is very popular around Gatley with parents and children.

Grace Course

The Grace Course is a tool for churches to help Christians recover their first love for God so that they go on to love others and make a great impact on the world. Its objective is to enable Christians to experience God’s grace in such a deep and real way that love for Him becomes the main motivator in their lives.

It teaches the wonderful truths of grace but has an emphasis on helping people experience that grace.

Our next course will be running 10th Jan to 21st Feb 7:15 – 9:15pm.

Alpha Course

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith.

Who is Alpha for?

Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

How does it work?

Alpha is ten sessions with the option of a day or weekend away in the middle. Each session includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. At any point, if you think Alpha isn’t for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.

Our next Alpha will take place in September 2017.


OASIS  happens on the third Thursday every month 2pm with tea and guest speaker. Oasis is a community support group for people aged 60 and over.  The Oasis team also run another group on the first Thursday every month which is more informal where people from within the local community can meet and chat.  It comprises of Tea and an Epilogue.  Each year the Oasis team also host special annual Mid-summer Cream Tea and special Christmas party events.


Prospects is the lead Christian organisation for people with learning disabilities and their families in the United Kingdom.  Prospects work through local churches to reach out to families affected by learning disability to offer the very best quality in professional care in Jesus’ name.  Prospects seek to attain a reputation for creating ‘best practice’ and to be the Christian service provider of choice in the UK.

Prospects South Manchester meets at Bethany Church every third Monday of each month 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

School’s work

Bethany church has a longstanding relationship with the schools of Gatley and Cheadle.


At a primary level our schools team regularly present assemblies across a number of schools.  It is a team that is recognised for relevant communication, service to the community and punctuality.

The schools we present to include

  • Gatley Primary School
  • Lum Head Primary School
  • Peel Hall Primary School
  • Crossacres Primary School



At a secondary level we also have a good relationship with Kingsway High School in Gatley who invite us to assemblies to present and highlight key themes in the Christian Calendar.


As part of our wider commitment to the village of Gatley, Bethany Church has a long standing relationship with Wellcroft residential care home. This relationship involves regular visits by our community music team who perform uplifting mini concerts for those in care.

The team also perform special events at key times throughout the year and hold various fund raising events.

Barn Dancing

Every week Bethany Church hosts a community barn dance.  With authentic blue grass musicians and a live band this weekly event has become popular for residents of Gatley and Cheadle.

If you would like more information about barn dancing please contact the church office on 0161 428 8891.

Bethany Church is a thriving Pentecostal Church based in Manchester. If you’re looking for churches in Manchester then come along, we’d love to meet you!