Until 2010 St. George's Church was part of the Christ the King family in the Bury Deanery . By the end of 2010 there were changes afoot.
During the previous five or six years there was a large re-organisation within the Diocese of Manchester. St. George's parish officers took the opportunity of requesting that they be moved into Heywood area and within the Deanery of Heywood and Middleton.
Standing, as it does, to the east of the main M66 motorway which has become a modern boundary between Heywood and Bury, this was seen as a natural progression. Heap Bridge and Heywood were linked throughout history as part of the Township of Heap before Heywood existed as a separate Borough. Both Heywood and Heap Bridge became part of the Borough of Rochdale during the government changes of the 1970s.The young children of Heap Bridge mainly attended the local primary school, Heap Bridge Primary on the opposite side of Heap Brow to the church. Many then went on to the nearest secondary school situated in Heywood.
The nearest church to link with was St. Margaret's Church located on Heys Lane, Heywood. The officers at St.Margaret's welcomed this idea and negotiations for the change were put into operation. St. Margaret's Church had spent 10 years as part of the Parish of Heywood Team, which was also being disolved under the changes within the diocese. The two churches, both retaining separate entities, Parish Councils, services, etc. now work very closely together and hold many joint events. They will share the ministry with St. Margaret's Church under a joint benefice once all changes within the Diocese are implemented.
Details about St. Margaret's Church can be found on their own website.