“As School Chaplain it’s my privilege to help students and staff explore and develop faith in a safe, relevant and encouraging environment, and help us celebrate what it means to be a faith community with a Christian ethos.
The school’s chaplaincy offers several connection points throughout the life of the school: weekly Christian Unions for upper and lower school, monthly Eucharists (attendance is on a voluntary basis), informal counselling, a spiritually-reflective thought for the week, spiritual retreats, and a variety of special events in school and around Manchester.
You’ll see me around the school, in assemblies, in RE lessons, teaching maths, and on some school trips. I love the outdoors, football, music, travel, and good food (in no particular order).
I’m very approachable, so please say ‘hi’, and if I can help you in any way I will.”
Revd Dr Steve Birkinshaw
Christian Unions – Every Tuesday
The Christian Union is every Tuesday. It’s a place to come and explore faith & life in a fun way … please also bring your lunch along.
Lunchtimes in the School Chapel.
2019 – 2020 Eucharists
|Start of Year Eucharist||September 11th 2019 (Wed)||Revd Canon Falak Sher, St Werburgh’s, Chorlton & Church of the Ascension, Hulme|
|Harvest/One World Week Eucharist||October 23rd 2019 (Wed)||Revd John Hughes, St John the Evangelist, Old Trafford|
|Advent Eucharist||November 27th 2019 (Wed)||Revd Dr Paul Mathole, Holy Trinity, Rusholme|
|Christmas Eucharist||December 18th 2019 (Wed)||Venerable Karen Lund, Archdeacon of Manchester|
|Epiphany Eucharist||January 8th 2020 (Wed)||Revd Richard Young, Holy Innocents, Fallowfield|
|Candlemas Eucharist||February 12th 2020 (Wed)||Revd Prof Peter Scott, Manchester University and Chair of School Governors|
|Ash Wednesday Eucharist||February 26th 2020 (Wed)||Revd Gareth Robinson, St Philip’s, Salford|
|Passion Eucharist||April 1st 2020 (Wed)||Revd Jess Davis, Brunswick Parish Church|
|Easter Eucharist||April 22nd 2020 (Thu)||Rt Revd Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton|
|Pentecost Eucharist||May 30th 2020 (Wed)||Revd Matt Calladine, St Margaret’s, Burnage|
|Trinity Eucharist||June 3rd 2020 (Wed)||Revd George Reeves, St Mark’s and St Peter’s with St Andrew, Levenshulme|
|End of Year Eucharist||July 15th 2020 (Wed)||Revd Mark Hewerdine, St Chad’s, Ladybarn|
Taize Pilgrimage 2020
In partnership with other CE High Schools, and run by the Diocese of Manchester Board of Education.
The Taizé Retreat (Manchester Diocesan School’s Pilgrimage) is confirmed for Friday 26th June – Saturday 4th July 2020.
Those who have attended in previous years have always spoken of the trip as a hugely enjoyable and formative experience.
Contact Mr Birkinshaw for further details.
Office: The School Chapel
Phone: (0161) 212 1939 (ext 139)
Year 7 ‘Exploring Christianity’ Retreat
‘It was great to explore my relationship with God in a fun and active way.’ This is a quote from one of our year 7 students who participated in last weekend’s ‘Exploring Christianity Retreat’ led by our Chaplain, Revd Dr Birkinshaw.
36 students headed out on Friday morning for an overnight retreat to the YHA in Edale for two days of activities, groupwork and new experiences. The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive: ‘Really enjoyable – lots of fun’, ‘I learnt a lot’, ‘Our Exploring Christianity sessions were great and were able to connect us with Jesus’, ‘It challenged me and now I’ve tried something new that I love.’
Sarah Bradley, the Youth and Children’s Minister from Holy Trinity Platt, led our ‘Exploring Christianity’ sessions which enabled students to explore their understanding of God and their Christian faith, and the YHA provided physical and teamwork tasks in the form of high ropes, canoeing and climbing.
The retreat finished with a challenging walk from Edale to Castleton … and ice cream at the local shops provided a well-earned reward!
Thank you to everyone who participated, and to our staff for volunteering their time.
(The Exploring Christianity Retreat is provisionally booked for Friday-Saturday May 1st – 2nd 2020.)