Greetings from the Chaplain

As School Chaplain it’s my privilege to help serve the school by helping the 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.

Our committed and dynamic chaplaincy team offer several connection points throughout the life of the school: regular assemblies and special assemblies, weekly Christian Unions for upper and lower school, Eucharists (attendance is on a voluntary basis), weekly staff prayers, a spiritual and reflective thought for the week, spiritual retreats, and a variety of special events in school and around Manchester.

A core component of the chaplaincy work is to lead the ‘Trinity Together’ initiative, which is build on the school’s vision and values and two key scriptures from Matthew Ch 22, v 37-40 and John Ch 10 v10 (see ‘Vision and Values’ section of website for more details)

In addition to my base in the School Chapel, you’ll see me around the school, in assemblies, RE lessons, teaching Maths and Engineering – and being involved in lots of other school activities. I love the city and the outdoors, and enjoy sports, music, travel, coffee and good food (in no particular order).

Revd Dr Steve Birkinshaw School Chaplain
Christian UnionsEucharists‘Exploring Christianity’ RetreatTaizé Pilgrimage

Christian Unions

Tuesday lunchtimes in the School Chapel

Christian Union (CU) is a place to come and explore faith & life in a fun way. CU take place in the Chapel every Tuesday lunchtime (12:20-1pm for Y7 & 10, 1:20-2pm for Y8,9 & 11).

Topics are wide-ranging but always relevant to exploring how, as young people, to ‘live life in it’s fulness’ (John 10:10). Our CUs are supported by Sarah and Peter (the Youth and Family Minister and Youth Worker) from Holy Trinity Platt. We always have fun, share biscuits, talk about flourishing as young Christians, as well as collecting for charity and taking part faith-inspired in projects around Manchester.


The Eucharist is the Christian service of Holy Communion (sharing bread and wine or the ‘Lord’s Supper’). Students from all faith backgrounds are welcome and attendance is optional. Eucharists are led by Anglican priests from around the Diocese of Manchester, and their support and partnership with the school is greatly appreciated.




Start of Year Eucharist

9 September 2022 

Revd Azariah France-Williams, Ascension, Hulme

Harvest + One World Eucharist

21 October 2022

Revd Mark Hewerdine, St Chad’s, Ladybarn

Advent Eucharist

24 November 2022

Revd Dr Paul Mathole & Revd Sarah Bradley

Christmas Eucharist

9 December 2022

Revd Daniel Valentine

Epiphany Eucharist  

6 January 2023

Revd Jo Jarrett, St Hilda’s, Firswood

Candlemas Eucharist 

3 February 2023 

Rev Kathreen Shabaz, Brunswick Parish Church

Start of Lent Eucharist

24 February 2023

Revd Richard Young, Holy Innocents, Fallowfield

Passion Eucharist

24 March 2023

Revd Nick Watson, Area Dean

Easter Eucharist

21 April 2023

 Rt Revd Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton

Pentecost Eucharist

26 May 2023

Revd Augustine Tanner-Ihm, St James & Emmanuel, Didsbury

Trinity Eucharist

9 June 2023


End of Year Eucharist

21 July 2023


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 the Year 7 ‘Exploring Christianity Retreat’

Year 7 students are invited to head out to the the Peak District for two days of activities, groupwork and fun experiences – all centred around exploring what it means to follow Jesus and live out our faith. The feedback from students is 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, – who also help with Christian Unions in the school – is our guest speaker. The ‘Exploring Christianity’ sessions enable students to explore their understanding of God and their Christian faith, and the approved outward bounds instructors provide physical and teamwork tasks (climbing, abseiling, weaselling, etc.) The retreat finishes with a challenging walk … and ice cream at the local shops provided a well-earned reward!

The Exploring Christianity Retreat is booked for Friday May 12th – Saturday 13th 2023.

Taizé Pilgrimage

In partnership with the Diocese of Manchester Board of Education, students from year 10 to 13 have the opportunity to go on pilgrimage for a week in early July in the Taizé Christian Community in France.

Those who have attended in previous years have always spoken of the trip as a hugely enjoyable and formative experience.

The Taizé Retreat (Manchester Diocesan School’s Pilgrimage) is booked for Friday 30th June – Saturday 8th July 2023. 

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