Chaplaincy within both the Prep and Senior schools is core to Birkdale’s support for staff and pupils.
The chaplaincy role has many faces: a listening ear, organiser of Christian Union (“CU”) meetings, events, trips, assemblies, prayer meetings, and a support to staff, as well as actively encouraging pupils and the Christian gospel.
School assemblies often have a Christian focus, and are led by the Chaplain, senior leadership, other staff (both Christian and non-Christian) and some local churches and trusted Christian organisations.
CU meetings, structured by year groups, are timetabled alongside other extra-curricular clubs and societies, and any pupils are welcome to attend. Content is Bible-based, age-appropriate, and provided by the Chaplain, Christian staff, and some local churches and trusted Christian organisations.
The school has a half-termly evening prayer meeting which commits all aspects of the life of the school to God, giving him thanks and praying for up-coming events. Current and past parents, staff and Governors are warmly welcome.
As already indicated, Birkdale has links with a variety of local churches and local/national Christian organisations, and is a foundation member of TISCA (The Independent Schools Christian Alliance). The school is pleased to note its informal links with The Oakes Christian activity centre in Sheffield, and Gloddaeth Holidays, who run activity and revision weeks in Shropshire and North Wales – both are well attended by many Birkdale pupils.