At Birkenhead School, we celebrate and worship during the School day, but we also offer a number of regular and bespoke services and groups throughout the School year, details of which can be found below:
Sunday Choral Evensong & Festival Evensong
Evensong services are part of the rich tradition of the Church of England, dating back over 500 years. A service largely sung by our excellent Chapel Choir; this gives the congregation the opportunity to listen to some beautifully-sung choral music and to relax at the eve of the day, therefore setting any cares aside. Members of the congregation can pray to God and reflect what their needs are at the time. The services are led by the School Chaplain, sung by the Chapel Choir and there is a visiting preacher from the local area.
We start the School year with a short early morning service of Holy Communion for all the School community to attend. During the academic year there will be one Eucharistic service per term on a Sunday evening. All members of the School community and the public can attend.
As a School, Christmas is an enjoyable time. Each year group in Prep comes to Chapel to celebrate with their families at this time. We offer a candlelit service of Nine Lessons and Carols, which is so popular - we have two. The pinnacle of Christmas is the Midnight Mass (Midnight Watch Service/ First Holy Communion of Christmas), all by candle light where we welcome the birth of the baby Jesus.
At this time, the School celebrates Ash Wednesday with a service offered to the whole School Community, which includes the imposition of ashes, for those who wish. We gather together in our local Parish Church, St Saviours, Oxton, on Maundy Thursday, for a special Easter Service.
Each term ends with a Church service for staff and students at our parish Church, St Saviours, Oxton. This is led by the School Chaplain, sung by the Chapel Choir and there is a visiting preacher. This is a formal service of hymns, bible readings, prayers and a sermon.
Once a year, candidates for confirmation are presented to one of the Chester Diocesan Bishops for confirmation of faith within the Church of England. This annual service sees the candidates prepared for this Rite of Passage by the School Chaplain.
As a School Chapel, with permission from Chester Diocese, we are able to offer members of our School community a bespoke baptism service, tailored to a family’s needs. Generally once a term, these services are a special time to welcome those who are baptised into the fellowship of the Church community. These services are by arrangement with the School Chaplain.
By arrangement with the School Chaplain, it is possible to conduct weddings at the Chapel, of people who have a strong connection to the School.