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Junior / Youth Church


As from the 1st November 2015, the URC is using DDC Ltd as their new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) from CAS (Churches’ Agency for Safeguarding) to DDC (Due Diligence Checking Ltd).

The new provider can issue forms and checks either on-line or using paper copies. I decided to keep using the paper forms rather than go online, so everyone can access the service easily.

Anyone at church who works with children and/or vulnerable adults at clubs within the building, or making pastoral visits should be checked.  The rules state that we just need one checked person to be in the room with at least one other adult to oversee safety, but we decided to go one step further. As that person may be ill sometime, need to leave the room or is unable to attend, we have decided to cover anyone involved in the club(s) who may need to step in to supervise or help at any time.

The main difference with the new system is that they now request photocopies of the applicant’s proof of identity documents, e.g. birth certificate, passport, driver’s licence etc. rather than them being scrutinised by the verifier alone.


Junior Church is for the younger members of our church. Everyone is together in church for the first part of our 10.45am Sunday morning worship and then the young people go to the blue room for their own activities. Parents of toddlers are welcome to go with them for the Junior Church activities.

Junior/Youth Church Mission Statement

The Junior/Youth Church here at Trinity like to make new friends in learning about God and helping each other.  We like to discuss our ideas, opinions and beliefs and strive to support each other in spreading the Word.  We aim to make a positive difference in and around our own community and Church, so that God’s love can reach out to all.

Junior/Youth Church 22nd June 2014

Safeguarding at Trinity

A Facebook Page designed by Trinity's Junior & Youth Church - The latest news - Miracle at Wedding in Cana


Trinity Church and Youth Club was well represented by 5 of our young people as they joined musicians and singers from across Manchester for the Greater Manchester Music Hub Celebration Concert.  Emily, Hannah, Joe, Judith and William joined over 450 young musicians in a concert that displayed the talents of Jazz, Brass, Strings and Voice.

When the press tend to demonise young people it is a joy to see so many youngsters enjoying themselves entertaining others and displaying the product of dedication of years of practice and commitment.  I think we should celebrate more the good things young people do.  In Trinity's young people, from the youngest in Little Fishes to the Young Carers and Youth Clubs, Holiday Club and Music Group, we have much to shout about and celebrate.  Thank you Emily, Hannah, Joe, Judith and William for reminding us of the gifts that are given to all God's Children young and not so young.

Many thanks, Chris

Approximately 150,000 Manchester children living in poverty are not expecting a visit from Santa this year.  So last week, I went to a warehouse in Manchester with Nandos to help pack up hundreds of gifts for Key 103s Mission Christmas Appeal.  I was extremely humbled by the amount of gifts people had donated and was in tears reading the letters from the families, schools and youth groups that had applied to receive Christmas gifts for their children.  

As a Church we have always strongly supported Operation Christmas Child and their work overseas but I have often overlooked the number of children right on our doorstep that also live in poverty.  I read letters from schools where children did not have any shoes and it was extremely rewarding to be able to pack them a bag of gifts containing not only toys but also brand new trainers.  I felt a personal connection with a lot of the children I packed for, especially after reading one letter about a young boy aged 5-9, who suffered from ASD, who loved science.  I packed up a bag containing dinosaur jigsaws, experiment kits and lots of science books.  It was so rewarding to know that on Christmas Day, I will have made a huge difference.  It was an amazing experience and I will definitely be getting involved in the appeal again next year.  Thank you for sharing your moving experience with us Jenna.

Mersey News

(I am including the following letter, so that everyone knows how seriously the URC is taking safeguarding and that support is at hand should it be required. Ed. Nov 2017)


Hi, I’m Julie Rafferty and I recently retired from the Cheshire Police after serving 30 years as a police officer. Most of my service I have been involved in criminal investigation and for the last nine years of my service I worked in the public protection arena, supervising teams of detectives to manage sex offenders in the community and investigating sexual and violent offences committed against the most vulnerable members of the community; as a result, I am passionate about safeguarding and ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected and heard.

I am really pleased to be appointed as the Safeguarding Advisor for Mersey and North-Western Synods and feel I have the experience and knowledge to support the URC churches in the two areas. As the Safeguarding Advisor, my main responsibilities will be:

 Delivery of safeguarding training to ministers and volunteers

 Creating safer environments within the church, ensuring that key individuals have current DBS checks in place

 Responding to safeguarding concerns

 Ensuring that churches have up to date Safeguarding policies and procedures

Looking forward to meeting you all, in the meantime if anyone wants any help or advice, I am contactable on: