This term's theme is The Good Life?

What constitutes a good life? This essential question has been asked and answered by philosophy and religion, over many centuries. In an age which values choice, the question of how and why we make our life choices seems more important than ever. Services this term will explore what makes for a good life.

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Regular Services

Sunday 9 October: Introduction to Evensong - A guided tour

Speaker: The Chaplain
Hymns: 28, 648 Psalm: 92
Old Testament Reading: 1Kings 8:22-330
New Testament Reading: Colossians 3:12-17
Music: Oh, Lord, My God (S. S. Wesley), Responses (Grayston Ives), Evening Service in A flat (Harwood) and Lighten our darkness (Stanford).

Special Services & Events

Choral Candlelit Compline, 9pm

There will be three special Compline services sung by the Choir on Tuesday 11 October, Tuesday 25 October and Tuesday 22 November.

To included exquiste and reflective music by Victoria and Lassus.

Saturday 15 October - 5:45 p.m. for 6 p.m.
Commemoration of Benefactors Service

The Chaplain will speak about the life and work of Jean Sybil Dannatt whose legacy enabled the College to establish a position in perpetuity in Modern and Medieval Languages. The incumbent of that Official Fellowship, Dr Stuart Davis, will talk about the research and teaching this gift has enabled.


You can listen to the Girton College Chapel Sermons online and/or download them:

Chapel Community

The Chapel is a community and a haven for all College members. Playing an important and diverse role in College life – for those of all faiths and of none. Whether you are drawn by the quality of music or the need for a quite refuge. Those from outside the College are also welcome to join us, do contact the Chaplain (Revd Dr Malcolm Guite) if you could like to arrange a special visit.

The Chaplain is available to all members of college, and is happy to see people in confidence for any reason. He is there to be a friendly and compassionate presence, a good listener, and to help anyone seeking to find or deepen their faith, or to explore the spiritual dimensions of their life in Cambridge.

There are regular services, with a Sunday Choral Evensong sung by the Choir at Girton College, and a Thursday Informal Communion at Wolfson Court. There are Choral Complines which takes place late Tuesday evening by candle-light - a refreshing way to relax, especially popular in exam term. The College also marks a number of occasions and festivals throughout the year and attracts a variety of interesting and distinguished visiting preachers. Do make sure you check out the Chapel Term Card for more details. Most of the sermons are recorded and can be listened to online and/or downloaded via the University of Cambridge Streaming Media Service.

The Director of Chapel Music, Gareth Wilson, oversees the musical life of the Chapel and runs the College Choir. The Chapel Wardens assist the Chaplain in all practical matters relating to Chapel. The Chapel Committee meets termly to discuss all issues relating to Chapel life.

In 1902, the Chapel building itself was added to the College, fulfilling a particular wish of the founder Emily Davies. It provides a beautiful setting for worship but also a quiet space for meditation and reflection. It has a Chapel library and 'prayer corner' for individuals and small groups to use, apart from the main pews.