Chapel

Regular Services

Choral Candlelit Compline Tuesdays at 9pm

Compline Service will be sung by the Choir at Girton College on Tuesday evenings at 9 p.m. during full term (starting on 9 October).
There will be no Compline on 23 October due to the Admission of Scholars Dinner.

Each Compline will be followed by refreshments and conversation. Take some space: unwind at the end of a hectic day. Be still for 20 minutes in the candlelight. No demands. No sermon.
These sung Complines will include Plainchant and reflective music by Elgar, Tallis, Mudd, Wilson, Johnson and Wood.

New – Vespers Service

Friday 2, 9 and 16 November at 6:50pm

Vesper is a beautiful reflective sung evening service from the Catholic tradition and was one of ‘hours’ or ‘offices’ in Benedictine monasteries.

Come and enjoy this gentle and relaxing service.

These Vespers will include music by Byrd, Viadana, Palestrina, Gibbons, Vecchi, and Fernandez.

Special Services & Events

Sunday 30 September – 4.30pm

Welcome Tea Party in the Stanley Library with the Chaplain, followed by a short visit to Chapel and a guided tour circa 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 13 October – 5:45 p.m. for 6 p.m.

Commemoration of Benefactors Ceremony

During this ceremony, the Chaplain and College Historian, Dr Hazel Mills will commemorate the life and work of Sybil Campbell OBE.

Monday 12 November – 7 p.m.

The Chaplain’s ‘In Every Corner Sing’ book launch and birthday drinks.

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 quiet refuge, you are more than welcome here. 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. 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.

Contact Details

Revd. Dr Malcolm Guite, College Chaplain