Chapel

Regular Services

Choral Candlelit Compline
Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (starting on 21 January)

Compline Service will include Plainchant and reflective music sung by the Choir at Girton College during Full Term.

Each Compline will be followed, for those who wish, 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.

Please note there is no Compline on 28 January, 4 February and 25 February.

 

Vespers Service
Fridays at 6:45 p.m. (starting on 24 January)

Vespers 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.

Please note there will be no Vespers service on 28 February.

 

Choral Evensong – All Sundays in Full Term at 5.30 p.m. (unless otherwise stated)

19 January – Joint Evensong with Academia Musica

26 January – Working with God

2 February – Eucharist for Candlemas

9 February – Love and Tax Returns!

16 February – The sower, the seed and the soil

23 February – Music & Choir Reunion Service, 2.30 p.m.

1 March – Annual Choir Festal Evensong

8 March – A special service of music and readings for Lent, Holy Week and Easter, 6 p.m.

 

Special Services & Events

Chapel Reunion
Sunday 2 February, 5.30 p.m.

As part of the 150th Anniversary, all former Chapel Wardens, and their guests, are invited to a special service which Revd Angela Tilby, herself a former Chapel Warden, will be preaching. Following this there will be drinks and a hot buffet dinner in the Fellows Dining Room.

 

19th Annual Blues, Booze and Chocolate Party
Sunday 9 February, 9 p.m. in Old Hall.

Featuring Mystery Train at Girton College, Old Hall. All welcome to come and beat the mid-term blues.

Admission free.

 

Quiet Day at Little Gidding
Saturday 15 February, 10.15 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.

A day’s expedition to Little Gidding, together with Revd Dr Mark Smith the Chaplain at Clare College. TS Eliot’s poem will be read in the Chapel where it’s set and The Chaplain will also give a talk on the poem in the TS Eliot room at Ferrar house.

There will be space for reading and reflection, and whilst there will be some for whom it is a specifically spiritual pilgrimage, the Quiet Day is also open to others, of any faith or none, for whom it could be a straightforwardly literary pilgrimage.

There will also be a chance to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside and enjoy elevenses and afternoon tea together.

Admission fee £10 as a contribution for the day, which includes transport, lunch and tea. If you want to come, email The Chaplain (mg320).

 

Music and Choir Reunion Evensong and Dinner
Sunday 23 February, 2.30 p.m.

The Music and Choir Reunion will offer a chance for all those who have been involved in Girton music – whether as Music students, members of the Music Society or members of the Chapel Choir – to return to College for a day of celebrations. The main event will be a festive meal. This will be preceded, for those who wish to take part, by a special Chapel service featuring music composed round the time of Girton’s foundation.

 

After Prayer
Monday 24 February, 8 p.m. at Trinity College Chapel

The Chaplain reads his poetic response to George Herbert in Trinity College Chapel with music from Trinity College Choir.

All Girtonians are welcome.

 

Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday 26 February, 8 p.m.
Hymns: 67 & 74             Psalm: 51
Readings: Isaiah 58:1-12 and John 8:1-11
Communion Setting: Missa Brevis (Dobri Hristov)
Anthem: Love bade me welcome (Judith Weir)

 

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 would 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 take place on Tuesday evenings 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