Chapel

Regular Services

Choral Candlelit Compline
Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

Compline Service will be sung by the Choir at Girton College on Tuesday evenings at 9 p.m. during full term (starting on 15 October).

Please note there is no Compline on 22 October due to the Admission Ceremony.

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.
These sung Complines will include Plainchant and reflective music.

 

Vespers Service
Friday 8, 15 and 22 November at 6:45 p.m.

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.

 

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

13 October – Guided Evensong

20 October – Matthew: the Man

27 October – Mark: the Lion

3 November – All Souls’ Commemorative Evensong

10 November – Remembrance Sunday

17 November – Luke: the Ox

24 November – John: the Eagle

1 December – Advent Carol Service at 6 p.m.

Special Services & Events

Taizé Service
Sunday 6 October, 3 November and 8 December
8 – 9 p.m.
This term Girton is hosting the Taizé service, which is usually held at St. Andrews Girton. All members of the College are welcome to join the parish from St Andrews for this quiet contemplative candlelit service, which features the simple and evocative chants of the Taizé community.

 

Welcome Tea Party with the Chaplain
Sunday 6 October, 4.30 p.m. in the Stanley Library.
This will be followed by a short guided tour of the Chapel.

 

Commemoration of Benefactors Service
Saturday 19 October, 5.45 for 6 p.m.
The Chaplain and The Mistress, Professor Susan J. Smith will commemorate the life and work of Emily Davies.

 

A special All Souls’ Commemorative Evensong
Sunday 3 November, 5.30 p.m.
During this service we will remember with thanksgiving Old Girtonions and other members of our extended family who have died in the last year.

 

Advent Carol Service
Sunday 1 December, 6 p.m.
We begin our preparation for Christmas with a beautiful service of music, reading and light.

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