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Chapel & faith

The Chapel is a community and a haven for all College members, for those of all faiths and of none

Girton College Chapel

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. 

The Chaplain, Revd Dr Tim Boniface, 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. Those from outside the College are also welcome to join us, do contact the Chaplain if you would like to arrange a special visit.

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.

What’s On

There are regular services, with a Sunday Choral Evensong sung by the Girton College Chapel Choir. Choral Compline takes place on Tuesday evenings by candlelight – a refreshing way to relax, and Vespers take place on Friday – a beautiful reflective sung evening service from the Catholic tradition. 

The Chapel also marks a number of occasions and festivals throughout the year and attracts a variety of interesting and distinguished visiting preachers.

Special arrangements for Lent Term 2021

Chapel worship is currently online only. The Chaplain will stream a short service with prayers and reflection on Sunday evenings at 5:30pm. The order of service will be available via the 'Chapel Events' tab below. 

The service will be streamed on the Girton College Chapel YouTube Channel (see below for link). Other online events will be taking place during term, too. 

Please check in regularly to see what we are offering.

We were looking forward to welcoming a number of guest speakers this term, and are pleased that they have agreed to return in Michaelmas Term 2021.


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