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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.

Check out the Chapel Term Card for more details.

Special arrangements for Michaelmas 2020

Clearly, this term presents us with challenges when it comes to running a programme of services in Chapel. We are working hard to have a range of services that can be attended by a reduced Choir and small congregation, and also to make those services available online as live streams and/or recordings so you can participate in real time or watch the service afterwards.

Please do read the list of services carefully if you plan on attending, as some services will be available online only, in order to give the full Choir a chance to sing.

For our congregational services we are only able to accommodate a maximum of 11 congregational members with current measures in place. For this reason, and to save disappointment on the day, online booking is required. Please use the link below (College Members only).

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