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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, Dr 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. 

What’s On

There are regular evening services in Full Term, 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 – a beautiful reflective sung evening service from the Catholic tradition - take place on some Fridays. We also have a fortnightly service of Holy Communion every other Thursday.

The Chapel also marks a number of occasions and festivals throughout the year and attracts a variety of interesting and distinguished visiting preachers. We are looking forward to welcoming a number of guest speakers this term. Details of all the services are on the Term Card, which you can access below.


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