The College Chapel is a place of worship, prayer and reflection. It is also used for various purposes by the College community such as musical concerts, meetings and lectures, plays and other artistic events, social events and dinners.

The College Chapel is the Parish Church of St Peter Le Bailey where our College founder, Bishop Francis Chavasse, served as Rector 1878-1889. Since the 1960s, the Church has been used as the College Chapel not only for services but also for musical, cultural and various social events.

Anyone is welcome to attend irrespective of whether they consider themselves Christian. Although college members and their friends predominantly attend services, other visitors are also very welcome -- in fact, we generally have quite a few tourists at our Choral Evensong!

Join us during term time for informal Holy Communion, Choral Evensong services sung by the College Choir, or participate in one of our many other regular activities.

Welcome from the Chaplain

Revd Dr Elizabeth Pitkethly is the College’s part-time Chaplain and a member of the College’s Health, Wellbeing and Welfare Team.

Elizabeth Pitkethly

As Chaplain, I am available to anyone in the College community irrespective of faith background. I run the services in College Chapel and help students connect with other faith-specific Chaplains and communities. I organise various social events for students including weekly tea and cakes (‘drop in’ on Thursdays during term time from 3-4.30pm - my room is Besse 5), walks and ‘coffee and cocoa’ trips out to local cafes and restaurants. From time to time I lead discussion groups in college for those wanting to explore or deepen the Christian faith. I am happy to chat with anyone in the college community (irrespective of their faith background) about any matter in confidence.

Contact me by email, get in touch through Microsoft Teams, or phone me on (+44) 01865 278 905). You can drop by my office in Besse 5 most Thursday afternoons between 3-4.30pm and may well catch me at other times on Thursdays, Fridays or Sundays.

Bio and Contact Information

Chapel events this week

Watch this space for events sponsored by the Chaplain.

View the Hilary 2023 Term Card here

  • Our Evensong services are free and open to the public.
  • Sunday 22 January Choral Evensong- Father Matthew Power will be speaking on Redemption- the Song of Moses. the choir will be singing music By Holst Howells and Praetorius
  • Thursday 26 January: Choral Evensong 6.15pm - Conversion of St Paul -Music by Byrd and Randall
  • Any postgrad student interested in a study group exploring the Christian faith should contact the Chaplain

Chapel Stained Glass

A five-paneled stained glass window

The exquisite east window of our Chapel was designed by the noted post-war stained-glass artist John Hayward (1929-2007) in 1964. The window contains several small details commemorating Dr Christopher Chavasse, including Olympic rings, his Military Cross and his artificial leg.

The south wall in the west end of the nave features a window by Ervin Bossányi (1891-1975). Installed in 1997 as a memorial to Bossányi and his wife, this 1943 window is installed at eye-level and depicts the theme 'In his hands a seed will grow'. View more pictures of the stained glass in the gallery below.

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