St Peter's Chapel

The Chapel

The college Chapel is a place of worship with an open and inclusive ethos, as well as being used for many other purposes by the college community, such as musical rehearsals and concerts, meetings and lectures, plays and other artistic events, social events and dinners.

Welcome Message From The Chaplain (October 2020)

I realise that many people are feeling particularly anxious during these times of COVID restrictions and are concerned for themselves or family members.

If you would like to talk to a priest or just have a chat with someone outside of your usual circle of friends, please either send me an email (elizabeth.pitkethly@spc.ox.ac.uk) or get in touch through teams or by phone (+44(0)1865 278905). 

I am a member of the College’s Welfare Team and happy to chat to any member of college in confidence. In addition I host tea and or cake outside Chapel on Thursday afternoons from 15.30-16.30 and at other times when the weather looks good, so do come along and introduce yourself.

Please see our term card for details of our services. We will endeavour to publicize any significant changes on this webpage and on St Peter's Chapel Facebook page

Any college member is welcome to attend any service or event. You are welcome to come and participate or just to listen and observe as you see fit.

We are pleased to say that Chapel services will resume for college members on Sunday 11th October with a short service of Holy Communion at 9.20am. This service provides a good opportunity for students to meet Christian students who very often go on to services in local churches. 

Our Sunday evening service, led by the college choir under the direction of Professor Edward Higginbottom, will remain online but will be at the earlier time of 17.30 with logging on for chat from 17.15. If you would like to listen in to this live service of plainsong, readings and prayers do contact either Honor Dawkins-Stean in the Development Office or the Chaplain (elizabeth.pitkethly@spc.ox.ac.uk) so that we can send you a Microsoft Teams invite. Students or college members who would like to read should contact the Chaplain. 

During full term there will also be a live service in Chapel on Thursdays at 17.30: this will take the form of choral evensong (lead by a smaller number of singers from the choir) or compline. 

For Remembrance and Advent/Christmas there will be pre-recorded services which will be posted online. We hope to be able to have some seasonal readings and carols at the Thursday service in week 8.

As you can see from the photograph below, the seats in chapel have now all been placed two metres apart from one another. Members of the congregation are reminded that they should wear a face mask and observe social distancing at all times.

Chairs in the chapel laid out two metres apart

There are currently two online student discussion groups: one is for those wanting to find out about the Bible and Christian faith and the other is for those interested in Christian baptism and or confirmation. From time to time there are book discussions groups and staff groups. For further information, contact the Chaplain (elizabeth.pitkethly@spc.ox.ac.uk).

This term, different members of the college community will read a prayer that they find meaningful and explain the reasons for their choice. The reflections will take the form of either a video recording or written prose.

This week’s reflection by the Chaplain on the prayer from the monastic service of Compline or Night Prayer. 

The Prayer from Compline that forms the basis of this week’s reflection:

Be present O merciful God and protect us through the silent hours of this night 
So that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world
May repose upon thy eternal changelessness
Through Christ or Lord Amen.

During the first four weeks of term members of the choir will be continuing to record motets appropriate to the liturgical season. Each individual records their part in isolation under the direction of Professor Edward Higginbottom and the recordings are then put together by John Warner, a former choral scholar of the college. 

The choir will also be contributing to pre-recorded services for Remembrance and Advent/Easter. This will be posted on the college website in due course.

The Guidelines for any college member wanting to book Chapel are available here. These include special regulations applicable during the current pandemic. 

Protocols on the use of the Chapel are available here.