Attending Chapel Services

King's College Chapel is a place of daily worship during term time as well as at Christmas and Easter. The College warmly invites and welcomes all who wish to join us as our guests for services. As a College Chapel what we do does not conform to the model of a parish church or even a cathedral. The information here is intended to help people form appropriate expectations of what they will experience and plan their visit.

A very wide range of people come to services: some are local and attend regularly, and most days there are many who are visiting us from afar, and who will only ever be here once. Some are devout Christians, some members of others faiths, some agnostic and some atheists. All are welcome. None is coerced to joining in with anything they find uncomfortable, but we do ask people to sit and stand together as far as physical constraints allow, to stay for the whole service and to respect the needs to those who are worshipping.

Our primary concern as a College is for the health and safety of those who attend services, and that we conduct services in ways that are appropriately dignified, so that people who attend can have some time out from the pressures of everyday life, and engage in the worship of God and the appreciation of the building and music in an unhurried way that brings them personal peace and refreshment. We understand that some people who wish to share in our services will have special needs, and while we will always do everything possible to help all those who present themselves for services, we warmly invite those who have special needs to be in touch with us in advance, so that we can do all we can to prepare for their visit.

The Reverend Dr Stephen Cherry

Dean of Chapel

Details of Services

Choral services take place in term at 5.30pm every weekday at 10.30am and 3.30pm on Sundays.

Services are usually about 45 minutes long. Exceptions are Sunday mornings, and special occasions when the service will last over an hour, possibly 75 minutes.

A queue often forms around 30 minutes before services begin so if you plan to attend a service in Chapel as our guest please arrive at the Main Gate on King’s Parade in good time. Members of our welcome team will assist you as you enter College, wait to gain entry and find a seat in the Chapel.

Please note

  • Large bags may not be brought into College or Chapel.
  • Photography and recording is prohibited in services. We ask people switch off their phones.
  • The College offers no toilet or bathroom facilities.
  • Last entry through the main gate is 3 minutes before any service as we do not admit people to the Chapel after a service has begun.
  • We warmly invite people with special needs, or those who intend to bring people with special needs to be in touch with us in advance, to that we can prepare for their visit.

Said services, Holy Communion unless the evening service is a Eucharist, take place on weekdays during term at 12.15pm in a side-chapel.

The Chapel booklet below contains full details of all our services, organ recitals and concerts together with other useful information for the current term.

Sermons

Transcripts of sermons and addresses given in Chapel can be found following the links below.

You can read the full text of sermons preached in Chapel over the past twelve months.
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Listen to some of our recent recordings of services and performances from the Chapel of King's College, free and online.

Dates of Services

This academic year, Chapel services will be held in the following periods:

  • 8 October - 6 December 2019 (Michaelmas term)

  • 24 and 25 December 2019 (Christmas)

  • 14 January - 13 March 2020 (Lent Term)

  • 9 April - 12 April 2020 (Holy Week and Easter Day)

  • 21 April - 14 June 2020 (Easter Term)

  • 24 June - 5 July 2020 (Long Vacation Term)

The King's College Chapel is a splendid example of late Gothic architecture and has the largest fan vault in the world.
Founded in the 15th century, the Choir of King's College is renowned across the world.
The Events calendar holds a full listing of events, from Choir concerts and Chapel services to reunion events for our alumni.
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Listen to some of our recent recordings of services and performances from the Chapel of King's College, free and online.