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Chapel services, events, and hire

We are pleased to welcome you to Jesus College Chapel for in-person services from Michaelmas Term 2021.

Chapel services are open to College members, staff, and visitors, subject to changing College and government restrictions. Please check-in on arrival using the NHS app or manually and wear a facemask if you able to, to keep our community safe and open.

Sunday services

10am – Choral Eucharist

A friendly service of the Eucharist, with readings, music, prayers, a short sermon, and the sharing of Communion. Eucharist lasts around 30 minutes, and is sung by members of the College Choir.

6pm – Choral Evensong with address from a guest speaker

A traditional service of readings, prayers, and music sung by the College Choir. Evensong lasts for around 30 minutes and is followed by drinks, subject to relevant guidelines. Details of the Sunday Evening Addresses can be found on the Termcards page. The service will be broadcast on the Chapel Facebook page.

Saturday services

Choral Evensong on Saturday is at 6.00pm, and all are welcome to join for a short service of readings, prayers, and music sung by the Chapel Choir.

Weekday services

Morning prayer is said at 8.30am, Monday to Friday throughout term. Lunchtime Eucharist is said weekly at 12.30pm on Wednesdays.

Choral Evensong is conducted at 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout term. Join us in a short service of music and prayer for a moment of peace and reflection after the working day.

Special services for Michaelmas Term 2021

1st October, 6.15pm — Postgraduate Matriculation Evensong
5th & 7th October, 6.15pm — Undergraduate Matriculation Evensong
9th October, 6.15pm — Evensong with Admission and Dismissal of Choristers
19th October, 9.45pm — Compline by Candlelight, followed by port and cocoa
26th October, 6.30pm — Choral Evensong, by Cambridge Chapels Youth Choir
28th October, 6.30pm — Organ Meditations
31st October, 6.00pm — Festal Evensong for the Eve of All Saints’
2nd November, 6.15pm — Requiem Eucharist for All Souls’ Day
9th November, 6.30pm — Choral Evensong, joint with Clare College Choir
14th November, 10.55am — Service of Remembrance, beginning in the Cloisters
16th November, 9.45pm — Compline by Candlelight, followed by port and cocoa
20th November, 6.00pm — Choral Evensong for the Transgender Day of Remembrance
26th November, 6.30pm — Choral Evensong before the Audit Feast
28th November, 6.00pm — Advent Carol Service (Entrance by ticket only)
30th November, 1st & 2nd December, 6.30pm — Carol Service before Christmas dinner
12th December, 5.00pm — Carol Service for Staff and Fellows
13th December, 6.00pm — Carol Service for Choir Patrons and Families

Other Chapel events for Michaelmas Term 2021

Inter-faith Dinner — Thursday 18th November, 7.30pm

The College’s faith societies come together for a formal dinner to get to know each other, build understanding and awareness, and enjoy some delicious food. Free tickets are limited; booking will be circulated through the societies, or please contact the Chapel Office.

Walk and Wag — Saturday 30th October, 2.00 – 3.30pm

Join the Dean of Chapel and Pippy the beagle, the College’s Welfare Dog, for a stroll down the river and over meadows, to escape workloads and worries. Meet at the end of the Chimney on Jesus Lane, in suitable footwear.

Discussion Group — Wednesdays from 20th October, 6.00pm

This term's discussions will focus on The Book of Queer Prophets, curated by former Chief Executive of Stonewall, Ruth Hunt. The book collects short, personal accounts that speak to the heart of issues around sexuality, religion, identity, power, vocation and belonging. Join us for refreshments and discussion weekly during term time — all are welcome, whther you've read it or not. For more information and for a copy of the book, please e-mail Assistant Chaplain, Eleanor Lancelot.


Weddings in the College Chapel require a special licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury. It's normally only possible for current staff, students, Fellows of the College community, or alumni to get married in the Chapel.

If you're interested in getting married in the Chapel, you'll need to discuss your plans with the Dean of Chapel to help determine whether you should apply for a special licence. Please note that permission to be married in Chapel is granted separately from permission to use other facilities such as catering or room hire.

Baptisms and confirmations

Baptisms (also known as 'christenings') and confirmations are usually only possible for current students, staff members, and Fellows of the College community or their families.


You can book the Chapel for other functions, depending on the availability of the building and suitability of the purpose. Booking charges may apply. Please contact the Chapel Office to make an enquiry.

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