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Spirituality and Worship

St Michael’s Chapels:

The Chancel and the Hervey de Stanton Chapel.

Michaelhouse is a vibrant place that seeks to celebrate life in all its fullness. For centuries people have worshipped here, seeking meaning for their lives and wrestling with the universal questions that vex us all. Today this search continues as questions of life and death get mulled over in the café in everyday conversations as people meet to renew friendships, to exchange news, to read the newspaper and to think and to ponder. Such interactions act as a constant reminder that relationships lie at the heart of the Christian faith, relationships that are refined and transformed through our engagement with one another and the world around us.

The importance of connecting faith and life is explored in the range of services that the Chaplaincy seeks to offer and through the talks, concerts and exhibitions that regularly take place in the Chancel, as well as in the peace and quiet of the Hervey de Stanton Chapel.

Currently the Chapel and services are being co-ordinated by the Great St Mary’s team- please see below. If you have any enquiries please contact John Binns on 01223 741717  or e-mail   jb344@cam.ac.uk


Regular services:

Tuesday 09.00 Morning Prayer

Bible readings, psalms, prayers. All welcome.


Tuesday 10.30 – 11.30 – The Ark

The Ark is a relaxed service of Holy Communion for everyone and, in particular, for parents and carers, and their pre-school children. It happens in the Chancel in an enclosed space with the children sitting on mats playing with interactive toys, materials and books chosen to help them engage with what’s going on. The aim is to allow adults to worship without worrying about keeping their children still and quiet, and to help children feel at home and included in the service.

The service is followed by tea, coffee and biscuits and, more often than not, cake, as we like to celebrate birthdays! The children play while the grown ups chat, and the conversations frequently continue over lunch in the café. Do come and join us.


Thursday 13.00 – 14.00 – Communion and Community

This informal service of Holy Communion takes place sitting together around a table in the Chancel. Much of the service is lay-led and there is an open discussion on the readings, giving people the chance to think aloud, to listen to each other and exchange ideas. Followed by lunch for those who want to stay and buy something in the cafe. All welcome.


Some Sundays 17.30 – Evensong

Either a special service with music and poetry as well as Bible readings; or Choral Evensong. If there’s no service at Michaelhouse then there will always be one at Great St Mary’s instead.



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