Reopening of the chapel

Following a year-long renovation project, the chapel reopened on Saturday 23 April with a service of rededication.

The evensong service was led by the Chaplain and the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher (1969), Bishop of Dorchester and acting Bishop of Oxford, and was attended by the Chancellor, Lord Patten. Later in the evening following a dinner in Hall, the new lighting was switched on.

In his sermon, Bishop Colin reflected on what the chapel meant to previous generations of students as well as to those yet to come. He noted that while there is undoubtedly a decline in more formal religious worship, this in being balanced in the younger generation by an increasing interest in spirituality and that the chapel still has an important role to play in the life of the college.

The service was followed by a dinner in Hall, to which all who had supported the Chapel Appeal were invited, as well as representatives of the organisations involved in the work. After dinner, the new lighting was switched on, illuminating both the inside and the Front Quad façade.

Another special evensong service was held the following day, the first Sunday of term, for all members of College to mark the reopening. The preacher was the Dean of Christ Church.