This week in Chapel
See below for our online services and groups.
Carol Service: Sunday 29th November at 6pm
Our annual service of Advent lessons and carols will be broadcast from the Chapel via our Chapel YouTube channel. Please do tune in from 6pm, or feel free to watch the recording later.
The order of service can be accessed here.
Evensong: Sunday at 6pm
The Choir will sing Evensong in Chapel on Sunday evenings. We are hoping that students can attend Evensong in person. Please wear a mask. The congregation are not permitted to sing under current rules. The seats you can sit in will be marked.
Those in and out of Oxford who are unable to attend in person would be welcome to follow our new Chapel YouTube channel, where we are now live-streaming our services.
You can also still listen to our previous Evensong podcasts here.
Christian Union Service: Wednesday at 5pm
Please contact the Chaplain or CU Reps for more information, or just turn up.
From the Chaplain: Fifth Week
We are now in 5th week and we are facing four weeks of lockdown limiting what we can do in College. After much debate, the guidance from Conference of Colleges suggested that college chapels could be used to hold services which could be broadcast to others. Thus we are not allowing congregation members, but we are continuing to hold a weekly service with a small choir.
Sunday 8th November is Remembrance Sunday, and the service will be an act of Remembrance. As in other years we will read the names of those men from Trinity who gave their lives in the wars of the 20th century.
The following Sundays (6th and 7th week) we will live stream Evensong.
Sunday of 8th week would normally be the College Carol Service, and we will be preparing for some kind of carols online and hopefully carols in person outside when lockdown is over.
The Chapel continues to be open as a place for private prayer, meditation and quiet.
It also continues to be a place where musicians can practice.
The quiet plainsong service of Compline will move onto Teams at 9:30 on Wednesday evening. Please let me know if you would like an invitation.
As we look ahead to Christmas, we are aware of other faith festivals, notably Diwali on the weekend of 14th November. We aim to decorate the Marquee for Diwali and any students who would like to be part of that should let me or Julia Paolitto know.
Revd Dr Emma Percy
Compline: Wednesday of Weeks 1,3,5,7 at 9.30pm
This is a short quiet candlelit service with a plain song setting. A lovely way to end the day.
CU Service: Wednesday of Weeks 2,4,6,8
A student lead service of Bible readings, discussion and prayer. Please get in touch with the Chaplain or CU Reps for more information.
We will aim to have services to mark All Saints Day (1st November), Remembrance Sunday (8th November), and of course Christmas. Information will follow in due course.
The Catholic Chaplaincy are hoping to hold a mass in Chapel on the Tuesday of 2nd week at 6pm.
Finding a church
For information about churches in Oxford please speak to the Chaplain.
Religion and Belief in Oxford
For information about other faiths please see this page.
Revd. Dr. Emma Percy
Prayer and Remembrance
During this time, some of you will have family members who are seriously ill, or perhaps you yourselves will be very ill. It would be good to be able to pray for you and your loved ones, so please email me any prayer requests.
Some of us will lose loved ones during this pandemic and the way that we mark their passing will be very different because of the social distancing measures. Please let me know if you would like help in thinking through how to mark such loss when funerals are going to be so restricted.
I am happy to talk on the phone or online through various platforms if you would like support during this time.
Online Resources and Worship
Do you know of other online resources or worship we could link here? Please contact us.
University Chapels & Chaplaincies
For Trinity Chapel’s online services and groups, please see the sidebar to the left.
The University Church of St Mary the Virgin has some very good online resources and some services you can join online.
Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union is working on moving many of its events online. You can keep up-to-date on their Facebook page.
Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy is live-streaming Mass and Adoration through Facebook.
The Newman Society (Oxford University Catholic Society) is moving its talks and events online.
Podcasts & Blogs
Missing Evensong? Try this BBC Radio 3 podcast.
A friend of the Chaplain has a good blog for these times.