Merton College Chapel
The College Chapel

Michaelmas 2020

We’re delighted to announce that, after a six-month break, Merton’s weekly pattern of choral services (Evensong or Eucharist) has resumed:

  • 5:45pm Sunday (College Choir)
  • 6:15pm Tuesday & Thursday (College Choir)
  • 6:15pm Wednesday (Girl Choristers)

All services take place in accordance with government regulations and Church of England guidelines in relation to places of worship. Because of the need to maintain social distancing, our seating capacity is significantly reduced. For this reason, Sunday services are only open to members of College and, on some occasions by invitation, Friends of the Choir. Other members of the University and the public, including visitors to Oxford, are welcome to join us on weekdays. A limited number of spaces are available at each service and can be booked via our online booking system.

We’re livestreaming most of our choral services, and the Thursday lunchtime organ recital, through the College Choir’s YouTube account. Subscribe now so that you don’t miss out and, for details of all of our social media channels, go to our Social Media Hub.

We’re excited to be back, and very much look forward to welcoming you to the Chapel in person or online.

Simon, Mel, Ben, Leah and Lizzie

The Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones (Chaplain)
The Revd Dr Melanie Marshall (Associate Chaplain)
Ben Nicholas (Reed Rubin Organist and Director of Music)
Leah Collins (Verger)
Lizzie Casey (Chapel Administrator)

The College Chapel dates back to the end of the thirteenth century and stands at the heart of our ancient College as a witness to Christian worship over almost 750 years. Today the Chapel is home to a lively and diverse Christian community which continues this faithful offering of worship with daily services during term time. Visitors are welcome to join members of the College at our weeknight services. Each year a number of Mertonians get married here, and the Chapel is also a popular venue for concerts and plays. To find out more, contact the Chaplain, Simon Jones.

If you are interested in booking the Chapel for concerts and recordings please see our Conditions of Hire and Hire Information leaflet. For any further enquiries, please contact the Chapel Administrator.