The Chapel

Images: © David Borland

The Chapel at Churchill College is ecumenical and provides a locus for worship for all Christian people in the College community. Any Christian group may use the Chapel for prayer, Bible study or discussion, and can book through the Chairman of the Trustees.

The Chaplain is the Revd. Dr. John Rawlinson. He is available at his home on 01480 860263 and via email to hear from fellows, students and staff of the College at any time on any matter with which he may be able to help. He is in College on Thursday afternoons and Sunday evenings in Full Term, and his room is 1S.

The Chapel is usually open for private prayer, meditation and quiet. It can be opened with your room key, or if you live out (or if you are in one of the recently renovated staircases), a key can be borrowed from the Porters.

Collections are not taken. A plate for offerings is placed near the door. All offerings go to charity.

COVID Statement

The Chapel at Churchill is operated separately to Churchill College and is managed by a board of trustees. All bookings for the Chapel are made through the Booking Request Form.

Booking Request Form

The following precautions have been implemented to make the Chapel at Churchill COVID Secure:

  • Sanitiser spray is provided at the entrance.
  • Users are required to clean all contact points before and after use.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided, and users are required to use this frequently.
  • Hand sanitiser must be used before using the organ and/or piano.
  • Used tissues must be disposed of correctly in a covered bin.
  • Capacity in the Chapel at Churchill must not exceed the pertinent Government guidance.
  • The furniture in the Chapel has been organised to aid social distancing and should not be rearranged without consultation.

Churchill members may use the Chapel at Churchill at their convenience for quiet contemplation or private worship. They should also follow the procedures above and ensure that their use of the space does not cause an inconvenience to other users or introduce additional risks by ensuring that they are in good health before considering entrance.

Chapel Choir

Information about the Chapel Choir is available here:

Chapel Choir


Organ and Choral Scholarships

Information about choral scholarships can be found on the chapel choir page.

Information about the Elizabeth Cockcroft Organ Scholarship and the Chapel organ is available on the organ page.


Baptisms, Confirmations, Weddings, Memorial Services, Funerals

Please contact the Chaplain, The Revd Dr John Rawlinson.

Email the Chaplain

Music Practice

Members of College are welcome to use the Chapel for private music practice when it is not being used for services, except at certain times when the Chapel is reserved for quiet prayer. More information is available on the Music Practice page, and is on display in the chapel.

It is possible to book the Chapel for music rehearsals involving larger groups. If you would like to place a booking, please place a request from the booking form and we will then confirm with you if the date and time is available.

Booking Request Form