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Chaplaincy Events & Special Services

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The Chaplaincy team organises many events throughout the academic year to which all King's staff and students are welcome.  You can find out more about regular events on each Campus by following the links on the left. 

Life Events

Exploring religious identity & places of worship in London

If you are new to London, the Chaplaincy is able to help you find a place of worship and a community to belong to. We have also arranged various trips to explore some of the many places of worship London has to offer, giving you a chance to learn more about many of the faith communities in the capital. 

Vocations Group

The Vocations Group is open to all King's staff and students who are looking to explore where God may be leading them in their lives.

Contact the Chaplaincy to express an interest in joining.

Baptism, Confirmation and exploring Christian Faith

If you are considering Baptism and/or Confirmation or would like to learn more about Christian faith, please contact any of the Chaplains on the campus that is most appropriate.

Weddings, Funerals and Memorial Services

Services can be arranged for King's students and staff in either of the College Chapels. 

Contact the Chaplaincy to express an interest in joining.

Cathedral & Abbey Tours and Retreats

The Chaplaincy arranges regular Cathedral & Abbey tours as well as retreats. 

Contact the Chaplaincy if you would like to know more - details can be found in the below lists by term.

Email News

If you would like to receive weekly updates on Chaplaincy events, please contact the Chaplaincy.

Autumn term 2018

Monday 24 September - Chaplaincy Barbecue

16.00-18.00, Strand Terrace

Join us for a (free!) barbecue with soft drinks to celebrate the start of term. Many of the Chaplains and students from various faith communities will be around. This is a great opportunity to meet other staff and students.

Tuesday 25 September - Underground at Guy's

17.00-19.00, starting at Guy's Chaplaincy

Join us for a fabulous tour of the hidden underground spaces, crypts and tunnels underneath Guy's Campus. The Tour will include (free!) pizza in the crypt of St George the Martyr, Borough High Street, and will finish in the vaulted cellars of the Thomas Guy Club. 

To book your place, email Aleksandra or sign up at Fresher's Fair.

Wednesday 26 September - Opening of Year Service, Strand

13.10, College Chapel

Preacher: tbc

Thursday 27 September - Opening of Year Service, Guy's

17.30, Guy's Chapel

Preacher: tbc

Wednesday 3 October - First Catholic Mass of the year, Guy's

13.10, Guy's Chapel

Wednesday 3 October - Welcome to King's!

Time & venue tbc

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series: Welcome to King's! Join us to hear a brief history of King's.

Thursday 4 October - Opening of Year Catholic Mass, Strand

17.30, College Chapel

Wednesday 10 October - Vocations Group

14.45, Strand Chaplaincy

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series - a group for anyone exploring the possibility of Christian ministry.

Speaker - The Revd Ian McIntosh, Head of Formation, Ministry Division

Wednesday 17 October - Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy

Details tbc

Thursday 18 October - Roman Catholic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

18.00, Strand Chapel

Wednesday 24 October - Tour of St Paul's Cathedral

Time and meeting place tbc

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series.

Thursday 25 October - Sung Compline by Candlelight

17.30, Strand Chapel

The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning 'completion' (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.

Thursday 25 October - Chapel at night

18.00-Midnight

No agenda beyond exploring the space by candlelight and being still so God can speak to you through the beauty of the space. Stay as long as you wish.

Thursday 1 November - All Souls' Requiem Mass

17.30, Guy's Chapel

At this service we remember our family and friends who have died, reading their names out during the service.

Tuesday 6 November - All Souls' Tide Service, Strand

17.30, College Chapel

We are replacing Choral Evensong with a Choral Eucharist for the season of remembrance. At this service, we remember our family and friends who have died, reading their naems out during the service. The Choir will sing Duarte Lobo's 'Requiem for six voices'.

Wednesday 7 November - Vocations Group

14.45, Strand Chaplaincy

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series - a group for anyone exploring the possibility of Christian ministry.

Speaker - The Revd Jarel Robinson-Brown, Methodist Minister

Friday 9 November - Act of Remembrance, Guy's 

10.50, Guy's Memorial Arch

Please gather from 10.45 for a prompt start.

Thursday 15 November - Roman Catholic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

18.00, Strand Chapel

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November - Cumberland Lodge Weekend

Cumberland Lodge, Windsor

A weekend of fellowship and fun in the luxurious surroundings of Cumberland Lodge, a former royal residence in Windsor Great Park. 

The cost is £65 (which is subsidised to a great extent), and some bursaries may be available. 

To book your place, email the Chaplaincy.

Wednesday 21 November - Tour of Westminster Abbey

14.45, West Door, Westminster Abbey

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series - the tour will be followed by the opportunity to attend Evening Prayer at the Abbey.

Wednesday 28 November - Vocations Group

14.45, Strand Chaplaincy

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series - a group for anyone exploring the possibility of Christian ministry.

Speaker - The Revd Duncan Dormor, Chief Exec Officer, United Society Partners in the Gospel

Thursday 29 November - Sung Compline by Candlelight

17.30, Strand Chapel

The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning 'completion' (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.

Thursday 29 November - Chapel at night

18.00-Midnight

No agenda beyond exploring the space by candlelight and being still so God can speak to you through the beauty of the space. Stay as long as you wish.

Wednesday 5 December - Come and help! Shining up for Advent

14.45, Strand Chapel

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series - come and help us polish candlesticks for Advent Carols!

Wednesday 5 December - Advent Carols, Strand

17.30, College Chapel

A solemn and traditional service of music and readings by candlelight, progressing from darkness to light.

Congregants are required to be seated by 17.20 for a prompt start to the service at 17.30. The duration of the service is approximately 90 minutes and admissions and exits during the service can only be facilitated while hymns are being sung to avoid disruption.

The outstanding Chapel Choir will be singing and mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service.

Tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

Thursday 6 December - Carol Singing with mulled wine & mince pies, SGDP Denmark Hill

11.15

Join us for carol singing, traditional mulled wine and mince pies, and a truly festive atmosphere.

Thursday 6 December - Advent Carols, Strand

17.30, College Chapel

A solemn and traditional service of music and readings by candlelight, progressing from darkness to light.

Congregants are required to be seated by 17.20 for a prompt start to the service at 17.30. The duration of the service is approximately 90 minutes and admissions and exits during the service can only be facilitated while hymns are being sung to avoid disruption.

The outstanding Chapel Choir will be singing and mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service.

Tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

Friday 7 December - Advent Carols, Strand

17.30, College Chapel

A solemn and traditional service of music and readings by candlelight, progressing from darkness to light.

Congregants are required to be seated by 17.20 for a prompt start to the service at 17.30. The duration of the service is approximately 90 minutes and admissions and exits during the service can only be facilitated while hymns are being sung to avoid disruption.

The outstanding Chapel Choir will be singing and mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service.

Tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

Tuesday 11 December - Christmas Carol Service by Candlelight, Strand

17.30, College Chapel

Traditionally, this has been a more informal event to which we welcome all members of the King's community. 

This is a chance to sing all your favourite Christmas carols and the Chapel Choir will be singing. No tickets are required for this event, but in recent years it has been very full so come early to grab a good seat!

Wednesday 12 December - Underground at Guy's

Details tbc

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series.

Thursday 13 December - Carol Singing with mulled wine & mince pies, Waterloo

12.30, FWB Reception

Come along and join in with the singing of carols! Everyone is welcome to sing, or just listen, and enjoy the mulled wine and festive atmosphere.

Thursday 13 December - Carol Singing with mulled wine & mince pies, WEC Denmark Hill

12.30, WEC

Join us for carol singing, traditional mulled wine and mince pies, and a truly festive atmosphere.

Thursday 13 December - Candlelit Christmas Carol Service, Guy's

17.30, Guy's Chapel

A moving and beautiful celebration of the birth of Christ. Well known carols, performances of Christmas music by GKT students, followed by mulled wine and mince pies for all. Arrive early as the Chapel is usually packed to capacity for this service.

Tuesday 18 December - Carols Service by Candlelight, St Thomas'

15.00, Chapel of St Thomas' Hospital

A beautiful service of carols by candlelight, to which all are welcome.

 

Spring term 2019

Wednesday 23 January - Tour of Southwark Cathedral

14.45, meet at Guy's Chaplaincy Room or at the main entrance to the Cathedral at 15.00

Tour will take place from 15.00-16.00 and will be led by The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark.

Wednesday 30 January - Vocations Group

14.45, Strand Chaplaincy

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series - a group for anyone exploring the possibility of Christian ministry.

Speaker - The Revd Helen O'Sullivan, Chaplain, St Paul's Cathedral

Thursday 31 January - Candlemas Eucharist and Chaplaincy Dinner, Guy's

17.30, Guy's Chapel

The Eucharist will take place in the Chapel of Thomas Guy, followed by a black tie dinner in the Library, Southwark Cathedral.

To book your dinner place, email Aleksandra.

Wednesday 6 February - East London Mosque visit

Details tbc

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series.

Thursday 7 February - Orthodox Vespers for annual Runciman Lecture, Strand

17.15, College Chapel

Wednesday 13 February - Joint meeting with LGBT+ group

Details tbc

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series.

Thursday 14 February - Sung Compline by Candlelight

17.30, Strand Chapel

The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning 'completion' (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.

Thursday 14 February - Chapel at night, Strand

18.00-Midnight, College Chapel

No agenda beyond exploring the space by candlelight and being still so God can speak to you through the beauty of the space. Stay as long as you wish.

Wednesday 27 February - Vocations Group

14.45, Strand Chaplaincy

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series - a group for anyone exploring the possibility of Christian ministry.

Speaker - The Revd Sheila Watson, Preacher of Lincoln's Inn tbc

Wednesday 6 March - Ash Wednesday - Ashes to Go, Guy's

13.00, Guy's Quadrangle

Too busy to attend a full Ash Wednesday service? This is for you!

Come and join Jim, Aleksandra and the Guy's Choir on the steps outside New Hunt's House.

Wednesday 6 March - Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service, Strand

13.10, College Chapel

Preacher: The Revd Dr Keith Riglin, Chaplain to the St Thomas' Campus & Assistant Dean

The start of Lent is traditionally marked by services of repentance, where we receive a cross of ash on our foreheads. Join us for this ecumenical service of penitence and repentance. 

Wednesday 6 March - Catholic Mass for Ash Wednesday, Guy's

13.10, Guy's Chapel

Wednesday 6 March - Catholic Mass for Ash Wednesday, Strand

17.30, College Chapel

Thursday 7 March - Labyrinth, Strand

2.30, College Chapel

Thursday 14 March - Sung Compline by Candlelight, Strand

17.30, College Chapel

The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning 'completion' (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.

Thursday 14 March - Chapel at night, Strand

18.00-Midnight, College Chapel

No agenda beyond exploring the space by candlelight and being still so God can speak to you through the beauty of the space. Stay as long as you wish.

Wednesday 20 March - Vocations Group

14.45, Strand Chaplaincy

Part of the Wednesday Afternoons with the Chaplaincy series - a group for anyone exploring the possibility of Christian ministry.

Speaker - The Revd Caroline Clarke, Assistant Minister, Holy Trinity Clapham 

Tuesday 26 March - Passiontide Service, Strand

18.00, College Chapel

This wonderful candlelit service is similar in style to the Advent service and incorporates elements of the liturgy of the church for Lent and Holy Week.

Tuesday 26 March - Film Screening, Guy's Chapel

19.00, Guy's Chapel

Join us for the screening of 'The Last Temptation of Christ', followed by discussion.

Free to attend, open to all!

Thursday 28 March - Stations of the Cross, Strand

2.30, College Chapel

Thursday 28 March - Passiontide Service, Guy's

17.30, Guy's Chapel

Passiontide meditations. Reflections in music and poetry for Lent and Holy Week. Join us, all are welcome.


Summer term 2019

Thursday 9 May - 34th Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture

18.15, Westminster Abbey

Sir James MacMillan will speak on the theme of spirituality and music. Tickets are free, but are required - tickets will be released on Eventbrite in early 2019.

You can find out more here.

Friday 10 May - Anatomy Thanksgiving Service

11.00, St George's RC Cathedral

The London and South-East Committee of Anatomists invite staff and students from Guy's to attend the annual memorial and thanksgiving service for all who have donated their body to medical research.

Saturday 11 May - Retreat day in the Abbey

During the exam term, we are running a day of silent retreat in Westminster Abbey, concluding with the opportunity to attend Evensong.

To book your place, email George.

Tuesday 28 May - Roman Catholic Confirmation, Guy's

17.30, Guy's Chapel

Roman Catholic Baptism & Confirmation service with Bishop Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Southwark. 

Wednesday 29 May - Anglican Confirmation, Strand

13.10, College Chapel

Anglican Baptism & Confirmation service with the Rt Revd & Rt Hon Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London.

Thursday 30 May - Ascension Day Eucharist, Strand

09.15, Singing on the Strand

09.30, Eucharist service in St Mary le Strand (opp. King's Strand Reception)

It is our tradition to sing hymns outside the gates of King's on the Strand and then process to St Mary le Strand for a Communion service. This is followed by breakfast in Covent Garden.

Thursday 30 May - Ascension Day Eucharist, Guy's

17.30, Guy's Chapel

Monday 10 to Friday 14 June - Chaplaincy Trip!

We will be visiting the island of Lindisfarne off the north east coast of England. It's also known as Holy Island, 'the cradle of English Christianity'. All are welcome!

Email the Chaplaincy to express an interest, so that we can get an idea of numbers (this won't commit you to anything at this stage).

 

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