How to Join us for Worship in the Cathedral

8 July 2020

Worship Q & A

When can I attend a service of worship?

From Sunday 12th July 2020, the following services will be available:


  • 08.00 Morning Prayer and Eucharist (Lady Chapel)
  • 14.30 Prayers (Lady Chapel)


  • 08.00: Book of Common Prayer Eucharist (Nave)
  • 09.15: Common Worship Eucharist (Nave)

We advise that you limit your close social interaction to your own household during and after these services.

Worshippers must be in their seat 5 minutes before the service is scheduled to start. Doors will usually open 15 minutes before the service start time (please note that this will allow for cleaning in between the two services).

Do I need to book to attend a service of worship?

Booking is not required for our services.

To comply with government guidance on NHS Test and Trace, we will ask you for personal details as you enter the Cathedral to attend a service. (Please see ‘NHS Test and Trace’ below).

Please note that we have limited capacity and once we are at full capacity, unfortunately, you will be turned away.

Your cooperation and understanding are appreciated.

NHS Test and Trace

The opening up of public places following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by the NHS Test and Trace service. In line with government guidance we are required to keep an accurate temporary record of our visitors and worshippers for 21 days to assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for data if needed for contact tracing and the investigation of local outbreaks.

We will collect and store your personal data securely and it will be destroyed after 21 days.

Should I wear a face mask?

Worshippers may choose to wear face coverings to offer protection to others and if so it is important to use them properly. Some of our staff may be wearing gloves or aprons.

Where do I go when I arrive?

Please enter for worship via the South door, where a member of staff will direct you to complete a form for your name and contact number. You will also be asked to sanitise your hands.

Will I be able to take communion at a service?

Yes. Communion will be distributed in one kind only (the bread) and hygiene precautions will be taken during the distribution.

Holy Communion will be in one kind (i.e. just the bread) and we will administer and you will receive without words. If you choose to wear a face mask, please remove it prior to sanitising your hands before you receive communion. Everyone will be asked to observe social distancing and sanitise their hands prior to receiving communion.

Will the choir be performing?

No. Choral singing is not yet permitted by government guidance.

Will I be able to sing as part of the service?

Congregational singing is not yet permitted by government guidance. Please note that raising voices and shouting are also discouraged because of the potential for increased risk of transmission from aerosol and droplets. Therefore, spoken responses during worship should also not be in a raised voice.

Will I be able to light a candle?

Yes. Candle stands have been provided in a safe way that complies with Government and Church of England advice.

Will there be Orders of Service?

You are encouraged to bring your own copy of Common Worship Daily Prayer to Morning Prayer.

For other services, digital orders of service will be made available on the home page of the cathedral website and single-use Orders of Service will be provided (If you have used a single-use order of service, please take it home with you).

Any book that needs to be reused will be quarantined for at least 72 hours between uses.

Items owned by the individual to aid worship such as Bibles, Prayer Books, or devotional objects can be brought in but should be removed again by the worshipper.

Will the public toilets be open?

The toilets are open during worship on Sundays.

Is parking available?

Parking is available for Blue Badge holders only. No other parking on site is possible. Please use the public car parks within the City.

Will there be tea and coffee after the service?

No. For hygiene reasons no refreshments will be provided after the service. We encourage you to leave the building as soon as the service is over, and if you wish to catch up with your friends, to do so outside where it is safer, and at a safe distance from one another.

People who are symptomatic

Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend services of worship due to the risk that they pose to others; they should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household. Remote participation should be considered, for example by participating in services on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

Can I donate to support the Cathedral?

Yes, we welcome any support for our ministry and the stewardship of the Cathedral. You can donate online HERE, give at the contactless donation stand in the Cathedral, or make a cash donation into the plate on the table on your way in. Notes are preferable to coins. Gift aid envelopes will not be available at this time

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