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Worship FAQs

What are your Service times?

Our new regular service times are:

Monday to Friday

07:30 Morning Prayer followed by the Eucharist (said)

17:30 Evening Prayer (said)

Saturday

08:30 Morning Prayer followed by the Eucharist (said)

17:30 Evening Prayer (said)

Sunday

08:00 Mattins (said)

09:00 The Eucharist (said)

11:00 The Eucharist (said)

16:30 Evening Prayer (said)

For further information and to book your place for services click here and check the website before travelling to the Cathedral. 

How do I attend a Service?

In order to manage capacity and to keep all staff and visitors to the Cathedral safe, pre-booking is now a requirement for all services at the Cathedral. You can do this here.

If you have no access to the internet you can book by telephone by calling 01722 512156 between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday.

Please note that everyone is required to wear a face covering inside the Cathedral.

What do I do when I arrive?

  • Please enter via the North Porch Entrance (facing the City Centre)
  • Please aim to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the service so we can seat you in time
  • A member of staff will check you are on the list booked for the service and then welcome you in
  • A steward will direct you to your seat.

Can I turn up at the door without booking for services?

You are strongly advised to pre-book, to avoid disappointment and to assist us manage capacity.  It may be possible to queue and join the service if places are left on the day but you may be asked to book on to a later service (if there is one) if the current service is at capacity.  You will need to give us your name and contact details to book in for a service.

What if I book a ticket for a service but then can’t attend?

Please let us know if you cannot attend so that we can offer your place to someone else – capacity is greatly reduced at present.

If you have booked online and created an account on our system you will be able to change your booking yourself online up to 12 hours before the service starts.

If you have booked by telephone, please call 01722 512156 between 09:00 and 17:00 Mondays to Fridays to cancel your booking. If you need to cancel during the weekend please call 01722 555150 between 12:00 and 15:00.

When and where can I hear the Cathedral Choir?

Unfortunately singing is not permitted at present.  You can hear the Choir on our digital services, but they will not be singing at services in the Cathedral until government advice on singing changes.  However, you can hear the organ during both Sunday services.

Are the services suitable for young children?

Children are welcome to attend with their families - the services lasts about 40 minutes.  Please let us know if you require two seats to be placed together on arrival if you have small children.  The stewards may ask you to sit in an aisle seat so that you can move easily if your child becomes restless. 

Unfortunately we are not currently able to provide a Sunday School, however we welcome and encourage children to attend.

What if I need communion brought to me in my seat?

Please speak with a steward at the entrance on arrival and we will arrange for you to sit where this will be possible.

What if I need a gluten free wafer?

Please speak with a steward at the entrance on arrival and we will arrange for you to sit where this will be possible.

Is it safe to receive communion?

We are following Church of England advice and guidelines and the clergy administering communion are taking a number of measures to ensure this is done as safely as possible. You can read more about this here

Can I receive a blessing?

You can, but the priest will not physically touch your head when giving it and this is still just as much a blessing.