St Hugh’s College Chapel exists for the whole College, including members of all three common rooms and staff.
The Chapel is an inclusive community, and while broadly Christian, welcomes everyone warmly. Those uncertain about their beliefs will find space without pressure in our services and activities, alongside those whose faith may be deepening.
Those without religious beliefs at all, and members of other faiths, are also very welcome. The Chapel is open daily for quiet prayer and meditation. Speakers of interest to virtually anyone in Oxford are featured each Sunday of term at 6.15pm.
The Reverend Dr Shaun Henson is our College Chaplain. Although part of Shaun’s role is religious, his duties include a general welfare remit. As a member of our College Welfare team, he is pleased to speak in confidence with any member of College about any matter whatsoever, regardless of one’s beliefs, views, or orientations.
Being College Chaplain puts one in touch with a wonderful variety of people from many different backgrounds, all with diverse interests and viewpoints on academic and religious matters. This diversity is a hugely stimulating aspect of College life. My hope is that all students and staff at St Hugh’s will see me as a friendly face and potential confidant, always certain to offer a warm reception.
Shaun is based in room 24 of the College’s Main Building, adjacent to the Chapel’s entrance on the first floor. ‘During the 2020-21 academic year, appointments should be arranged in the first instance by email.
As the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing continue to affect our lives as a community, St Hugh’s College Chapel will remain a steadfast virtual place of welfare support, music, learning, and prayer for all members of College, their guests, and the public throughout the 2020-21 academic year. People of all faiths and no faith at all are most welcome.
Our Choral Evensong music and services will be broadcast via our dedicated Facebook page and YouTube channel each Sunday evening at 6.15pm. Follow the links found here:
A term card with The Chapel’s current activities is available here.
The Chapel Choir
St Hugh’s has an enthusiastic and talented Chapel Choir, drawn from members of all three common rooms. It meets to rehearse every Friday at 5.00pm (4.45pm for tea and cake, followed by a free supper in College for Choir members) and Sunday at 4.30pm.
The Choir sings a wide repertoire of music, and is always open to new members.
Annual auditions are held halfway through Michaelmas term for four Choral Awards, which a student may hold for the duration of their degree programme. Please see the Chaplain for an application.
At least one new organ scholarship is granted each academic year. Please see the Chaplain for an application.
The Organ Scholars and Chapel Music Tutor 2020-21
- Jonathan Watt (Senior Organ Scholar)
- Taro Kobayashi (Junior Organ Scholar)
- Jieun Lee (Junior Organ Scholar)
- Dan Chambers (Chapel Music Tutor and Organist)
At least one new Organ Scholarship is granted each academic year. Please see the Chaplain or Chapel Music Tutor for an application.
Our current Choral Award Holders are
- Violine Silier (Mathematics and Statistics), Soprano
- Sophie Bennett (Classics), Soprano
- Molly Mantle (PPE), Alto
- Justin Vyvyan-Jones (Classics and Modern Languages), Tenor
The Chapel Committee is drawn from all three Common Rooms of the College. It meets termly to consider the life of the Chapel and plan for subsequent terms.
If you are interested in joining the committee please contact the Chaplain for further details.
All money collected at Chapel services is donated to a particular charity each term. These charities are selected by the Chaplain and Chapel Committee. Details of each term’s chosen charity are displayed on the Chapel noticeboards.
Previously supported charities include Emmaus, Christian Aid, Oxfam Haiti Disaster Relief Fund, Oxfam International, Mercy Ships International, The Gatehouse Oxford, Sobell House Oxford, and Helen and Douglas House.
You may wish to give directly to St Hugh’s College Chapel to support the ministry here. The College meets the day-to-day running expenses of the Chapel, but additional funds can help to provide useful resources, and support various Chapel groups.
If you would like to donate to the Chapel Fund you can do so by collecting an envelope available in the Chapel and placing your donation in the collection or in the Chaplain’s pigeonhole in the College Lodge. Any cheques should be made payable to ‘St Hugh’s College Chapel Fund’.
The Chaplain and the Chapel Committee remain grateful for your continued support.
St Hugh’s has an active Christian Union (CU) which aims to be a supporting and welcoming environment for all members of the College.
They meet on Wednesday evenings to read and discuss the Bible, to pray together and to socialise, and also run various events in College throughout the term.
The College’s Union also has links to the wider CU in Oxford (Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union – OICCU) and go to central meetings every other week and a prayer meeting every Monday morning.