Chapel Services and Events
Please note that it may occasionally be closed for special services and events.
Anyone is welcome to attend any of our regular Chapel services. Click here to access the Chapel’s weekly service sheets and resources.
The Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion or the Mass, is the form of worship in which the presence of Christ is celebrated by sharing bread and wine. The service includes readings from the Bible, the singing of hymns, prayers, and a sermon from one of the clergy. In choral services, the Chapel Choir sing a different setting of the Mass each week to inspire and enhance our worship. The service of Eucharist is from the Book of Common Prayer (1662) and lasts about an hour and twenty minutes. For more information, head to the Chapel Noticeboard page.
The Chapel hosts a weekly service of Choral Evensong, a time of prayer and reflection that lasts about 45 minutes. Consisting primarily of music sung by the Chapel Choir, the service takes place at the even point between the active day and the restful night, allowing listeners an opportunity to pause amidst the busy demands of daily life. Open to people of all faiths and none, this longstanding tradition draws upon a range of choral music sung within the exceptional acoustics of the Chapel.
Our service of Holy Communion on Wednesdays at lunchtime is a quiet, spoken service using Common Worship, the contemporary language rite of the Church of England. At this service we pray, listen to Bible readings, and share in Holy Communion. The service is about 30 minutes long.
Choral Matins is a morning prayer service with music following the rite of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. This service consists of hymns and psalms led by the Chapel Choir, Bible readings, a sermon, and prayers. It lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes and takes place at the Chapel several times a year. Find out more.
Love Your Lunchtime with Trinity Laban
Take a moment in the middle of the day to enjoy fine music in the Chapel, with chamber concerts performed by students from our onsite partner, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Admission is FREE; no ticket required. Concerts last approximately 45 minutes. Find out more.
Access to the Chapel for wheelchair users is via a lift, which is accessible from College Way. Please let us know in advance of your visit if you will need to use the lift, so that we can make sure we have someone on hand to assist you. Email [email protected] to make arrangements.
The lift is not suitable for mobility scooters, though we do have a wheelchair you may use while visiting the Chapel if necessary. If you are a mobility scooter user, please email [email protected] to enquire about using the wheelchair.
Please note that the lift will not be available while services or recitals are taking place in the Chapel.
A Stairmate is also available for access into the Chapel.
The Chapel is often used for concerts, services, weddings and recitals and can sometimes be subject to early closures. Plan your visit.
Baptisms, Funeral and Memorial Services
Please contact the Chaplain (see details below) to discuss the possibility of holding a baptism (also known as a christening) or a funeral or memorial service. These services are generally held for those who are, have been, or are willing to become regular members of the Chapel congregation. Memorial services may be held for those who have historic links to the site, perhaps due to their service in the Royal Navy.
If you are interested in getting married in the Chapel, please contact our Chapel Manager, Deborah Robson on 020 8269 4788 or email [email protected]
The Chapel is a resource for everyone at the Old Royal Naval College. If you would like to learn more about its life and worship or would value some pastoral support, please contact the Chaplain, the Revd Dr Robert Tobin at [email protected].
For all other matters please contact the Chapel Manager, Deborah Robson [email protected]
The Chapel Choir
Since 2001, the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir has provided outstanding sacred music for the Chapel. The choir includes experienced singers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the local community around Greenwich. The choir is directed by Ralph Allwood (MBE) with support from the chapel organist, Jonathan Eyre.Learn more