Events this term

Michaelmas Term 2019

Freshers’ Welcome Service

All Freshers are invited to a service to mark the beginning of their career at Worcester College on Thursday of Freshers’ Week (10 October) at 6.45pm. The Chapel is famous throughout Oxford for its beauty and extraordinary design. Now it is at the heart of your life here and a place where you will always find stillness and calm.

Open Rehearsal and Auditions for the Chapel Choir
On Saturday of Freshers’ Week (12 October) there will be an opportunity to sing with and to audition for the Chapel Choir. There will be short auditions with the Director of Chapel Music from 2 pm. The open rehearsal will begin at 4.30 with Evensong at 5.30 pm. Questions or enquiries in advance may be made to

Freshers’ Evensong

Join us for the first College Evensong of term, sung by the Combined Choirs, and discover the twin pleasures of Chapel and Formal Hall (don’t forget to book in!) 5.45pm on Sunday of 1st week (13 October).

The Woodroffe Society Dinner

This term the Society’s Dinner will be on Tuesday of 2nd week (22 October). The speaker will be Prof. Celia Deane-Drummond, an eco-theologian with a particular interest in the overlap between theology, evolution, and the environment. Her talk will be on ‘Deception in The Language Game. Tracing the Natural Roots of the Vice of Lying and the Origin of Sin.’  Places are very limited so please contact the Chaplain immediately if you would like to attend: £15 charge to battels. Guests from outside College are also welcome.

Requiem for All Souls

We will have a Requiem Mass on Monday of 4th week (4 November) at 6.15 pm, during which we will remember all those whom we love but see no longer. There will be an opportunity at the end of the service to remember the departed. If you would like anyone remembered by name at the service please print their names on the list at the back of Chapel, or email the Chaplain directly.

Remembrance Sunday

There will be a College Service of Remembrance on Sunday of 5th week (10 November) at 5.45 pm, with two minutes’ silence and the Last Post.

Joint Service with St Peter’s College Choir

The Choir will sing Evensong with St Peter’s Choir, at St Peter’s College, on Thursday of 6th week at 6.15 pm.

Concert in St Barnabas Church, Jericho

The Choir will give a concert, in partnership with the Choir of our local primary school, St Barnabas, in St Barnabas Church, Cardigan Street, on Saturday of 7th week (30 November) at 7 pm.

Advent and Christmas Carol Services
The ever-popular College service of Advent Lessons and Carols will take place on Sunday 1 December (eighth week) at 5.45 pm, followed by an Advent and Christmas Carol Service on Thursday of 8th week at 6 pm. Both will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the cloister. Come early to get a seat!

Community Carol Service

Old Members, Staff of the College, and their families, together with anyone who might be helping people move out of College, are particularly invited to a Carol Service on Saturday of 8th week (7 December) at 12 pm. All are welcome, and the service will be followed by the usual refreshments in the cloister. Those planning to attend from outside Oxford are asked to contact the Assistant Chaplain for a free ticket.

Epiphany Festival

At the end of 1st week of Hilary (23-26 January), the Chapel will celebrate its third annual Epiphanytide Festival: musical and creative events for all. Please look for publicity during term for tickets and times, but save the dates: Thursday of 1st until Sunday of 2nd!

Weekly in term time:

Sunday Bible Study

From 4 until 5 pm on Sundays in term time, you can come to the Chaplain’s rooms to read and think about the Bible readings we will hear later in Chapel. All welcome; meet in Nuffield 10.

Feminist Theology Reading Group

All are welcome. The Group will meet for discussions on Tuesday afternoons in term time at 4.30 pm in Nuffield 10.

The Woodroffe Society

Every Monday lunchtime from 1pm until 2.00 pm the Woodroffe Society meets in Seminar Room A to talk about such topics as ethics, the arts, science and religion, faith, doubt, the Bible or just life. All are welcome to this open, non-judgmental, and frank discussion group. If you are interested in joining this group then please then please speak to the Chaplain or turn up.