All College members and their guests are welcome to attend Chapel services. The Chapel was built by Stephen Penton in the late 17th century. It is famous for the painting ‘Supper at Emmaus’ by Ceri Richards that hangs over the altar and is also well known for the stained-glass window on the east side that was constructed and designed by William Morris and Edward-Burne Jones. The organ was built by Wood of Huddersfield in the 1980s.

Take a virtual tour of the Chapel

A service in the St Edmund Hall Chapel

Chapel Services

Services take place during term time only, usually at 5:30pm on Sundays, as well as on a few other special occasions. The weekly Sunday services vary between Choral Evensong and Sung Eucharist, and all are welcome to attend. The services are Anglican in character but people from all faiths, and none, are welcome.

After the service drinks are served, and all those attending the service are welcome to join us.

Chapel services take place during term time only and are usually at 5:30pm on Sundays. All are welcome to attend. The theme for Trinity 2019 is ‘Making a Difference in the World!’.

View details of all services in our Chapel term card

The Chaplain

The College Chaplain is the Revd Will Donaldson, and he is pastorally available to members of the College during his office hours (Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am to 1:30pm) or by appointment. His study is in Staircase VI and he can be contacted on 01865 279021 or by email on In addition to being responsible for the Chapel services, he is one of two Senior Welfare Officers at St Edmund Hall and also contributes to a broad range of other activities in the College.

Choir and Organ Scholars

If you would like to join the Chapel Choir, please contact our Organ Scholars or the Director of Music. The choir includes several Choral Scholars but is otherwise non-auditioning, and new members are always welcome.

Our Organ Scholars are Viraj Alimchandani and Hagen Papenburg. They can be contacted via

The Teddy Hall Chapel Choir rehearsing

Will Donaldson:

Chapel Fellow
Jeff Tseng:

Director of Music
Chirstopher Bucknall:

Senior Organ Scholar
Viraj Alimchandani:

Junior Organ Scholar
Hagen Papenburg:

Chapel Clerk
Jenna Elliott:

Chapel Music Librarian
Jack Spence:

Social Secretary
Alice Tithecott:

For information about Christian Union, Roman Catholic Campus ministry, and information for other faith groups, please contact the chaplain.

Exploring Faith

University is a great time to explore the big questions of meaning and purpose in life, and please email the Chaplain if you would like to investigate ways of doing this.

Serving in the Community

Would you like to give a little time each month to a community project that makes a difference to people’s lives in Oxford – visiting a children’s hospice, giving individual reading support in a local primary school, helping at a night shelter for the homeless? Please contact the Chaplain, as the Hall has some particular projects in mind.

Prayer and Reflection in the Chapel

All students are welcome to use the Chapel for prayer or quiet reflection (provided there are no prior bookings). Please ask at the Porters’ Lodge for a key.

Christian Student Societies

The St Edmund Hall Christian Union representatives are Hudson Hovil ( and Joanna Male (

Find out more about the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy on their website.

The Crypt

The Crypt beneath the Chancel of St Peter-in-the-East dates from the early 12th century. It is currently out-of-bounds to the public and to groups, but individual College members may visit with permission from the Chaplain or at the discretion of the duty Porter.

Read about the history of St Peter-in-the-East

The crypt of St Peter-in-the-East at St Edmund Hall

Where next?

An Introduction to the College Chapel

23 Jan 2019

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