Public services

Public services


The Chapter of Wells Cathedral are delighted to say that public worship can begin again in the Cathedral. This includes a regular schedule of three Sunday services as well as daily Said Evening Prayer or Choral Evensong, and Morning Prayer from Tuesday to Friday.

Find out more information below, including detail about the measures we have put in place to ensure you feel safe during your visit.

Now more than ever, support is needed to sustain the Cathedral and all that it does. If you’re able to support please visit the Bounce Back Appeal: Wells Cathedral Just Giving page.

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Daily worship

 

Morning Prayer  takes place in the Lady Chapel from Tuesday-Friday at 8:45am
Please note: those attending this service must bring their own prayer books or have the daily prayer app downloaded as prayer books cannot be provided at this time.

Choral Evensong is sung on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 5:15pm in the Nave of the Cathedral by the Cathedral Choir.

Said Evening Prayer is said on Wednesday and Friday at 5.15pm in the Nave of the Cathedral by the Cathedral Clergy.

 

All are welcome to attend these services:

  • Seating will be socially distanced and all safety measures recommended will be in place (see below for more information)
  • Legally face masks must be worn unless there is a legitimate reason not to
  • Please bring a pen to sign in (for test and trace purposes)

Sunday services

From 5th July we are delighted to welcome you to a regular schedule of three Sunday services:

8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Cathedral Eucharist
3.00pm Choral Evensong

 

All are welcome to attend these services:

  • Seating will be socially distanced and all safety measures recommended will be in place (see below for more information)
  • Face masks must legally be worn unless there is a legitimate reason not to
  • Please bring a pen to sign in (for test and trace purposes)

 

For the Cathedral Eucharist, bells will be rung before the service, and during the service there will be music from a solo singer and organist. The President will receive communion on behalf of all. Weather permitting, there will be socially distanced time on the Cathedral Green after the service for those who wish. The service of Evensong will also include live solo vocal and organ music.

The Dean of Wells, The Very Revd Dr John Davies, said:

“This is a very exciting weekend for the Cathedral. There have been so many positive reports on how we have arranged the Cathedral, with a concern for your safety. Now, safely, public worship can begin, and all who wish to come are invited in”.

We will continue to broadcast a virtual Eucharist via our Facebook page at 10am on Sundays. These can all be watched again after release on the Live-streamed services page.

Wellsprings, the Cathedral’s worship for children, meet on Sundays in Vicars Hall. During the meeting we’ll follow the pattern of the Eucharist in a friendly, child-accessible way: singing songs, listening to a story and prayers, and sharing bread and squash. Wellsprings is friendly and relaxed, suiting children between the ages of 0 and 11. If you are interested in joining us this Sunday, please send an email to wellsprings.cathedral@gmail.com.

 

Your Safety

For full information about the measures we have put in place to make visitors feel safe, visit Wells Cathedral: Helping you to feel safe.

In terms of the service-specific safety measures:

  • For all services, chairs will be socially distanced
  • All services will take place in the Nave of the Cathedral
  • Entry is via the New Entry Cloister (NEC) and exit via the North West Door and the West Doors. Entry and exit will be staggered, and guided by the Cathedral team.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available for use at entry and exit
  • Face masks must be worn unless you have an exemption
  • Single use orders of service will be provided and disposed of after use
  • Contact details will need to be left for test and trace purposes. The data will be destroyed after 21 days (see here for our full Privacy and Data Protection policies)
  • Bell ringing and singing will be in accordance with the government and Church of England guidance
  • Chairs will be cleared and replaced after each service and not reused for at least 72 hours

 

For full information about the re-opening of Wells Cathedral, including information for visitors, visit the Well Cathedral re-opens page.

To see how we are complying with government guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19, please click here

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