The cathedral will be open for:
- Private prayer Monday to Saturday 10am – 12pm
- Public worship on Sundays (pre-booked tickets required) – 9am Holy Communion; 11am Choral Eucharist; 3.30pm Evensong in term time
- Public worship midweek (no tickets required) - Morning Prayer and Holy Communion 7.40am Monday to Friday, and 8.40am Saturday; Evensong in term time at 5.45pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
We look forward to welcoming those who are able to join us in person. However, we are aware that this is not possible for everyone and are continuing to broadcast a Sunday service, daily prayers, and Friday Compline via the cathedral's YouTube channel. To view these, please visit our recorded services page.
Worship in the cathedral building is conducted under very careful conditions in order to make this as safe as possible.
Tickets: Following guidance from the government and Church of England, we must limit numbers very strictly in order to enable social distancing. For the time being, we are required to operate a booking system for Sunday services and entrance to Sunday services will be by ticket only.
There is a short said service of Holy Communion each Sunday at 0900, a Choral Eucharist at 1100 in term time (said Eucharist in school holidays)*, and Choral Evensong at 3.30pm in term time. The cathedral will be closed between the services for cleaning.
*The 1100 Eucharist will also be recorded live.
You are warmly invited to book your ticket on Eventbrite each week via our Book a Seat page.
Booking is open from Mondays at 12 noon until Fridays at 4pm for the next Sunday. Please note that booking is on a first come, first served basis and the deadline for all bookings is 4pm each Friday. If there are any spaces remaining once booking closes, our Facilities and Verger Team will be able to grant access for people arriving for services on a first come, first served basis and contact details will be taken. Regrettably if there are no spaces available, admission will not be possible.
In line with government guidance, all booking details will be retained for 21 days for contact tracing purposes.
Health: Please do not attend if you are unwell or you or a member of your household has Coronavirus symptoms
Arriving at the cathedral: The cathedral will be open twenty minutes before services in order to stagger arrivals. Please bring your ticket with you; a verger will ask your name and to see your ticket at the door. Please make use of the hand-sanitising station on the way in.
Seating All seating will be unreserved unless you have indicated when booking that you are a wheelchair user, accompanied by a carer, or attending with children 12 and under (they need their own tickets). We have six pairs of chairs in the nave by the side aisles for use by households; please could we encourage you not to rearrange other chairs in the nave. Thank you.
Toilets: There will be limited toilet facilities available in the cathedral.
During the service: At services of Holy Communion, the invitation to the share the Peace is omitted for the time being; please would you kindly remain in your place at this point. When it comes to the distribution of Communion, a verger will guide you to come forward for Communion or a blessing; there are markings on the floor to help you to preserve social distancing. Communion will be given in one kind – the bread only, given to the hand in silence. Please be assured that we are taking very careful precautions regarding its handling. Gluten free wafers are available upon request. Blessings will be given silently and without physical contact. After you have received Communion or a blessing, please return to your seat via the south aisle – on the right as you look at the altar.
Leaving the service: After the service, you will be encouraged to leave the cathedral promptly and safely, and to move away from the entrance so others can leave safely. At choral services, the choir will remain in their places until the congregation has left. At the present time, we are not able to offer refreshments after the 1100 Sunday Eucharist. The cathedral will then be closed for cleaning before the next service.
Collection: No collection will be taken during services. Donations if desired can be made via a contactless donation point in the south aisle or through the link on the cathedral website – www.birminghamcathedral.com. We are also very grateful for regular donations which can be made via the parish giving scheme: to set this up, please visit www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk; you will need these details – Church/Parish Name: St Philip; PGS Parish Code: 020602001.
Finally… Inevitably with these measures in place, services will feel somewhat different to usual, but we hope very much that you will know yourself to be welcome; find the space that you need to worship and pray; and be reassured by the measures that are being put in place for everyone’s safety.
- The cathedral's guided tours are suspended until further notice.
- All public events and gatherings are suspended.
If you need to contact someone with a safeguarding concern, please visit our safeguarding page or contact our Cathedral Safeguarding Officer, Steph Haynes on 07717 205215 our Deputy Safeguarding Officer, Anna Pitt on 07769 216890. If you have an urgent concern for the safety of yourself or someone else, please call 999.