It is with immense joy, we have reopened the doors of Birmingham Cathedral.
The cathedral will be open for private prayer Monday to Saturday 10am - 2pm and Sunday 1pm - 3pm and also for public worship with 9am and 11am services of Holy Communion on Sundays
We will continue to broadcast daily prayers and Friday Compline via the cathedral's YouTube channel, but also look forward to welcoming those who are able to join us in person. However, we are aware that this will not be possible for everyone.
Worship in the cathedral will be 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 services and entrance will be by ticket only.
There will be short services of Holy Communion each Sunday at 0900* and 1100*. The cathedral will be closed between the services for cleaning.
You are warmly invited to book your ticket on Eventbrite each week via our Book a Seat page.
*This service will also be recorded live.
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 no tickets left for either service when you try to book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be given priority the following week. 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.
Face coverings: *Government advice has been updated.* From 8 August, those who attend worship or come into the cathedral for private prayer are now required to wear face coverings unless they have a valid exemption, consistent with the requirements for any other public space. This includes as you arrive at the cathedral for Sunday’s Eucharist, during the service, and as you leave at the end. In order to receive Communion safely, please bring a bottle of hand sanitiser with you if possible for use before and after removing your face covering before coming up to receive Communion, and again as you replace your face covering. There are also hand sanitising stations in the north and south aisles for your use. Those officiating at services continue to be exempt which is very helpful in terms of accessibility and audibility so the clergy will not wear face coverings for most of the service but will wear them for the administration of Communion.
Arriving at the cathedral: The cathedral will be open at 0840 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 in the porch; there is a second hand-sanitising station in the south aisle.
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: The invitation to the share the Peace is omitted from our services 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 side aisles.
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 the present time, we are not able to offer refreshments. The cathedral will then be closed for cleaning before the next service.
Collection: No collection will be taken during this service. 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, the service 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.
To view pre-recorded prayers, collects, readings and blessings, please visit our recorded services page.
- The cathedral's guided tours are suspended until further.
- 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, Stef 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.
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