Evensong will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday at 5.45pm and Sundays at 3.30pm. Each service will be held in the cathedral and conducted under very careful conditions in order to make this as safe as possible. A said Eucharist will be held in school holidays. The cathedral will be closed between the services for cleaning. Tickets ae not required for midweek services, but you are warmly invited to book your Sunday 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. 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.