Services

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We meet for worship every Sunday morning at 11 am in the chapel of Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Road, central Oxford (OX1 3TD).

Our service lasts for about an hour. The form is fairly traditional, with hymns, prayers, meditations, readings, a sermon, and music played on the chapel's fine organ. But the content of the services is distinctive: we do not recite a creed, and readings are drawn not only from the Bible but from a wide range of other sources: world faiths, science, the arts, the natural world, and everyday living. The sermon is intended to stimulate thought, not to expound an orthodoxy to which all are expected to conform.

Visitors
Newcomers are always welcome. Coffee is served after the service, and we hope that visitors will stay to have a chat and exchange ideas with us. For anyone who would like to learn more about Unitarianism, there is an information table, a small lending library, and a literature stand stocked with leaflets and journals.

On the second Sunday of the month the service is usually followed by a sandwich lunch and a discussion on a spiritual or ethical theme; on the fourth Sunday our Walking Group usually goes on a ramble in the countryside around Oxford. Everyone is welcome to join in these events.

Access
An induction loop system is fitted in the chapel for people who use hearing aids. There are three steps up to the main entrance to the College. An alternative entrance provides wheelchair access. As this entrance is security-coded, we would encourage anyone with mobility problems to contact us in advance: please ring the Pulpit Secretary on 01865 511307.

Car parking
On-street spaces are very scarce, so we are permitted to use the college car park on Sunday mornings. For directions, please ring the Pulpit Secretary on 01865 511307.

Children
Creative activities for young children and their parents are organised occasionally on Sunday afternoons, and we hold occasional family-friendly services on Sunday mornings.Please contact chapelsocietysecretary@gmail.com for details. Services of thanksgiving and blessing for babies and young children can be arranged on request.