Faith at the RAU

The aim of the multi-faith chaplaincy is to support all students and staff at the University, to support all faiths and none within “faith in the university”. To achieve this the chaplaincy provides additional associate chaplains of other faiths.

The University Chapel and Chaplaincy

The Chapel of St George the Martyr is situated in the Quad, opposite the entrance to the dining room. It is an ecumenical Christian chapel and is open to students for worship, music, reflection and meditation on a daily basis.

Services are held on Thursday evenings at 6:00pm in the chapel during term time, dates and times will be published on the chapel noticeboard.  Please come and join the service or enjoy the stillness of the beautiful chapel at other times when it is open.

Christmas service in chapel

The chapel is licensed for marriages and baptisms, and has historically been used by staff and students for such occasions. Termly student services are held including Remembrance, Harvest, Christmas carols and Easter.

The main aim of the multi-faith Chaplaincy is to support all students and staff at the University, to support all faiths and none within “faith in the university”. To achieve this overall aim, the chaplaincy is seeking to provide additional associate chaplains of other faiths.

The chaplaincy offer opportunities to share with others in worship and in other informal groups for further awareness such as Bible study, prayer times and meditation, social occasions and one-to-one conversation. Details of these will be advertised on the social calendar and university notice boards. 

The Chapel is supported by three chaplains appointed by the university – Revd Canon Graham Morris, lead Chaplain, supported by Chaplain and Senior Pastor Matt Frost and Associate Chaplain Jessica Price. The chaplains visit the university on a weekly basis (hours vary) and are available for appointment by request. The Cirencester Churches Together Group also has details of all Christian churches in the town, which are provided in the chapel lobby.

In addition to the chapel, we also have a faith and reflection room for the use of all faiths and the chaplaincy assistants offer a multi-faith contact point.

RAU Chaplaincy team

Student Chaplaincy representative

  • Benjie Gifford represents the student body on the Chaplaincy group, and works with the chaplains on faith based events

Ashcroft Methodist/United Reformed Church, Cirencester

  • Revd James Taylor

Parish Church of St John Baptist, Cirencester

  • Revd Canon Graham Morris
  • Revd Katie Richardson
  • Revd Julian Wilson

Cirencester Baptist Church

  • Chaplain and Senior Pastor, Matt Frost
  • Associate Chaplain, Jessica Price

St Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Cirencester

  • Fr Philip Thomas

Other local faith communities and centres 

Akanishta Buddhist Centre ,Cheltenham

Hindu Community Centre and Temple, Cheltenham 

Cheltenham Synagogue, Cheltenham

Masjidul Al-Madina Mosque, Cheltenham

Masjidul Falah Mosque, Cheltenham

Masjid E Noor Mosque, Gloucester,

Jamia al Karim Mosque, Gloucester   

Salvation Army, Cirencester

Cirencester Quaker Meeting House

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Cirencester

Gloucester Seventh-day Adventist Church

Music in the Chapel

Organ – The key is available from the Porter's Lodge in exchange for your identity card, with the Chaplain’s prior approval.

Piano – available in the Chapel.