Worship in St Andrews

The University has two chapels: St Salvator’s Chapel and St Leonard’s Chapel. These chapels — both of which date back to the fifteenth century — are the central points for most University services of worship. Services in the University chapels are organised by the Chaplaincy team, headed up by the Chaplain to the University, the Rev Dr Donald MacEwan.

Students, staff and members of the public are all welcome to attend the services and prayer meetings in the University chapels.

For information about getting married in the University chapels, please take a look at the weddings web pages.

Worship in St Salvator’s Chapel

The University invites all visitors to the chapel to share in its on-going life of prayer, whether by taking time to sit and pray, enjoying its silence or its music, or by joining in worship.

St Salvator’s Chapel is open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday for individual prayer and meditation. The chapel is also open from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays year round, and 9am to 5pm on Sundays outside of term time, subject to bookings.

St Salvator’s Chapel seats approximately 320. The pews face each other across the Chapel in collegiate style in the main part, with chairs facing forward in the ante-Chapel, behind a decorative screen. There is wheelchair access to the Chapel via the north entrance.

Find out about the history of St Salvator’s Chapel.

Sunday service

Sundays at 11am.

A weekly University service takes place each Sunday with St Salvator’s Chapel Choir and distinguished visiting preachers. An optional Eucharist follows each service; this is an interdenominational service to which all are welcome to share communion.

Two thirds of chapel offerings from the Sunday service are given to charity and one third goes to the work of the Chaplaincy. Details of upcoming preachers and sermons can be found on the upcoming sermons web page.

Morning prayer

Monday to Friday at 8.45am.

Readings and prayers in St Salvator’s Chapel.

Choral evensong

Wednesdays at 5.45pm.

A 45 minute service of prayer, both spoken and sung, mainly by the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir.

Worship in St Leonard’s Chapel

Situated within the grounds of St Leonards School, St Leonard’s Chapel is much smaller and more intimate setting than St Salvator’s Chapel. It seats approximately 60 people, and as it is built in a traditional mediaeval style, pews face each other in collegiate style. Visitors should note that there is one small step into the Chapel.

St Leonard’s Chapel is only open by arrangement, but visitors are welcome to attend the following services and meetings. Find out about the history of St Leonard’s Chapel.

Compline by candlelight

Thursdays at 10pm.

A candlelit service of music and prayers with St Leonard’s Chapel Choir.

Choral evensong

Sundays at 4pm.

A 45 minutes service of prayer both spoken and sung.

Choral evensong will take place on the following Sundays in 2015:

  • Sunday 8 February 2015
  • Sunday 15 February 2015
  • Sunday 22 February 2015
  • Sunday 1 March 2015
  • Sunday 8 March 2015
  • Sunday 5 April 2015
  • Sunday 12 April 2015
  • Sunday 19 April 2015
  • Sunday 26 April 2015

Orthodox services

Second Saturday and third Sunday of each month at 10.30am until 12 noon.

Orthodox services take place twice a month in Greek and English.


The Chaplaincy

Email: chaplaincy@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2866