The hospital chapel is in the main concourse area. It is a multi-faith space open for anyone to use day or night, and is used regularly by patients, relatives/carers and staff as a place of quiet, prayer and reflection.
Non-urgent advice: Our chapel services
Please note that currently all services have been suspended due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. They will be resumed as soon as possible.
Our hospital chapel is in the main concourse area. It is a multi-faith space open for anyone to use day or night, and is used regularly by patients, relatives/carers and staff as a place of quiet, prayer and reflection.
Apart from the formal services (when it is asked that the chapel space and particular faith tradition be respected) the chapel is always open for prayer.
All are welcome.
Everyone is also welcome at other services held in the chapel during the week.
On Sunday mornings there is a service of Christian worship led by one of the chaplains. All patients, relatives/carers and staff are welcome to attend - it usually includes Holy Communion and lasts around 45 minutes.
This service is also broadcast on channel one of Hospedia.
Help getting to the chapel
Volunteers from the chaplaincy can provide wheelchair transport to and from the chapel for inpatients who need it. If you would like this assistance, please ask a member of the ward staff to contact the office (hospital extension 217769) - if the answer phone is on, please leave clear details of the patients name and ward.
For patients who are too unwell to come down to the chapel, a member of the chaplaincy team can visit them to bring communion to them at their bedside on a Sunday morning from 0900 hrs. Please ask a member of the ward staff to contact the office (hospital extension 217769) - if the answer phone is on, please leave clear details of the patients name and ward.
Each Monday lunchtime, there is a mass for the Roman Catholic community, celebrated in the chapel by the Roman Catholic chaplain. Everyone, regardless of faith, is welcome to attend this mass. The service lasts around 30 minutes.
An informal mid-week service is held each Wednesday lunchtime in the chapel for about 30 minutes. This can provide a quiet oasis amidst the busyness of the hospital. This service takes different forms and anyone is welcome to attend.
About our chapel
Most people are surprised to learn that it is only in comparatively recent years that our hospitals have a chapel and chaplaincy team.
The chapel has been called ‘the chapel of the Holy Spirit’ since it was built in the 1970s and the artwork was commissioned to reflect this theme.
The chapel is a multi-faith space, open for anyone to use day and night. Many find it a tranquil and peaceful environment where they can pray or reflect. It is often seen as an oasis amongst the busyness of the hospital.
Stained glass windows
They portray the traditional symbols of the Holy Spirit as tongues of fire to empower and equip us in our daily living. The dove of peace is in the right hand frame and the star of hope in the left.
These portray the Spirit of God active in creation at the beginning of the world, symbolised by the dove hovering over the waters with the power to bring order out of chaos.
Hospital is often a place of pain, darkness and difficulty, and the jarring spikes on the altar frontal seek to strike a note of relevance in this setting. Amidst the darkness and despair, the light of hope and faith can break through to give strength and courage to go forward. The lectern fall and empty cross between the stained glass windows are distinctively Christian symbols.
Please feel welcome to pin a prayer note to the tree. The prayers are collected on Sunday and offered silently to God in the chapel service.
The Qibla sign in the carpet is the symbol which points 119.90°N in the direction Muslims face to pray. The chapel space is reserved on Friday lunchtimes for a Muslim service. Addenbrooke’s actively works towards fulfilling a multi-faith commitment for all patients, visitors and staff. The toilet next to the chapel serves as a disabled toilet. It has also been equipped with washing facilities for the faiths which require this.
There are three books in the chapel; one remembers babies who have died in the Rosie Maternity Hospital, one is for children who have died in the Paediatric Unit, the other is for members of staff who have died.