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Guide to Local Churches in Lancaster for Students

Please note that the information included does not necessarily represent the opinion of the Chaplaincy Centre but has been provided by the churches themselves on request from the Chaplaincy..   Churches only appear here if they provided us with information in time for publication.  There's a lot of information here so please scroll down ensure you find the place you are interested in!

University of Lancaster Chaplaincy Centre

There are two chapels on Campus, one for the Roman Catholic Community and one for all the other Christian denominations: Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, United Reformed, Lutheran...and so on - we call it the Anglican and Free Church Chapel for short!

Worship—Re:Claim - Sunday 7pm
Our main service in the Anglican & Free Church Chapel is every Sunday evening at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome, regardless of religious affiliation or commitment, even if you just want to find out what we get up to. We have a variety of external speakers and in-house chaplain led worship, followed every week by tea & cake.

Our chaplaincy community is truly international, and our worship style draws from the different church traditions and cultures of our congregations. Re:Claim music is led by the students - so if you sing or play an instrument you can be involved if you would like to.

We are a diverse and inclusive community, welcoming people with many different Christian viewpoints and traditions. As you can imagine it is a very creative place,about each other, and challenging the prejudices different Christian traditions can have about one another.

Anglican & Free Church Morning Worship
At 10.30 in the morning, we have a more formal but quieter service using liturgies from Anglican and Methodist traditions. The service usually includes communion, and again, everyone is welcome, regardless of tradition.

Roman Catholic Mass
Mass takes place every Sunday evening at 5.30pm and Tuesday & Thursday at 1pm. Holy Hour happens on Wednesday at 5pm and Thursday at 12 noon. Other events organised by CathSoc; www.lancs-catholic-chaplaincy.uk
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The rest of the week
There are a variety of opportunities to be involved throughout the week - Bible Study, Morning Prayer, Student-run Christian Societies. You can find out more about these at the Chaplaincy Centre or on our website.

The two Chapels are available for anyone to use for personal prayeranytime(whenever they are not in use for other activities) - feel free to come and find some space even if you don't want to be involved in anything else.

The Chaplains are the Ministers of the two Chapels and are available throughout the week for students and staff of the University. If there is anything that you want to talk through or explore with us, please come and see us, or make contact by email.

Website: www.chaplancs.org.uk
email: admin@chaplancs.org.uk
Office Tel: 01524 594071

Orthodox Church

The Holy Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is served every Sunday at 10.30am at the Church of St. Martin of Tours, Westgate, Morecambe LA4 4UZ.


There is a Parish meal on the last Sunday of each month. Other Orthodoxare served according to the Orthodox calendar. These are mainly the periods of Christmas, Easter and the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos.

We also enjoy fellowship, social events, catechesis and taking part in pilgrimage to Orthodox monasteries and ancient local Christian sites. Orthodox Christian students from Cyprus, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia studying at the University alsowith us. However, all are welcome to worship with us and learn about the ancient Orthodox tradition of the Christian faith.

Students can contact Fr. Jonathan for more information on the exact time and date of Liturgies at:

email Fr Jonathan

Anglican Churches

Christ Church
Wyresdale Road, Lancaster LA1 3EE
Welcome to Lancaster! And our church which is a group of people of all ages and backgrounds who worship God as part lively and serving church. Our Mission Statement is that we are a vibrant inclusive worshipping community! Vibrant because we are lively and enjoy laughter! Inclusive because anyone is welcome irrespective of age, gender, relationship history, sexuality or ethnicity. Worshipping because we believe that God is good and is to be praised. And finally community, because we are committed to each other and the wider community. Our worship may look a little traditional but the preaching, teaching and welcome is 100%modern!

In the winter months we run the city’s only open-access homeless shelter, 7 days a week from November until March. Can you make mugs of tea and chat to people? Contact the Vicar on the email address below.

We have male and female clergy so there’s always a confidential person to talk to.
Our Sunday services are:
8.30am Said communion service lasting about 25 minutes
10.30am Our main service, with Children’s Church, sometimes a choir, always a thought provoking sermon and warm welcome.
6.00pm Like the 8.30 service, a short communion at the end of the day.
At these services anyone who is baptised, or in good standing with their own church, is welcome to receive communion.

Our contact details are
The Vicar: Fr Phil Hudd, 1 East Road,  Phil Hudd email
Curate: Rev Susan Seed, 55 Masonfield Crescent 

email Susan

Associate Priest: Canon Brenda Harding 


Twitter: @christchurchla1

St Paul's Church Scotforth
Worshipping God-Growing in Faith—Serving the Community


We are the Parish church closest to the University campus. Travel into Lancaster from the campus and you will find us on the left after the Boot and Shoe. We are a church of Central churchmanship seeking to make the love of Christ known in what we say and what we do to all in the community.

New Home groups are ready to welcome new people and we have many young families.

Our main service is at 9:45am.

We also run a small, relaxed and friendly church in the building in the middle of Hala. Meet real people, not just students ,and enjoy being part of a community. Worship starts at 11:15am on Sundays.

St Thomas, Penny Street
St Thomas's is an all age, encouraging community of Christians in Lancaster and we warmly welcome students. We are very informal so please get as involved as you would like: come to serve or come to be served as you minister elsewhere! No matter what your denominational background (if you have one!), some students join our house groups, or participate in providing music or enjoy serving and learning by helping leading youth and children’s work.
It’s our vision that your time in Lancaster will be an opportunity for you to encounter God and find a challenge from scripture on how to live as Christians in the real world. We also appreciate supporting you in your witness on campus.
Revd. Jon Scamman and Phil Oglesby, on behalf of Staff Team.
Services at 9 am, 11am and 7 pm at Marton Street
Tel: 01524 590410


Lancaster Priory:
St Mary with St John & St George

A Welcoming, Inclusive Christian Community
Serving the People of Lancaster

WELCOME! Wherever you have come from, you can be assured of a very warm welcome at Lancaster Priory, situated next to Lancaster Castle and overlooking the City. You are always welcome to join us for one of our Sunday services:

10.00am Priory Eucharist (Contemporary Language with Choir)
6.30pm Choral Evensong (Book of Common Prayer 1662)

If you are a musician: singer or instrumentalist, our Choirs and Music Department are always happy to welcome you.

Choral and organ Scholarships are available.Jeremy Truslove on 66204)

If you are a bell-ringer, or would like to learn bell-ringing, our ringers will be glad to welcome you. (Contact Anne Wichmann, Tower Captain)

For further information: Website
Or contact The Revd Chris Newlands (Vicar)

Telephone: 01524 63200 or 01524 65338

Methodist Churches

Lancaster Methodist Church
We aim to be an inclusive Christian community, with a deep commitment to justice and peace, which affirms and values everyone. You will find a warm welcome among us, whether you are visiting or seeking somewhere to belong. We invite you to share the journey of faith with us—a journey which can be exciting but can also be daunting. We do not claim to have all the answers, but we are committed to exploring the questions and welcome others who want to journey with us.

Sunday Worship
10:30 at Scotforth Road, Lancaster LA1 4TE
Worship with a variety of ingredients; readings videos, sermons, conversation, meditations, drama, prayers, with a mix of modern and traditional songs.
Provision for all ages, including an area for parents with very young children, Junior Church and Youth Fellowship.
We usually have Holy Communion once each month—all are welcome to receive the bread and wine. Our morning worship is followed by refreshments.

6:30 at The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street, Lancaster LA1 1PX
A smaller community with a strong sense of fellowship with one another. The Cornerstone is also a place where we connect with the community through our Café, staffed by folk with learning disabilities (9am-3pm, Mon-Sat.) Come and join the community.

Roman Catholic Churches

St Peter’s Cathedral, Lancaster
St Peter’s is the Roman Catholic Cathedral for the Diocese of Lancaster, and also serves as the city centre parish. We are always pleased to welcome students, and we are easy to spot – the Cathedral spire can be seen from many parts of the city.

As well as daily Mass, sung vespers (evening prayer of the Church) is held each Sunday at 4:40pm. There are other times of devotions and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and the Cathedral is open for private prayer each day between 8:30am and 6pm.

The Cathedral is also home to many social events and concerts. Please feel free to visit us.

Contact details and times:
Sunday Mass: Sat 6:30pm (vigil); Sun 10:30am, 6:30pm
Weekday Mass: Mon-Sat 12:15pm
Sung Vespers: Sunday 4:40pm
Telephone: 01524 384820
Email: clergy@lancastercathedral.org.uk
Web: www.lancastercathedral.org.uk

St. Bernadette’s
St Bernadette’s Church
The parish is inclusive and especially family friendly. Young people are valued, and the parish is especially appreciative for the talents that students can bring to our community. In return, we hope that they will feel welcome and become part of the parish family during their student years.
Times of services:
Sunday Mass: 11:00 am
Saturday vigil Mass : 6:30 pm
Weekday Mass: 9:00 am Tue-Fri
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Sat 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm


Baptist Churches

Lancaster Baptist Church
email Lancaster Baptist Pastor: Emilian Cirtina
Administrator: Michelle Humphries
At Lancaster Baptist Church, Robert St., opposite the Town Hall, we believe in creating an encouraging atmosphere for those seeking to learn about and worship Jesus Christ. Our core belief is that Jesus Christ is the One who offers us forgiveness, comfort and eternal hope. Our community comes from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities, which is reminder of God’s worldwide church. We aim to include students into the everyday life of the church, which extends far beyond Sundays. In addition to your degree, we want to help you grow in your relationship with God, build quality friendships with those in your church family, and equip you to express God’s love to those around you. You are welcome to join one of our Connect Groups, attend social activities and use your gifts to serve other members of the church and wider community.
Service: Every Sunday at 10.30 . First Sunday of the month at 6.30pm. Student Connect Group: Wednesdays at 23, Yealand Drive, Scotforth, LA1 4EW; 6.30pm for a meal and Bible Study.

Independent Churches

Christians Alive
Christians Alive is an evangelical, charismatic church family based in the centre of Lancaster. People call us ‘lively’ which we always take as a compliment! We take a practical, church-without-walls approach to outreach with active projects in the community and overseas.
We are committed to discipleship not just attendance of meetings. Our student team have all been students and know the pressures, demands and needs of student life. Over your time at university and with us, we aim to help you:
Grow in your relationship with God.
Become an intimate member of our family.
Serve the church with, and develop, the gifts God has given you.
Establish a healthy balance between study, socialising, on-campus witnessing of Jesus and church family life.

Eventually, make the important decisions for your future.
We meet to worship every Sunday at 10 am. We are committed to teaching the Bible and letting it speak for itself and we study and fellowship in small groups. Basically we are passionate to see God’s Kingdom come in power in your life, in the community of Lancaster and throughout the world. Would you care to join us?
Contact: Call the church office and ask for Jack (we are open Tues-Fri, 9am-4pm, no.: 01524 845544) or simply e-mail: intern@christians-alive.org.uk Pastor: Marcus Mosey
The White Cross complex, opposite Lancaster Infirmary.

Father’s House, Elim Lancaster

We’d love to welcome you to Father’s House. We are a growing church planted out of prophetic vision.
Come and join us at one of our Fusion groups on Tuesdays @ 6.30pm, become a friend on facebook : Father's House Fusion Cells, Lancaster. These are informal, safe gatherings to explore and develop your faith, witness and relationship with Jesus. Opportunity to meet other students, eat food and have some fun.

On Sundays we meet at 10.30am at our new facility in Skerton. We can arrange lifts if we know you are coming. Then stay for lunch at our welcome lunches for students during October. Our website will tell you what you need to know.

If you chose to come along you will have chosen to sit in a very safe place to hear a potentially dangerous that will change your life forever.
Services at 10.30 am on Sundays, Owen Road, Skerton
Contact details:
Office: 01524 63770

email Sandra Jones


King’s community church (KCC)
‘Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miraclkes he performs for people!’ Psalm 66.5

A growing community of people in Lancaster who love and follow Jesus, we are a family church who desires to demonstrate the love of God by doing good to everyone, especially those in the family of faith. We believe that Jesus is alive and changing people’s lives today. We love to meet together and worship the King, pursuing the purposes of Christ, demonstrating His love for all, and see the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are evident in our meetings and our lives.
We would love to welcome you into our community where we can provide an environment for you to grow in your relationship with God.

We can provide lifts from campus to our Sunday meetings and Monday Home Groups. Our student community meet together on a regular basis to do a variety of social activities—our aim is to make you feel at home and supported during your time in Lancaster. Please contact Tim & Kirsty Forber on Sundays at The King’s House, Phoenix Street, Lancaster, Lancs LA1 1DD Twitter&Instagram: @kcclancs Facebook:/kcclancs

More Independent Churches

Moorlands Evangelical Church
At Moorlands we believe that your time at University is a crucial time to grow as a Christian. We want to do all we can to help you make the most of this opportunity. There is a wide range of people who make up Moorlands, but we aim to make it a great church family for students where they can be strengthened in faith, stretched, trained and equipped through God’s word for a lifetime of serving Jesus and telling others about himin Lancaster and beyond. For more information on who we are and what is on for students, check out the student section on our website: www.moorlands.org.uk/students.

Sunday Morning Meetings are at 9.30am and 11.15am.
Real Food - small group Bible studies for students: Sundays 6.00pm
We meet at The Sixth Form Centre, Ripley St Thomas C of E High School, Ashton Road
Pastor: Danny Rurlander
Student Workers: Joe Standerwick& Charlotte Fraser

Telephone number: 01524 64146

e-mail: students@moorlands.org.uk
website: www.moorlands.org.uk

Lancaster Free Methodist Church

Located next to B&Q on Queen Street on the south side of the city, Lancaster FM Church is a thriving, active family church with a passion for seeing lives transformed by Jesus Christ. Our vision – called “The church we see” - empowers people to fulfil their God given destiny, and we offer students a family church while away from home where you can become part of the family, able to be as involved as you want to be amongst both people of your own age and others.
Our services are at 10.30am and 6.30pm, and our evening service is led by our student worship band.
i:dentity is the name of our dedicated young adults’ ministry, run by young adults for young adults, and consists of three parts:
For more information check out www.lfmc.co.uk, link with us on Facebook or see our YouTube channel to get a taste of life at LFM.

i:dentity is the name of our dedicated young adults ministry, run by young adults for young adults. It consists of three parts:

i:d is our monthly worship event specifically for young adults on the third Sunday of each month. The focus is on praising and worshipping God, and gives space for reflective prayer, testimonies and creative ministries enabling young adults to discover and fulfil their potential.
Socials are a great way to build up close and genuine friendships, and we organise these on the first Saturday night of each month.
At LFM, young adults are actively encouraged to be fully involved in the life of the church in many ways, but particularly by joining one of our home ‘Life’ groups that meet across the city fortnightly.

Seventh Day Adventist Church( SDA)

As Bible-believing Christians, the Lancaster Seventh-day Adventist Church meets every Saturday at the Hala Centre, Hala Rd. in Lancaster to share worship and praise. Fellowship is an important part of Sabbath celebration, so the congregation share a meal after the morning service. We also play music and encourage you to join in with musical instruments. Growing from scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.
Contact: Pastor Jeff Couzins 
Alice Burell
Victor Amechi, campus rep.

Meetings: Bible discussion 1000 Saturdays, 1130 Worship—all at Hala Centre Hala Rd., Lancaster LA1 4RW


What do Quakers Say?
There is something sacred in all people.
All people are equal before God.
Religion is about the whole of life.
We meet in stillness to discover a deeper sense of God’s presence.
True religion leads to respect for the earth and all life upon it.
Each person is unique precious a child of God.
Our Meeting for Worship is at 10.30 every Sunday. Our meeting is in silence with spoken contributions as the Spirit leads. Meeting is followed by fellowship and refreshments and there is from time to time a shared lunch.
We have a busy programme of study and discussion groups and social events.
Our Meeting House is next to Lancaster Railway Station.


Chaplaincy Centre
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YW


Chair of Management:
Prof Katherine Froggatt
Shirley Rawsthorne
Phone: 01524 594071