Chaplaincy-Run Worship and Activities

Important notice:

The Emmanuel Centre is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but chaplaincy phone & e-services are open and available to all staff & students. To make a phone/video-call appointment with a chaplain for faith or pastoral support, email your request to, or call leaving your contact information: 0113 343 5071.

If you would like to leave a prayer request and have a candle lit on your behalf, or see details of current worship, please see our Virtual Chapel page.

Our services are still here and you are welcome to join:

Virtual Drop-in sessions
Mondays and Tuesdays at 14:00-15:30 – use this Blackboard link when it’s open.
Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00-12:00 noon – use this Blackboard link when it’s open.
Contact Rev. Anthea Colledge

Catholic Chaplaincy
Please see
Open for private prayer (Pre-booking necessary)
Virtual Catholic Mass on Sundays at 5pm
Contact Fr. Marc Homsey

Virtual Breathe
Quaker Worship on Tuesdays at 1.10 pm
Contact Robin Fishwick

Wednesday Communion Readings & Reflections (by email)
Send a request to Rev. Anthea Colledge

Virtual Chinese Church
Mandarin Bible Study on Thursdays at 7 pm
Cantonese Bible Study on Fridays at 3 pm
English Bible Study on Fridays at 7 pm
Contact Kim Chan

LBU Creative Space (Facebook group)
Contact Rev. Melvyn Kelly

Café Church, Engaging with Theology and Glimpses of Jesus will resume in the new academic year.

Chaplaincy Activities and Facilities

The Chaplaincy offers a regular programme of worship, prayer, contemplation and social activities. All activities are open to staff and students of all faiths or none and are in the Emmanuel Centre unless otherwise stated.

The Emmanuel Centre is next to the Parkinson Building and also houses seminar rooms. We have a Common Room where you are welcome to relax on the sofa and make yourself a hot drink. Upstairs is the Claire Chapel, available all day for quiet prayer and contemplation, and the Wilson Room, available for private study or bookable for group activities.

Unity is an ongoing project in partnership with the International Office and other volunteers from around the University of Leeds. Regular events are held to promote intercultural and interfaith dialogue through socialising and social action. Check the Facebook Page for more info.

Click on the session name on the timetable to get more information.

*=term-time only.

Monday 8:00-9:00am Claire Chapel
Tuesday 1:10-1:40pm Claire Chapel
Tuesday  5:00-6:00pm Wilson Room
Wednesday 1:10-1:40pm Claire Chapel
Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm Wilson Room
Thursday 8:30-8:55am Claire Chapel
Thursday 6:30-9:00pm Wilson Room
1st Friday Monthly
Our Staff and Postgrad Coffee Hour is currently in hiatus and will be relaunched soon
1:00–2:00pm Wilson Room
Friday 3:30-4:30pm Claire Chapel
Sunday 5:00-7:00pm Claire Chapel
Sunday 5:00pm Catholic Chapel, St Mark’s Avenue
2nd Sunday monthly 10:30-12:00 noon Claire Chapel

Prayer of the Heart

Begin and end the week with meditative prayer in the Orthodox tradition in the Claire Chapel. Refreshments provided.

Monday: 8:00-9:00am Claire Chapel with David Ephrem

Fridays 3:30-4:30pm year round, Claire Chapel with David Ephrem

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Quaker style worship. We gather in attentive silence. We may remain silent throughout the meeting but anyone who is moved to speak may do so.

Tuesdays 1:10-1:40pm year round, Claire Chapel with Robin Fishwick and Richard Levitt, followed by a light lunch.

Thursdays 8.30-8.55am year round, Claire Chapel with Robin Fishwick and Richard Levitt

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Queer Space@The Chaplaincy 

A space for LGBTQIA+ Christian students and their allies to find faith and fellowship while at university in Leeds

Tuesdays 5.00-6.00pm term time only, in the Wilson Room with Rev. Anthea Colledge.

Midweek Communion

Join us at the Lord ’s table for Christian worship including prayer, reflection and an opportunity to receive communion. This service is led by an ordained member of our ecumenical chaplaincy team.

Wednesdays 1:10-1:40pm year round, Claire Chapel with an ordained member of our ecumenical team, followed by a light lunch.

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International Students Club

Run by volunteers from local churches with the support of the Chaplaincy.

We welcome all students from around the globe to find out about life in the UK, meet new friends and improve your English. Refreshments are available and we plan a varied programme of activities every week, year round.

Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm, year round, upstairs in the Emmanuel Centre with Anna.

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Chinese Church

Come along to one of our groups to meet new friends, enjoy sharing interests, games and finding out more about the Bible. We are an international group from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan, speaking Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

Thursdays in Mandarin, 6.30-9.30pm, upstairs in the Emmanuel Centre all year with Kim Chan.

Fridays in Cantonese and English, 6.30pm-9.30pm, upstairs in the Emmanuel Centre all year with Johnny Chan and Eric Suen.

Staff and PostGrad Coffee Hour

The first Friday of every month is Staff and PostGrad coffee hour at the Emmanuel Centre from 1:00 – 2:00pm. Anyone can drop in to socialise and encourage each other over snacks and drinks.

Fridays, monthly, year-round, 1:00- 2:00pm, Wilson Room.

Our Staff and Postgrad Coffee Hour is currently in hiatus and will be relaunched soon
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Emmanuel Café Church (Term-time only)

Emmanuel Café Church is the Sunday worship community at the Chaplaincy. Our worship is focused around discussion, reflection and ritual. There’s also a substantial slice of homemade cake and decent tea & coffee in there too.

We are a Christian community that is open and inclusive of all, but unified in a desire to grow in faith by being more open to God, more open to one another and more open to the world.

We meet 1st Sunday and 3rd Sunday of the month during term time from 5pm in the Emmanuel Centre. The 1st Sundays are Café Church Connect, which is an inclusive contemporary worship service open to all. The 3rd Sundays are Café Church Original, where we create, discuss and reflect. You’re welcome to just come along and join in, or get in touch with us and we can arrange for one of our regulars to meet you beforehand.

Café Church has been meeting for over 10 years. We try to keep a record of what we do week by week on our blog – it’s a great place to get more of a sense of what we’re like. Why not have a look?

Sundays, 5-7pm in 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month term-time, Claire Chapel with Rev Samantha Sheehan.

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Catholic Mass

The Catholic Chaplaincy is located next to Notre Dame Sixth Form College, opposite the engineering department of the University of Leeds. Mass is held at 5:00pm on Sundays weekly, with additional sessions throughout the week for Mass, the Stations of the Cross and confession. See the Catholic Chaplaincy website for details of all activities.

Sundays, 5:00pm year round followed by CathSoc social events, with Fr. Marc Homsey

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Orthodox Liturgy

Liturgy in the Claire Chapel is held on the second Sunday of every month at 10.30am (except in July and August). Fr David Gill is of the Russian tradition but services are in English and followers of all traditions are welcome.

All are welcome whether members of the Orthodox Church or interested in exploring Orthodoxy. Coffee and cakes are served after the Liturgy.

Fr. David is also available on Saturday and Monday of that weekend to meet students and staff and to assist in any way that is appropriate.

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