Attending a St Paul's service
Attending a St Paul's service
All are welcome to attend our services at St Paul’s, no matter what you believe. With around thirty taking place each week, there are plenty to choose from.
Our regular services, such as Evensong, are free of charge, and ticketed services are listed in our service calendar.
You do not have to be a Christian or a practising member of the Church of England to come to worship. You can simply listen, or join in with us as much as you are able to do. Our hope for you is that you may encounter and be transformed by the presence of God in Jesus Christ, here in St Paul’s Cathedral. However, we understand that people join us for many reasons – including to experience the sound of our world-famous choir.
Before you arrive
For most services, you do not need book – you can just turn up as you are. Although many people like to dress smartly to attend church, there is no requirement to do so: please simply wear clothing that is comfortable and appropriate for a place of worship.
The main entrance to the Cathedral is up a flight of stairs, but there is also step-free access for those who need it (see our map for the location of our accessible entrance or visit our Accessibility page). All people arriving at the Cathedral will pass through a security check, where our security team will check bags and ensure that people don’t bring in large items of luggage.
Through the doors
Most of our services happen under the Dome, and seating is generally unreserved. There are typically two places to sit: under the Dome, or in the Nave. Most people tend to join us under the Dome, as this is closer to the service, however sitting in the Nave gives you more opportunity to leave a service without disturbing those around you.
At the top of the Nave, a steward or wandsman will greet you and can give you an order of service booklet, which explains what will happen in the service.
At some services there may be an opportunity to sit in the Quire area, and this will be made clear by an announcement made prior to the start of the service.
Once you have found your seat, you are asked to remain in your seat and not to wander around the Cathedral - this is in order to maintain a prayerful atmosphere as people around you prepare to worship. It is for this reason that photography and filming are not permitted during services.
During the service
Every service has an order of service booklet, which will guide you through from beginning to end. Here, you will find cues for when to sit and stand, and when to join in with the prayers – however it’s up to you as to whether you join in with the congregation.
There are large print orders of service available, and the Cathedral has a hearing loop system for services under the Dome and in the Quire. During the Eucharist, the congregation will be invited to share in the bread and wine. If you receive communion in your own church, you are welcome to receive communion here.
If you do not normally receive communion, you are invited to come forward and receive a blessing, or you can remain in your seat if you wish. You can find more information about individual services by exploring the calendar on the Worship with Us page.
After the service
At the end of the service, please follow the directions of our stewards and wandsmen to exit the building. You are invited to make a donation as you leave, though there is no expectation to do so. There are normally baskets as you leave to place your donation in, or you can give at the tap-to-donate machines located by the doors.
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