Chapel and Worship

All members of College - Fellows, undergraduates and graduates - are welcome to attend services in Chapel, as are members of the public: see the Chapel services page for details. These are Christian services, including a termly Roman Catholic mass; please see also our page about other faith groups and places to worship in Oxford.

The Chaplain is happy to meet or assist any member of College. He is also happy to talk to any current or Old Members about preparation for baptism and/or confirmation, and weddings to be arranged in Balliol Chapel.

Chapel people

  • Chaplain: The Reverend Canon Bruce Kinsey
  • Pastoral Associates: The Reverend Professor Judith Brown and the Reverend Dr Alex Popescu
  • Chaplain’s Advisory Committee:
    • Eleanor Cook
    • Frances Davies
    • Alex Fuller
    • Eloise Hamilton
    • Claire Hill (RC Rep)
    • Joel Lowther (CU rep)
    • Brett Parris
    • Lucy Talbot (CU Rep)
    • Helen Taylor
  • Senior Organ Scholar: Joseph Barber
  • Sub-Organist: Edward Howell 
  • Chapel Secretary: TBC

Chapel activities

There is a Chapel Choir, and anyone interested in joining should contact the Senior Organ Scholar by email. Balliol offers Organ Scholarships on a biannual cycle: see this page for more information for prospective applicants.

The Christian Union meets weekly for Bible study, worship, prayer, and support. Please contact the CU rep listed above for details.

Chapel charity

This term the Chapel collections will be donated to the Porch Steppin’ Stone Centre, a local charity supporting Oxford’s homeless and poorly housed population.

Bruce’s Brunch

Bruce’s Brunch is a weekly talk with questions. Speakers are from in or outside College and a wide range of interesting topics is discussed. A free lunch is provided. The convenors are Gregory Brinkworth and Fergus Green.

Bruce’s Brunch is not a Chapel activity and it is open to everyone in College. It takes place every Thursday in term from 1.00 to 2.00pm in Staircase XXI, Room 8: see the Term Calendar for details.