Clare College Cambridge

Easter Term 2016

Easter Termcard 2016


Morning Prayer is said every Monday-Thursday at 8.30 a.m. On Fridays, Morning Prayer is led by members of the Christian Union, and followed by breakfast in Buttery.

Silence for meditation and private prayer is kept in Chapel every day from noon until 1.00 p.m.

Throughout exam term, Chapel will be open for quiet reflection, relaxation and stillness between 9.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. Candles, incense and gentle music will create an atmosphere for students to simply drop in and recharge during (or after) revision towards the end of the day. On 27 April, 18 May and 8 June this will conclude with Choral Compline.



 is celebrated every Sunday morning at 9.30 a.m. - a simple service with a short address, followed by breakfast in E3.  On Sunday 8th May, we are joined by the chapel community of Trinity Hall. The Eucharist is also celebrated every Wednesday lunchtime at 12.30 p.m.



Sunday at 6.00pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 6.15 p.m.
The College Choir leads this service of readings, psalms and prayer three times a week. 

On Sunday the service is preceded by a recital, a preparation for worship, at 5.25pm to which visitors are welcome. Members of Colllege are asked to wear gowns. A sermon is also preached, often by a distinguished visitor. The service is follwed by drinks in the Ante Chapel and Dinner in Hall to which all who attend Chapel are warmly invited (subject to places available). Cost: £5.00 to members of College, £9.00 others.



A candle-lit service of sung prayer at the end of the day.

Wednesday 27 April, 18 May and 8 June


Thursday 5 May

Choral Eucharist for Ascension Day

6.15 p.m.

Sunday 15 May

Choral Eucharist for Pentecost

6.00 p.m.

Sunday 22 May

Festal Evensong for Trinity Sunday

6.00 p.m.

Thursday 26 May

Choral Eucharist for Corpus Christi

6.15 p.m.

 Thursday 9 June

Evensong to mark the end of the Academic Year

 6.15 p.m.

Wednesday 22 June

Graduation Service (admission by ticket only)

 11.15 a.m.


24 April

The Dean

1 May

The Venerable Ray Pentland CB, QHC
former Chaplain in Chief of the Royal Air Force

8 May

The Right Reverend Stephen Conway

The Bishop of Ely

15 May

The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles CVO

former Dean of St Paul's Cathedral

22 May

The Revd Abi Thompson (CL 2003)
 Vicar, St James the Great, Clifton, Rotherham

29 May

The Baroness Sherlock OBE

former Chief Executive of the Refugee Council

 5 June

 The Dean


This term's charity is the Jesuit Refugee Service. Jesuit Refugee Service UK accompanies people who are seeking asylum and supports them in their efforts for hope, peace and security. JRS helps them overcome the obstacles they face to build a new life. The asylum seekers the JRS works with have no recourse to benefits, accommodation or work. Having left home and loved ones, too often they face hostility here in the UK. “JRS thrives on hope. Its very existence and mandate to accompany people in exile are urgently needed signs of hope for those who are among the most dispossessed in the world.” Former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ. To discover more, please visit


In collaboration with the College Art Committee, a there will be a Chapel Art Exhibition of works entered for the competition during the first full week of Full Term. The theme is simply ‘LIGHT’, and utilizes the supremely beautiful, light-filled space of the Ante Chapel. The competition will be judged by Hughie O’Donoghue RA, and the prize awarded during an evening reception for artists and their guests on Monday 25 April at 6.00 p.m. The exhibition will be open to all members of the College community, and to the public, between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. that week.


In addition to the usual quiet time between 12 noon and 1.00 p.m., throughout exam term Chapel will be open for quiet reflection, relaxation and stillness every weekday evening between 8.00 p.m. and 10.00 pm. On Wednesday evenings between 9.00 and 10.00 p.m. (between 8.00 and 9.00 p.m. on 27 April and 8 June), candles, incense and gentle music will create an atmosphere for students simply to drop in and recharge after (or during) revision towards the end of the day. On 27 April, 18 May and 8 June, this will conclude with Choral Compline.


Between 12–17 July, we are invited to the community of San Masseo, just outside Assisi, Italy, for five nights. Members of College will have the opportunity to work in the mornings alongside the community in their gardens, vineyards and olive groves, to share (as they wish) in the community’s life of beautiful sung prayer, and in the afternoons to visit some of the natural and artistic sites around this part of Umbria. The cost of the trip will be around £370 per person, to include accommodation, flights and nearly all meals, but nobody should be discouraged by this. Places are strictly limited, and those interested in joining the trip should speak to the Dean as soon as possible.


On Tuesday evenings at 7.30 pm in E3 there will be a short informal reading and discussion group based on Timothy Radcliffe's book What is the point of being a Christian? This is an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to explore the Christian faith and its claims more deeply. Refreshments will be provided and all members of College are very welcome, Discounted copies of the book will be available.



THE DEAN, Jamie Hawkey, is responsible for the life of the Chapel and has a general pastoral role in the College.  He is always happy to talk with all members of the College about any matters of concern or interest and can usually be found in E3. In cases of genuine emergency, he can be contacted 24 hours a day through the Porters' Lodge.  

THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, Graham Ross, is responsible for music in Chapel. He can be contacted in E4.

THE DECANI SCHOLAR, Arthur Keefer, assists the Dean in the life of the Chapel.  He is completing a PhD in Old Testament studies. 

THE CHAPEL ADMINISTRATOR, Nicola Robertson, works weekday mornings (from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m). She handles all routine Chapel matters.

THE CHOIR ADMINISTRATOR, Alice Halstead, is responsible for all the Choir's external engagements. 

THE ORDINANDS are Edda Wolff from Westcott House and Mark Pybus from Ridley Hall, both on attachment at Clare this year.

THE CHAPEL WARDENS look after the running of Chapel services and events. They meet for lunch from 1.00 p.m. on Tuesdays in E3 to plan the coming week.

CHAPEL READERS:  any who would like to offer to read in Chapel should speak to the Dean or one of the Chapel Wardens.

THE REPRESENTATIVES are Christian Coppa and Olivier Grouille (MCR Representatives, and and Alistair Brown ( and Amy Hull ( (Christian Union Representatives)

CHAPLAINS TO THOSE OF OTHER FAITHS are Rabbi Yisroel Malkiel ( and Mrs Elisheva Malkiel (, Jewish Chaplains to the University; Dr Rachael Harris (, Buddist Chaplain to the University; and Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad ( and Shaykh John Butt (, Moslem Chaplains to the University.


Requests for prayer may be left in the Antechapel