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Plans for public worship to resume inside Durham Cathedral from 13 April 

25 March 2021

In line with phase 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, Durham Cathedral is making preparations for daily congregational worship to resume inside the cathedral from 13 April, subject to social distancing and other safety measures. 

From 13 April, the following services will be open to the public in person (and offered online if stated below). Please note the caveat of worship on Mondays.

Sundays

  • 8.30am       Morning Prayer (also live-streamed to Facebook)
  • 9.30am       Holy Communion (also live-streamed to Facebook)
  • 11.30am      Holy Communion 
  • 3.30pm       Choral Evensong (also live-streamed to Facebook)

Mondays

  • 8.30am      Morning Prayer (no public service in church, live-streamed to Facebook only)
  • 12.30pm     Holy Communion (open to the public)
  • 5.15pm       Evening Prayer (no public service in church, live-streamed to Facebook only)

Tuesday- Saturday

  • 8.30am      Morning Prayer (also live-streamed to Facebook)
  • 12.30pm     Holy Communion  
  • 5.15pm       Evening Prayer (up to 19 April) / Choral Evensong (from 20 April) (also live-streamed to Facebook) 

Prior booking is encouraged (though not essential) for both of the Sunday Holy Communion services. Booking details are available on the cathedral website. No prior booking is required for the other services. 

The cathedral is proceeding cautiously with this plan, and are mindful that it may be subject to change in line with Government guidance at the time. 

The Very Reverend, Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham said: “We remain cautiously op-timistic that from 13 April we can welcome people back in person to Durham Cathedral to join us in worshipping God and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as continuing to do so digitally. Worship and sharing our rich Christian heritage remain at the heart of cathedral life and we look forward to welcoming members of the congregation back to the church in a safe and controlled way.”

During phase 2, the cathedral’s visitor facilities including Open Treasure museum, Central Tower, Cloister, Library, Restaurant, Shop and Toilets will remain closed.  However the cathedral is working on a plan to safely reopen these spaces with a new visitor offer in line with phases 3 and 4 of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown. This will happen no earlier than 17 May with further details to follow. 

Up until 13 April, the cathedral will remain open daily for private prayer and quiet reflec-tion from 11am to 2pm, offering Holy Communion in a Covid secure way Monday to Saturday at 12.30pm.

Last year Durham Cathedral received ‘Good to Go’ accreditation from Visit Britain, in recognition of the changes it has made to keep visitors, staff and volunteers safe onsite. You can find more information about what to expect when you arrive at the cathedral at www.durhamcathedral.co.uk