Worship in St Andrews
The University has two chapels: St Salvator's Chapel and St Leonard's Chapel. These chapels – both of which date back to the 15th century – are the central points for most University services of worship. Services in the University chapels are organised by the Chaplaincy team, headed up by the Chaplain to the University, the Rev Dr Donald MacEwan.
Students, staff and members of the public are all welcome to attend the services and prayer meetings in the University chapels.
For information about getting married in the University chapels, please take a look at the weddings pages.
St Salvator's Chapel - In line with new lockdown restrictions, St Salvator's Chapel is closed until further notice. See
St Leonard’s Chapel - In line with new lockdown restrictions, St Leonard's Chapel is closed until further notice. See the Worship in St Leonard's Chapel section for further information.
Friday 2 April - A Good Friday Pilgrimage with St Andrews Churches
On Good Friday, churches from across St Andrews will join together for a virtual act of commemoration, reflection and lament. Representatives from different congregations will lead us to reflect on five ‘stations of the cross.’ As we consider these final moments in the earthly life of Jesus Christ, we will furthermore, be invited to bring our own laments and complaints before God, particularly in view of what our community has lost over the past year.
Available to view from Friday 2 April from the Chaplaincy playlist.
Worship in St Salvator's Chapel
The University invites all visitors to the chapel to share in its on-going life of prayer, whether by taking time to sit and pray, enjoying its silence or its music, or by joining in worship.
St Salvator's Chapel is open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday for individual prayer and meditation. The chapel is also open from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays year round, and 9am to 5pm on Sundays outside of term time, subject to bookings. (While we are in Phase 3 of Scottish Government guidelines, we regret the chapel will not be open for general access).
St Salvator's Chapel seats approximately 320. The pews face each other across the Chapel in collegiate style in the main part, with chairs facing forward in the ante-Chapel, behind a decorative screen. There is wheelchair access to the Chapel via the north entrance.
Worship in St Leonard's Chapel
Situated within the grounds of St Leonards School, St Leonard's Chapel is a much smaller and more intimate setting than St Salvator's Chapel. It seats approximately 60 people, and as it is built in a traditional mediaeval style, pews face each other in collegiate style. Visitors should note that there is one small step into the Chapel.
St Leonard's Chapel is only open by arrangement, but visitors are welcome to attend the following services and meetings.
Chaplaincy - Mansefield building
Situated across from the Students Union. There are number of faith events involving prayer and meditation run from the Mansefield building, these include Muslim Prayers, Buddhist Meditation, Jewish Prayers and more.
Due to current restrictions Mansefield is mainly accessible for booked pastoral appointments with Revd Dr Donald MacEwan, Chaplain, or Revd Samantha Ferguson, Assistant Chaplain, or pre-booked prayer or worship services.
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Places to Pray
There are many places for private prayer and meditation in the University, for both students and staff.
- St Salvator's Chapel is generally available Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm, although occasionally there are times when the chapel is unavailable due to bookings. (While we are in Phase 3 of Scottish Government guidelines, we regret the chapel will not be open for general access).
- The Multi-faith space on the third floor in Agnes Blackadder Hall on the North Haugh, during term time only. Your name, telephone/email must be entered on the track and trace sheet within the room. Further details regarding Track and Trace can be found in the 'Relevant Links' section of this webpage.
- The Islamic prayer rooms are located on the first floor of the Chaplaincy, Mansefield Building. Access at this time is between 9am - 5pm weekdays by pre-booking only - at least 24 hours notice is required. To pre-book a prayer slot, please contact the Chaplaincy by email email@example.com providing your name and telephone number for the purpose of Track and Trace. Further details regarding Track and Trace can be found in the 'Relevant Links' section of this webpage.
Multi-Faith space and Islamic prayer rooms - Important information:
- Face covering must be worn when entering the building and remain in place until you have exited the building again.
- Hand sanitising gel must be used on entering and exiting the building. If you touch any surfaces within the room please use the cleaning material provided within the room.
- Communal-use prayer mats must not be used. People may bring their own and remove when they leave.
- Wudu (ablutions) should take place off-site. If on-site ablution is necessary, the individual must clean the toilet/sink with cleaning material supplied.