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 - See
St Leonard’s Chapel - See the Worship in St Leonard's Chapel section for further information on services and worship.
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. (Currently Scottish Government guidelines stipulate that place of worship may only open for individual and congregational worship and prayer or contemplation, and for religious ‘life event’ ceremonies, such as baptisms, christenings and coming of age ceremonies , conducted as part of a pre-scheduled act of worship).
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. (Please consult with the Chaplaincy regarding current limitations on numbers based on physical distancing guidelines).
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. (Currently Scottish Government guidelines stipulate that place of worship may only open for individual and congregational worship and prayer or contemplation, and for religious ‘life event’ ceremonies, such as baptisms, christenings and coming of age ceremonies , conducted as part of a pre-scheduled act of worship).
St Leonard's Chapel is only open by arrangement, but visitors are welcome to attend the following services and meetings. (Please consult with the Chaplaincy regarding current limitations on numbers based on physical distancing guidelines).
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.
Mansefield will be accessible for booked pastoral appointments with Revd Dr Donald MacEwan, Chaplain, or Revd Samantha Ferguson, Assistant Chaplain, or prayer and worship services. Access is via the swipe card reader at the main door or press the buzzer for the Chaplaincy Office.
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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 - we regret the chapel will not be open for general access for semester 1. Email the Chaplaincy at email@example.com for enquiries.
- 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 using the card reader at the main door, or press the buzzer for the Chaplaincy Office.
The Islamic prayer rooms, Chaplaincy - Important information:
- all those attending must swipe their University ID at the front door – tapping it on the black box on the left. This is to allow the University to capture your details for Test and Protect. QR codes are also available in the rooms.
- wear a face covering at ALL times
- sanitise hands on entry and exit of the building, and between corridors where provided
- wipe down chairs/other hard surfaces – where cleaning material has been provided
- Wudu (ablutions) facilities are available in the Chaplaincy. You are requested to clean the toilet/sink with cleaning materials supplied afterwards.