Worcester Cathedral has long been a beacon of hope, resilience and continuity for our community. For more than a thousand years, through war, revolution and sickness, the Cathedral has been here to welcome and support our community, and every individual within it. And 2020 has been no exception.
At the end of this most extraordinary and challenging year, we are delighted to invite you to be part of Worcester Cathedral's celebration of Christmas 2020 – in person, or in spirit.
Support Us With A Gift
As so many locally-funded institutions have experienced, we have seen a severe decline in our income during 2020. Funds from tourism and sales from our small shop and café have all but disappeared – and have left a significant hole in the Cathedral’s finances.
We rely on this income to pay for the daily running costs of our historic building; for ongoing repairs, to employ our staff, to keep the heating on and the lights lit.
There is no obligation whatsoever to give a gift. But, if you do, you will help us to keep Worcester Cathedral open and continuing to serve our community over Christmas and through the winter. Please accept, in advance, our sincere and grateful thanks for any contribution you feel able to make at this time.
Help us support our community
Message from the Dean of Worcester
"I send my warmest personal greetings to you this Christmastide. After a year of heartache, anxiety, and sickness for so many, I hope that the message of Christmas will be for you one of hope and peace. While this year’s celebration of Christmas will be in difficult circumstances for all of us, the song of the angels remains the same year after year: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to all people’.
"The themes of glory, peace, and good will are the notes which will run through all our Christmas services. I do hope that you will be able to join us, either by being present in the Cathedral, or by attending online.
"My colleagues of the Cathedral Chapter join me in thanking you for the support and encouragement you give us, and in wishing you health and happiness in the year ahead."
Your safety and that of our staff is of paramount importance to us:
- We ask visitors to wear a face covering inside the Cathedral and use the Track and Trace facilities provided.
- Social distancing signs and measures are in place to help make the Cathedral COVID secure.
- There are hand sanitisers available at the entrance, exit and in key locations.
- A strict cleaning regime happens daily and is ongoing through the day.
- There are socially-distanced seats and standing areas within the Nave.
The Cathedral has been awarded a Visit England 'We're Good to Go' award.