Welcome to Christmas 2021 at Worcester Cathedral
We hope to see you here at the Cathedral very soon, and look forward to welcoming you to celebrate Christmas with us. Read on to find out about our upcoming services, concerts and how you can support the Cathedral this Christmas...
We Need Your Support this Christmas: A Message from the Dean
"As Dean of Worcester it gives me great pleasure to invite you and your loved ones to attend the upcoming Christmas celebrations at our Cathedral. It’s a most welcome sign that we are slowly recovering from the trials of the last 18+ months.
"I know how special the Cathedral is within many lives and I most sincerely thank you all for your kindness and support. Thanks in great part to the generosity of our loyal supporters the Cathedral has survived, financially; though I must tell you that we are by no means out of the woods just yet.
"That’s why, today, I’m here to make a request of you – someone who loves and values our wonderful Cathedral. If you can, could you please make a financial contribution this Christmas to the Cathedral?
"Your support will ensure Worcester Cathedral remains open to serve our community – and especially over Christmastime – whether as a sanctuary for worship and for peaceful reflection; a place to gather with friends for conversation over coffee; a venue to enjoy music; or simply a beautiful building steeped in history.
"We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to enjoy being a part of the Worcestershire community’s coming together, throughout the festive period.
"Our celebrations will include carol services and concerts, the crib services and midnight mass on Christmas Eve. You can see a full programme of services by clicking here.
"Please accept in advance our sincere and grateful thanks for any contribution you feel able to make at this time. Your gift will enable the Cathedral to continue to be a focus for the whole community, as we come together at Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Christ, and to join in the song of the angels: ‘Peace on earth and goodwill to all’.
"May I wish you and your loved ones an early Merry Christmas.
The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson
Dean of Worcester
My Dad always says, ‘When in doubt or feeling low – go to church.’ So about seven years ago, when I was starting a new job in Worcester – I did.
I went to Worcester Cathedral because I knew it’s at the heart of the city. People from within the congregation would always invite me for coffee and introduce me to other members. Coming into a new environment can be quite daunting, but I found the Cathedral made it feel more like home – and everyone made me feel really welcome.
The clergy too are very warm and engaging. So when it came up, I took the opportunity of becoming a Steward – a volunteer that helps out during Sunday Worship. I like talking to people, making them feel comfortable and sharing with them what I’ve got out of the Cathedral – how homely and warm it is. It’s easy to want to give back, as they’ve given me so much. When I’m feeling low or down, as well as my family, I turn to the church – it’s always there as a backbone.
Christmas is particularly special – I like to go to Midnight Mass. It’s always packed – and hearing the usual hymns you realise it definitely is Christmas. It’s beautiful and soothing, the choir is just amazing.
We also have a wonderful display of all different types of Christmas trees. It attracts lots of visitors and it really brings the spirit of Christmas into the heart of the building.
This Christmas, I think the Cathedral’s role will be especially important, in the light of what we’ve been through over the last 20-odd months. It’s an opportunity to reach out to everyone, to let people know you don’t have to feel alone this Christmas, that there’s a community that’s ready to welcome you openly if you need it.
The Cathedral is a building – but it’s also a positive, caring place; a place of trust. I’ll be here over Christmas (at Midnight Mass!) – and I really hope I’ll be welcoming you in during this special time of year.
Your safety and that of our staff is of paramount importance to us:
- We strongly recommend that visitors, staff and volunteers wear a face covering inside the Cathedral.
- Some of our Christmas services and selected dates during our Christmas Tree Festival will be ticketed to limit the number of people inside the Cathedral at any one time.
- 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.
The Cathedral has been awarded a Visit England 'We're Good to Go' award.
More Ways to Donate
Gift Aid your donation
Fill in our Gift Aid form here so we can reclaim 25p in every £1 of your donation.
Donate through Direct Debit
Regular giving can help us plan for the future. Just a few pounds a month can make a huge difference. To set up a Direct Debit payment click here.
Donate through BACS
You can make a payment directly using our bank details below. Please include a brief reference with your donation and download a single donation form here.
Account No. 50182885
Sort Code. 20-98-61
Donate through the post
If you would prefer to send us a cheque, please download our single donation form here and return it to FREEPOST WORCESTER CATHEDRAL (no stamp required).
If you are a US taxpayer, you can donate tax efficiently to Worcester Cathedral by making your gift through the British Schools & Universities Foundation (Federal Tax ID 13-616-1189), a charitable organization approved by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under code Section 501(c)(3). Download the form here
Every donation is important to us. If you would like to discuss supporting the Cathedral please do get in touch with the Development Team on
Telephone: 01905 732912