Welcome to Magdalen Chapel. Whether you are seeking a new place to worship, or simply looking to visit our historic place of prayer, you will find a warm welcome here.
Following the example of early Christian communities, we believe in the importance of fellowship and caring for one another. We are a friendly, growing Christian community of around 40 members, all of whom are drawn to our traditional weekly sung service of Holy Communion.
The Chapel’s ancient graveyard affords a wonderful view of Bath Abbey, while the delightful Magdalen Chapel Garden, created in 2008 as a memorial garden dedicated to a lifelong member of the congregation, offers a sanctuary of peace and quiet on the walk up from the city. Our Chapel and gardens are open to visitors for quiet prayer, contemplation, or simply for a look around on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm, and also on Saturdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Licensed by the Church of England, Magdalen Chapel is a charming venue for marriages and christenings, and is available upon application to the Chaplain.
Whether you are searching for a new spiritual home, or visiting us as part of your faith journey, you will find a place to belong at Magdalen Chapel.
Every Sunday – Holy Eucharist – 10:00am.
Every Monday – Morning Prayer – 8:30am
Every 2nd Tuesday in the month – Quiet Service of Contemplation & Healing – 6:30pm
If you are unable to come to the Chapel, and would like to join our Sunday service on Zoom, please email your contact details by midday on Friday to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can send you a Zoom invitation and the service details. Do let us know also if you would like to be included on the distribution list for our weekly email to the congregation.
Saturday 9th September to Saturday 16th September – Heritage Open Days – exhibition
Tuesday 12th September – Quiet Service of Contemplation & Healing – 6:30pm
Saturday 16th September – Chapel Open Day – 10:00am – 2:30pm, with talk on the history of the chapel, organ recital, madrigals and refreshments.
Friday 29th September – Evening Prayer – 6:00pm, followed by Harvest Supper
Tuesday 11th October – Quiet Service of Contemplation & Healing – 6:30pm
Sunday 15th October – Bath Half Marathon – Sung Eucharist – 6:00pm
Sunday 29th October – All Saints
Thursday 2nd November – All Souls – Evening Prayer (BCP) – 6:00pm
Sunday 5th November – Thanksgiving Service for the Departed – 3:00pm, followed by refreshments.
Sunday 12th November – Remembrance Day
Tuesday 14th November – Quiet Service of Contemplation & Healing – 6:30pm
Sunday 26th November – Christ The King – Sung Evensong (BCP) – 6:00pm
Sunday 3rd December – Advent Sunday
Week of 4th December – Carol Singing in City Centre
Wednesdays 6th, 13th & 20th December – Advent Talks – 10:30am
Sunday 10th December – Carol Service – 6:00pm, with refreshments to follow
Week of 11th December – Carol Singing at Combe Park
Tuesday 12th December – Quiet Service of Contemplation & Healing – 6:30pm
Sunday 24th December – Midnight Mass for Christmas – 7:00pm
Monday 25th December – Christmas Day Sung Eucharist, with Carols – 9:00am
Ordained in 2009, our Chaplain, Reverend Jacky Wise, served a two-year curacy in South Cheshire, and before moving to Bath, was Associate Vicar in a large parish on the Wirral for eight years. Since moving to St John’s, Jacky has been involved in co-leading a small monastic community called Still Waters which is based in our Chapel St Michael’s Within.
Jacky has two children of her own, as well as two stepchildren, and a cat named Poppy. She is passionate about hospitality, running and baking, and will often bring in cakes for St John’s staff to enjoy.
Jacky can be contacted on on 01225 486411 or by emailing email@example.com
Dating back to Norman times, our Chapel was built in the late 12th century and served an adjoining leper hospital. Both chapel and hospital were rebuilt by Bath Abbey’s Prior John Cantlow in around 1495 and with the decline of leprosy, the hospital’s role developed into the care of the mentally ill.
The origins of the Chapel are obscure and have been the subject of much scholarly conjecture. The earliest hard facts are that sometime between 1090 and 1100 a deed of gift was made by Walter Hosat, granting the Chapel of “the Blessed Mary Magdalene at Holeweye” to the Abbey Church of St Peter, Bath (now Bath Abbey); and that around the end of the twelfth century a small hospital for lepers was founded close to the Chapel and also consigned to the care of the Abbey’s monks.
Restored and extended in the 19th century, Magdalen Chapel passed to the care of the Trustees of Bath Municipal Charities in 1894 and then to St John’s Hospital. In 2012, the Magdalen Chapel Foundation and St John’s Hospital amalgamated as charities, with St John’s Hospital being renamed St John’s Foundation in 2016.
The Chapel is fortunate to have the services of an excellent organist. Our 10.00am Sung Eucharist each Sunday incorporates traditional liturgy, hymns and an organ voluntary before and after each service.
The Magdalen Singers is a group of around eight people, formed mainly from within the congregation and leads the singing at special services such as The Thanksgiving Service and The Easter Vigil.
The Chapel is used for rehearsals and concerts by performing artists and groups and is available for hire for such purposes. Please contact us for more information.
Our congregation is drawn from the local neighbourhood and wider community of Bath. Services at the chapel are held every Sunday as well as on feast days throughout the year. Choral Evensongs celebrate major festivals and we hold BCP Evensong on certain occasions.
St John’s Foundation has a Safeguarding policy & procedure and we adhere strictly to it. If you would like to discuss this with us, or have any concerns regarding Safeguarding please do not hesitate to contact:
Head of Good Living Service, Lynn Toman, Designated Person at St John’s Foundation Offices, 4-5 Chapel Court, Bath BA1 1SQ
Tel: 01225 486402
Alternatively, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding team, whose details can be found here