The clergy, staff and trustees of Christ Church Cathedral are pleased to announce that beginning Sunday June 20 the Cathedral will begin a phased return to in-person, on-site Sunday worship. 

Which services will be in-person in this phase? 

On Sunday June 20th the following services will take place in person: 

8am Holy Communion 

1pm Sung Eucharist 

Click here to register for in-person Sunday services via Eventbrite. Registration for in person services closes at 3pm on the Friday before the service.

The 10:30am Choral Eucharist and 8pm Compline service will remain livestream only at this stage. The 5:30pm Evening Prayer service will remain on Zoom. 

What will in-person services look like? 

Under current provincial health orders, a maximum of 50 people will be able to attend in-person worship services at the Cathedral. This includes the presider, preacher, readers, and others involved in the service. 

  • Contact tracing is required. As a result, anyone who wants to attend a service in person will need to pre-register and complete a self-assessment questionnaire.  
  • Attendees will be able to receive communion in wafer form only.
  • Music is limited to one cantor. There is no congregational singing at this stage.
  • The congregation will enter the building from the upper laneway doors, where greeters will be waiting to welcome you and verify that you are registered to attend the service.
  • You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entering the building
  • A mask must be work at all time while in the building 
  • After the service the congregation will exit via the Burrard St. transcept doors, onto the plaza.
  • Attendees are asked to leave the building immediately after the service and refrain from congregating in groups in the building.
  • You will have the option of using an electronic version of the service bulletin. A QR code will be available for you to download the bulletin onto your device.
  • If you feel unwell, or have new flu-like symptoms, you are asked to stay home and participate in worship via one of the Cathedral’s live stream or zoom services. 

Live Streaming of Sunday services is now an established part of the Cathedral’s worship experience. The 10:30am and 8pm services will continue to be live streamed at and on the Cathedral’s youtube and facebook pages. The 5:30pm Evening Prayer will continue on Zoom, email Marnie to receive the Zoom link. 

A large part of what makes worship at the Cathedral so inviting is the community and social connection among parishioners. To provide and opportunity for post-worship community connection, every Sunday the presider at the 10:30am service hosts a Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom from 11:45 to 12:30pm. Register here to receive the zoom link. 

Here is a full list of services taking place at the Cathedral beginning June 20, 2021:

 8am | Holy Communion IN PERSON

This is a quiet, reflective service using the Book of Common Prayer.

10:30am | Livestream Sunday Eucharist LIVESTREAM

This is a Choral Eucharist Service, including live music under the direction of Rupert Lang. A congregation is not present for this service. Take part on-line on the Cathedral website or youtube channel. Join in here.  

1pm | Sung Eucharist - IN PERSON 

A sung Eucharist service that mirrors the 10:30am service as closely as possible. Music is provided by one cantor.  Once a month this service is offered as a Family-focused Worship service to give families with children a little more “wiggle room.”  

5:30pm | Evening Prayer  ZOOM

This Evening Prayer service takes place via Zoom and includes live music by Ben Dobyns. All are welcome to take part in this ancient, traditional prayer that is prayed in a contemporary way. Email Marnie for the Zoom link. 

8pm - Compline LIVESTREAM 

A timeless, contemplative, centring service featuring Gregorian Chant. The Women’s and Men’s Scholae alternately sing the office of Compline. People who attend are searching for a spiritual experience, through beauty, mystery, song, and silence. Join in here

In between each service building staff will carry out careful sanitization of the upper level. 

Sunday services are not the only way to participate in Cathedral life and nourish the soul. A full list of ministries and small groups that are currently active at the Cathedral is available here.

A final note 

While this is an exciting moment for Cathedral community,  it is natural that not everyone may feel comfortable about returning to in-person group setting at this time. No one should feel obligated to attend services in person. Live streaming of Cathedral services will continue throughout the various phases of re-opening and beyond. 

If you have questions about the Cathedral's return to on-site worship, please contact Cathedral clergy or staff. You can find contact information here