The building is steeped in history and is a beautiful destination, but the church community is more than a building. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, fondly known locally as St. Sep’s, has been home to a worshipping and witnessing Christian presence in Northampton since 1100AD. Today St. Sep’s is a living, active community worshipping God, seeking God’s will, and learning how to serve the wider community.
St. Sep's is a part of the Church of England and Holy Communion (sometimes called the Eucharist or the Mass) is central to our main worship gatherings.
We gather regularly on Wednesdays in St. George’s Chapel at 10am for a said service of Holy Communion (approximately 20 minutes), and Sundays in the Round at 11am for a sung modern Catholic style service of Holy Communion (approximately 60 minutes).
During our Sunday services we aim to achieve a balance of hymns from through the ages. Our singing is usually accompanied by the organ, and occasionally by guitar.
Once a month we have Café Church. Whilst enjoying hot drinks and pastries we sing songs that are chosen and introduced by members of the congregation, listen to Bible readings, and then move into a time of Holy Communion. This service is great for those who would like to come along but are worried about the more formal worship. Keep an eye on Services and events for the next Café Church date.
Throughout the year St. Sep’s plays host to Sacred Space, a Taizé-inspired candlelit contemplative worship service, for the Archdeaconry of Northampton. Each Sacred Space gathering is different to the last and focusses on relevant themes for the time of year. If you would like to join us for Sacred Space the next date can be found on our Services and events page.
As a registered Inclusive Church we welcome all people regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, mental or physical abilities, or financial or social status. We fully support the ministry of women as deacons, priests, and bishops.
The congregation, together with professional consultants, are currently looking at how the building may be used in the future to better serve the needs of the local community. To help us with the process we would appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to complete our online survey.
Our building is a unique Grade 1 listed 'Round Church' which has been extended over the centuries.
Founded in 1100AD by Simon de Senlis of Northampton Castle (since demolished) the church is built in soft Northamptonshire iron stone and has suffered from erosion over the years. However, the Restoration Trust has raised £1.3 million over the last thirty years leaving the church in very good order.
For more information about the Restoration Trust please click below to visit their website.