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Unitarianism is an open-minded and welcoming approach to faith that encourages individual freedom, equality for all and rational thought. There is no list of things that Unitarians must believe: instead we think everyone has the right to reach their own conclusions.

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A Warm Welcome

Upper Chapel, SheffieldWelcome to Upper Chapel, a Unitarian meeting place in heart of Sheffield. Our Grade II listed building is situated on Norfolk Street in the city centre.

Membership of Upper Chapel is open to all who find themselves in sympathy with our manner of worship and spirit of fellowship. Members can, and sometimes do, belong to other denominations.

A Trust Deed, dated 1704, established Upper Chapel as simply “a Public Meeting House for the worship and service of Almighty God”.  So it remains.

No compulsory doctrine or creed is required for members or ministers. We affirm our commitment to religious freedom and our tolerance and respect for all faiths.

History & Visiting

ChaliceOur congregation was founded by James Fisher who was the Vicar of Sheffield Parish Church (now Sheffield Cathedral) during the Commonwealth of England.  Originally, the Chapel had a congregation of 1000, which was one sixth of the population of Sheffield.

Nowadays, we welcome visitors to two regular Sunday services at 11am and 6.30pm. There is usually a specific topic and the services themselves last for around an hour.

The chapel is also open from 11.30am until 1.00pm for quiet reflection every Wednesday lunchtime. At 12.15pm there is a 15 minute service based on words and music to aid contemplation. Members of the congregation often take the 15 minute service.

Upcoming Events

  • All Upper Chapel Events: All Upper Chapel Events are AT RISK OF CANCELLATION during the current Coronavirus situation. Please contact the Minister or the Chapel Manager (details below) More events
  • Service CANCELLED: Sun 29th March 11am & 6.30pm CANCELLED More events
  • Alternative Gathering CANCELLED: Sun 5th April 5pm More events
  • Lunchtime Opening with Organ Recital by Phil Croft: Weds 18th March 11.30am-1pm WHOLE EVENT CANCELLED More events
  • Discussion Group CANCELLED: Weds 18th March 7pm 'Is there a middle ground between pacifism and militarism?' CANCELLED More events
  • Lunchtime Silent Meditation CANCELLED: Fri 20th March 12noon for 12.10pm prompt (30 mins) More events
  • Services CANCELLED: Sun 22nd March 11am ONLY 'Mothering Sunday' CANCELLED More events
  • Lunchtime Opening CANCELLED: Weds 25th March 11.30am-1pm More events
  • Music Together CANCELLED: Weds 25th March 7pm for 7.15pm 'Bridges, Ferries and Water Crossings' - please bring a track CANCELLED More events
  • Lunchtime Silent Meditation CANCELLED: Fri 27th March 12noon for 12.10pm prompt (30 mins) More events