In line with government regulations we are re-opening Great Meeting both for services and for the letting out of our rooms. We held our first service in Chapel on 16th August and it was tremendous to meet up with each other again face to face (masked!) Further services will be held on September 13th and October 11th with zoom services on the Sundays in between. Following each zoom service our minister will post a weekly homily with prayers on our website (click here for the latest)  Please see Services page for details on how to join these online services.


Our meeting rooms are available for hire once again – please contact the lettings secretary who will take you through the necessary precautions for protection against Coronavirus.

Great Meeting Unitarian Chapel Leicester

We are a long-established congregation of, at present, thirty to forty individuals who share an enquiring outlook into non-dogmatic liberal religion.

The Chapel and its history

The Chapel was erected in 1708 as a “Meeting House of Protestant Dissenters” (read more) where with freedom from dogma we seek to affirm an open-ended faith in life, in humanity and in God.

(Click photo right to enlarge)

Leicester Unitarians Great Meeting interior view
The Minister, Rev. Dr. A. Stewart

Arthur Stewart was educated at St David’s College, Lampeter, where he completed his Ph.D. He trained for the ministry at Manchester College, Oxford, and has served congregations in Sheffield and the Cotswold Group before coming to Leicester in 1989.

Arthur was a tutor to the Ministry Students at Harris Manchester College, Oxford until 2018.

Great Meeting Chapel Roof Repair Fund
Our Grade II listed Great Meeting Chapel is under threat from a leaking roof and rusting gutters. Failure to act soon
could render the Chapel and its meeting rooms unusable. We are asking for help and support to protect this unique
city centre ‘gem’ and its fascinating history for future generations. Click here to learn more…

We thank the many people who have already started donating to the Roof Repair Fund. We are also very grateful for generous donations from The Gregson Trust of £3,000 and from East Midland Unitarians of £5,750.

Online charity auction of artwork

The Sanctuary Seekers Unit of Leicester University are holding an online charity auction of artwork on Thursday August 20th at 6pm, which will include the magnificent ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ by the Leicester artist George Sfougaras. The funds collected will be split between supporting Sanctuary Seekers studying at the University and an education project supporting refugees in Greece. You can register for the auction, read more about it and view the artwork on sale via this link:
If you want to bid for something but can’t make it on the day, please send your bid to

Photo shows ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ by the Leicester artist George Sfougaras. (click photo to enlarge)

Chapel Garden Events

Leicester Unitarians are hosting two groups in the Chapel garden during the Covid restrictions. ‘City of Sanctuary’ are holding a session for the distribution of essential items such as toiletries once per week for asylum seekers and refugees, and ‘After 18’ are holding small group, open air, social and activity meet-ups for their young clients three times per week.

We are pleased to have been of help to these organisations who have had difficulty finding a suitable space for their activities during the lockdown.

Photo shows ‘City of Sanctuary’ with the distribution table set up in front of the Garden Room. (click photo to enlarge)

The gardens near the Garden Room and school, photos taken in the springtime with bluebells, the summer sunshine and autumn with falling leaves Click any photo to enlarge.

Leicester Unitarians Great Meeting past events

A selection of photographs showing Leicester Unitarians Chapel and garden areas. Click any photo to enlarge.

Join with Leicester Unitarians at the Great Meeting Unitarian Chapel, Leicester

Great Meeting : Unitarian Chapel : 45 East Bond Street : Leicester LE1 4SX

Website updated Wednesday September 23 2020