Interest and Action Groups


A range of groups, many led by lay members of the congregation, offer a variety of ways for you to participate in the work and ministry of the Cathedral.

Al Anon Family Group

The Cathedral supports an Al Anon Family Group that meets every Saturday from 11 - 12pm in the Education Centre.

Al Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else's drinking. Al Anon believes that alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. It is an international organisation with over 800 support groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Al Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience in order to solve their common problems.

More information can be found on the Al Anon website. The Al Anon helpline 020 7403 088 is open 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year.

The last meeting in the month is an open meeting when anyone is welcome to attend.

Book Groups

Three book groups meet at a variety of times to read and discuss a wide range of literature. Contact Marie Tims for more details.


The Cathedral’s group for young adults aged 18-39. Meetings every two to three weeks for food, discussion, worship and socialising.
Contact for more information.

Ecumenical Links

Maintaining and developing our links with churches of other traditions in our neighbourhood and the Lutheran Cathedral in Bergen and the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Rouen, through visits, prayer and the regular exchange of information. Contact for more information.

Healing and Wholeness

One of the Cathedral’s monthly 6pm services planned and led by a team of clergy and lay people. Contact Canon Gilly Myers for more details.

Justice and Development

Southwark Cathedral Justice and Development Group ( JDG ) works to raise awareness of contemporary, global issues of justice, equality and social change. 
A group from the congregation who aim to hold two/three Public Forums each year on important current concerns. 

The Merbecke Choir

A voluntary choir for young men and women with good sight-reading skills and a creative approach to singing. They sing Compline monthly, three Cathedral concerts a year and other special events and services. Contact: for more information.

Mothers' Union

The Cathedral and St Hugh's branch of the Mothers' Union was formed one year ago and currently has 28 members.  It is open to all, including men. Mothers' Union promotes Christian care for families worldwide, celebrating 140 years of Faith and Action in 2016. For further information on Branch activities please contact

Newcomers Evenings

Helping to welcome newcomers into the life of the Cathedral.

Poetry Group

Like a book group, but for those who want to meet to share and discuss poetry.

Robes Project

An ecumenical team of volunteers using church premises to provide food, friendship and shelter one night a week for homeless people through the winter.

Southwark Feminist Theology Group

For women to come together in fellowship, reading and prayer around women's issues; this group aims to nurture and share faith through the study of the scriptures, shared experience and inclusive worship, and to respond to and contribute to the transformation of gender inequality within the Church and wider society.

Southwark-Masvingo Link

Developing our partnership link with the Diocese of Masvingo in Zimbabwe. More information here.

Thursday Singers

For people from the local community, residents and those in work in the shops and businesses around the Cathedral, who enjoy singing choral music. There is no audition. The Thursday Singers provide the music for a number of special weekday services each year, and  lead the singing at the Cathedral's Carol Sing-In before Christmas. Simply turn up at the Cathedral any Thursday in term-time at 1.00pm and ask for the Song School.

Want to know more?

If you’re interested in taking an active part in any of these groups or would like to know more, the co-ordinators can all be contacted via
020 7367 6700 and your name will be passed on.