The College Buildings
The College occupies a modern three story building with an open-air roof terrace.
Administrative offices, reception room, and extensive library are found on the ground floor. The second floor houses a large and electronically well-equipped room for briefings, lectures, and reflection sessions; there is also a peaceful chapel for private prayer.
On the third floor, there are rooms for up to forty people to stay in comfortable rooms, each with a sink separate from the en suite shower and toilet. A common room has facilities for making tea and coffee, and there is a fridge for storing cold drinks and snacks. Pilgrims spend time quietly here in the early hours of the day and in the evening they enjoy conversation and music. Above the third floor is a roof terrace with views across Jerusalem, a wonderful place in warm weather to rest, pray, or socialize. It is an ideal vantage point from which to see the sun rise over the Mount of Olives.
The College is situated next to the Cathedral, the Cathedral Guest House and the Diocesan Offices. Together these comprise the Close. The Close is an enclave of peace with beautiful gardens to walk and sit in. The College is surrounded by a ‘Biblical Garden’ with trees, plants and flowers featured in the Bible. It was designed in the 1980s by Nigel Hepper, one of the leading botanists at the time at Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens in London. The College gardener is available to share his extensive knowledge with interested pilgrims. More information can be found below.
The College’s study pilgrimages are rooted in a regular pattern of prayer. Pilgrims join the daily worship of the Cathedral, which holds Eucharists each morning and Evening Prayer daily, and also attend Sunday services as often as their programme allows. The 9:30 a.m. Sunday Eucharist is bi-lingual (England and Arabic), giving College pilgrims the opportunity to meet members of the local Palestinian community and the many visitors passing through Jerusalem.
The liturgy at the College is of a broadly Anglican style because we are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. We seek to be a place of ecumenical hospitality, and Christians of all denominations join our study pilgrimages, enjoying the Cathedral as their church home away from home.
The Guest House
Meals are taken in the Cathedral’s Pilgrim Guest House, which also serves as accommodation for other visitors to Jerusalem. The dining room, with its attractive, “old world” feel, is a comfortable space where course members enjoy meals in a sociable environment. -Our excellent Head Chef and catering team present both local and international dishes, making the most of the abundant fresh produce grown locally. The quality of the food is a highlight for pilgrims who stay at the College.
There is also an idyllic courtyard garden in the Guest House, where drinks can be taken and meals eaten there too. It is a favourite gathering place any time of day during the warmer weather. An outside bar which serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
The overwhelming atmosphere at St. George’s College is one of hospitality; the staff and students get to know one another and share their lives during meals, site visits, and worship services. Every study pilgrimage builds a community of fellowship. The College and the Close provide the perfect environment in which to make this happen.