Great St Mary's, The University Church, Cambridge

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Great St Mary's is set inmidst the colleges, market, council and university offices that make up the historic centre of Cambridge.
As University and Civic Church, Great St Mary's seeks to support the people of the University and of the city in their own discovery of faith. We are committed to worship that respects the tradition of the church but is open to change and development in theology and society. We hope that you will find a friendly welcome, a place of prayer, excellent music and stimulating preaching.
The parish is geographically very small, and almost all those who worship here live outside it. The church's work, especially during the week, aims to reflect its position in the heart of the city.
It is this city community that worshippers enter when they come to church. It is this community that they come to know and can pray for, alongside the wider concerns of our troubled world, as part of the work of lifting the world to God, through prayer and thanksgiving.

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Great St Mary's
The University Church
St Mary's Passage
Cambs., CB2 3PQ
01223 747273 (Office) or 01223 47272 (Tower & Shop)

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Parish Communion
Led by the choirs of Great St Mary's with frequent outstanding visiting preachers. With children's church for children of primary school age and creche for younger children. On the third Sunday of the month, the service takes the form of an all age communion service.
Every Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Family Friendly Creche Refreshments Common Worship
Choral Mattins
Sung by the choirs of Great St Mary's, twice a term the University Sermon is preached during this service. Great St Mary's has a longstanding tradition of excellent preaching, and the main Sunday sermon is usually preached at Mattins. Many of these sermons are printed and are available on the Church's Bookstall and - soon - as podcasts on the sermons section of the Church website.
Every Sunday at 11:15 AM for 1 hour
Choral Evensong
Sung by the choirs of Great St Mary's, with a sermon and congregational hymns. During the choir vacations this evening service is frequently sung by excellent visiting choirs.
Every Sunday at 5:30 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer


Holy Communion
A brief, spoken and intimate service of Holy Communion, held in the St Andrew's Chapel at Great St Mary's, the University Churc
Every Monday at 9:15 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship


Morning Prayer at Michaelhouse
Every Tuesday at 8:45 AM for ½ hour
The Ark at Michaelhouse
A very special weekly service for pre-school children and infants, featuring song and story, toys and noise, and where all who are baptised are invited to receive communion, no matter your age. Held in the chancel at Michaelhouse, in the Michaelhouse Café on Trinity Street.
Please check our Facebook page ( during school holidays to check when the Ark is on vacation!
Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Creche Common Worship


Morning Prayer at Merton Hall Farmhouse
Merton Hall Farmhouse is the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre provided by the University, and co-ordinated by the Chaplain to University Staff. It is situated on the West Cambridge site, on the corner of J. J. Thompson Avenue with Madingley Road. For a sat-nav, use: CB3 0FDA,
Term time only
Every Wednesday at 9:00 AM for ½ hour


Morning Prayer
Every Thursday at 8:45 AM for ½ hour


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Incumbent: The Revd Canon John Richard Elliott BINNS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 13779
Built: 1478
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: Cambridge (141)
Deanery: Cambridge North (14109)
Benefice: Cambridge Gt St Mary w St Mich (14/041 J)
CofE Church Info: (614038 14/38)
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The current editor is: Emma Dunn

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This page was last updated on Friday 29th September 2017
Great St Mary's, The University Church : St Mary's Passage, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3PQ

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