Church of England Diocese of Ely Cherry Hinton

Facilities and features

Click on the tags below to learn more about each.

Accessibility

We have 2 loos, one with grab rails either side of the toilet.

Parking freely available on the streets near the church, and spaces in the layby outside the church are available for those with limited mobility.

We are striving to be as accessible as possible for those with autism. There is a great deal of awareness and experience within the congregation. The service follows a similar pattern each week, and everything is printed in the service booklet apart from hymns in the hymn book.

There is level access to the church and all its facilities.

There is an induction loop. The words of the service are mostly printed within the service booklet. The only 'extemporaneous' speech is in the sermon, the intercessions and the notices.

We have large print hymnbooks and service sheets available - just ask.

Dogs are very welcome to this church.

We aim to meet the needs of people with dementia for as long as possible. The service is traditional and much is repeated each Sunday. We welcome and try to support the members of our congregation who suffer with this, and their families.


Our Building

St Andrew's is Grade One listed 13th Century church with one of the finest 13th Century Chancels in this region, if not the country.


Music and Worship

Cherry Hinton Tower is very active, with open practices on tuesday evenings from 7pm. There is ringing before the main 10am Sunday service, and many other services. We have a newly restored set of handbells and teaching is available on these or on the 6 tower bells.

We host two concert series -- one run by the Friends of St Andrew's with concerts appealing more to the older generation on evenings throughout the year, and a family friendly series on Sunday afternoons, run by the Director of Music. See our website for details of all of these. St Andrew's has an excellent acoustic and is a popular venue for those who very much appreciate good music coming to this part of the Cambridge 'fringe'.

A fine organ, available to serious organists who wish to practice.

We have a very good choir that practices once a month, and sings for one Sunday a month plus festivals. Please get in touch with our Director of Music, Lucy Bunce: [email protected] if you are interested in joining us. We also have an instrumental music group that plays for one Sunday a month and occasional services.


Groups, Courses and Activities

''Second Sundaes' for all secondary school pupils meets at the Vicarage each second sunday of the month for... sundaes. Please get in touch with the vicar: [email protected] for further details.

In January 2018, we will be offering 'Lego Church' --primary age STEM club in a cool building -- each Wednesday after school in term time. Please email the vicar for further info.

Popular coffee morning in the Church Centre hosted on the last Friday morning of each month, 10am --noon. With used bookstall and great cakes!

Courses are run each Lent, to encourage growth in faith and discipleship. We have one home group which began as a Lent course.

There are many exercise groups that meet in our Centre, details of which can be found on the website under Church Centre.

St Andrews joins with others in our community to put on a huge holiday club for primary school children the first week of the school holidays in July.

There are various events aimed at the over 60's throughout the year, including fellowship groups, meals and pilgrimage trips.

'Chirpy Cherries' -- a music based group for tots and their carers meets every Friday in term time in the Church Centre, 9:30-11am. Please join us! We do not charge for this, though donations are always welcome!

We have a street pastor in our congregation who is happy to encourage this vocation in others.


Help for Visitors

There is wifi throughout the church which you can access -- just ask for the password.

Available to school and other groups who book in.

The church is open Wednesday and Friday mornings, and often at other times as well. Church office is normally open Tuesday 9:30-12:30. Wednesday 9:30-12:30 and Friday 9:30-11:30.


Other Features

Our Church Centre (with kitchen and toilets) is available to hire for both groups and individuals. Rates are generally £18/hr with special rates for parties, and regular community groups.