Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
On 17 March, the Church of England suspended public worship and called on churches to ‘face the challenge posed [by COVID-19] by becoming a radically different kind of church rooted in prayer and serving others.’ We are a place of prayer — but also a destination for over 300,000 visitors a year, and so have had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close our doors. Our church is more than a building, and our community of 💕love & hope carries on. You can
At Great St Mary’s you will find a community of faith, with services on Sunday and in the week. The church is open daily to visitors and entry is free. The tower offers we think the most magnificent view of Cambridge you could find anywhere. We are a welcoming and safe place for all, including children and vulnerable adults. Our Safeguardning Officer is Dr Julie Crockford, whose contact details, along with further safeguarding information can be found here.
Just 50-yards away in Trinity Street is our Michaelhouse Centre, with a café with good fresh food. We stage regular art exhibitions there, a programme of experimental and participative worship, and a place for individuals and groups to meet.
A diverse place
Great St Mary’s is noteworthy for its historical tradition at the heart of Cambridge life. It is to the people of Cambridge almost a cathedral and to the university it is the place where it all began centuries ago. Today, as the University Church, we work with people of all faiths and none in providing chaplaincy and care, especially for staff and post-doctoral researchers. As a historic building we are a Heritage Centre celebrating our long history and Christian heritage. We run special programmes for schools and families. When you visit us you will find plenty to see and do. Just wander around the peaceful setting and take some repose in St Andrew’s Chapel. Learn about our past by using the interactive touch screens, take brass rubbings, or follow one of the discovery trails.