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Welcome to the University Church

Since the start of the University of Cambridge in 1209, Great St Mary's has been the University Church. We are here to provide pastoral care and spiritual formation for University staff, students, and faculty. Come discover your church in the heart of Cambridge!

Welcome to the University Church

Great St Mary’s has been the University Church since the start of University of Cambridge in 1209. Located at the heart of Cambridge, we provide pastoral care to all at the University of Cambridge. Great St Mary’s is an open and inclusive community. As the University Church, we are here for you. Come discover what difference faith makes!

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A House of Prayer for Everyone

The University Church is open every day of the week from 9am. Come and light a candle, write out a prayer, sit in the stillness of one of our chapels, or have a chat over a cup of coffee.

We offer worship services Sunday through Friday at Great St Mary’s and in Michaelhouse, our chapel, café, and art & performance space on Trinity Street. Download our term card for a complete list of services this Term, and visit our Worship page for details about our diverse worship. Everyone is welcome, even if you’re just a little curious about how Christians pray.

If you would like to speak to one of our clergy team, please be in touch. You can reach the Parish Office at office@gsm.cam.ac.uk and  +44 (0)1223 747273.

Finally, Great St Mary’s has a long and rich tradition of music, and is blessed to have two pipe organs, six choirs, and an orchestra. If you’re interested in singing in one of our choirs, please be in touch with our Director of Music, Sam Hayes.

University Chaplaincy

As the University Church, we also provide connections and faith support throughout the University. Visit our Faith Support page to find out about our partners throughout the University of Cambridge.

Twenty years ago, Great St Mary’s began the Chaplaincy to University Staff, serving post-doctoral researchers and other University staff. Cambridge is now home to families from all over the world, people of all faiths and none. We work in partnership with many other groups, particularly the Cambridge University Multifaith and Spirituality Forum. We contribute from our own Christian tradition and encourage the contribution of others.

Our partners include: