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, Great St Mary’s is an open and inclusive community in pursuit of truth.

If you would like to speak to one of our clergy team, please send us an email. To learn more about our Church of England parish ministry, please visit our church webpage.

Ministry to the University

As the University Church, we help provide pastoral care for all members of the University of Cambridge. Whether you are student or staff, a postdoc researcher, a prospective student or family member, or a resident of Cambridge — we are here for you. And we’d love to hear from you.

Join us Wednesdays in Term at 4pm for coffee and conversation at The Edge — held in Michaelhouse, our medieval chapel and café. 

We’re also delighted to host Cambridge Student Christian Movement. Learn more about this inclusive Christian community of students and young people in Cambridge at their website

Multifaith Chaplaincy at the University of Cambridge

People of all faiths and none, from all around the world, call Cambridge home. We work in partnership with many other faith groups. As the University Church, we contribute from our own Christian tradition and encourage the contribution of others.

Visit our Faith Support page to find out about the many different faith communities who provide pastoral support at the University of Cambridge.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to get the latest news. And if you’re a member of the University of Cambridge, you can sign up for our University Church listserve at this link.

Online Worship

In keeping with Government and Church of England guidance, our buildings are currently closed. Even when we are apart from one another, we can still worship together each from our own homes.  We stream our worship — on weekdays  at 9am & 9pm, and on Sundays at 9.30am — on Facebook Live.

Every day we hold the University and City community in prayer, praying for particular colleges, faculties, civic institutions and parish ministries each day.

Learn more at our Online Worship page. You can:

  • watch services at our Facebook page,  live-streaming worship weekdays at 9am & 9pm, and on Sundays at 9.30am.  You do not need  a Facebook account to take part.
  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel, to listen to sermons, services, and more
  • Download and print our service books for our online services.
  • Discover online prayers, and apps from the Church of England
  • Visit our ‘Share a Prayer‘ page you would like to light a virtual candle and offer a prayer.

We continue as a community of prayer and service, albeit in a new form. The building may be closed, but the church is open.