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Children & Young People


Our children’s activities take a break in August.

Children’s Church and the Ark re-start in September.

There are things to do for children around the font on Sundays at 9.30 – come and check them out.


Children are valued members of Great St Mary’s.  They are welcome at all services, and there is a varied programme of worship, teaching and social activities.

We encourage all children from six upwards to share in receiving communion with us, after a short course which leads to admission to communion.

There is a child protection policy, following Home Office guidelines to ensure the safety of children.  This is available from the parish office.

Many children enjoy singing in the choirs which welcome children from six years old – in the Junior Choir – to the end of school years.


First Sunday of the month: Childrens Church takes place during Parish Communion.  At 11am at Michaelhouse: The Ark on Sunday – this is our popular style of Holy Communion planned to include even the youngest of children.  A mixture of play and prayer.

Second Sunday of the month: 9.30 am Creche* and Children’s Church takes place during Parish Communion.

Third Sunday of the month: 9.30 am The service is planned with children in mind.

Fourth and Fifth Sundays of the month:  9.30 m Creche* and Children’s Church takes place during Parish Communion.

Tuesdays 10.30am at Michaelhouse.  The Ark on Tuesday.


*Creche is 0 – school age, Children’s Church is primary school age.

Cambridge Church Schools

Great St Mary’s has a formal arrangement with Park Street school in the centre of Cambridge for mutual support, guidance and education. The school conducts at least one assembly per term in the church and members of the clergy go there to conduct talks and activities, as required. We believe that every young person has a right of access to the spiritual and religious resources that will enable them to explore every dimension of their journey toward a complete education.

Great St Mary’s is supported in its work with Park Street by the Church Schools of Cambridge. Please visit the church schools’ website at www.churchschoolsofcambridge.org.uk to find out more about their role in Cambridge schools. Park Street’s website can be found here.