Downing Place URC.  Committed to building up people in faith and in following Christ, we are an open and inclusive church in the centre of Cambridge.  We strive to be a community that reflects God’s radical love, welcoming to all.

Our worship is marked by a sense of reverence and of joy, drawing on the riches of the Reformed tradition of liturgy and preaching, with a special appreciation of music. We foster an intelligent and non-judgmental environment for exploring faith, seeking to live out this faith in a commitment to social justice.

Worship at Downing Place

Our main Sunday service is held each Sunday morning at 11am.  Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month; and on other special occasions in the Church’s calendar.  Booking for services is no longer needed.

We are no longer routinely providing an online service each Sunday but encourage you to join us for worship in person, if possible.  Online services will be made available on an oocasional basis – our most recent recorded Sunday morning service can be viewed below. 

You can find out about the other ways we are worshipping together via our Worship page.

Lunchtime Concerts at Downing Place

Our next Lunchtime Concert will take place on Wednesday 29 September at 1pm; when we look forward to welcoming Katharina Megli (mezzo-soprano) and Ilga Pitkevica (piano) to Downing Place.

They will perform Richard Wagner’s Fünf Gedichte (Wesendonk-Lieder) and a selection of operatic arias.

Our doors will open at around 12.30pm; and booking is not necessary.

You can see all the forthcoming concerts in detail on our lunchtime concerts page.

Celebration Concert on Saturday 9 October at 7.30pm

A celebratory orchestral concert. 
Admission free, but with advance reservations with a limit of 200 audience. 

Retiring collection in aid of Nyakabungo school, Uganda.


Hector Berlioz  Overture Benvenuto Cellini
Cesar Franck  Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra (soloist: Pierre Lesaffre)
Camille Saint-Saëns Symphony No 3 in C minor
(soloist: Ian
de Massini, organ)

Performed by the Orchestra of Britton’s Peers,
leader Joscelyn Hilder, conducted by Peter Britton


Music at Downing Place

Visit our new Music Pages to listen to church musicians performing a huge range of music, from ancient to modern, using diverse instruments including cello, glockenspiel and accordion as well as piano and organ.

We began recording and broadcasting services in March 2020 in response to the pandemic, and our new Music in Worship page gathers together the best of the music performed at Downing Place in our online services.

Find out too about 2021’s Lunchtime Concert series, launching in May 2021 in our newly refurbished premises at Downing Place

The Courtyard Garden at Downing Place

Downing Place will be an oasis of peace and tranquillity amid all the traffic and shopping in the city centre. We are planning a vista of greenery that will rest the eyes.

The garden will be overlooked by new clear windows all around – in the Gibson Hall, the Kitchen, the Servery and Hub, plus all the small meeting rooms.

Read more about our Courtyard Garden project on our Garden Page where you can view our Planting Scheme; find out more about the plants which have been chosen; and pledge to donate a plant if you would like to do so.

Upcoming events

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First time in church

First of all, you are very welcome here! Being welcome means you can come as you are. You don’t have to dress in a particular way, or have a particular lifestyle, or ever have been inside a church before. And you don’t need to have a Christian faith to join in any of our activities, including worship. This Church is a space where you can find your place and explore what it might mean to have a relationship with God, at your own pace and in your own way.
For some time, until recently, because of Covid-19 precautions it was not possible for us to come together to worship in the Church. Our most recent recorded Sunday morning service can be viewed via the panel to the left.