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 usually held at 11am.  Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month; and on other special occasions in the Church’s calendar.

Services are open to those who wish to worship in person but are also live-streamed via our Youtube channel. You are welcome to join us in whichever way is most comfortable for you. You can find out about the other ways we are worshipping together via our Worship page.

Everyone is welcome to gather in worship, whether you are a regular church goer or have never attended a service of worship before; or anything in between!  If you are new to church or Downing Place URC specifically, we have a First Time in Church page to browse which will hopefully explain a few things and help you feel more at home. 

Our service on Sunday 29th January was led by our World Church and Public Issues Group. To watch this service, please click on the video above.

Sing for Ukraine!

You are invited to take part in a fundraising performance of the Fauré Requiem, and Silvestrov’s Prayer for Ukraine, on Sunday 26th February, here at Downing Place United Reformed Church.

Taking place two days after the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the event will raise funds for Cambridge4Ukraine, a group doing vital work supporting those in Cambridge who have been displaced by the war.

There will be a rehearsal from 2pm, and doors open for the audience at 3.30pm.

To sign up to sing, please click here.


Events at Downing Place URC

Open Table Cambridge

Downing Place United Reformed Church is the home of Open Table Cambridge and we hold regular Open Table services and social events, which are particularly inclusive of LGBTQ+ people but are open to all who are allies.  There is a social gathering around the beginning of each month; and a service of Holy Communion on the third Sunday of each month at 7.30pm.

You can find out more about our inclusive work with LGBTQ+ here, and watch our service for LGBT History Month by clicking on the video. 

The Open Table Network (OTN) is a growing partnership of Christian worship communities which welcome and affirm people who are: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, & Asexual (LGBTQIA) together with their families, friends & anyone who wants to belong in an accepting, loving community.

2022 Lunchtime Concert Series

We run a free Lunchtime Concert series every Wednesday at 1pm, throughout most of the year.  Details of the next few concerts can be seen below – click each image to find out more!  Details of all our 2022 concerts can be found on our Lunchtime Concerts page.  We take a retiring collection for Downing Place’s monthly charity, details of which are given in the programme each week.

Concerts last around 50 minutes; and our doors open at around 12.30pm.  There are refreshments available in our Hub area (through the courtyard on Downing Place) before and after concerts, between 10am and 4pm every Wednesday – please drop in for coffee and biscuits, you will be most welcome!

Yoko Sakakura (piano)

Wednesday 1 February 2023 at 1pm


Alex Clare-Young (clarsach)

Wednesday 8 February 2023 at 1pm


Cambridge University Brass Ensemble

Wednesday 15 February 2023 at 1pm


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Hire Downing Place

Our newly refurbished Downing Place building provides a range of fully equipped, state of the art rooms and spaces for hire.

If you are interested in hiring the premises then please contact us on 01223 756635, email us or visit us between 9 and 5 Monday to Friday

The building is be fully accessible to wheelchair users, with lifts, ramps and accessible toilet facilities.

See our Hirings page for more information.

Request a booking:

01223 756635