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.
Mid-week worship, at 11am on Thursday 29th September, will be led by Penny Flynn.
Our communion service on Sunday 2nd October will be a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the United Reformed Church. Reverend Nigel Uden and Reverend Professor David Thompson will led the service.
Refreshments will be available following both services.
We sit at the heart of Cambridge city centre, on the corner of Downing Street and Downing Place.
To watch our Harvest Service, which was led by our Worship, Spirituality & Discipleship group on Sunday 25th September, please click on the video above.
Services and events taking place here at Downing Place; and those we’re involved in in the wider community
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!
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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.