Weekly worship continues to be broadcast via our Youtube channel while our church buildings are closed.

We are currently preparing to leave the Emmanuel building on Trumpington Street, which is now owned by Pembroke College.  Subject to guidelines making it possible, public worship will resume in September; and will take place at Westminster College while we await the completion of our refurbishment project on the Downing Place site.

We hope you enjoy your virtual visit to Downing Place URC and we also hope to be able to welcome you in person in the future. Please do contact us if you would like any more information or if you would like to speak to a Minister.

Welcome

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.

Our events

Take a look at our recent events gallery which might inspire you to join us at a future event, service or concert

Upcoming events

We broadcast worship via our Youtube channel every week.  Please subscribe to our news for further information about forthcoming events.

Minister's Message

Weekly worship continues to be broadcast via our Youtube channel while our church buildings are closed owing to the pandemic. We hope you enjoy your virtual visit to Downing Place URC and we also hope to be able to welcome you in person in the future.
Please do contact us if you would like any more information or if you would like to speak to a Minister.

Redevelopment News

Major redevelopment work began at our St Columba’s building on Downing Place in September 2019. This follows the merger of the congregations of St Columba’s URC and Emmanuel URC, and the subsequent sale of the Emmanuel building on Trumpington Street to Pembroke College, which has released some capital to spend on redevelopment.

Open Table LGBTQ+

Downing Place is an officially registered Inclusive Church, welcoming to all. We have received accreditation from the Encompass Network as a LGBT+ friendly community through their Safer Spaces scheme. We are delighted to offer blessings for civil partnerships, and when we reopen on the Downing Place site we will be licensed to carry out same-sex marriages.

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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.

Lettings

Our newly refurbished Downing Place building will provide a range of fully equipped, state of the art rooms and spaces for hire. We hope that external lettings will be hosted from Easter 2021.

If you are interested in hiring the premises then please complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch.

All spaces for hire will feature inbuilt audio visual equipment and sound. The building will be fully accessible to wheelchair users, with lifts, ramps and accessible toilet facilities.

We will be able to offer the following rooms for hire.

 

  • The Main Church
  • The Gibson Hall
  • The Emmanuel Room
  • Meeting Rooms
  • The Hub

Request a booking:

01223 312814