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.

Numbers for people attending each service in person will be strictly limited to 30 while Covid-19 related restrictions persist, and places must be booked no later than the preceding Friday by emailing our Church Secretary, Margaret Thompson.

We are also livestreaming our service as it happens – you can view this by clicking the words ‘Online – Downing Place URC’  in the panel to the right of this text, which will take you straight to our broadcast.  Please note that the livestream will not start until 11am on Sunday 13 June.

Meanwhile, our most recent service is available to watch below; and all of our recordings are available via our Youtube channel.

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

Lunchtime Concerts at Downing Place

We regret to say that the concert on 16 June has been cancelled, for reasons relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our next concert will take place on Wednesday 23 June at 1pm; with a concert of Songs from Shakespeare by Alan Loader (baritone) accompanied by Peter Britton on the piano. 

Please click here to see the programme in detail.

Numbers at each concert are strictly limited to 30 at present, and booking is essential – booking will be available here from 4pm on Wednesday 16 June.

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

Open Table – resuming in person on 20 June

We are delighted to say that our Open Table Communion services will resume in person from Sunday 20 June.

Booking is essential – please register using the button below to book your place.

You are welcome to turn up from 7pm onwards to look round our beautiful new premises; and the service itself will start at 7.30pm.

We look forward to seeing you!



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.