About Us

About Downing Place United Reformed Church

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 being 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 worship with us on Sunday morning,

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 us, we have a special First Time in Church page to read which will explain a few things and help you feel at home.


This video is a recent Sunday service, when the preacher was the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Lord Wallace of Tankerness

Pastoral Care

Jesus Christ calls us to reflect his love for us in our love for one another, and we strive to embody this in our care and pastoral ministry, ‘bearing one another’s burdens’ (Galatians 6:2). We seek to make Downing Place a community of mutual support, bearing the burden of being human, and accepting its joy together. Members and friends are organised into pastoral groups of about 10-12 households, each with an elder and one or more pastoral visitors sharing responsibility for the group. Pastoral groups meet frequently for social events and discussion, and members who are housebound receive regular contact from their elder and/or pastoral visitor.

Children’s Ministry

Young people are a vital part of the congregation. They join for the first part of the 11am Sunday service with a ‘Sharing Together’ slot, for everyone, during which the children contribute to the worship, before going with their leaders to their groups. Here, children will explore the Bible and develop their faith through craft, singing, games and discussions appropriate to each age group.

All-age morning services are held on a regular basis, during which the children stay with the rest of the congregation and actively participate in the worship.

New families and visitors are always welcome.

During the year, we organise ‘Invitation Sundays’ with exciting activities for all children and their invited friends. These Sundays give children, their parents or carers, and the leaders the chance to get to know each other better as they share breakfast, play games, and hear Bible-related stories.

Children’s Ministry is led by experienced volunteers who have full DBS checks. Our safeguarding policy can be viewed at the bottom of each page of the website.

More information about our Children’s Ministry

Students and
Young Adults

As well as being the Church of Scotland chaplaincy in Cambridge, we are very pleased to welcome students to Downing Place from any background or tradition. Our social group of young adults, ‘The Gathering’, hope to resume meeting regularly for games nights,  meals, films and discussion soon. 

Ministry amongst LBGTQ+ people

Downing Place is an officially registered Inclusive Church, welcoming to all. We have received accreditation from the Encompass Network as a LGBTQ+ friendly community through their Safer Spaces scheme. Our newly refurbished building is registered for the marriage of same sex couples; and we are also delighted to offer blessings for civil partnerships.

Around the first weekend of each month we hold an Open Table social gathering of some kind, and on the third Sunday of each month we hold a special Open Table communion service at 7.30pm with a specific focus on LGBTQ+ folk and their allies.

Read more about our LGBTQ+ events and outreach on our LGBTQ+ page.

Please contact Alison Binney, the organiser, if you have any questions or would like to get in touch.