More about us
The Book Group is open to all, friends as well as members of the church.
The Group meets on a Monday evening once a month to discuss a particular book, as specified in the programme.
The format for the evenings is; a short presentation by the person who recommended the book, followed by a discussion of the issues arising. This is accompanied by a glass or two of wine. We end with coffee/tea and cake.
A bookstall is held every six weeks in support of the Agona Asafo library project in Ghana.
50p for paperbacks and £1 for hardbacks. CDs and DVDs are also on sale.
Books are also available on bookshelves in the entrance hall.
The Tuesday Club meets to hear talks from a variety of people and organisations.
Meetings are held on one Tuesday per month from October to June at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.
Membership is open to all. There is no subscription charge and any funds raised are given to charity.
For more information, please contact the Tuesday Club Coordinator, Christine Russell on 01223 360 197.
Gibson’s Lunch Club
The Gibson’s Lunch Club meets in the Gibson hall on the third Thursday of each month at 12.30 pm. A two course meal is served, followed by coffee and cheese. All are welcome. There is a covering charge of £4 per person.
Downing Place Choir – always open to all!
Downing Place has a thriving choir of singers drawn exclusively from the membership of the church and who present a choral introit and anthem as part of our morning worship normally once a month.
Their repertoire is chosen especially to illuminate Downing Place’s particular style of worship, and the choir is always led by one of our talented directors of music, Ian de Massini or Mark Dawes.
Often, Downing Place’s Choir will be accompanied by Ian or Mark playing the magnificent 19th-century Erard grand piano that resides in our church. Everyone is welcome to sing in the choir, and there are no auditions: nor is the ability to read music essential.
For each month a short introit and a longer anthem are prepared over two Sunday morning rehearsals, both at 10.15am, the second of which is then followed by a performance of the two pieces during the ensuing morning service. Attendance is entirely voluntary. All music is made available in advance and copies can be found upon the small table placed directly in front of the organ in church for anyone to take away and look at.
New singers are always welcome to come and be part of the choir at any time. Music, folder and pencil will all be provided: you just need to come and sing the right notes, preferably in the right order!
Worship & Local Mission Group
Through our Worship & Local Mission Group, Downing Place seeks to witness to the Gospel in practical ways in our local community of Cambridge.
We do this sacramentally through our worship on Sundays, and practically by supporting a number of local organisations and charities in Cambridge.
As well as hosting the Group Therapy Centre, Cambridge [link], the Cambridge Chinese Christian Church, and Alcoholics, Debtors and Narcotics Anonymous groups, we have recently supported the following causes:
The Link House Trust – providing accommodation and hospitality for international postgraduate students.
Chaplaincy to People at Work – their work involves visiting people in their place of work, helping individuals with work-related problems, and helping the churches to engage with the world of work.
Cambridge DHIVerse – campaigns to raise awareness of and provide support for people with HIV and AIDS.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices – supports families throughout their experience of caring for children with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.
Arthur Rank House – Arthur Rank House provides specialist palliative care services, for people over 18 who have a life threatening illness.
Galloway’s Society for the Blind – Galloway’s seeks to support people of all ages who have a sight loss and to enable them to gain an independent lifestyle, at the same time as minimising the effects of reduced vision.
Emmaus – Emmaus offers homeless men and women a home, work and the chance to rebuild their self-respect in supportive Communities.
World Church & World Mission
Downing Place has links with charities, churches and communities all over the world. In recent years, we have supported churches and local development through personal connections in Guatemala, Ghana and the West Bank.
We have also supported:
- The Friends of Agona Asafo, a project to build and stock a library in rural Ghana.
- Immanuel’s Haven: An orphanage project for at risk children in Gordon’s Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa.
- The Youth Project attached to the Orthodox Church in Beit Sahoor, near Bethlehem, Israel/Palestine.
- The Medaille Trust, which supports young women and men who are victims of sex trafficking in the UK.
- Emanuel Presbyterian Church, Quezaltenango, Guatemala, supporting educational projects for the rural population of Quezaltenango.
- The Ocean Stars Trust, supporting communities affected by the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka.
- The Kasiisi Porridge Project, which gives rural schoolchildren living near the Kibale National Park in western Uganda a meal every day.
- The Kenyan Orphan Project.