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Great St Mary's

The University Church, Cambridge


Great St Mary's is an open and inclusive Christian community in pursuit of Truth. Our foundations were laid in 1010, and we have been the University Church since 1209. We are a spiritual home for the University and the City of Cambridge, a Church of England parish in the Diocese of Ely, and a destination for visitors from around the world. We are also a Living Wage Employer, and a Silver-Award Eco Church.


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A house of prayer for all people

Great St Mary's offers opportunities for prayer and worship, from quiet spoken services to liturgies with traditional choral music and pipe organ.  Whether you're just curious about Christianity, or ready to join us on our journey of faith, learn more about our life of prayer.

We've sevices in church daily, including Sunday services at 8am, 10am and late afternoon, and weekdays at 9am. 

Everybody is welcome at all our groups and services. For further information, especially about the groups, please email the GSM Office at

Livestreaming Services

We are in the process of upgrading our livestreaming and sound systems and hope that this will be completed by mid-September. In the meantime, because the current system has been so unreliable, we have decided to suspend livestreaming all services except the 10am Eucharist on Sunday morning. We will keep you advised of developments and look forward to offering those who join us on line a better and more reliable service in the future.


Wednesday 12th June 

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 12.30pm                                  Holy Communion in GSM

  • 5.15pm                                    Choral Evensong

Thursday 13th June

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 10.30am                                  Chat-Play-Sing 

  • 7.30pm                                   Heartsease in Michaelhouse

Friday 14th June

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer 

  • 1.00pm                                    Free Lunchtime Concert in GSM

                                                       University Term Ends

Saturday 15th June

  • 9.00am                                  Men's communion and breakfast in Michaelhouse 

  • 1.00pm                                   Friends of Michaelhouse lunchtime concert in Michaelhouse 

  • 2.00pm                                  Open garden and plant sale at 3 Adams Road, Cambridge, in aid of the                                               GSM Choir Summer Tour 

Sunday 16th June

  • 8.00am                                   BCP Holy Communion

  • 10.00am                                  Choral Eucharist and Children's Church

  • 5.00pm                                   Choral Evensong

Monday 17th June                                       

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer 

  • 12.30pm                                  Christian Meditation in Michaelhouse, Followed by soup

Tuesday 18th June                                      

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 10.30am                                  The Ark 

Wednesday 19th June 

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 12.30pm                                  Holy Communion in GSM

  • 1.00pm                                    First Wednesday Lunch in Michaelhouse

Thursday 20th June

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 10.30am                                  Chat-Play-Sing (last session)  

  • 7.30pm                                   Heartsease meet in Coe Fen by the Mill Pond (across from Darwin) if                                                  wet will be in Michaelhouse

Friday 21st June

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer 

  • 1.00pm                                    Free Lunchtime Concert in GSM

Sunday 23rd June

  • 8.00am                                   BCP Holy Communion

  • 10.00am                                  Choral Eucharist and Children's Church

  • 5.00pm                                   Choral Evensong


Coming Up at Great St Mary's
12th June to 23rd June


The church at the heart of Cambridge

Come visit Great St Mary's — to say a prayer in our medieval church, to climb to the top of our world-famous Tower, browse our gift shop, and dine at our award-winning Michaelhouse Café. We'd love to see you.

We are open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm (last tower ticket at 4.30pm), 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday (last tower ticket at 3.15pm) — click here for hours and further details.​


Photo by Martin Bond, A Cambridge Diary

Sing and make music!     (Psalm 57.7)

With five choirs, two pipe organs, thirteen bells, and an orchestra, the University Church is home to a wide range of music — as well as one of the largest performance spaces in Cambridge. Whether you want to audition for a choir or come to a concert, visit our music page to learn more.


A community in pursuit of Truth

Since 1209, Great St Mary's has been the University Church for the University of Cambridge. Learn more about our student ministries, University Sermons, small groups and bible studies:


Dine with Us

Michaelhouse Café and Chapel

Michaelhouse is home to our award-wining Michaelhouse Café, as well as art exhibitions, meeting rooms, and our medieval chapel. Come on by for a cup of coffee, a delicious meal, or a quiet space to meditate.

The café is open seven days a week, with both indoor and outdoor dining. We're located on Trinity Street, near Gonville & Caius College. Hours are posted

We gratefully acknowledge the grant we have received from the Amey Community Fund (part of the Landfill Communities Fund) which has contributed towards the cost of renovation of the chancel floor.

Thought for the Week



Great St Mary's strives to be a welcoming and safe community for all, including children and vulnerable adults. 

Our Safeguarding Officer is Dr Julie Crockford, whose contact details, along with further safeguarding information can be found here.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us at Great St Mary’s and we are committed to safeguarding the privacy of your information. Please check our website for the up to date version of our Privacy Notice, which explains how we obtain and use your personal information. By clicking “I accept your Privacy Notice” you confirm that you accept the terms of our Privacy Notice.

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