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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 and online 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​​


Thursday 23rd May                                      

  • 9.00am                                  Morning Prayer

  • 10.30am                                 Chat-Play-Sing in Michaelhouse

  • 5.15pm                                   Choral Evensong

  • 7.30pm                                   There is no Heartsease this week

Friday 24th May

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer 

  • 1.00pm                                    Free Lunchtime Concert in GSM

Sunday 26th May

  • 8.00am                                   BCP Holy Communion

  • 10.00am                                  Choral Eucharist (no children's church)

  • 11.30am                                   University Ramsden Sermon: Revd Dr James Gardom

                                                    "Misunderestimating World Christianity", followed by reception in                                                              Michaelhouse

  • 5.00pm                                   Choral Evensong


Monday 27th May                                       Bank Holiday 

                                                                            No morning prayer or Christian Meditation

                                                                            Church will open at 11am

Tuesday 28th May                                     

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 10.30am                                  No Ark this week (half term)

  • 7.00pm                                   Eric Liddell Service, followed by refreshments in GSM

Wednesday 29th May

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 12.30pm                                  Holy Communion in GSM

Thursday 30th May 

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 10.30am                                  No Chat-Play-Sing (half term)

  • 7.30pm                                    Heartsease in Michaelhouse

Friday 31st May

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer 

  • 1.00pm                                    Free Lunchtime Concert in GSM

Sunday 2nd June

  • 8.00am                                   BCP Holy Communion

  • 10.00am                                  Eucharist and Children's Church TBC

  • 5.00pm                                   Evening Prayer (no Choral Mattins, half term)

Monday 3rd June                                       

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer 

  • 12.30pm                                   Christian Meditation in Michaelhouse, Followed by soup

Tuesday 4th June                                      

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 10.30am                                  The Ark 

Wednesday 5th June 

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 12.30pm                                  Holy Communion in GSM

  • 1.00pm                                    First Wednesday Lunch in Michaelhouse

Thursday 6th June

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer

  • 10.30am                                  Chat-Play-Sing 

  • 5.15pm                                    Choral Evensong

  • 7.30pm                                    Heartsease in Michaelhouse

Friday 7th June

  • 9.00am                                   Morning Prayer 

  • 1.00pm                                    Free Lunchtime Concert in GSM

Saturday 8th June

  • 9.30am                                  Women's breakfast in Michaelhouse 

  • 6.00pm                                  Joint Choral Evensong with Jesus College Choir in Jesus College                                                         Chapel

  • 7.30pm                                   GSM Academy Concert in GSM

Sunday 9th June

  • 8.00am                                   BCP Holy Communion

  • 10.00am                                  Choral Eucharist and Children's Church

  • 5.00pm                                   Songs of Praise Hymn-Singing Service

Coming Up at Great St Mary's
23rd May to 9th 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.

Follow Us

Online @greatstmarys

Whether it's our daily online worship, our weekly newsletter, pictures from the marketplace or more, you'll find plenty on our social media streams @GreatStMarys, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

Be sure to follow us on social media, and help share the good news about what's going on at Great St Mary's, the University Church, Cambridge

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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