Great St Mary's Church (Church of England), Cambridge

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Great St Mary’s has maintained its witness to the faith of Christ for many centuries. It has carried out this mission in many ways as a parish church in the diocese of Ely, as the Church of the University of Cambridge, as a place of prayer and celebration for all the citizens of Cambridge.

Great St Mary's is a community which worships on Sundays and through the week, with a strong musical tradition and a lively programme of activities for all ages including special activities for children. A wide variety of preachers are invited to services and special events.

The church is also a centre of civic services and events, concerts and exhibitions. For information on how to get baptised, or married at Great St Mary’s, please visit our website.

Great St Mary's has the only ring of twelve bells in the county, on which the ‘Westminister chimes’ of Big Ben were composed and first rung. The pulpit is on rails so that it can be moved to a central position for major sermons and the church has two organs.

The parish is known as St Mary the Great with St Michael, Cambridge, and we also worship in the chapel of the Michaelhouse Centre in the historic St Michael’s Church just 50 yards along Trinity Street.
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  • Extremely helpful and welcoming. Tower visits were on, but we decided against as a very windy cold day. 
    Extremely helpful and welcoming. Tower visits were on, but we decided against as a very windy cold day.  more »
  • Excellent 360 degree views of the city. The tower overlooks the market on one side and Kings College Chapel the other. £16 for a family ticket to climb the 123 steps to the top. The church is free to....  more
    Excellent 360 degree views of the city. The tower overlooks the market on one side and Kings College Chapel the other. £16 for a family ticket to climb the 123 steps to the top. The church is free to....  more »
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  • Beautiful church, moving sermon from preacher, great organist, but I did not particularly appreciate the way I was treated by some members of the staff during a Sunday church service some weeks ago. I wished to attend the church service that day as I was raised in the Episcopal Church in the states and was eager to experience the same welcoming atmosphere and brotherhood in Christ, however as I stood in line that day and entered slowly, quietly, and respectfully and moved towards the nearest pew, I was stopped by a member of staff (an older man) who stared me down and stood in my way. I did not know what I had done wrong so I asked him quietly if I was allowed to take a seat and join the service, and was not given a response. Just as the situation was becoming quite awkward he then motioned to another member of staff (a lady) to take his place to physically block me from entering further. I noticed that they were letting other people through to attend the service, but not me, and I'll admit I grew frustrated and left. Perhaps I had entered through the wrong door? In any case, I just don't believe it's right to treat people this way in church regardless of whether or not they're newcomers to the congregation. If not for that unpleasant interaction I think I would have liked the place.
  • I sing in the choir, and it is an amazing place where you are mesmerized by the beauty of the church, and it's age just calms you down as if saying: "hello, calm down. i know you had a bad day, but i can assure you that the world has not ended. just sing, and it will be fine" (PS the singing of the choir is wonderful, i recommend!)

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