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Our churches

St. Augustine’s Church, Richmond Rd

St. Augustine's, which was originally an infants’ school, is very much at the heart of its surrounding community. It is a centre of worship which is also used as a meeting place for a wide variety of groups. The monthly Community Lunch Club provides a two course meal and good company at Sunday lunchtimes for only a minimal charge. A group meets in the church every Friday evening to read, discuss and be challenged by various books of the Bible. There is also a long tradition of good music at St Augustine's both within its worship and through the variety of musical events held there. A regular series of evening talks covers such subjects as understanding Islam, art history and the poetics of sculpture.

St. Giles’ Church, Castle Hill

Some parts of St Giles’ date back to 1092. The worship is liberal catholic, in the Anglican Church tradition. Our parish office is based there. Open most mornings, the church is a quiet city-centre space for prayer and meditation. At other times it welcomes people in for the musical events, concerts, conferences, celebrations, commemorations and children's holiday clubs that take place. The garden is variously used for raucous fun days, garden parties and picnics. Please feel free to enjoy this space to eat your lunch if you're working or passing nearby. Our local schools enjoy worship events and educational visits during term time.

On most mornings a minister is available to speak with you if you'd like to drop in for any reason.

St. Luke’s Church, Victoria Road

St. Luke’s Church is a local ecumenical partnership between the United Reformed Church and the Church of England. Sunday morning worship, at 10.30 a.m., incorporates traditions of each denomination. There is an evening service in the tradition of the Iona Community on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 8.00 p.m.

The halls and church rooms, called St. Luke’s Church Centre, make an excellent venue for a variety of groups and activities.

On the wall as you enter the church you will find the following statement, put together by the church family.

‘Everyone is welcome here. We aim to be an inclusive community proclaiming Christ's gospel of love. We will strive to make this a place where anyone can explore the possibility of faith. We celebrate the traditions of both Anglican and United Reformed churches. We offer St Luke’s as a special resource for the neighbour-hood, at the same time recognising that the heart of the building is a place of worship and prayer for everyone.

Together we affirm our strong commitment to work with people of other denominations and those of other world faiths.’

St. Peter's Church, Castle Street

St Peter’s Church is located just across the road from St. Giles’ Church. Christians have been worshipping here for well over a thousand years. Care of the church is shared with The Churches Conservation Trust and Kettle's Yard Gallery. The building is open as a place of quiet prayer and sometimes used for exhibitions. Throughout the year special festivals are celebrated at St. Peter’s, and it is a quiet, sacred space for us all to use.

Castle St. Methodist Church

Castle Street Methodist Church is a living and lively church with a congregation that spans the whole age range from small babies to 100 years. It is an inclusive congregation – young and old; single, married or divorced; people of every race, language, sexual persuasion can all feel at home. At Castle Street you can be sure that you would arrive as a stranger and depart as a valued friend.

There has been a church here since St Peter’s Street Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1823. Castle Street Methodist Church is now part of the Cambridge Methodist Circuit, part of the East Anglia District of the Methodist Church. The present building is the fourth on the site and dates from 1914; it acquired Grade II Listed status in 2003. Major renovations were undertaken during 2010, including new entrances, new kitchen and toilet facilities, improved meeting rooms, and a refurbished pipe organ.

Morning Worship, including both All Age Worship and Holy Communion once a month, takes place at 10.45am each Sunday. Evening Worship at 6.30pm is always shared with nearby Castle End Mission, the location of the service alternating between the two venues.

On Wednesday mornings a prayer meeting at 10am is followed at 10.30am by the popular weekly coffee morning until noon, and then a “Forever Active” strength and balance exercise class. Castle Street Tots meets on Thursday mornings. Other events are held on a regular basis, and the church has a keen interest in missions and social responsibility. All are welcome to come along to any event.

You can find out more on our website.

Parish history

If you are interested in finding out more about the history of the churches and the burial grounds you can find it on the History of churches and burial grounds page. There is also information held in the Cambridge Archives at Shire Hall and in the Cambridgeshire Collection at the Central Library.

Family History Research

If you are researching an ancestor the best place to start is the Cambridge County Records Office.