Church Life


away day

Once a year we gather away from the church building for a whole day to relax, share and enjoy being Emmanuel together with opportunities to walk, talk, sit, explore, make, be and worship as a community. The programme is varied with a choice of groups to join, and we also share lunch and tea.



Emmanuel may offer from time to time two Bursaries, a Mission Bursary, and either an Organ Scholarship or a Music Scholarship.

The Awards are administered by the John Hall Fund Committee at Emmanuel. John Hall was a well liked and respected member of Emmanuel. He left money to Emmanuel in his will and fund raising efforts by church members added to the sum. The total sum has been invested and the interest is used to fund all three bursaries. All were developed and chosen by Emmanuel members to reflect John’s interests and Emmanuel’s mission.

The Mission Bursary is is to enable an individual to experience and reflect on Christian Mission in a contemporary context and covers travel costs, board and lodging and pocket money during the appointment, which lasts for maximum of three months. Provision can be made for an individual to travel to Cambridge, or to travel elsewhere to take up the award. There have been five appointments since 1995. Those who have benefitted have come from Madagascar, from Germany, from South Africa and from Zimbabwe to Emmanuel URC, and recently from Emmanuel URC to Southern Africa. Most recently, a Bursary was given to a Minister of the Hungarian Reformed Church enabling him to spend three months in Cambridge from September to December 2014.

An Organ Scholarship may be offered to organists who wish to improve their skills, or to pianists who wish to learn to play the organ. Emmanuel has a fine Willis organ, restored in 1992 with a mechanical action. The Fund pays for lessons with a Cambridge based teacher. The organ scholar plays in services during term time at the discretion of the organist and is encouraged to play a recital each term. There have been six Organ Scholars so far, two of whom were pianists interested in playing the organ.


Music Scholarship is a recent addition to the scheme, which may be offered instead of the Organ Scholarship, and is designed to make the benefits of the organ scholarship available to musicians such as singers, instrumentalists or composers. The details of each scholarship will depend on the specialty of the scholar. The fund will pay for lessons, for music or an approved course of study in relation to church music as appropriate. As with the Organ Scholarship, Music Scholars will be encouraged to play for services and to give a short recital each term. There has been one Music Scholar.

Mission Bursaries, Organ Scholarships and Music Scholarships are awarded from time to time.

If you are interested in any of the bursaries you are welcome to contact the Minister, the Organist or the John Hall Fund Convenor for further discussions. The Church Office, or 01223 351174, has details and can supply application forms.


cchpThe Cambridge Churches Homelessness Project runs throughout the Winter across seven churches. Each church takes turns to provide a friendly welcome, a hot supper and a safe place to sleep for guests referred to us by Jimmy’s and other city organisations. Volunteers from various churches act as hosts each night and are joined by a team of support workers who offer pastoral care and links to further help for those of our guests who need it.

This is immensely rewarding work which is becoming increasingly vital in our city as the numbers of people living on our streets grows from year to year.

On the first Sunday of each month, throughout the year, there is an opportunity for members of the congregation to donate non-perishable goods to the Cambridge Food Bank.

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Ferried Friends offers a monthly social morning with transport provided for folk who might struggle to get out and about on their own. Mostly meeting in people’s homes, occasional visits to Langdon House occur, where one member lives. The mornings are fed by coffee and conversation, with a short prayer to end.



These opportunities in local homes, to gather around God’s word, are a regular established feature of congregational life. As we look at scripture, and examine what scholars offer to assist thinking, we share experiences and ideas. We explore our faith and Christian living.  We draw closer in companionship and mutual support.  Groups meet in different areas and are held in collaboration with our neighbouring United Reformed Church, St Columba’s.

Recent topics, usually covering five sessions, have tackled ‘The Meaning of Jesus’ in which Marcus Borg and Tom Wright offered differing perspectives. This proved very engaging as we were drawn to first one and then the other with our own ideas happily in the mix. Thirty two members of congregation in either daytime or evening groups joined together.

‘Meeting God in Mark’ by Rowan Williams was chosen next. As Mark is the guiding gospel in the lectionary for 2015 this proved useful, interesting and most importantly successful. The material led to meetings based on ‘The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem’ by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg.  One other happy outcome was the planning of an entire reading aloud of Mark’s gospel, for the beginning of Lent 2015, in Westminster College Chapel.

The most recent choice has been a selection from ‘Chapter and Verse’ for the United Reformed Church Reform magazine.


knit cafe

The majority of Knit Café members are from the locality and they knit or crochet for people less fortunate than themselves, e.g. poverty stricken areas overseas such as Zimbabwe and Kosovo, the Premature Baby Unit at the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge, Care Homes and for others in need.

The group meet every Thursday afternoon between 1.30 and 3.30p.m. Needles and yarn are provided and it is a very sociable and industrious time.

Contact the church office for further information.


singing house group

Meeting twice monthly through the year, we gather for worship, prayer and fellowship, singing choruses and songs to the accompaniment of guitar, flute and piano. Our meetings include a Bible reading, with opportunity for brief discussion, which often inspires the selection of songs sung.



Traidcraft goods are on sale after morning worship on Sundays.

This is Traidcraft’s 37th year and at Emmanuel we have been selling their goods for nearly all this time. On the stall we stock stationery, including Christmas cards in season, and foods, including many sweets and goods for home cooking.  We can also supply orders for gifts and crafts – why not call by and pick up a catalogue, or search the Traidcraft website on

This is the Traidcraft vision:
’A world freed from the scandal of poverty,
where trade is just and people can flourish.’
and this is our mission:
’We fight poverty through trade,
practising and promoting approaches
to trade that help poor people in
developing countries transform their lives.’

Contact: Lorraine Thornton

Selling all manner of great ‘Fair Trade’ goods at reasonable prices, in support of


The Tuesday fellowship meets in the chapel at the Cherry Hinton Road premises every Tuesday afternoon from 2.30 to 3.30. All are welcome and meetings are attended by members of both the Cherry Hinton Road and the Trumpington Street congregations, as well as others. There is a very varied programme of speakers and activities which take place as part of a service of readings and hymns. The fellowship aims to offer friendship and stimulation to all who attend the group.