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Our Story 


It was back in the late 1980s that church leaders expressed an enthusiasm to get involved in helping create the new community of Cambourne. By the early 1990s it became clear that this would involve several Christian churches working together. The first homes in Cambourne were built in late 1999 and the church started welcoming new residents through the energetic ministry of Rev. Dr. Carrie Pemberton. The first full time residential minister Rev. Peter Wood was appointed in early 2001. The waiting room of the doctor's surgery (now the dentist's) became the first meeting place. This was a time of dreams and visions. A time to bring your own chair to church and for wellies to cope with all the mud!

The need however for a place for the church and the community to meet was pressing. An old school portacabin was found in the north of the county. It was reconditioned by local residents and became the first community centre for Cambourne opening on Palm Sunday 2002. The Ark quickly became a home to a wide variety of community groups. Although very limited in many respects it opened a good discussion on what was and is church.

Service in the ark

In 2004 the church made public their intention to seek to have a church school in Cambourne. After many discussions in the church and in the community a church school got the green light. The Vine Inter-Church Primary School opened in September 2005 with Debbie Higham as its first Head Teacher .

In that same year the church started using the the Hub Community Centre on Sundays. Whilst this building offered space to grow it was always going to be a staging post until enough funding could be found to begin the construction of a permanent church on land given for such a purpose.

The building, as we currently know it, was completed in November 2009 and serves the community in a variety of ways.  In addition to the religious services which are held in the Church, there is a popular café featuring fairtrade products and letting space for community and church functions alike.

Whilst we have met many goals since the idea of establishing a church in Cambourne was envisioned, a vital quiet chapel has still not been built. Plans are now under way to raise funds to achieve this aim. Peter Wood moved on to become director of mission for Ely Diocese in February 2013 and Matthew Trick was appointed full time minister in January 2014. 

 

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Welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope our website helps you to find out everything you want to know about our Church.
 

When & where does the church meet?

Due to the latest government advice regarding the protection of our community during the Coronavirus pandemic we have taken the unprecedented and sad, but necessary, decision to suspend all church gatherings including home groups and Sunday Worship until further notice.

Please look at our Facebook page and this website for further details about how we will be walking together at this difficult time.


Sunday morning services are normally held at 9.30am & 11.00am; the 9.30am service is more traditional and reflective, while the 11.00am service is more contemporary with activities offered for children and young people. Communion is celebrated on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. We all meet together at 10.00am during the month of August. On the fourth Sunday of the month at 7pm there is an informal service called Encounter. 

We meet at:

Jeavons Lane
Cambourne
Cambs
CB23 6AF


You can see a map on our contact us page

There is limited parking available on the site.
 

What should I expect when I visit the church?

You will receive a very warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team who will be able to answer your questions and direct you to where you need to go. There will be some singing to start with as well as some prayers and a reading from the bible. There will be a talk (some reflections) from one of the leaders of the church, with a chance to discuss it further at the end of the service. 

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the service where there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.
 

What is there for children and young people at church?

We have a fantastic programme for the children and young people at the Church for ages 0–18. Children and young people stay with their families at the start of the service as we worship (sing songs!) together for the first part of the morning. Someone will announce when the children and young people need to go to their programme. We have young church for those from 0 - Yr 6 and a youth group called Xtreme for our young people in years 7-11. 

For more information about what happens in the children's and youth work please visit the relevant age group section under church life.
 

Is there a dress code?

No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.
 

Will I have to join in?

Not at all!
You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.
 

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Please feel free to contact us. If you want to know who works in the church office, check out our Staff and Leadership page.