Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Getting involved

There are many different ways to get involved:

  • Discipleship — each Advent and Lent there are groups to help deepen our faith. There are monthly Groups as well. There are Confirmation and Refresher courses offered every year for those new or returning to the Faith. Please contact the Vicar for more information or see the Study page of this website.
  • Prayer Groups — there are monthly prayer groups that meet to pray for the sick and to engage in Lectio Divina (meditative reading of the Bible) and Ignatian contemplation (imaginative prayer using Gospel stories). 
  • Altar Serving — we welcome new people to serve at the altar.  It  is a wonderful privilege to be so close to the celebration of the Christian mysteries and to help others in their worship.  To find out more, ask Bill de Quick (01223 313658), our Sacristan and Head Server.
  • The Choir — the choir always welcomes new singers.  Look at the Music section of this website for more information.
  • The Mothers' Union — the group holds monthly prayer meetings followed by refreshments, usually at 10.30am on the last Thursday of the month in the Lady Chapel. For further information please contact Jo Wibberley (01223 248728).
  • Forum Lunch Club — for sufferers from dementia and their carers. 11.30am–2.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month, except August (check the latest Newsletter for any variation). Cooks and helpers are welcomed (full training will be given!) Contact Bob DeWolf (01223 510725).

Social Responsibility

But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love or God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and truth — 1 John 3.17-18

The parish's Social Responsibility Group meets regularly to pray and to organise support for the various charities and projects that the parish assists, including lunches for sufferers from dementia and their carers, and the provision of supper, company and a bed for the night for the homeless in winter. The projects we support, both financially and with personal involvement, include:

  • Cambridge Central Aid Society helps vulnerable local individuals and famiies in crisis with small grants for basic necessities like food, clothing and household equipment.  It relies on the generosity of the local community for its funding, and welcomes donations.
  • Cambridge Churches Homeless Project (Hope Cambridge) offers emergency accommodation and hot suppers to homeless people during the winter months from December to February. Volunteers are needed for a number of activities, and training is given each November to cover the approaching season. Donations towards the cost of hospitality are welcome.
  • Cambridge City Foodbank helps local people in crisis, offering three-day emergency food packs and other kinds of support and advice. Donations of food or money are welcomed; the website lists foods that are currently needed.
  • Camtrust is a local charity specialising in lifelong learning for adults with disabilities or learning difficulties.  It works to encourage independence and social interaction.  Committed volunteers and donations are welcome.
  • The Friends of Fulbourn Hospital support the care, welfare and recovery of sufferes from mental illlness, including the Forum Lunch Club which meets monthly at LSM (usually on the second Tuesday in each month) for the benefit of older people who have mental health problems or may be experiencing isolation; Volunteers cook for our visitors, entertain them and share a meal.
  • Jimmy's Nightshelter provides full-time emergency accommodation and supported housing for people in Cambridge who would otherwise be homeless or vulnerably housed.  It relies on the support of volunteers and donors to fund these services.
  • The Medaille Trust provides safe homes and support for all victims of human trafficking. Donations and voluntary help are welcomed
  • The Whitworth Trust supports vulnerable homeless women and abuse victims in Cambridge, including those resident at Whitworth House, a hostel for ages 16-25. If you would like to know more please contact Ruth Jackson Ravenscroft.

Please contact Mary Ward for more information on any of these activities.

Overseas mission — the LSM Global page offers information about how you can support our overseas mission links.

The parish also has groups who help with social events, the maintenance of the building, fundraising, IT and more.  The Churchwardens will be delighted to hear from you if you want to become more involved.