Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Please note this important information about our services, both in church and online.

If you are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable you are strongly advised to stay at home at the present time, as recommended by current government guidelines. You can still follow our regular streamed services via our Facebook page, and there are links below to a variety of other resources for prayer and worship from home.

Foodbank donations

Donations for the Foodbank are still welcomed at this time if they can be brought to church, or taken directly to foodbank collection points such as those at many supermarkets. Current requirements include longlife milk and fruit juice, 500ml cooking oil, laundry liquids, tinned fish, meat and vegetables, bottled sauces and nappies (size 4 or 5) and Bags for Life. Please note that baked beans and pasta are no longer required!

Services — join us either in church or online

The church is open daily for both for public worship and private prayer. On Sundays there are now two public Masses. a short Low Mass at 8am and the High Mass at 10.30am, the latter streamed live via our Facebook channel (see the icon at the lower right of every page of this site) and also available to watch later. You do not need a Facebook account or to log in to see these broadcasts. Evensong & Benediction at 6pm on Sundays and Sung Masses on Saints' Days and festivals (usually at 7pm) are also live streamed.

Each Sunday's liturgy is repeated on the following Wednesday at 7pm, which will be a Mass where social distancing is in place and there is no singing, to provide a safe space for those who are vulnerable. But this will not take place on occasions when there is a festal sung Mass or in Holy Week.

During the week we continue our usual pattern of public services as below. We have carried out a full risk assessment in accordance with the latest advice from the Church of England and guidance from the Health & Safety Executive, and our arrangements are kept under constant review with the latest version available via the link in this paragraph.

The church is also open for private prayer throughout the day.

Daily Masses are at the following times:

  • Monday & Friday 12.30pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday 7.45am
  • Wednesday 10am and socially distanced at 7pm
  • Saturday 10am

Morning Prayer is offered from Monday to Thursday at 8.20am.
Evening Prayer is said daily except Friday, at 6pm.

Advance booking for services is not now required, but worshippers are asked to leave contact details on arrival or check in using the NHS Covid-19 App. Hand sanitiser is provided at the entrance to church and you are encouraged to use this. Hand washing facilities are also available on request. 

While it is no longer legally required to wear a mask in church we strongly encourage members of the congregation to do so, not least as an encouragement to others to feel safe to return to public worship.  Thank you for your solidarity.

Holy Communion is now again being offered in both kinds, but there is no compulsion to receive both species and each is sacramentally complete in itself. If you wish to receive the consecrated Bread only, simply return to your place after receiving.  If you wish to receive the Chalice remain at the altar rail. 

Resources

You can offer Morning and Evening Prayer daily using the readings given below: