Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Links with Other Churches

LSM has forged strong links with a number of other churches near and far.

In 1985 a twinning was inaugurated with the Roman Catholic parish of Notre-Dame des Grâces in the Chant d'Oiseau quarter of Brussels; more information on this church is available on their website. For over twenty years regular exchange visits and joint retreats and discussions took place between our two congregations. Although this formal programme is no longer being pursued, the close ties that have been formed over the years and many warm personal friendships endure.

LSM has also been linked with two Anglo-Catholic parishes: St Mary Magdalen, which occupies a similar niche to ourselves in Oxford, and the well-known church of All Saints Margaret Street near Oxford Circus in London's West End.

For many years we enjoyed a deep ecumenical friendship with our next-door neighbours at Emmanuel United Reformed Church, who historically represented the Congregational tradition within the URC. We regularly shared each other's facilities, and customarily began our observance of Holy Week by gathering at Laundress Green on Palm Sunday for a Gospel reading and distribution of palms before singing a hymn together in procession before continuing worship in our respective buildings. The Emmanuel congregation has now combined with the former St Columba's URC whose historic links are with the Presbyterian tradition, and they worship together as Downing Place URC. We continue to work alongside them as part of Churches Together in Cambridge (see below), while the former premises of Emmanuel are now being converted for use by our neighbours at Pembroke College.

Through the work of LSM Global we both support a number of overseas churches, spread over four continents throughout the world, and are in turn enriched by them.

Finally, we always work closely in various ways with our neighbouring Anglican parishes in the Cambridge South Deanery, and with churches of all denominations across the city through Churches Together in Cambridge and through our joint participation in the Cambridge Churches Homeless Project.

Our contiguous parishes within the Deanery are: