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OUR HISTORY

The church is situated on a site developed during the Roman occupation.

Joseph Reynolds first held open-air Methodist services at Castle End in 1820. A cottage on the St Peter’s Street end of the present site was later acquired by the Primitive Methodists. This was adapted as a chapel and the building enlarged by cutting through the floor, creating a gallery.

The first chapel was built in 1823. The church building appears to have been rebuilt in about 1841 and again in 1863. Foundations from the 1863 chapel form part of the foundations of our present building and the 1863 foundation stone is set in the wall of the Aldersgate Room.

The current building, which was designed by Augustus Scott, has Grade II Listed status and was built in 1914 when it was felt that a larger chapel was needed. The building underwent major refurbishment in 2010 to improve our accessibility and facilities.

The church building has two sections, joined by a glass fronted entrance. The worship area can seat about 120 people and houses the Binns pipe organ. The organ was built by James Jepson Binns of Leeds. It was installed in 1929 and was one of the last organs built by JJ Binns before his death that year.

Methodist Connexions

Castle Street is part of the Cambridge Circuit (www.cambridgemethodist.org.uk) which is part of the East Anglia District (www.eangliamethodist.org.uk) which belongs to the Methodist Church of Great Britain (www.methodist.org.uk).  

Regular Activities

Coffee mornings 

All are welcome to our community coffee mornings, which are held on Wednesday morning from 10:30am-12pm. Donations for the filter coffee, tea, cakes are welcomed to support various charities.

Strength and Balance 

Forever Active, run our weekly Strength and Balance for the over 60s ever Wednesday right after our coffee morning 12-1pm.  Each session costs £3 and all abilities and agilities are welcome. 

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What's so special about Castle Street?

Lovely to share in a joint service with our Histon friends. To see the church so full was lovely!

Joy

Local Preacher

The church was so caring and helpful towards my elderly parents in their final years. I no longer live in Cambridge but am very pleased to still be in contact with Castle St people. This is a church I shall never forget.

Janet

Former member

Castle Street MC is a smashing place because it genuinely tries to be an inclusive, welcoming, non-judgemental fellowship which lacks pomposity and any hint of status.

It may occupy a Grade II listed building  but it isn’t precious about bricks and mortar; it wants to share its facilities with the local, gathered community which it serves.

Mike

Member