History – Cambourne Church

Cambourne Church

From humble beginnings, the worshipping community of Catholics in Cambourne has grown to over a hundred and fifty people who meet each week on Saturday evenings, at 5pm, to celebrate Mass together at the shared church building in Cambourne.

Cambourne was initially going to be named Monkfield after the name of the original farm which was built on the site of a Benedictine monastery.

The Church of England, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church of Great Britain, and the United Reformed Church work together as a Local Ecumenical Partnership. After the lively ministry of Rev. Carrie Pemberton, Peter Woo was appointed in 2001 as first full-time residential minister. Cambourne Church has a team of paid staff, including a youth worker and administrators.

The waiting room of the doctor’s surgery (now the dentists) became the first meeting place in a muddy building site of a place to which you brought your own chair.

Before funds to build the permanent Church Centre were raised, an old Portacabin classroom was reconditioned by local residents and placed on the opposite the planned Church site. It became the first community building available for Cambourne residents, opening as The Ark on Palm Sunday 2002. This quickly became a home to a wide variety of community groups as well as the site for weekly Catholic Mass. Mgr Tony Rogers, Fr Richard Healy and Fr Rafael Esteban courageously came out to a very small congregation from 2001.

Bishop Michael celebrates Mass in Cambourne

Bishop Michael celebrates Mass in Cambourne

In 2004 there were barely 20 people attending. With the introduction of First Holy Communion Preparation to a small group of seven children the community began to blossom.

By 2008 we were bursting at the seams and happily moved to the Vine Interchurch School, built in 2005, for our weekly Mass. The Roman Catholic Church is not part of the Vine, but we have excellent relations with the Headteacher Debbie Higham, who is very keen to have Catholic governors on board.

Phase one of Church building was officially opened on 13 July 2010. The building has a tall barn-like design, aiming to be accessible, welcoming and environmentally sustainable. With only the first phase completed the main hall accommodates up to 150 people.