Cambourne is a new town a few miles west of Cambridge, where the Baptist Union, Church of England, Methodists, and the United Reformed Church worked together to form a local ecumenical partnership called Cambourne Church, celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year.
Bill Miller, a Baptist, was inducted as their minister last September, leading a team which engages with the community through various ministries including youth work, children and families work, a church school (see photo), a parish nurse, foodbank co-ordination and a coffee house, along with midweek activities which encourage discipleship and growth within the church family.
People are beginning to meet in person again in small gatherings and services, but the limited capacity of the building while practising social distancing means that online gatherings on Sundays remain necessary. The ‘Sunday Different’ services on YouTube include sung worship led by the church’s own musicians as well as prayers, readings and reflections from Bill and others.
During challenging times the church has continued to be a source of support for their growing community, whether through recognised organisations or through individual contact.