Our vision is captured as...
”The gospel to Cambridge, and gospel workers to the world”
Gospel to Cambridge
We long for people in our city to hear the momentous news of peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ and to find faith in him. We seek to make this known, and also, as a church, to grow in our knowledge of Christ, that we may live usefully and joyfully for him.
Gospel workers to the world
Our particular location, in the middle of a city in which many are here for a few years before moving on, gives us an unusual opportunity to serve other churches and the work of Christ all over the world. We try to provide faithful and excellent Bible teaching and training so that many people will be built up in their Christian faith. Our hope is that they will then use their particular gifts to serve Christ’s people and help others hear about him – both across the UK and all over the world.
To achieve this, with God's help, we have the following commitments...
For over 800 years our congregation met at the Round Church, half a mile north of St Andrew the Great. From the middle years of the twentieth century onwards, God caused the church to grow, with a strong emphasis on Bible teaching ministry, both to students and year-round Cambridge residents.
By the early 1990s pressure of numbers was such that the congregation could no longer fit in the Round Church, and in 1994 we moved to St Andrew the Great (previously a derelict building), after a huge refurbishment programme. Ever since then, we’ve called ourselves “The Round Church at St Andrew the Great” (though “StAG” is less of a mouthful!). The Round Church remains our building, used by us occasionally, and leased to our friends at Christian Heritage, who run an exhibition and training courses. Since then, we have also been involved in various church growth and planting initiatives. We have also grown as an international church, reflecting the diversity of our universities and city.
In God’s kindness we enjoy informal links with many churches all over the world through many former members serving in them.
We are part of the Church of England, Diocese of Ely, and since 2016 we have had additional oversight from the Bishop of Maidstone. We are also, along with many churches in our local area, part of the East Anglia Gospel Partnership.