Who are we?

Those of us gathering as part of our various new communities in the Northstowe Church Network come from all Christian traditions as well as those new to Christianity: together we are pilgrims on a journey, asking questions and exploring the connections we find between everyday life and our spirituality and faith. At the heart of all this is a recognition that we are seeking to follow The Pathfinder, Jesus Christ.

The Northstowe Church Network is a local ecumenical partnership of the Church of England, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and the United Reformed Church., working closely with the other Christian traditions involved in the Cambridgeshire Ecumenical Council. What unites us is much stronger than our denominational backgrounds: it is a rooted, growing, and transforming faith based on an encounter with the ancient and eternal God who still changes lives today. Our vision is to be people who are praying, exploring and sharing

Our first community, Pathfinder Church, is committed to working in a close partnership with The Pathfinder Church of England Primary School. We meet regularly for intergenerational worship on Sunday afternoons in the school, equipping us to live out our faith throughout the week. 

Little Explorers (time for you, your child, and God) and the Compline Community are also developing as part of our network.

One strand of our identity is being part of the Church of England, living out a commitment to be “a visible Christian presence in every community".   So we delight in being able to offer Life Event services (weddings, christenings, funerals), both here in Northstowe and in our Parish Church in Longstanton, to all those who live in Northstowe.


- Everything we do is grounded in prayer -- recognising that the God who made us and loves us is intimately concerned with the practical realities of our day to day life. Prayer looks different for many people -- why not come and try out a few ways and see what works for you?


- We're not following a 'blue print' for how to "start a church". We're exploring together -- listening to and working with people as they move into Northstowe, as well as listening to and responding to the wisdom of the Christian tradition.


 - And we know that we can't do any of this alone. We're here to work together, to bless each other, to learn from each other, sharing this adventure. Why not join us!

Safeguarding Matters:

The Northstowe Church Network  is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Safeguarding Officer.  If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.... [continue reading]

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Want to know more?

Talk to our Pioneer Minister
Revd Dr Beth Cope
Church House, 6 Woodpecker Close
CB24 1AW
01954 261181


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Community Partnerships

Our commitment to exploring and sharing has found us partnering to help build community amongst those of all religious an non-religious beliefs.  You’ll find us working with groups including Northstowe Arts, Northstowe Running Festival, the Town Council, Sustainable Northstowe,  the Foodbank or partnering widely for events at Christmas or Remembrance. We are also part of the Northstowe Faith Strategy Group. We can often be found supporting  Friends of Pathfinder Primary School, as well as running clubs and activities in partnership with both the primary and secondary school.

Fancy a half-termly afternoon tea with a little bit extra?

Bring the whole family to eat together and have fun, with the option to join in with various activities including a short act of worship in a ‘chapel space’. Something for everyone, no matter your faith. Check social media for more

Join community Litter Picks

THANK YOU to everone who joined us, Northstowe Scouting, Sustainable Northstowe and the Northstowe Hub Cafe for a day of community litter picking at the  Spring Clean in Green on St Patrick's Day, 17th March 2024, 11pm
NEXT LITTER PICK: Saturday 15th June as part of Great Big Green Week

Supporting young people of all faiths, cultures, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds: The Northstowe Youth Hive.

Working with local volunteers, we have helped set up, and are now a member organization, of the Northstowe Youth Hive. Beth is currently the chair. READ MORE on Beth's Blog.
The Hive are very grateful to the support of bpha and Church Schools of Cambridge to have brought in the Connections Bus Project while Northstowe was between Community Centres. Now, we are delighted to be partnering with Romsey Mill - in particular with Emma Whitbread, Northstowe's Youth Development Officer - and Northstowe Hub to relaunch the weekly Youth Drop In at Northstowe Hub Cafe (Wednesdays 3.30-5pm). With more youth activities coming soon...  youth@northstowe.info @northstowe_youth

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Faith-based Activities

We're growing new missional and worshiping communities to shape the context of our growing new town. 
Read all about Little Explorers, Pathfinder Church, and the Compline Community...

But we're also much more than the sum of our parts! We're an ecumenical network bringing together the rich traditions of the Church of England, United Reformed Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain. And, as an network, we love to meet throughout the week, praying, exploring, and praying. As well as coming together for special events like out Afternoon Teas.

 Church  - but perhaps not as you know it!


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How are we governed? The new Northstowe Church Network is Charitable Incorporated Organization. It is a local ecumenical partnership of the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and the The Church of England with active support from other denominations involved in Churches Together in Cambridge. .  It incorporates Pathfinder Church.  Rev Dr Beth Cope is the lead minister working closely with Revd Stephen Dove and our church council... [continue reading]
Want to support our work? Pathfinder Church Northstowe, our first church community, is registered with the Parish Giving Scheme and as such a regular Direct Debit can be set up online.. [continue reading]
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