St John the Evangelist Church

and the St John's Centre


St John the Evangelist is a warm, welcoming & vibrant Church of England parish church in the South of Cambridge.


Our church has a strong community feel, and our congregations reflect a diverse variety of ages, backgrounds & cultures. We offer a warm welcome to all who would like to join us on our journey of faith, or participate in any of our community activities, via the St John's Centre. We welcome students, visitors, friends and a wide range of partners from Homerton College, Queen Edith's Forum and Addenbrooke's Hospital, to name but a few of our local institutions.


This website is designed to give you a feel for life at St John's; both the church, the parish and the St John's Community Centre. Please do explore and if you are looking for a church, or if you need support, please come along and say "Hello". We always welcome enquiries about baptisms, weddings and other celebrations, and our clergy & ministry team are available for advice, counsel, pastoral support, or to answer any questions.


We hope that you can find everything you need on our website, but if there's anything you can't find, or if you would like to sign up for our regular weekly St John's e-news, then please do email James. The Rev James Shakespeare, Vicar.

Services for Sunday 16th January - 2nd Sunday of Epiphany

10am Parish Communion

Rev Dr Muthuraj Swamy presiding and Rev Ceri Payne preaching.


Live-stream of service:


6pm Evensong

Rev Ceri Payne leading and Rev James Shakespeare preaching.


Children's activities available in the children's area during the service.



Reflections for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

Below are some reflections for the season of Advent & Epiphany written by members of the ministry team and our Ordinands. We hope you enjoy them. content is not displayed due to your current cookie settings. Click on the cookie policy (functional and marketing) to agree to the cookie policy and view the content. You can find out more about this in the privacy policy.

Chamber Choir Concert - January 29th

St John’s is delighted to announce our next Concert,  Amours: the Erasmus Chamber Choir, directed by Roger Lilley, on Saturday 29th January at 7pm.


“The Erasmus Chamber Choir performs a programme of French chansons and English madrigals of love (courtly and otherwise) including well-known favourites as well as rarely performed works. Free entry, retiring collection. All welcome.”

Bishop Desmond Tutu

All at St John's were saddened to hear of the passing of Bishop Desmond Tutu. Our Vicar James reflects here on his time spent with the Bishop.

"When I was at Cape Town Cathedral in 1998, as a theological student, Bishop Tutu presided at Communion every Friday at 7am. I served. In the eucharistic prayers he moved seamlessly between English, Xhosa & Africaans. After, we always shared breakfast in a local Cafe - his humour was irrepressible! Later I witnessed a "Truth and Reconciliation" hearing - he could only do what he did rooted in deep prayer & humanity, bringing out the best in people. We also felt his influence in township parishes, where Desmond was deeply revered; "voice of the voiceless". (Photo, U.S.P.G., 1999)


'Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world' - Bishop Tutu


'We are made for loving. If we don't love we are like plants without water' - Bishop Tutu


May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Follow this link to access the full range of resources offered by us here at St John's Hills Road.

For resources and information from the national Church of England website, follow this link. 

 Both Ely Diocese and the Ely Cathedral are also offering a number of resources for home worship.  

St John's and the Community Response

We are working closely with community partners to provide support and information to local residents.


Please follow the link to the Queen Edith's Community Forum for regular advice and up-dates, including information about the 'Happy to Help' scheme.


The Helpline no. is 01223 641012.

If you have news, reflections or reminiscences about life in our parish please send them to Roger Lilley to consider adding to our web site. An increasing amount of information about our parish, Queen Edith's ward, and Cambridge city in general can now be found on the Capturing Cambridge website.