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 28th November, Advent Sunday

10am Parish Communion for Start of Advent

Rev James Shakespeare presiding and Canon Kate Aylmer preaching.


Live-stream of service: 


Advent wreath making for children in the Children's Area.


6pm Advent Carol Service 

Rev James Shakespeare leading, and Homerton College's Charter Choir singing.

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.

COP 26: What next?

Climate Panel St John the Evangelist, Hills Road, Cambridge. 3 December, 7-8pm


The next event in St John the Evangelist’s Climate Change programme is a panel discussion with three experts to explain the implications of COP26 and what we can expect from it.


The Panel brings together expertise on international climate change negotiations from Dr Joanna Depledge, on climate change strategy, the reform of energy markets from Professor Michael Grubb, and an insight into the relationship between climate change and poverty in the Global South from Robin Greenwood. Each analyst will give their own perspective and then the floor will be opened to questions. Further information about the panellists can be found here.


Wine and other refreshments available from 6.30pm

Cello Recital

Join us for a wonderful evening of music performed by Georgia Morse. Georgia is a highly accomplished cello player with experience of playing in Italy and the UK. We are very happy to welcome Georgia to St John's and look forward to welcoming you too.

Christmas Carols on the River - Press Release

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire - 5 December 2021 - In collaboration with the Choir from St John the Evangelist,  Let’s Go Punting and the Traditional Punting Company will be taking bookings from the 2nd of November for their Annual Charity Christmas Carol event; Christmas Carols on the River. This year, the event is in aid of Blue Smile.


The choir from St John the Evangelist Church will be singing everyone's favourite Christmas Carols whilst gliding along the River Cam on a Chauffeured Punt at 2:15pm on Sunday, 5 December 2021. Join the choir for an hour-long festive experience along the College backs with warm blankets and Christmas Lights.

Christmas is the time for love and joy; and most importantly, the time to support those who are in need. By purchasing tickets for the event, you’ll be supporting Blue Smile, a service that assists in transforming children’s mental health and life chances across Cambridgeshire.


Tickets can be purchased online and over the phone. Both shared and private chauffeured punts are available. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to Blue Smile.


Trust us; this won’t be a ‘Silent Night’!For more information, please visit or

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

Phone 01223 643887 to hear the latest sermon from St John's. 


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.