LISTENING, LEARNING, TRANSFORMING
Welcome to the web site of St John the Evangelist, an Anglican church, located on Hills Road to the south of the City of Cambridge. If you visit us, you find a congregation of people who aim to serve God in our lives and our worship, and a community that aims to make everyone feel at home.
St John's is a church with a real parish feel whose members are drawn from all age ranges and a variety of traditions. Those of us who worship at St John's appreciate this rich diversity. Our range of activities reflects this, from the Toddler group to Companions, Children's Church, Youth Group, choir, and study groups.
This web site is designed to give you a feel for life at St John's. Please explore! And if you are looking for a church, please come along and say "Hello". We welcome enquiries about christenings, weddings and other celebrations. The clergy are available for advice, counsel or spiritual direction, or to answer any questions.
If you have news, reflections or reminiscences about life in our parish please send them to Roger to consider adding to out 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.
Lent is fast approaching, and begins on Ash Wednesday (6th March).
On Ash Wednesday we have two services, at 10am & 7.30pm (with Homerton Charter Choir).
Lent study groups are also about to start and will be using Your Call – the Ely Diocesan Lent Course. Contact James or Chris to sign up.
Compline will also be offered at 8.30pm on Thursdays in Lent.
And finally, on Saturday 9th March we have our next Messy Church: Messy Lent, running from 3-5pm.
Our annual parochial church meeting will take place after morning service on Sunday 24th of March. At this meeting reports of the church's activities during 2018 will be reviewed and new officers elected. The reports can be found by following this link.
After several years of planning & fundraising work will begin on site on Monday 25th February and last for about twenty weeks. Many thanks to all who have given their time and money to enable us to get so far.
Some plans of the project can be found by following this link - EOT Plans.
Please note that the opening ceremony at which the Bishop of Ely will be the guest of honour is scheduled for Saturday September 28th.
All visitors to St John's, members of the congregation and other users of our community facilities should note the following:
No one should attempt to access the area sealed off by the contractors.
Outside user groups who have made bookings during the period will have been contacted by Lyn in our office and if they have further questions please contact her.
All other enquiries about special arrangements during this period and any questions about the project and the construction should always be made to Roger Lilley, church treasurer and chair of the EOT project group.
On Sunday 27th a group of us from the church choir visited Chippenham National Nature Reserve to check out the water buffalos. Why are there buffalos in the middle of the Cambridgeshire Fens? Well, they are young male buffalos, not really wanted commercially, in contract to the females whose milk is used to make mozzarella cheese. But they are good at keeping rough pasture in check and able to look after themselves in rugged wet terrain. They have a large enclosed compound and regular checks are made to make sure that their fencing is still intact and, especially during the winter, that they are healthy.
Don't forget we need your photos. Any pictures taken within our parish will be considered for inclusion in our calendar. They don't have to have been taken this year; they just need to depict life in our parish. So please get clicking or sifting and send your pictures in digital format to Roger.
This winter, in the season of presents and family, the Waterfalls wanted to turn their attention to making a positive difference to people in the community who need a bit of extra help. Taking Mathew ch. 25 as their inspiration - "When I was naked, you clothed me" - the children designed posters and organised a collection of blankets for Jimmy's Night Shelter. As always, the congregation was astonishingly generous and we soon had a huge pile of blankets and sleeping bags to donate at "the coldest part of the year, [when] the difference between what we have and what the homeless have seems starker," as the children said in their notice to the church. To Read More click on this link.
A prayer for Parliament and national unity, at a time of crisis over Brexit
The following prayer is offered by the Church of England, at this uncertain time for the UK, its citizens and our relationship with the European Union:
God of reconciling hope,
as you guided your people in the past,
guide us through the turmoil of the present time,
and bring us to that place of flourishing
where our unity can be restored, the common good served,
and all shall be made well.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen
St John the Evangelist is engaged in a range of local partnerships. These include our local uniformed organisations, a range of local schools, Homerton College, Queen Edith's Ward and Community Forum, the 'Three Saints Partnership' (St Andrew's Cherry Hinton, St James' Wulfstan Way and St John's), South Cambridge Deanery, Hope Cambridge, and the Cambridge Churches Homelessness Project. We also work with the Chaplaincy team at Addenbrooke's Hospital, and have theological students on placement with us.