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 26th June

10am – Parish Communion

Rev James Shakespeare presiding and Rev Ceri Payne preaching.




Children's Church taking place. We look forward to seeing you!


All welcome to coffee afterwards.


6pm - Choral Evensong

Rev Ceri Payne officiating, and Rev James Shakespeare preaching.


Picture:The Picture Desk Ltd

Summer Fair

We enjoyed a wonderful Summer Fair on Saturday 18th June. We had some traditional fair games like Tombola, Guess the Weight of the Cake, Lucky Dip and more. We also got  to enjoy the brilliant music from the Mawson Road orchestra and we really enjoyed some delicious lunches and wonderful cakes too. While the weather didn't always play ball, the atmosphere inside the church was great! Thank you to everyone who came along, we hope you enjoyed it!

Community Lunch - Wednesday 29th June, 12-2:30pm

Before COVID we enjoyed regular Community Lunches at St John’s. We have our first Community Lunch since the pandemic on Wednesday 29th June, from 12 noon to 2.30pm, in the St John's Centre. Everybody is welcome.

The menu will include vegetarian and vegan options, and the cost is £5 per person.

Coronation Day Lobby Display

Two lobby displays entitled "Summer Then and Now" and "Our Community Remembers Coronation Day" can be viewed until the end of June. Do visit to enjoy these and the garden, which has been refreshed by the recent rain. Next month the St John's Choir will be exhibiting their activities.

Our church is open all day for private thought or prayer in this time of huge upheaval and worry across the world.


You may like to take time to pray or bring to mind the people of Ukraine and all those whose lives are in turmoil.


"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." 

Isaiah 41:10 

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.