St John the Evangelist Church

and the St John's Centre

Welcome to St John's

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 this week

Sunday 26 March


10am - Parish Communion, with Rev James Shakespeare presiding and Rev Ceri Payne preaching, creche and Children's Church. All are welcome to coffee afterwards.


6pm -  Choral Evensong, with Rev James Shakespeare officiating and preaching.


St John’s Friendship Café

every Monday 3-5pm in St John’s Centre, Hills Road
tea, coffee, biscuits and warm space or chat


Under the Queen Edith’s ‘Warm welcome’ umbrella, and funded by Cambridge City Council ‘Warm spaces’ initiative, St John’s Church is pleased to announce the launch of its new Friendship Café, every Monday at 3-5pm. All are welcome, as are volunteers to help run this project. If you would like to find out more, or get involved as a volunteer, please email  Further joint Queen Edith’s local ‘Warm welcome’ publicity to follow.



Our church is open all day for private thought or prayer in this time of huge upheaval and worry across the world. Our Chapel of Remembrance is available for those who wish to remember loved ones. 


"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 

We work 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 updates.

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.