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 for Sunday 27 November, Advent Sunday

10am Parish Communion, with Rev James Shakespeare presiding and Abigail Harris preaching. Please join us for coffee afterwards. 


6pm Advent Carol Service with the Charter Choir of Homerton College, with Kenson Li officiating and Rev Nell Whiscombe preaching.


All are welcome.

Special Advent and Christmas Services 2022


Sunday 27th November      6pm Advent Carol Service

Saturday 10th December    2-4pm Messy Christmas 

Sunday 11th December       4pm Christingle Service 

Sunday 18th December       6pm Christmas Carol Service  


Christmas Eve                      3pm All Age Nativity Service

24th December                     11.30pm Midnight Communion


Christmas Day                      8am BCP Holy Communion

25th December                     10am All Age Communion, with Nativity



Community Christmas Lunch

All are welcome to our next Community Lunch on Wednesday 30th November, in the St John's Centre from 12.30-2pm. This month's Community Lunch will have a Christmas theme. 

£5 per person, come along and bring a friend!

St John’s Friendship Café

every Monday 3-5pm, December to March- 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, starting on 5th December, until the end of March 2023 (not open on Boxing Day, 26th December). 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.



Folk Concert

On Saturday 12th November we enjoyed a folk music double bill with The String Section and Karen MacWhinnie and Friends, which raised significant funds for St John's. Keep an eye on our events list for details of upcoming concerts!

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 

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.