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 7th August

10am – All Age Service

Rev Nell Whiscombe officiating and Jane Gardiner preaching.


There will be no live stream this week.


All are welcome to coffee afterwards.


6pm – Holy Communion

Rev Priscilla Slusar presiding and preaching.

Ordinations at Ely on 2nd & 3rd of July

Two special services took place at Ely Cathedral: Rev Ceri Payne was ordained priest, and Rev Nell Whiscombe, our new Assistant Curate, was ordained deacon. Ceri presided at Holy Communion for the first time on Sunday 10th July and Nell was welcomed to our church. We were joined by visiting preacher Sarah Atkins, Chaplain at Magdelene College. Please pray for all of them in their ministries. 

Summer Parish Voice

Below is our parish magazine for the summer. Please have a read about what's happening in our parish. 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.

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.