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.

Summer Update


The summer holidays are here and we hope you have time for relaxation and replenishment. In the hot weather, don't forget that the Church is always open for you to cool down!


At St John's the 'Enlarging Our Tent' building work is almost complete, and we look forward to sharing our wonderful new facilities with the whole community.



Toddle Along will stop for most of the summer, but two special sessions will take place on Monday 5th and 12th August (9:30 - 12). All welcome, including older siblings.


Our weekly Tuesday Bible Study (pictured above), has also now had our final session before the summer. We will restart on Tuesday 10th September.


Morning Prayer (9am Monday - Thursday) and Midweek Eucharists (10am Wednesday) will continue throughout the summer.


Revd. James and Revd. Chris will both be on leave during parts of the summer holidays, but there will always be someone from the ministry team able to respond to pastoral needs, so please do get in touch.


Finally, a prayer from the Children's Society for the Summer:


God of creation, of summer and sabbath rest,


we pray for children, teachers and families during the school holidays. 


We ask that those who are exhausted may be replenished and renewed. 


But we know, Lord, that for some the holidays bring extra burdens and life is a struggle.


We pray for children suffering ‘holiday hunger’,


for parents struggling to feed their families,


for those who have no chance of getting away from situations of abuse or neglect. 


Thank you for those running holiday clubs and play schemes, for food banks and all those seeking to support children, young people and families during this time.


Bless their work.


In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Congratulations to our curate, Chris, who was ordained Priest at Ely Cathedral last Saturday, 29th June, and celebrated her first communion on Sunday.

Enlarging Our Tent - Construction begins


Construction work is nearing completion and in early August we expect the site to become fully functional and normal service to resume. For the time being the car park is still out of operation though.


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.

Photos needed for parish Calendar

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.

Prayer for national unity

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

Local partnerships

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.