A very warm welcome to St John's, a Church of England parish church in the south of Cambridge.
This website is designed to give you a feel for life at St John's; both the church, the parish and our community rooms. Please do explore and if you are looking for a church, please come along and say "Hello". We always welcome enquiries about baptisms, weddings and other celebrations and the clergy are available for advice, counsel, spiritual guidance, or to answer questions.
For links to how we are continuing to be Church @ Home during this pandemic, follow this link.
For our blog, which includes our daily Thought for the Day, click here.
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 St John's e-news, then do email James.
This Sunday’s Church at Home services are detailed below:
Pre-recorded Service for the second Sunday of Lent.
This Sunday is the second Sunday of Lent. Revd Chris Campbell and Sam Duckhouse are leading our Church at Home service this week, with contributions from the choir and a number of members of the congregation. Revd James Shakespeare will be preaching, and will be particularly reflecting on Jesus' call to each of his disciples, to 'take up their cross and follow him'. You might like to watch the service at 10am, joining with many of us in doing so – but it will be available to watch any time from Saturday afternoon. The service sheet for the service can be downloaded here.
If you join us at 10am, you might like to join us afterwards at 11am for Coffee and Conversation on Zoom
6pm BCP Evening Prayer with Sermon (via Zoom)
At 6pm, we will have our online service of Evening Prayer via Zoom. All the words will be shared on the screen and it will include a short sermon/ reflection. This week it will be led by Rev James Shakespeare, with reflection from Tom Owen, our Ridley ordinand.
Please message us for the zoom links for any of our services.
Resources for the whole family can be found here.
During the week, you would be welcome to join us for Morning Prayer on Zoom on Monday to Thursday at 9am, midweek Coffee at 10am on Wednesday and for compline at 9pm on Wednesday. Again, do email us for links for all our zoom services.
St John's is well on its way to accreditation under the A Rocha Eco-church scheme. A group of us have planned out many initiatives to be pursued over the rest of the year with the support of the PCC, the congregation and our local community. We will be focussing on environmental issues in our worship and prayer, ensuring that we conserve resources and recycle our waste as efficiently as possible, managing our premises in a wildlife friendly manner, and trying to ensure that we all understand the many and complex environmental problems that beset our world at the moment.
If you would like to know more about our activities and be put in touch with others who are committed to action, contact Roger.
The latest issue of Parish Voice (for Lent, Holy Week and Easter) is available here:
A new section on our website has been created to guide you through Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2021. More materials will be appearing over the next couple of weeks.
Following the Prime Minister's announcement last night, St John's has made the difficult decision to suspend all public worship services until further notice, subject to the approval of the PCC. We will be reverting to our main Sunday worship being a pre-recorded Church at Home service, followed by zoom coffee and conversation; along with a number of Zoom Services (which will include Morning Prayer Mon-Thurs, Compline on Wed and Evening Prayer with Sermon on Sundays). We will also continue to provide written materials and telephone support, for those not able to access the internet. Our Home Groups and Youth Groups will also carry on meeting online.
Full details of all our plans, as well as a sincere message of support at this time, have been sent out on our e-news, and can be read in the pdf downloadable below.
At this time of intense pressure for the NHS, are prayers are with all hospital staff, GP practices and community healthcare workers. We also pray for all our local schools and colleges, both for the staff and students, and for parents who are now adjusting to another period of home-schooling. We pray too for all who are feeling lonely, vulnerable or who are living with long-term health conditions.
May God equip, surround and sustain all of you with his unfailing love at this challenging time.
For resources and information from the national Church of England website, follow this link.
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.