St John the Evangelist Church

and the St John's Centre


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 information about how St John's are responding to the pandemic, including details of our return to gathered worship, please follow this link



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.

Services for Sunday 19th September

10.00am Informal Communion 

Rev James Shakespeare presiding, and Sian Binley giving the All Age talk.

This service is being live streamed here:


6pm Sung Evensong 

Rev Ceri Payne officiating and Dr Muthuraj Swamy preaching.

A Climate Change Lecture by Dr Joanna Depledge

Dr Depledge is an expert on international climate change negotiations which she has been following since the 1990s. She has published and lectured widely on climate change issues, as well as other environmental topics. Prior to her academic career, Joanna worked for the UN Climate Change Secretariat, as well as for the Earths Negotiations Bulletin, reporting on climate change, ozone and biodiversity meetings.


You can see Dr Depledge's lecture here:

Weekday Worship

Monday -        Morning Prayer in Church, 9:00am

Tuesday -        Morning Prayer on Zoom, 9:00am

                          Sung Evensong with Charter Choir, 6:30pm - in University term

Wednesday -  Morning Prayer in Church, 9:00am

                          Holy Communion in Church, 10:00am

Thursday -      Morning Prayer on Zoom, 9:00am


Please message us if you would like to join Morning Prayer on Zoom.

Children's Church Party

We all enjoyed a wonderful party!

Lots of games were played including a puzzle hunt, relay races and a treasure hunt, all finished off with some delicious party food.

Its fantastic to be back together again!

Running a marathon!

Our Churchwarden, Joseph Philip, is running the London Marathon on the 3rd of October, raising funds for Stroke Association

If you would like to sponsor Joseph, please visit the link below.


Our best wishes to Joseph, as he trains for this momentous event!


St John's Walking Group

Our September walk will be on Saturday 25th September and will be led by James. We will walk from Midsummer Common in Cambridge to Waterbeach and return to Cambridge station by train. The walk will be about 5 miles. Please make your own way into town and meet at 10.00 am in the city centre, outside the Drummer Street Bus station, by Christ’s Pieces.


We will take a break during the walk but there is no café en route so please bring a drink if you would like one.

You will be able to return to Cambridge by train soon after 1pm. If you would like to have lunch at the Bridge pub in Waterbeach, please James know by Weds 22nd September and a table will be booked.

Sadly we have had to cancel our concert for this weekend. We are sorry for any disappointment caused but hope to be able to hold one again soon.

A Rocha Eco-Church


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

Follow this link to access the full range of resources offered by us here at St John's Hills Road.

Phone 01223 643887 to hear the latest sermon from St John's. 


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.