LISTENING, LEARNING, TRANSFORMING

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.


Pentecost prayer for renewal, unity & transformation

“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”

 I Corinthians 1:10

 

Our Father, we thank You for our Church Family.  Thank You for calling each of us to serve Your Kingdom through St John's. Thank You for using our individual gifts and talents to manifest Your Kingdom here on earth as it already is in heaven.  Lord, we are thankful for the freedom to worship You.  Thank You for Your bountiful blessings.  Thank You for Your presence, power, anointing, and abundance in our Church. You are great and greatly to be praised. You are to be feared above all gods. The earth is Yours and everything in it; the world and all its people belong to You. You laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.  Lord, no other god is like You. None can do what You do.

Loving Father, we declare that we will love You with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength.  As a Church Family, we confess that we will love one another, as ourselves.  As Your children, we proclaim that we have all put on Christ and we will walk in unity and love with one another. It is because of this love that we exhibit for each other that other people will know that we are Your disciples.  Your Word tells us that if we love You, we must also love our Christian brothers and sisters, too.  Therefore, we declare that we will not look out only for our own interests, but we take an interest in each other’s needs.  We declare that we will live in harmony with each other and resist division.  We will be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. We declare that as a Church Family we will turn away from evil, and do good; we will search for peace and work to pursue it.  We confess that we will encourage and build each other up.  Above all things, we decree that we will put on love which is the bond of perfection; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Join the choir of St John's for a FREE concert 

 

Refreshments and raffle during the interval and retiring collection in aid of church funds.

 

Thursday 20th June @ 6:30pm

 

All Welcome!


This week some of the congregation went on a site visit, to see how the construction works for the Enlarging Our Tent works were going. 


Curate Completes Sponsored Paddle

On Bank Holiday Monday, Chris, our Curate, completed a sponsored paddle from Cambridge to Ely.

She set of from Jesus Lock just before 9am, accompanied by a fellow Curate, Kate (from St Mary's, Huntingdon).
They had a couple of short stops on the way and made it to Ely at around 3:30pm, despite some difficult head winds in the last few miles!
All Chris' sponsorship money goes towards St John's fundraising efforts - forms to gift aid your donation are still available at the back of Church!


Plant Sale

Many thanks to all those who supported our plant sale. A record £350 + was raised.


Enlarging Our Tent - Construction begins

After several years of planning & fundraising work began on site on Monday 25th February and is lasting for about twenty weeks. Many thanks to all who have given their time and money to enable us to get so far.

 

Some plans of the project can be found by following this link - EOT Plans.

 

Please note that the opening ceremony at which the Bishop of Ely will be the guest of honour is scheduled for Saturday September 28th.

 

All visitors to St John's, members of the congregation and other users of our community facilities should note the following:

  • there will no car parking on site during the period
  • the main kitchen and downstairs toilets in the community rooms will be inaccessible
  • half of the Wilkinson Room will remain in use and there will be access to all the upstairs facilities
  • access to the new storage sheds will be along the south side of the community rooms

No one should attempt to access the area sealed off by the contractors.

 

Outside user groups who have made bookings during the period will have been contacted by Lyn in our office and if they have further questions please contact her.

 

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.


A prayer for Parliament and national unity, at a time of crisis over Brexit

 

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.