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 17th October

10.00am Informal Communion

Rev James Shakespeare presiding, and Canon Kate Aylmer preaching.

Sian Binley will also be formally commissioned as an Authorised Lay Minister.


Live-stream of 10am service: .

"Our apologies for the lack of a live stream service today, we experienced some technical difficulties. Normal service will resume next week."


6pm Choral Evensong 

Rev Ceri Payne officiating and Rev James Shakespeare preaching.

Weekday Worship

Monday -        Morning Prayer in Church, 9:00am

Tuesday -        Morning Prayer via 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

                          Compline via Zoom, 9:00pm

Thursday -      Morning Prayer via Zoom, 9:00am


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

He ran a marathon!

Congratulations to our Churchwarden, Joseph Philip, who ran the London Marathon on the 3rd of October, raising funds for Stroke Association.


Joseph completed the marathon in 6hrs and 40 minutes! Well done Joseph!


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


Parish Walk

Our next St Johns walk will be on Thursday 21st October


This will be a circular walk from Knapwell via Childerley Hall

– 5 miles.

Please meet at St Johns at 10.00am or in Knapwell village (at the end of Thorofare Lane) at 10.30am.


We will not pass a café or have lunch on this walk but we will stop for a break, so please bring a drink if you wish. We will aim to arrive back at St Johns by 1.00pm


Please let me know by email if you would like to join us on the walk so that we can arrange transport to Knapwell.


Cathy Davies            

Invitation to a special screening

We would like to invite you to join us for a special screening of 'Thank you for the Rain' a film by Julia Dahr & Kisilu Musya continuing the Christian Climate Forum series.


‘Five years ago, Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of  his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together, we see him transform from a father, to a community leader, and an activist on the global stage.’


We look forward to welcoming you here at St John's to join us in learning about Kisilu's exciting story.

Parish Voice for September

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We are experiencing problems with making this document more accessible. Please bear with us while we work on the problem. In the meantime please do have a look at our Parish Voice by clicking on the link above.

Autumn Fair at St John's

Toddle Along has restarted!

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:

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.