St John the Evangelist Church

and the St John's Centre


St John the Evangelist is a warm, welcoming & vibrant Church of England parish church in the South of Cambridge.


Our church has a strong community feel, and our congregations reflect a diverse variety of ages, backgrounds & cultures. We offer a warm welcome to all who would like to join us on our journey of faith, or participate in any of our community activities, via the St John's Centre. We welcome students, visitors, friends and a wide range of partners from Homerton College, Queen Edith's Forum and Addenbrooke's Hospital, to name but a few of our local institutions.


This website is designed to give you a feel for life at St John's; both the church, the parish and the St John's Community Centre. Please do explore and if you are looking for a church, or if you need support, please come along and say "Hello". We always welcome enquiries about baptisms, weddings and other celebrations, and our clergy & ministry team are available for advice, counsel, pastoral support, or to answer any questions.


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 weekly St John's e-news, then please do email James. The Rev James Shakespeare, Vicar.

Services for Sunday 5th December, The Second Sunday in Advent

10am All Age Service

Sian Binley leading and Jane Gardiner preaching.


Craft activities available in the children's area.


Live-stream of 10am service:


6pm Holy Communion

Rev James Shakespeare presiding and preaching.

Special Advent and Christmas Services

Saturday 11th December  

Messy Christmas (for children & parents) 



Sunday 12th December     

Christingle Service (Children’s Society) 



Sunday 19th December    

Christmas Carol Service* (St John’s Choir)


*Booking required, via Eventbrite or 01223 241316


Christmas Eve    All Age Nativity Service - 3:00pm 

24th December  Midnight Mass - 11.30pm             


Christmas Day   Holy Communion - 8.00 am

25th December  All Age Communion* - 10am

*Booking required, via Eventbrite or 01223 241316


Reflections for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

Below are some reflections for the season of Advent & Epiphany written by members of the ministry team and our Ordinands. We hope you enjoy them. content is not displayed due to your current cookie settings. Click on the cookie policy (functional and marketing) to agree to the cookie policy and view the content. You can find out more about this in the privacy policy.

COP 26: What next?

Climate Panel St John the Evangelist, Hills Road, Cambridge. 3 December, 7-8pm


The latest event in St John the Evangelist’s Climate Change programme was a panel discussion with three experts to explain the implications of COP26 and what we can expect from it.


The Panel brought together expertise on international climate change negotiations from Dr Joanna Depledge, on climate change strategy, the reform of energy markets from Professor Michael Grubb, and an insight into the relationship between climate change and poverty in the Global South from Robin Greenwood. Each analyst gave their own perspective and then the floor was opened to questions. Further information about the panellists can be found here.


You can watch the Climate Panel Lecture here. The material begins 7 minutes 48 seconds into the live-stream, and covers the three keynote speeches - Dr Depledge, Professor Grubb, and Robin Greenwood. The duration of the three talks, giving a vital perspective on COP26 and its outcome, is 48 minutes. Q&A section is not recorded.


Wine and other refreshments available from 6.30pm

Cello Recital

We spent a wonderful evening with Georgia Morse. Our thanks to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed the evening. A big thanks especially to Georgia for so generously sharing her musical talent with us all.

Christmas Carols on the River

On Sunday 5th December our fabulous choir took part in Let's Go Punting and The Traditional Punting Company's Annual Charity Christmas Carol event; Christmas Carols on the River. The event was this year in aid of Blue Smile.


The choir sang everyone's favourite Christmas Carols whilst gliding along the River Cam on a Chauffeured Punt on a very cold afternoon. Well done everyone!


For more information about this event please visit; or

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

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.