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 22nd May

10am Parish Communion

Rev James Shakespeare presiding, and Dr Muthuraj Swamy preaching.


Livestream: .


Children's Church will be happening. We look forward to seeing you!


Coffee will be served afterwards. 


6pm Evensong

Daniel Newman officiating, and Kenson Li preaching.


7.15pm St John’s Youth Group


Other upcoming Special services

Ascension Day (Thursday 26th May), 7.30pm Partnership Service, at St Andrew’s Cherry Hinton.

Sunday 5th June (Pentecost) at 10am, Jubilee Thanksgiving Service, followed by a Parish Picnic, at St John’s.


Artwork; My Peace I Give Unto You by Gordon Ashley

Christian Aid week

Christian Aid Week Book Sale & Breakfast is being held, in the St John’s Centre, Hills Road, on Saturday 21st May, 9am-12pm. All welcome. Thank you for your support of Christian Aid, to support & empower the world’s poorest, at a time of rapidly rising global poverty.


If you would like to make a donation to Christian Aid Week, e-envelopes can be used: 

Saturday Music

We had a wonderful evening of fantastic music from John Meed and his band and Thursdays Band. Everyone really enjoyed the evening. Thank you to everyone who came and a big thankyou to John and his friends for sharing their music with us!

Our church is open all day for private thought or prayer in this time of huge upheaval and worry across the world.


You may like to take time to pray or bring to mind the people of Ukraine and all those whose lives are in turmoil.


"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." 

Isaiah 41:10 

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.