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.

Ceri Payne to join team at St John's

It is a joy to announce the appointment of Ceri Payne as a new member of the clergy team at St John the Evangelist, Cambridge. Ceri will be ordained deacon at Ely on 4th July, prior to joining St John’s as an assistant curate.

Ceri is currently training for ministry at Ridley Hall and comes with a professional background as a barrister and QC. She has been an active lay Christian for many years, including involvement in international student ministry in Cambridge.


Read more about Ceri's appointment on our Blog

Services at St. John's for Sunday 9th May

9.30am All Age Communion at St John’s.

Led by Rev James Shakespeare, with Jane Gardiner doing to talk, on theme of friendship with Jesus. 

11.00am Holy Communion at St John’s 

Led by Rev James Shakespeare with Canon Kate Aylmer preaching.

Livestream link for the 11am Service: 


6pm BCP Evening Prayer with Reflection via Zoom

Hosted by Canon Kate Aylmer, led by Will Lyon Tupman, with Sam Duckhouse doing the reflection.


6pm Christian Aid Service at St John’s
The Christian Aid Service and the Evening Prayer via Zoom are running concurrently. Please feel free to join either one.


Please message us for the zoom links for any of our services.

Services for Ascension Day, Thursday 13th May

9am – Morning Prayer via Zoom


Holy Communion in Church, with Rev James Shakespeare presiding and preaching at 7.30pm


Please message us for the zoom links for any of our services.

Ascension to Pentecost 13th - 23rd May

As we reflect on the Ascension of Jesus and enter a time of focussing on prayer members of our Ministry Team and our Ordinands have written some lovely weekly reflections. Please click below to see them.

Ascension to Pentecost Reflections


There are also some resources from the Church of England for prayer at this time.


Thy Kingdom Come

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.