St John the Evangelist Church

and the St John's Centre

Welcome to St John's

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 this week

SERVICES Sunday 28 May

10am - Holy Communion celebrating Pentecost with Rev Ceri Payne presiding and Rev Nell Whiscombe preaching, and Children's Church

Livestream at

6pm - BCP Choral Evensong with Rev Ceri Payne officiating and Rev Dr Muthuraj Swamy preaching

A Wonderful Moving Concert

On Saturday 20th May a wonderful concert was held by 17 year old Ukrainian refugee, Pavlo Petrychenko who performed to raise funds for the children of Ukraine. Pavlo played some classical pieces as well as some of his own compositions raising over £1000 for Ukrainian children. Thankyou to all you came and well done Pavlo!


Michael writes;

A superb concert. It was amazing to see such a young person, after the upheaval of having to leave Ukraine and with the pain of seeing his country at war, playing and speaking with such confidence. This very well attended concert featured music by Bach and Beethoven together with several of his own compositions. He also spoke of his sudden need to leave Ukraine and build a new life for himself here in Cambridge. His playing was technically accomplished and there was real feeling especially in his playing of his own compositions. I am sure he has a bright future ahead of him pursuing a career in musical composition and performance. 


Rosemary writes;

This young 17 year old has expressed his feelings in superb music compositions about the Year of Changes to his life owing to the war in Ukraine and being evacuated. How he and his Mother and sister have coped has been amazing and it has been a pleasure to welcome him into the Church Choir at St John the Evangelist at Hills Rd Cambridge. His words spoken were so deep and not for himself and his family but for the whole of his home country, especially the children. It was a delight to see so many attending and the response to his humbleness, may his aim to study music in Vienna be his reward.

His first in giving a concert and we hope sincerely there will be many more that the whole world can enjoy. 

Thank you Pablo

Our church is open all day for private thought or prayer in this time of huge upheaval and worry across the world. Our Chapel of Remembrance is available for those who wish to remember loved ones. 


"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 

We work 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 updates.

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.