Welcome

 

We are a central London Anglican church in the modern, liberal catholic tradition, with very strong local community connections.

 

We believe that God is found in predictable and unexpected places in the life of the city, and our worship and life seeks to reflect this.

 

Our two churches - St John's opposite Waterloo Station and St Andrew's near the Young Vic theatre - have at their heart daily worship.  Our main service - a Parish Eucharist using Common Worship - is at 10.30am on Sundays at St John's.  

 

Along with our regular, diverse congregation, we warmly welcome visitors, and our proximity to King’s College and the LSE means we also aim to offer a broad-based home church for students currently in London.

 

Lou Shepperd RIP

 

 

 

Welcome!

Welcome to St John's, Waterloo.  We believe God is found in unpredictable places in the life of the city, and our inclusive worship reflects this. We are committed to social justice and resisting climate change, and are home to the wonderful Southbank Sinfonia

You would be very welcome at all our services. We're a diverse community seeking to understand God's love better. Not always sure of the answers but all engaged in the journey. We work hard to support people on the edge, especially through our work with the Bridge at Waterloo

As a community with God's love at its centre, we take the safeguarding of all who come to St John's seriously.  Click here for our safeguarding policy, and here for further information, including contact details for our Parish Safeguarding Officers and the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

We have a fabulous community garden, championed on ES London Live and every June we host the popular Waterloo Festival

Now we're raising money to renovate this much-loved building. Watch our Reignite 2021 movie below, and give what you can. 

 

 

Latest News

Published on Tue, 19 Nov 2019 19:32
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Hans Feibusch wall painting at St John's comes under the spotlight

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:11
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St John's is supporting the Robes Sleepout again this year. Steve Lancashire - plus many other willing volunteers - will be sleeping out at...

Published by Lisa Bewick on Thu, 7 Nov 2019 19:36
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Our Advent Course this year will have as its focal point the question, 'How big is your God?'. In our three sessions, we'll be exploring our understandings of God.

Published on Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00
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Bookings are now open for a rip-roaring New Year Ceilidh in support of transforming St John's Waterloo.

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:45
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Journeying in the Margins: a Parish Quiet Day on Saturday 30th November from 10.00am to 5.00pm at the Royal Foundation of St Katharine in Limehouse, a few minutes' walk from Li...

Published on Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:08
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Silent walkers continue, despite ban.

Published on Mon, 7 Oct 2019 16:05
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Carbon-neutral crypt taking shape as plans for redevelopment move forward.

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 1 Oct 2019 09:52
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St John's supported the Climate Strike on 20th September and is supporting the Extinction Rebellion actions planned for 7th October.  

Published on Wed, 25 Sep 2019 12:04
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Calling young artists: Christmas Art Competition is open.

Published on Sat, 21 Sep 2019 13:19
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The Bridge to Employment reports its best results yet, following student success.

Published on Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:17
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News from South Bank & Waterloo Neighbours

Published on Tue, 10 Sep 2019 11:13
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Position:

Finance Officer, 

The Bridge at Waterloo,

St John’s Church,

Waterloo, SE1 8TY...

Published on Fri, 6 Sep 2019 10:28
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Join a banquet on Friday October 4th to celebrate plans for St John's!

Published on Mon, 1 Jul 2019 12:56
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Chancellor of the Diocese of Southwark approves remodelling of main interior worship space.

Published on Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:13
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Join a Ceilidh at St John's Waterloo, and raise money for ReIGNITE 2021

Published on Wed, 5 Jun 2019 10:20
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Campaign to renovate St John's Waterloo moves forward

Published on Thu, 2 May 2019 08:00
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A thrilling mix of art, music and creativity light ups Waterloo Festival June 6 - 23

Published on Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:25
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St John's made headlines over the Easter weekend for its role in the Extinction Rebellion protest

Published on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:26
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Our award-winning Churchyard praised in South London Press.

Published on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:13
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Daniel Gregory, Programme Manager at The Bridge at Waterloo, tells us about the next Job Skills Course, May 7th-9th

Published on Tue, 5 Mar 2019 11:20
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Community gardeners in the spotlight

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 5 Mar 2019 09:22
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This Ash Wednesday, 6th March, there will be a Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 7pm at St John's. 

Published by Sarah Dallas on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:48
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The thriving churchyard and gardens of St John's came under the spotlight on Thursday February 28th, when Rishi Sunak MP, Minister for Parks & Green Spaces braved the midday sho...

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:02
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The theme for Lent this year is ‘How to Change the World - Action and Contemplation.’  ...

Published on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 11:01
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The Bridge at Waterloo delivers its second Bridge to Employment course.

Published on Sun, 10 Feb 2019 09:00
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Congregants, visitors and architects gather in St John's for a Design Party to explore the ‘Reignite2021’ vision. 

Published on Tue, 29 Jan 2019 20:07
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2019 gets off to a rip-roaring start for one of St John’s long-standing congregants

Published on Mon, 28 Jan 2019 12:36
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Waterloo Festival 2019 is reaching out for Patrons and Friends! The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Transf...

Published on Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:03
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ReIGNITE2021 fundraiser on Tuesday March 5th promises fun for all the family.

Published on Mon, 7 Jan 2019 19:18
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Ceilidh success gives boost to Reignite2021 campaign to renovate St John's Waterloo

Forthcoming Services

20
NOV

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

20
NOV

Euchartist

Date: 
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 18:00 - 19:00
St Andrew's, Lower Hall

21
NOV

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Thursday, 21 November 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

21
NOV

Lunchtime Eucharist

Date: 
Thursday, 21 November 2019 13:00 - 13:30
St John's Church

23
NOV

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Saturday, 23 November 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

24
NOV

Parish Eucharist, with Junior Church (followed by refreshments)

Date: 
Sunday, 24 November 2019 10:30 - 11:30
St John's Church

24
NOV

Evening Prayer

Date: 
Sunday, 24 November 2019 18:00 - 19:00

25
NOV

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Monday, 25 November 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

26
NOV

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Tuesday, 26 November 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

26
NOV

Lunchtime Eucharist

Date: 
Tuesday, 26 November 2019 13:00 - 13:30
St John's Church

26
NOV

Vespers

Date: 
Tuesday, 26 November 2019 18:00 - 18:30
St John's Waterloo

27
NOV

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

27
NOV

Euchartist

Date: 
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 18:00 - 19:00
St Andrew's, Lower Hall

28
NOV

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Thursday, 28 November 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

28
NOV

Lunchtime Eucharist

Date: 
Thursday, 28 November 2019 13:00 - 13:30
St John's Church

30
NOV

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Saturday, 30 November 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

01
DEC

Parish Eucharist, with Junior Church (followed by refreshments)

Date: 
Sunday, 1 December 2019 10:30 - 11:30
St John's Church

01
DEC

Okusinza mu Luganda

Date: 
Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:00 - 18:00
St John's Church

01
DEC

Evening Prayer

Date: 
Sunday, 1 December 2019 18:00 - 19:00

02
DEC

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Monday, 2 December 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

03
DEC

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Tuesday, 3 December 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

03
DEC

Lunchtime Eucharist

Date: 
Tuesday, 3 December 2019 13:00 - 13:30
St John's Church

03
DEC

Vespers

Date: 
Tuesday, 3 December 2019 18:00 - 18:30
St John's Waterloo

04
DEC

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Wednesday, 4 December 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

04
DEC

Euchartist

Date: 
Wednesday, 4 December 2019 18:00 - 19:00
St Andrew's, Lower Hall

05
DEC

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Thursday, 5 December 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

05
DEC

Lunchtime Eucharist

Date: 
Thursday, 5 December 2019 13:00 - 13:30
St John's Church

05
DEC

Christian Aid Carol Service

Date: 
Thursday, 5 December 2019 19:00 - 20:15
St John's Church

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Interested in booking a room?

St John's and St Andrew's are ideal locations for a wide range of events, and our hire charges are very competitive.  Click here to see whether or not your preferred space is available on the date of your choice. 

 

AVAILABLE NOW!

 

Two workspaces are newly available to rent in the crypt at St John’s Waterloo.

 

In the heart of London, these rooms are ideal for office space, rehearsals, therapy and meetings or music lessons.

 

Contact Lorraine Spenceley in our bookings office to arrange a viewing.

Tel: 020 7633 9819. Email: bookings@stjohnswaterloo.org

 

Mendelssohn Room

 

 

The Mendelssohn Room is a bright and flexible space, suitable for theatre, dance and music rehearsals. Within the space is an attractive alcove office, which would be ideal for stage managers or production assistants.

 

The space also works very well for workshops, meetings and even art projects.

 

Sink, kettle, mugs, tea/coffee provided.

Contains a piano.

 

Measurements: 8m x 7m.

Alcove office included: 3.2m x 2.1m

 

 

Octavia Room

 

 

The Octavia Room is an ideal space for meetings of up to 15 people.  It contains a worktop with a sink, ample shelving and a storage cupboard. As well as meetings, the Octavia Room would be suitable for art projects or as an artist studio.

 

Measurements: 6.5m x 4.1m.

Sink, kettle, mugs, tea/coffee provided.

 

 

 

ALSO AVAILABLE

Two meeting rooms have become available to hire at St Andrew’s on Short Street, Waterloo.  

This is a fabulous location, equidistant from Waterloo station and Southwark tube station, and opposite the Young Vic with its many surrounding shops and restaurants.

For more information and to view either of the spaces, please contact Lorraine Spenceley, 020 7633 9819 or email: bookings@stjohnswaterloo.org 

 

ST ANDREW'S MEETING ROOM

 

 

Concerts and Events

22
NOV

Les Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc

Date: 
Friday, 22 November 2019 19:00 - 23:00
St John's Waterloo

23
NOV

Horizons

Date: 
Saturday, 23 November 2019 19:30 - 21:30
www.bloomsburymusicgroup.org.uk/events

24
NOV

Les Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc

Date: 
Sunday, 24 November 2019 17:00 - 21:00
St John's Church

25
NOV

Winter Warmer- Camden Light Orchestra & Camden Saxophone Band

Date: 
Monday, 25 November 2019 19:30 - 23:00
St John's Church

26
NOV

How big is your God?

Date: 
Tuesday, 26 November 2019 19:00 - 20:45

29
NOV

Edane Ng recital

Date: 
Friday, 29 November 2019 13:00 - 14:00
Free - no charge

30
NOV

Plain Harmony

Date: 
Saturday, 30 November 2019 18:15 - 22:00

03
DEC

How big is your God?

Date: 
Tuesday, 3 December 2019 19:00 - 20:45

06
DEC

Anthony McDonald Recital

Date: 
Friday, 6 December 2019 13:00 - 14:00
St John's church
Free - no charge

06
DEC

Goldsmiths University Sinfonia

Date: 
Friday, 6 December 2019 19:30 - 21:30

08
DEC

Wagner: Tannhauser: Overture/ Venusberg Music

Date: 
Sunday, 8 December 2019 19:00 - 22:00
St John's Church
Tickets £20/ at the floor and from www.eventbrite.co.uk

10
DEC

How big is your God?

Date: 
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:00 - 20:45

13
DEC

Sandra Scott Recital

Date: 
Friday, 13 December 2019 13:00 - 14:00
St John's church

13
DEC

O Magnum Mysterium – Christmas music old and new

Date: 
Friday, 13 December 2019 19:30 - 21:15

14
DEC

The Nutcracker - A Family Show

Date: 
Saturday, 14 December 2019 09:30 - 14:00

14
DEC

London Welsh Chorale: Christus Natus Est – Choral Music for Christmas

Date: 
Saturday, 14 December 2019 19:00 - 21:00

16
DEC

The Nutcracker - A Family Show

Date: 
Monday, 16 December 2019 17:00 - 22:00

18
DEC

The Nutcracker - A Family Show

Date: 
Wednesday, 18 December 2019 15:00 - 22:00
St John's Church, SE1 London, United Kingdom

20
DEC

Rumi’s Urs

Date: 
Friday, 20 December 2019 19:00 - 21:00

22
DEC

The Nutcracker - A Family Show

Date: 
Sunday, 22 December 2019 15:00 - 22:00
St John's Church, SE1 London, United Kingdom

24
JAN

Tom Lilburn recital

Date: 
Friday, 24 January 2020 13:00 - 14:00
St John's Church

07
MAR

Monica Frank Studio

Date: 
Saturday, 7 March 2020 11:00 - 13:00
St John's Church

08
MAR

Elgar Sinfonia of London concert

Date: 
Sunday, 8 March 2020 19:30 - 22:00
St John's Church

22
MAR

The Rape of Lucretia

Date: 
Sunday, 22 March 2020 19:00 - 22:00
St John's Church

26
APR

New Palace Opera

Date: 
Sunday, 26 April 2020 19:00 - 22:00
St John's Church

Vicar's Blog

Published by Giles Goddard on Sat, 20 Jul 2019 11:35
Vicar's Blog

St John's congregation and the employment training work we do feature in a video made by the Diocese of Southwark. Our Programme Manager, Daniel Gregory, speaks with conviction ...

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 29 May 2019 10:46
Vicar's Blog

I have been reading the Waterloo Festival Magazine. A series of interviews with performers and the people behind the events at this ...

Published by Giles Goddard on Mon, 15 Apr 2019 07:55
Vicar's Blog

St John's is supporting Extinction Rebellion - the Vicar explains why -

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 31 Jan 2019 18:40
Vicar's Blog

Become a Festival Friend or Patron!

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:10
Vicar's Blog

Dear All 

It’s that time of year again – a time when many of us will be travelling, meeting with family, or staying at home and putting our feet up. It’s a t...

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 30 Oct 2018 09:32
Vicar's Blog

On 15th November we will bury a Time Capsule. With drinks, canapes, sparklers and live music, St John’s will honour the past with a time capsule filled with contemporary artef...

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 9 Oct 2018 07:56
Vicar's Blog

The St John's Rule of Life initiative is being well received. Some proposed events to help take it forward...

Published by Giles Goddard on Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:49
Vicar's Blog

There's a unique pop-up exhibition, Waterloo Lives! open to all over Friday September 28th– 30th(see link for opening hours...

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 9 May 2018 11:42
Vicar's Blog

It’s that time of year again. The sun has reappeared, temperatures are rising nicely and the gates of St John’s will soon be festooned with banners proclaiming 2018’s Wate...

Published by Giles Goddard on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:36
Vicar's Blog

It’s been a while since I updated everyone on development plans at St John’s. The good news is that things are proceeding apace. ...

Published by Giles Goddard on Sun, 29 Oct 2017 03:05
Vicar's Blog

Dear all

Tuhan bersama-samu! The Lord be with you! 

I've just returned from a very solid sung Eucharist in the Anglican Cathedral he...

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:39
Vicar's Blog

At the start of Digital Futures 2017, there was much excitement, and also a touch of anxiety. Last summer’s inaugural course had been such a success; would we be able to replicate ...

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 3 May 2017 13:14
Vicar's Blog

We live in a fast changing world. The question of what gives a place its unique character has never been more important. This year's Waterloo Festival, which runs throughout Jun...

Published by Giles Goddard on Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:26
Vicar's Blog

Anne Critchley, a member of the 10.30 congregation here at St John's, has a suggestion. In the light of all the anxiety in the world, especially in relation to North Korea & the...

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:02
Vicar's Blog

I'm relieved and delighted that General Synod voted not to take note of the House of Bishops' Report on Marriage and Same Sex relationships. Here's the speech I gave in the deb...

Published by Giles Goddard on Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:08
Vicar's Blog

The House of Bishops' report on Marriage and Same Sex relationships is not fit for purpose and should be rejected.

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:37
Vicar's Blog

Moving St John's into the future

Lawyers and architectural experts will descend on St John’s Waterloo on December 12th for a crucial court hea...
Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:48
Vicar's Blog

Governments are staggering slowly towards combatting climate risk. But what about religious institutions? With over 2 billion Christians, 1.6 billion Muslims, 1 billion Hindus a...

Published by Giles Goddard on Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:47
Vicar's Blog

It’s always satisfying when things don’t simply go according to plan—but instead far better than one dared hope. That’s how we’re feeling this month as we approach t...

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:42
Vicar's Blog

Bishop Christopher sent this Pastoral Letter to be read last Sunday to all congregations in the Diocese. In case you missed it, here it is again -

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:53
Vicar's Blog

The holy month of Ramadan started last Monday (or Tuesday, depending on which tradition you follow). Muslims across the world are fasting from dawn until dusk. They take no fo...

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 31 May 2016 12:10
Vicar's Blog

Transformation is our theme for the next four weeks. To change is to grow - but that can be scary. Are we up for change?

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:14
Vicar's Blog

I sent an email to the congregation yesterday, about Lent. My spellcheck decided it knew better than me what we were planning – so it replaced ‘We will be ashing people ...

Published by Giles Goddard on Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:24
Vicar's Blog

Was the outcome of the Primates' meeting good or bad? On the surface, clearly bad. But is there hope? Perhaps.

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:18
Vicar's Blog

Is it an early Christmas gift for the world? Many people have asked me what I think of the climate change agreement reached in Paris. I'm pleased! It went beyond what many of us...

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:27
Vicar's Blog

I walked on the Pilgrimage2Paris last week to raise awareness of and pray for successful talks in Paris. The walk was affected, of course, by the Paris atrocities. This blog was...

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:43
Vicar's Blog

The Church of England is rolling out a 'Shared Conversations' initiative to build understanding between people with different views on questions of human sexuality such as same-...

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:42
Vicar's Blog

Cameron's recent announcement on refugees shows that political action can make a difference. St John's is part of Citizens UK which made the announcement happen...

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:36
Vicar's Blog

I’m speaking at a conference on Saturday. It’s organised by lovespirit and is called ‘Love without Boundaries.’  It looks scarily un-Anglican and quite fascinating.  Wor...

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:50
Vicar's Blog

Many people have a favourite psalm...  mine's Psalm 139.  It's been much in my head this week.  It feels extremely contemporary, wit...

Newsletter

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