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 issues of social justice, including climate change, and are proud to offer a home to several arts organisations, including Southbank Sinfonia and SE1 United.

Our worship is in the liberal Anglican tradition and our congregation is both international and local.  We have LGBT members, married people, single people, children and adults. We welcome students and the many people who work around Waterloo. Our thriving community garden was recently championed on ES London Live and we also played a part in April's Extinction Rebellion protest.

A comment from one of our congregation: ‘I love St John’s, because it’s the kind of church I think Jesus would be at home in.’  Stay in touch by signing up to our email newsletter.

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Latest News

Waterloo Festival 2019 Promises Youthful Bolt of Optimism

Published on Thu, 2 May 2019 08:00
News

A thrilling mix of art, music and creativity light ups Waterloo Festival June 6 - 23

A refuge for Climate-Change protestors at St John’s

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

St John's Churchyard championed for its fresh air

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

Full steam ahead for Bridge to Employability this May

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

St John's Churchyard on ES London Live

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

Ash Wednesday 2019

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 5 Mar 2019 09:22
News

This Ash Wednesday, 6th March, there will be a Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 7pm at St John's. 

Pollution-busting plants on show for Ministerial visit to Churchyard

Published by Sarah Dallas on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:48
News

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...

Lent at St John's: How to Change the World

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:02
News

The theme for Lent this year is ‘How to Change the World - Action and Contemplation.’  ...

It's a wrap! Bridge to Employment mission successful.

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

Reignite 2021 Design Party lights up St John's

Published on Sun, 10 Feb 2019 09:00
News

Congregants, visitors and architects gather in St John's for a Design Party to explore the ‘Reignite2021’ vision. 

Centenary Birthday for Rosa Wright

Published on Tue, 29 Jan 2019 20:07
News

2019 gets off to a rip-roaring start for one of St John’s long-standing congregants

Become a Waterloo Festival Patron or Friend!

Published on Mon, 28 Jan 2019 12:36
News

Waterloo Festival 2019 is reaching out for Patrons and Friends! The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Transf...

Horse-race Night!

Published on Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:03
News

ReIGNITE2021 fundraiser on Tuesday March 5th promises fun for all the family.

A barn-storming start to 2019

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

St Johns Family Fest

Published by Daniel Gregory on Fri, 4 Jan 2019 10:17
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St John's Church are opening up its doors for its first ever community day. 

Saturday 19th January 2019&nbs...

Countdown to the Ceilidh, Friday January 4th, 2019

Published on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 21:02
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We're ushering in 2019 in celebratory style with a relaxed and enjoyable Ceilidh dance on Friday, January 4th 2019.

Campaign to Reignite St John's Waterloo receives major boost

Published on Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:45
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The Good Growth Fund has confirmed St John's grant application for £760,000.

Christmas at St John's Waterloo

Published on Mon, 26 Nov 2018 11:47
News

This December join us at St John’s Waterloo, London's Festival Church, for a heart-warming series of festive services and celebrations.

ReIGNITE 2021 takes off with party and Time Capsule!

Published on Thu, 22 Nov 2018 09:38
News

Campaign to Reignite a London landmark kicks off at St John’s Waterloo

Ceilidh Fundraiser will kick off the New Year at St John's Waterloo

Published on Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:07
News

ReIGNITE 2021 fund-raiser to renovate St John's starts with a bog barn dance in the church's main hall

What's in the Time Capsule?

Published on Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:46
News

ReIGNITE 2021: Launching a Time Capsule at St John's Waterloo, for church renovation by 2021

Remembrance

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 8 Nov 2018 08:06
News

Our Remembrance Service, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, will be at 10.30 on Sunday 11th November. You will be very welcome.  

Twelfth Night Ceilidh - Friday 4th January 2019

Published on Tue, 6 Nov 2018 14:04
News

12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing....

 

On the 12th day...

All Souls Service - Friday 2nd November 7pm

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 24 Oct 2018 15:50
News

All Saints’ Day falls on 1st November, and All Souls’ Day on 2nd November each year. This is the time when we remember and give thanks for the faithful departed – those wh...

Spiritual Direction offer

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:29
News

A COMPANION FOR THE JOURNEY?

Spiritual direction based in Waterlooavailable from September 2018 with a third-year student of the Encounter Courseat London ...

Planting a wildlife garden

Published on Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:53
News

Gardener Viv Williamson plans a wildlife garden at St John's Waterloo

The Bridge at Waterloo Annual General Meeting -24th September

Published on Tue, 4 Sep 2018 17:48
News

Come and find out more about our vision for the Bridge at Waterloo and our plans for the future. Including our Work Ready Program, Digital Futures, St Johns Job Club and more....

Waterloo Lives - Heritage Weekend 28-30 September

Published on Tue, 4 Sep 2018 13:44
News

A new pop-up exhibition exploring Waterloo's history will open at St John's Waterloo on Friday September 28th.

Grants roll in to fund renovation of Crypt at St John’s Waterloo

Published on Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:55
News

Good news for the project to renovate the crypt at St John's Waterloo

Introducing Lisa, new curate at St John's

Published on Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:52
News

Lisa Bewick joins St John's Waterloo as curate this month. 

Forthcoming Services

26
MAY

First Service (Service of the Word), followed by breakfast

Date: 
Sunday, 26 May 2019 09:00 - 10:00

26
MAY

Parish Eucharist, with Junior Church (followed by refreshments)

Date: 
Sunday, 26 May 2019 10:30 - 11:30
St John's Church

26
MAY

Evening Prayer

Date: 
Sunday, 26 May 2019 18:00 - 19:00

28
MAY

Morning Prayer

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

28
MAY

Lunchtime Eucharist

Date: 
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 13:00 - 13:30
St John's Church

28
MAY

Vespers

Date: 
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 18:00 - 18:30
St John's Waterloo

29
MAY

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

30
MAY

Morning Prayer

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

30
MAY

Lunchtime Eucharist

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

01
JUN

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Saturday, 1 June 2019 08:30 - 09:00
St John's Church

02
JUN

First Service (Service of the Word), followed by breakfast

Date: 
Sunday, 2 June 2019 09:00 - 10:00

02
JUN

Parish Eucharist, with Junior Church (followed by refreshments)

Date: 
Sunday, 2 June 2019 10:30 - 11:30
St John's Church

02
JUN

Okusinza mu Luganda

Date: 
Sunday, 2 June 2019 15:00 - 18:00
St John's Church

02
JUN

Evening Prayer

Date: 
Sunday, 2 June 2019 18:00 - 19:00

03
JUN

Morning Prayer

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

04
JUN

Morning Prayer

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

04
JUN

Lunchtime Eucharist

Date: 
Tuesday, 4 June 2019 13:00 - 13:30
St John's Church

04
JUN

Vespers

Date: 
Tuesday, 4 June 2019 18:00 - 18:30
St John's Waterloo

05
JUN

Morning Prayer

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

06
JUN

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Thursday, 6 June 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

06
JUN

Lunchtime Eucharist

Date: 
Thursday, 6 June 2019 13:00 - 13:30
St John's Church

08
JUN

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Saturday, 8 June 2019 08:30 - 09:00
St John's Church

09
JUN

Eucharist, followed by breakfast

Date: 
Sunday, 9 June 2019 09:00
Lady Chapel at St John's Church

09
JUN

Parish Eucharist, with Junior Church (followed by refreshments)

Date: 
Sunday, 9 June 2019 10:30 - 11:30
St John's Church

09
JUN

Junior Church (during the 10.30 Eucharist)

Date: 
Sunday, 9 June 2019 10:30

09
JUN

Evening Prayer

Date: 
Sunday, 9 June 2019 18:00 - 19:00

10
JUN

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Monday, 10 June 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

11
JUN

Morning Prayer

Date: 
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 08:30 - 09:00
Lady Chapel, St John's Church (please enter by side door)

11
JUN

Lunchtime Eucharist

Date: 
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 13:00 - 13:30
St John's Church

11
JUN

Vespers

Date: 
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 18:00 - 18:30
St John's Waterloo

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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

31
MAY

Dimitar Kanchev recital

Date: 
Friday, 31 May 2019 13:00 - 14:00
St John's church
Free - No charge

31
MAY

Around the Globe Concert Series: New Sounds and Classics

Date: 
Friday, 31 May 2019 19:30 - 21:30
St John's Church
https//www.eventbrite.com/e/around-the-globe-concert-series-new-sounds-and-classics-tickets-58072431205

06
JUN

Waterloo Festival - Rush Hour Concert: Tranfigured with SBS

Date: 
Thursday, 6 June 2019 18:00 - 20:00

08
JUN

Waterlo Festival - Rumi's Circle: Divine Remembrance

Date: 
Saturday, 8 June 2019 19:00 - Sunday, 9 June 2019 00:30
St John's Church

22
JUN

Waterloo Festival - Chamber Concert: Asyla Ensemble

Date: 
Saturday, 22 June 2019 19:30 - 23:00
St John's Church

30
JUN

Elgar Sinfonia of London concert

Date: 
Sunday, 30 June 2019 19:30 - 22:00
St John's Church

08
JUL

Camden Light Orchestra

Date: 
Monday, 8 July 2019 19:30 - 23:00
St John's Waterloo

13
JUL

Violin Orchestra Summer 2019 concert

Date: 
Saturday, 13 July 2019 14:00 - 16:00
St John's Waterloo

19
JUL

Jeremy Toneli- Sippel recital

Date: 
Friday, 19 July 2019 13:00 - 14:00
St John's
Free - No charge

24
JUL

PEIA LIVE IN LONDON (supported by SUSIE RO)

Date: 
Wednesday, 24 July 2019 19:00 - 22:30
St John's Church

26
JUL

Connor Heraghty Recital

Date: 
Friday, 26 July 2019 13:00 - 14:00
St John's church

01
NOV

Andrew Garride recital

Date: 
Friday, 1 November 2019 13:00 - 14:00
St John's church

17
NOV

Elgar Sinfonia of London Concert

Date: 
Sunday, 17 November 2019 19:30 - 22:00
St John's Church
Tickets £15, £12, £5 elgarsinfonia@yahoo.com

22
NOV

Les Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc

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

24
NOV

Les Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc

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

08
MAR

Elgar Sinfonia of London concert

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

Vicar's Blog

Extinction Rebellion and why we are supporting it.

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 -

Become a Waterloo Festival Patron or Friend!

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

Become a Festival Friend or Patron!

Christmas is Coming....

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...

Reignite 2021 - Reigniting the Festival Church

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...

Towards a Rule of Life

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...

Waterloo Lives!

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...

Waterloo Festival 2018

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...

Reigniting the Festival Church

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. ...

Greetings from Borneo

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...

Digital Futures 2017 - good for everyone!

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 ...

Waterloo Festival 2017

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...

Light a Candle for Peace

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...

St John's, General Synod and inclusion.

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...

Choose life! My response to the Bishops' Report on Marriage and Same-Sex Relationships

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.

A bold and welcoming vision

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...

For religions, climate change is both a threat and an opportunity

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...

Digital Futures - so far, so very good!

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...

Bishop Christopher's Pastoral Letter.

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 -

Orlando, Ramadan and Lent.

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...

To change is to grow

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?

Asking for Lent

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 ...

The Primates' Meeting - good or bad?

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.

A sign of hope ...

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...

The Laughter of Owls

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...

Changing hearts or changing minds?

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-...

Citizens and Refugees

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...

Love without Boundaries

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...

Harvest and Hope

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...

This child was yours and he was mine

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:46
Vicar's Blog

This week's blog is by Jeff, and is an extract from his longer reflection at our new 6pm service on Tuesdays, ...

It starts with prayer....

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:00
Vicar's Blog

“If we want to see things changed, it starts with prayer. It starts with a new spirit of prayer, using all the traditions, ancient and modern. When it comes, it will be link...

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