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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





We  have reopened and look forward to welcoming you back.  You are welcome to join us in church or online at 9am and 10.30am for Sunday services here, for daily Morning Prayer at 8.30 here and for Evening Prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays here

Help save our Hans Feibusch murals!  Find out more here 

Donate here 

To book for A Jewish Jesus: Art and Faith in the shadow of world war II, our symposium on Wednesday 16th June, click here

Listen to our vicar on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Programme this Sunday 13th June!


We are hosting a COVID Testing Centre for Lambeth. Full details about that are here.

The church is open from 10.00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday for private prayer and contemplation and anyone particularly in need of hope or support can contact our priests giles@stjohnswaterloo.org or lisa@stjohnswaterloo.org

For everything else, including venue hire, the Waterloo Festival,  information about the new Waterloo Well programme for homeless and young people run by our charity, The Bridge at Waterloo, or our arts programme, please contact us – we’re still very much here for you.

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Here for you - ReIGNITING the Festival Church.

St John’s, the church on the roundabout at Waterloo, is committed to being here for you.

We are excited that, on Monday 5th July, we will be beginning our major renovation project - ReIGNITE! Our last services at St John's will be on Sunday 4thJuly, until we reopen in May 2022.

We will still be here for you. We will be worshipping on Sundays at St Andrew's, Short Street, SE1 8LJ and on Zoom and our office staff will be based at St Andrew's during the refurbishment.  

Full details about ReIGNITE are here - including how to support us in raising the last £150k we need to reach our target of £5m.

THANK YOU to all who have supported us so far. 


We were built in 1824 for Waterloo's working people. We were rebuilt as the church of the Festival of Britain in 1951: a beacon of hope and resilience. Today more than ever, we're responding to the needs of those around us, finding new ways of bringing hope and new ways to serve.

Here for worship

St John's broad-church approach to worship attracts a diverse congregation and we celebrate a growing reputation as one of the most inclusive churches in London. Everyone is welcome. Join us on Sundays or every day for Morning Prayer, in person or online. (Read more)

Here for wellbeing

Waterloo Well is our response to Covid-19. It's a development programme of therapy, counselling, creative activities, employment and resilience training for homeless people, young people and other local people for whom life's challenges are now even more acute (Read more here)

Here for work

Our employment and resilience programme provides practical advice, connections to job opportunities and mentors. We stick with our students for the long run, helping them thrive on the  journey ahead (Read more)

Here for creativity

St John's is a well-known music venue and runs the annual Waterloo Festival. Now we're building a year-round programme co-curated by artists and performers with our diverse local neighbourhood. We make creative communities as well as making art (Read more)

Here for the future

We're fundraising for a major restoration of our crypt starting in summer 2021, so that our historic building can be of full use to the community for the century ahead (Read more)

Here for everyone

Our charitable activities such as Waterloo Well and Here for Work are run by The Bridge at Waterloo, a non-religious social enterprise that is here for everyone. It also runs the Venue Hire from which we derive  our income


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The parish of Waterloo: St John w St Andrew is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Southwark’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.



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Column Inches is now online!  Click here for June's edition ... as we prepare to close St John's for our renovation project and go on pilgrimage to St Andrew's for 10 months.

Previous issues of Column Inches can be read by clicking here.

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