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


Message from the vicar, Canon Giles Goddard - 24th March 2020 

In these most difficult of times we want to affirm that St John's is here for you however we can be. Although public worship is no longer permitted, St John's will be here for you as a virtual community while this situation continues. I will be sending a message of support and contemplation every morning. You can read it on our Website here, on our Facebook page or via Twitter. We will also be providing regular updates via social media so please visit us for more news.

We will be keeping Holy Week online. On Palm Sunday there will be services at 9.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.  The service will be live streamed. Visit our Virtual Services for Holy Week page here for links and more information.  Videos of the Services will appear on our website after the service.

Every day I will be saying Morning Prayer on Zoom at 8.30 a.m, I hope you can join me here. There will also be an online Coffee Chat Prayer at 11 a.m, on Zoom - simply click here. Join us to chat, share ideas, listen to one another and pray.

This is the cruellest kind of crisis because the thing which gives us life - sharing and supporting one another - is the thing which is hardest. These completely unprecedented times demand unprecedented responses, and I am very thankful for the sense of love and mutual support which is already so palpable.

 

I am praying constantly and holding everyone in my heart. 

 

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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. 

 

 

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The great drama of Holy Week began yesterday. The photo above is from a previous age... But we had a virtual Palm Sunday procession yesterday, watching a video of the...

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Our worship tomorrow will be livestreamed on Zoom at 9 a.m and 10.30 a.m. You are welcome to join us, either online or by phone. The details and access are ...

Published on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:40
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I was wondering how it would feel, when we went on to the fire escape outside the Vicarage to clap the NHS last night. As there are no other houses in Secker S...

Published on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:40
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As I lay awake last night I wondered who in the Bible might speak into this situation? The Bible isn't full of examples of global lockdown, and most of its sto...

Published on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 08:53
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Someone asked me yesterday: 'how are you feeling, really?' I had to think about the answer to that question. I realised, as I thought about it, that this situati...

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Each day feels very different to me. Today I woke up feeling anxious and sad, as the reality begins to bite and the many ways in which our lives are radically di...

Published on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 12:16
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Today's email to St John's Congregation:   17th March 2020 

Dear all

First can I say that this comes with huge a...

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:59
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Today the General Synod overwhelmingly passed a motion to set 2030 as the target date for the C of E to become carbon neutral. It's a challenging target but, St John's is already pla...

Published by Giles Goddard on Sat, 1 Feb 2020 10:01
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I'm part of the Living in Love and Faith initiative in the C of E. I was as dismayed as many others about the Statement which the House of Bishops released last week, and I was ...

Published by Elaine Wright on Wed, 15 Jan 2020 17:34
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Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020. It has been a wonderful start to the New Year. Nearly 100 people joined us for our second Ceilidh which raised a tremendous £3,000 for ...

Published by Giles Goddard on Sat, 20 Jul 2019 11:35
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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
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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
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St John's is supporting Extinction Rebellion - the Vicar explains why -

Published by Giles Goddard on Thu, 31 Jan 2019 18:40
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Become a Festival Friend or Patron!

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:10
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. ...

Latest News

Published by Giles Goddard on Mon, 6 Apr 2020 14:58
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Health & Housing:

Guys’ & St Thomas’ Hospitals; London Ambulance Station;

Waterloo Health Centre; a...

Published on Wed, 1 Apr 2020 11:55
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If you've been reading Giles' daily blog/email and have enjoyed the mix of prayers, poems, contemplation and up-to-date Covid-19 info then you might like to read all our news in our month...

Published on Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:53
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Please join us this Sunday for our special 'Virtual' Mothering Sunday Services. 

You can take part in our 9 ...

Published on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 20:45
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Message from the vicar, Canon Giles Goddard - 17th March 2020 

In these most difficult of times we want to affirm that St John's is&nbsp...

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 07:43
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St John's has a list of places and people we pray for which runs over a three month cycle. We pray these prayers at 8.30 every morning in St John's. 

Published by Giles Goddard on Sun, 1 Mar 2020 08:28
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We're delighted to welcome the Commonwealth Resounds! for a special service on Sunday 15th March at 11 a.m.  ...

Published on Wed, 5 Feb 2020 17:30
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Book a table at our coffee morning and table-top sale

Monday 24th February

11am to 2pm (set up 1...

Published on Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:00
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On Tuesday February 25th, St John’s Waterloo will hold a Race Night for ReIgnite 2021. ...

Published on Tue, 17 Dec 2019 14:34
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Giles Goddard on Robert Elms Show

Published on Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:17
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Diaries out: Friday 17th January is the first-ever Reignite Take Top Sale

Published on Sun, 8 Dec 2019 08:10
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Join us this Sunday at 10.30am, to hear Bach’s Advent Cantata 147, with soloists, trumpet and oboe. 

Published on Wed, 4 Dec 2019 12:21
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Welcome to the first edition of our Reignite newsletter. The purpose is simple: to keep you informed about the imminent renovatio...

Published on Tue, 3 Dec 2019 18:39
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Date: Saturday 11th January 2020

Time: 2-5pm today

St John's Waterloo


Join us as we open the church for our annua...

Published on Wed, 27 Nov 2019 12:44
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Join us for a beautiful service, with choirs, brass and organ! 

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 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

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