Coin Street and St John’s Waterloo invite you to a heart-warming Christmas Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 17 December. Everyone is welcome to join us at the beautifully renovated St John’s Church, SE1 8TY, for an evening of traditional carols and special choral performances. The doors will open at 4:30pm, with the service commencing at 5:00pm.

This year’s event aims to raise £1,500 for two exceptional community projects: Room For You and Coin Street’s community singing group. These initiatives play a vital role in combatting loneliness and isolation, by bringing local people together, all year round.
At the service, St John’s Church Choir, Coin Street Community Singers, and Take Note Singers will unite to present a delightful repertoire of Christmas favourites. Feel free to join in on the carolling and immerse yourself in the festive spirit. After the service, linger to enjoy stalls and holiday treats such as mince pies and mulled wine.

Funds raised will support Room For You, offering English language classes, art and creativity, counselling and sharing food together. Proceeds will also go towards Coin Street community singing group, inviting people of all abilities to have fun performing together, lifting spirits, and improving mental health and wellbeing.

While admission is free, we encourage attendees to contribute a suggested donation of £10 per adult. Book now on TicketSource and please give generously.

Reverend Giles Goddard, Vicar at St. John’s Waterloo, says

Christmas is a time of hope, joy and to think of others. I am delighted to welcome the community to St John’s, to sing together and rejoice, and show my support for two worthy causes.

Natalie Bell, Head of Youth and Community Programmes at Coin Street, says

It’s wonderful to have partnered with St John’s this year, on what will be a remarkable evening of festivities for the whole family. I look forward to joining in on the carols, and raising funds for two outstanding projects, which I know make a difference to people’s lives.

Make this Christmas season memorable by joining us for a magical evening of carols and community spirit at St John’s Waterloo.



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For more information please contact:

Keith Winestein, Coin Street



Revd Georgia Ashwell, St John’s Waterloo



Notes to Editors

About Coin Street

Coin Street’s mission is to create and support a resilient, adaptable neighbourhood, of people and places, where everyone’s diverse needs are met. Our community programmes and activities bring people together, nurturing resilience, and improving quality of life.



About St John’s Waterloo

St John’s, the church on the IMAX roundabout at Waterloo, is a historic 1824 Grade II* church that reopened in October 2022 after a major restoration by Eric Parry Architects. It is one of the most inclusive churches in London and provides the best new performance, event and meeting spaces on the South Bank, fulfilling its commitment to be here for everyone.


St John’s produces a year-round programme of arts and culture, including the annual Waterloo Festival, and is co-home to the academy-orchestra Southbank Sinfonia. In the past year, it welcomed renowned international musicians, including Angela Hewitt, Steven Osborne and Doric String Quartet, as well as played host to professional and amateur orchestras. In partnership with prominent human rights organisations and through visual arts and literature, St John’s is also actively engaged with social justice, addressing issues such as press freedom, censorship, homelessness and climate change.


Beyond the arts, St John’s runs the award-winning churchyard garden and a variety of community projects for people experiencing homelessness and isolation as well as local community members for whom life’s challenges are now even more acute.