Our vision is to be a place of God in the centre of London where people have the freedom to find hope and to be transformed. We are a diverse community in a complex world, and we seek to be Christ-like, celebrating the light of Love and bringing Light into darkness.
Our mission is to be at the heart of the community in Waterloo radiating God’s Love
- Being radically inclusive, welcoming people regardless of faith background, economic circumstances or physical ability
- Listening to others and by learning, accepting and responding, offering to all opportunities for growth and nourishment
- Connecting and serving different communities of culture, faith or the arts through our worship, programmes and events we host
- Using our churches to support young people into work or further training especially through engagement with the arts
- Christ-centred – prayerfully attempting to imitate Jesus Christ’s welcome and challenge to the world as set out in the Gospels.
- Transformative – being dynamic agents of change, encouraging new growth and spiritual discovery.
- Inclusive – reflecting the radical call of love to all people.
- Compassionate – speaking and acting in support of vulnerable people.
- Sustainable – seeking to safeguard our community and our world for future generations
The Church of England parish of St John with St Andrew, Waterloo is in an exciting, changing part of London that also contains communities which have been here since the church was built in 1824. The people of St John’s reflect that diversity, and are united in a desire to understand the implications of Christianity for the 21st century. Some of us have deep knowledge of the Bible and Christian tradition, others are very new to it.
We are trying to work out what it means to be a church in a world with so many conflicting priorities. We come from across the spectrum of economic power, sexuality, ethnicity and gender, and the challenges this brings are far outweighed by the opportunities for friendship we discover.
We work hard to bring about a more just, fairer society. We are very involved in environmental questions, in supporting the arts through our resident organisations and in our own life and work, and supporting those who are poor or homeless through the Robes project, Waterloo Foodbank and charitable links across the world.
We have strong links with the Ugandan congregation Okusinza, Mu Luganda, which has been meeting at St John’s for 20 years. We work in partnership with The Bridge at Waterloo. Through their three pillars of community, arts, and heritage, we seek to unlock the potential of the people of Waterloo and London. We also host hundreds of organisations and events each year, and try to ensure that everything that happens here is in accordance with our vision, our mission and our values
We intend to measure our success in living up to our vision, mission and values by: