ReIGNITE The Festival Church

 

St John's has served the people of Waterloo since 1824, when it opened in what was a severely deprived area on the south bank of the Thames. During WWII it offered its crypt as an air-raid shelter. In the 1990s it welcomed the many homeless in and around 'Cardboard City'.

In 1951 it was restored as The Festival of Britain church, welcoming denominations, choirs and speakers from all over Britain and the Commonwealth.

That inclusive spirit continues today. St John's acts as a bridge, helping the many who turn to it for personal, community, artistic and commercial needs. We curate the annual Waterloo Festivalour charity The Bridge at Waterloo provides employment courses; Southbank Sinfonia is headquartered at St John's. The Churchyard, with its community gardening and pollutant-absorbing greenery, provides an urban oasis.

But St John's desperately needs a makeover. Inspired by the post-war boost that the 1951 Festival of Britain provided, our ambition is to renovate the building in time for the 70th anniversary of The Festival of Britain.

 

    

REIGNITE 2021: The Festival Church Renewed

Already we've raised nearly £2m towards the renovation. Now a final £1.5m will make it happen.

Can you help renovate St John's Waterloo, and unlock the potential of this uniquely-placed London landmark? Reignited, we can achieve so much more where there is so much need.

Small or large, every single donation will help propel this vitally important project forward. 

Canon Giles Goddard, who successfully led St Peter's Walworth's Inspire project, is heading the initiative. He is assisted by a strong team, a supportive congregation and Lambeth Council, committed to improving the area of Waterloo.

Pledging just a small monthly amount, with gift aid, over the 3-year campaign, could be a wonderful and important contribution.

All gifts will be recorded in a thoughtful way; see below!

YOUR GIFT       REPAYMENT

£100,000 & over Name of donor or requested name used for an important room in the new Crypt.
£50,000 - £99,999 Name of donor or requested used for a small room in the new Crypt.
£1,000-£49,999 Name placed on an individual step in the new Crypt
£100 - £999 Name placed on a chair in the main hall
 

 

DONATE ONLINE

Or contact Canon Giles Goddard - giles@stjohnswaterloo.org

THE MONEY RAISED WILL BE SPENT ON:

  • A visible, welcoming single entrance 
  • New flexible community & commercial spaces
  • Reconfigured areas for font, oratory & chapel
  • Disabled access into the crypt
  • Damp-proofing all currently unusable spaces
  • New kitchen for community/commercial events
  • Relocated, efficient toilets and changing rooms
  • New flexible screening & simplified floor levels
  • Increased storage
  • Renewed performance space & better acoustics

2021 REIGNITED

Award-winning architect Eric Parry's exceptional, sensitive designs will improve and modernise the church, making it uncluttered, lighter and brighter. It will be fit for contemporary purposes, with the chapel transformed to offer a prayer and meditation space for all.  See the designs.

The crypt will be a state-of-the-art cultural hub, a fine home for our partners, including Southbank Sinfonia and The Bridge at Waterloo. We will attract new partners, including start-up businesses in the arts and digital sectors.

With superb rehearsal spaces and fully renovated facilities, St John's will be reignited, ready for the demands of the next 70 years, and responding to London's needs.

 

OUR SUPPORTERS SO FAR:

  • Big Lottery Fund 
  • Allchurches Trust
  • The Swire Charitable Trust
  • London Borough of Lambeth
  • The City Bridge Trust
  • The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
  • The Rayne Foundation
  • The congregation of St John's Waterloo

DONATE ONLINE

Or contact Canon Giles Goddard - giles@stjohnswaterloo.org

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL

Donation                                                                      Will fund

£10 A new pane of glass in windows
£50 5m2 of acoustic improvements
£200 A named chair in church
£1,000  A step of the new staircase into crypt
£10,000      A new toilet
£50,000      A new room for training and community use
 

 

HELP US REIGNITE ST SJOHN'S BY 2021

Canon Giles Goddard, vicar of St John’s Waterloo:

“Our vision is to become a beacon church for London. Working with the architect Eric Parry has encouraged us set our sights high, and this exciting renovation will allow us to better serve London and the busy, fast-changing community of Waterloo. We do hope you will get involved in the plan to reignite St John's Waterloo by 2021. Take a look below to see how we will record your gifts!"

YOUR GIFT       REPAYMENT

£100,000 & over Name of donor or requested name used for an important room in the new Crypt.
£50,000 - £99,999 Name of donor or requested used for a small room in the new Crypt.
£1,000-£49,999 Name placed on an individual step in the new Crypt
£100 - £999 Name placed on a chair in the main hall

 

DONATE ONLINE

Or contact Canon Giles Goddard - giles@stjohnswaterloo.org

 

SEE THE DESIGNS FOR ST JOHN'S WATERLOO