Our Sunday services are back at St John's as we have now completed our restoration project.

Join us 9am and 10.30am Sunday mornings at St John's Waterloo, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY. You're very welcome to join us in church, or online using the links below.

Join us for worship:

St John’s was built in 1824 for Waterloo’s working people. We were bombed in the war and then restored as the church of the Festival of Britain in 1951: a beacon of hope and resilience. We believe that God is found in expected and unexpected places at the heart of London and 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.


St John’s broad-church approach to worship attracts a diverse congregation. Many from the LGBTI+ community find their way to us and we’re proud of our growing reputation as one of the most inclusive and affirming churches in London. Everyone is welcome.


Come along to a Sunday service (in person or online) or contact the vicar Canon Giles Goddard first if you’d like to know more.

giles@stjohnswaterloo.org | 07762 373 674

Sunday services

9.00 am
First Service –  a simple service lasting about 30 minutes based on worship from the Iona Community

10.30 am
Parish Eucharist

6.00 pm
every 2nd Sunday of the month

🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈Open Table Service – a welcoming and affriming service for people who are LGBTQI+ and anyone who wants to belong in an accepting, loving community.

Regular services


8.30 am
Morning Prayer


8.30 am
Morning Prayer


8.30 am
Morning Prayer

1.00 pm
Lunchtime Eucharist


8.30 am
Morning Eucharist at St Andrew’s (SE1 8LJ)


8.30 am
Morning Prayer

Special events

Exploring Spirit, an interfaith season of arts, film, reflection, talks, worship, prayer and meditation, will take place at St John’s between October 1st and December 3rd. It will bring together nature, the climate crisis and the spiritual journey. Drawing on Christian and other faith traditions and open to everyone. Read more about this and access the full programme here.

Get involved:

There are lots of ways to get involved in the life of St John’s. Here are some suggestions.

Lent Course 2023: Journeying with Jesus

Tuesdays during Lent, starting on 28th February. 6.30 pm, St John’s Crypt.

We’re all on a spiritual journey. Jesus, too, was on a spiritual journey, from his birth to the final week of his life. We will travel alongside Jesus through Lent, looking at how some key moments in Jesus’ ministry – the Temptations, Jesus preaching in the synagogue, the encounter with the Syro-Phoenician woman and more – can help us as we try to understand our faith and our relationship with God more deeply.

All welcome. You’re invited to read The Gift of Being Yourself, by David Benner – but it’s not essential that you read the book for the course.

For further information please email Giles – or just turn up!


Join our regular supper and discussion group for people aged between 18 and 40. We meet over a meal in the Vicarage and talk about a wide range of topics – the spiritual journey, key issues in Christianity, prayer, books, music – whatever the group would like to discuss. Contact Giles below and come along.

Open Table at St John's Waterloo

The Open Table Network (OTN) is a growing partnership of communities across England & Wales which welcome and affirm people who are: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, & Asexual (LGBTQIA) + our families, friends & anyone who wants to belong in an accepting, loving community.

Many churches around the country hold Open Table services. They are usually quite informal and involve a eucharist/shared meal.

Our Open Table services happen on the second Sunday of every month, at 6pm. The next one is on Sunday 12th March.

To find out more email Georgia below.


There is more about Open Table Network here.

Rule of Life

Recognising the thirst for a deeper understanding of the spiritual path but also the astonishing busyness of so many people in London, we are drawing on the wisdom of St Benedict, St Anthony, St Theresa and many others who have wrestled with questions such as: how do I, in the midst of my daily life, live in a way that is meaningful and holy? How does my faith change my life? What must I do to enter the Kingdom of God, and how do I help others along the narrow way of holiness?

One response to these questions is the notion of a Rule of Life for members of the church. Find out more in our short brochure below.


The choir is open to all! It meets every Monday evening for rehearsals, and again on Sundays at 10am in preparation for the service. In addition to Sunday services, the choir sings for special services, an annual Carol Service and at community events. If you would like to join, email Euchar Gravina, the Music Director.

Bell ringing

We have eight bells hung for full English style change ringing in which each bell is mounted on a wheel controlled by a rope in the hands of a ringer down below. Our bells, of which the heaviest weighs nearly a tonne, were cast at the Whitechapel Foundry in 1925.

We are members of the Surrey Association of Church Bell Ringers which covers the area south of the Thames, and the Docklands Ringing Centre, a loose association of towers straddling the river from Southwark to Tower Hamlets. We enjoy visiting one another’s towers and organise events for training and friendly competition.

Bell ringing is a team activity offering physical and mental exercise and social interaction and makes a wonderful contribution to church life. We ring for services, for ceremonies, and for fun. And we welcome new recruits.

Vicar’s Blog

Sign up below to receive regular thoughts, comments and prayers relating to the issues of the day from our vicar Canon Giles Goddard. Read the latest here. You can also sign up for our monthly St John’s Waterloo Newsletter, a round-up of church news plus all our arts, music, charity, climate change and events. Or email us on admin@stjohnswaterloo to receive Column Inches, a monthly online parish magazine produced by the congregation.


Baptisms, weddings, funerals and special services:

The spiritual and gloriously restored interior of St John’s makes it a perfect setting for a special service or celebration. This is a place where God’s blessing has been given at weddings, baptisms, celebrations of civil partnerships, funerals and memorials, over many years.


Our Greek style portico and beautiful churchyard garden are striking backdrops for photographs and we would be delighted to host your post-service reception in the nave itself or in our brick-vaulted historic crypt.


To talk about how we could host a special occasion in your life, please start by emailing us on admin@stjohnswaterloo.org.


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