ST JOHN'S CHURCH, STANGROUND
St John’s was built around 800 years ago. It is a very beautiful building with a special atmosphere, a great place to come to worship and pray. Local families have celebrated weddings and christenings there ever since and this still goes on today.
Our worship at St John’s has a traditional feel and is very welcoming to everyone. We love to see children and they have a special area with toys etc for the young ones.
We really value our link to St John's Church School, and children are welcome and fully included in the life of the church.
Do come along and meet us – we would love to see you!
St John’s is also the Church where we celebrate major events, like the community Remembrance Day Service, the Candlelight Carol Service and Midnight Mass. Every year at the end of June we have a ‘Patronal Festival’ when we have a community party to celebrate Stanground’s own Parish Church. Please do look at our website or Facebook page to see what else is coming up..
Every Sunday at 9.30am we celebrate Holy Communion using the Common Worship services from the Church of England. The music is a mix, sometimes organ and sometimes piano. The sermon or talk aims to help us in our daily life of faith and draw us closer to God. The Holy Communion is open to all baptised Christians who regularly receive in any Christian Church. There’s a warm invitation to stay for refreshments and get to know people better.
FAMILY HOLY COMMUNION
The first Sunday of each month is a slightly more relaxed service with more modern songs and opportunity for the children to be more involved. This is an excellent service for family baptisms in particular.
The church is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays for Morning Prayer at 8.30 am Evening Prayer at 5.30 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for a short timer of prayer.
HISTORY OF THE CHURCH BUILDING
St John’s was built about 800 years ago and it is the oldest building in Stanground but the octagonal stone font is even older, possibly from an earlier church on the same site. Over time changes and additions have been made. For example the original building had no seating, and the earliest pews are from the 1400s.
A guide book written in 1896 says, ‘When the Revd Cory became vicar (in 1842) the church was in a very bad state, but by his help the Church was restored’ and this work included plastering the walls and adding some new stained glass. The beautiful stained glass east window installed then is one of the glories of the Church.
We say thank you to Revd Cory, and we know we have a responsibility to keep this building for future generations of Stangrounders. Unfortunately we have to keep the Church locked but please contact us if you would like to arrange a visit.
In 1919 the people of Stanground decided to have a memorial to the local men who lost their lives in the Great War. They erected a new stone altar at the east end of the Church, the only such memorial we know of in the country.
Further historical reading can be found at Rob's Churches >
It is a delight to hear the peal of bells ringing out over Stanground. A team of ringers meet on Thursday evenings to practice ‘ringing the changes.’ Bells are sometimes rung on Sundays, and often for weddings too. We always welcome people who would like to learn to ring bells, so do get in touch if you are interested in this ancient skill.
Find us at PE2 8HF, at the top of Church Street where the road bends right.
There is a small car park. We have disabled access, a hearing loop and toilet facilities inside the church.