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, but we hope it isn’t stuffy and boring. People who come for the first time often say, ’It was so peaceful, there was something about it, I felt better.’ When Christians meet together Jesus is there with them, and his presence brings spiritual life to us. We really value our link to St John's Church School, and children are welcome and fully included in the life of the church.
St John’s is also the church where big events happen, like our Remembrance Day service and 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.
Every Sunday at 9.30 we celebrate Holy Communion using the Common Worship services from the Church of England. The music is a mix, sometimes organ and sometimes keyboards. 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 coffee and chat.
FAMILY HOLY COMMUNION
One Sunday each month is a special service for everyone in the family of all ages with a focus on stories and lively music.
See our Facebook page for the next time one of these is happening.
The church is open on Wednesday afternoons from 5.30 for about an hour for Evening 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 we know of memorial 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. There is disabled access and a hearing loop and toilet facilities inside the church.