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Welcome to St John’s, Grainger Street

st johns outsideSt John’s is a vibrant, friendly church, in the catholic tradition of the Church of England, with a daily Eucharist and a high standard of choral liturgy maintained by its excellent choir.

Concerts, recitals and other events add to the cultural repertoire, and the church is set in pleasant and attractive gardens – one of the few green spaces in the city centre – which is enjoyed by the local community and visitors to the city alike.

The Church is open every day from 8.30am and welcomes visitors from all over the world. Leaflets are available in English, Dutch, French, German, Greek,  Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Swedish and Spanish.


Christmas at St John’s

dscf4504Sunday 18 December 5.30pm
Nine Lessons & Carols: the traditional candlelit Christmas Carol service celebrating the Christmas story in words and music

Monday 19 December 7.30pm
Christmas Concert, with Musica Johannis, Tickets £8 (£5 conc.), refreshments after the concert

Saturday 24 December 6pm
Christmas Eve, family nativity service of readings and carols with blessing of the crib and pets
with Rt Revd Mark Tanner, Bishop of Berwick

Sunday 25 December 10am
Christmas Day: Solemn Mass to celebrate the day of Christ’s birth


Development Project Update

We have now been successful in our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and have been awarded a ‘first round pass’ to proceed with the development phase of our project to carry out a series of urgent conservation repairs to this important Grade 1 listed medieval church.

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In addition to the proposed capital works, we will also be developing a programme of heritage activities to increase visitor engagement.

In the meantime, we have managed to complete the re-installation of  the ‘Percy Shield’, a piece of 15th century stained glass representing the arms of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland (1392-1455), in the south transept, and we hope to have the new glazed inner doors installed before the end of the year, which will create a more welcoming and attractive entrance to the church.

Please do continue to support our efforts to maintain and improve St John’s for future generations. Full details of the project, together with details of how to support us, can be found here.

See the calendar for details of all upcoming services, events and activities at St John’s, or click here for photo albums of recent events and activities.


St. AntonyThe Greek Orthodox Church of St Anthony the Great

The Greek Orthodox Church of St Anthony the Great now hold their services at St John’s on the second, third and fourth Sundays of the month, starting at 12.30pm.

Please see their website for more information, including service times and contact details.

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