Four in the fellowship outside St John's

Hidden behind the flowers, another scarecrow waits to pounch.

A stealthy scarecrow waits to pounce upon the unwary (only birds of course).

Green Club new member

Green Club scarecrow at St John's.

A new member of the Green Club takes post outside St John's, looking to see off any lurking crows.

Songs of Praise

Church porch decorated with coronation net.

Your chance to choose your favourite hymn.

You are welcome to speak about your choice or write a short item to be read out at the service. Please fill in the form by 1st July 2023.

The 'Songs of Praise' service is:

Sunday July 9th at 10 a.m. at

St John the Evangelist
Clareville Road,
Caterham Valley

We will do our best to include your choice on July 9th or on a later occasion.

Caterham ‘Summer Loving’ Scarecrow Display and Competition

Scarecrow relaxes in church hall with friends.Scarecrow chats with churchwarden.Scarecrow admires Coronation decoration.

Many towns and villages across the country have been holding Scarecrow displays during the summer months bringing smiles and laughter and visitors a plenty.

St John's are early into the game with a couple of characters relaxing outside the church. Perhaps more will join them?

Green Fair

Green Fair Saturday 24th June
24th June 2023 - 11:30am to 3:30pm


St. John's Church Hall
Clareville Road

Pedricks Stall
Non-plastic Tombola
Pre-loved Goods and Toys
Plant Stall
Lucky Dip
And More!
Come and hear our magnificent church organ and have a go yourself between 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m!
John our organist will be there to welcome you.

Also a tower tour at 12:30pm, hear, see and try the bells.
Refreshments will be served.

St John's church exterior view and John Woodhouse.

Munch with Music - June 2023

Kyle Nash-Baker, piano

The next Munch with Music will be held in the church on 7th June 2023 featuring Kyle Nash-Baker on piano.

You are invited to bring your own ‘Munch’.

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

Coffee, tea and biscuits from 12:15pm, with the performance starting at 12:45pm and lasting about 45 minutes.

The following Munch will be on 5th July, with Andrew Garrido on piano.

Appointment of Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Caterham Valley

Appointment of Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Caterham Valley by The Bishop of Southwark.

We are pleased to announce today, Sunday 21st May 2023 that, The Reverend Jaimee Summers, presently Curate, Benefice of Epping District (All Saints) (St John the Baptist), has been appointed Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Caterham Valley, subject to completion of the necessary procedures.
Further details, including the date of the Licensing service, will follow in due course.

Rogation Sunday 14 May 2023 - Beating the bounds

A collection of photos taken while 'beating the bounds' of St John's, Caterham.

Rogation Sunday – traditionally this is when we ask for God’s protection of the agriculture industry, livestock, and crops. The tradition involves walking the boundaries of the parish – which is called “beating the bounds” – praying and asking for God‘s blessing for the well-being of that particular community.

The walkers from St John's were following a carefully planned route starting with the ascent of Church Hill, then south along the valley to Caterham School.

Striking south again, the party made our way via a muddy path to the View Point where lunch was taken and supplied, very kindly, to one foolish person who was ill prepared for the journey.

Heading east along the North Downs Way, a boundary marker was found and duly given a small beating. Crossing the A22 was complicated by having to give way to the runners heading in the opposite direction.

Climbing back up onto the downs was a testing time, though much mutual encouragement was given. Our sixth prayer location was deep in bucolic uplands and was followed by a respectful passage through a large herd of cows (or bulls with udders).

It was all downhill to the Wasp Lodge roundabout, thankfully, and after a trek along Stafford Road, it just remained to pray in front of the north entrance porch of the church.

St John's gains the Eco Church Bronze Award

An image of the Eco Church Bronze Award Winner 2023.

'Thank you for your application for a Bronze Eco Church Award.

I have checked your survey scores and am delighted to confirm your award. Well done to everyone involved in reaching this milestone!'

Eco Church


St John's Coronation reflection service

St John's service on the 7 May 2023 felt to me like the perfect reflection of the previous day's events.

An expectant congregation gathered and were not disappointed by the familiar, by the unique and by the message. The church was resplendent in red, white and blue, the refreshments were very welcome (nice bit of bubbly) and the cakes delicious.

Rev Catherine Dawkins led the service magnificently and we're very grateful to her.

There is an air of new beginnings around St John's.

A flavour of the service is available in the video 6 minute St John's Coronation reflection service.

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