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St. John the Divine

The wooden building that is known as St. John the Divine was donated  to become a daughter church serving the outlying areas of  the Parish of St James the Great, Shirley. It was licensed on 23 May 1925.


Reduction in attendances and increases in running costs led to the church being deemed non-viable in 1982 and it was closed; but in 1985  St John's reopened as one of the District Churches in the new Shirley Team Ministry.


It happened that the proprietors of Tidbury Green Nursery were looking for premises at that time and the two 'new' enterprises embarked on their journey sharing the use of the premises. Five years later part of the site was leased to the Nursery and they erected their own building. That joint usage of the site continues and has been important in supporting the Church.

Although we may be a smaller community, a warm welcome is always extended to anyone who wishes to join us.




Eucharist at 9am (Morning worship on third Sunday)

First Sunday Eucharist is joint with Christ the King and the venue alternates


Reflective Worship at 7pm on the first Sunday each month. Quiet worship in the Celtic tradition..


Share a Prayer and Bible Reading, held on the third Wednesday of each month at 10.30am, usually in someone's home. Please contact us for more information


To find out more about Christenings at St. John's, please click here

Social events

There is a coffee morning at church at 10:30am on the second Wednesday of each month. There are also a number of other social events. Please contact for more information. 

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