Parish of Christ Church and St. John Clapham

Welcome to Christ Church and St. John, Clapham

A real sense of community, personality, warmth and belonging


Your churches’ history

Christ Church Clapham

Built between 1861 and 1862 by architect Benjamin Ferrey, Christ Church is a beautiful example of Kentish ragstone construction. It’s a Grade 2 listed building and includes a chancel and a nave of five bays with aisles on each side. At the west end there are porches facing north and south, while at the east end of the north aisle is an organ chamber. On the south side is a small chapel. East of this are clergy and choir vestries and, further east, a passage giving access to a meeting room. At the East end is the alter around which we gather each Sunday.

Lovingly restored and upgraded

Over the last few years a lot of work has been carried out (including new heating and lighting) to make the church even more accessible and welcoming as well as providing an atmosphere of greater warmth, colour and beauty. The work has lovingly revealed some of the building’s original heritage features (see the interior of Christ Church at the top of this section). Enhancing our church has brought new energy and life to the place and made it an even more special place of worship for you.

St. John the Evangelist Clapham

Built a little earlier than Christ Church between 1840 and 1842 by architect Thomas Marsh Nelson, it’s also a Grade 2 listed building and was built as a chapel-of-ease in a classical style. It’s built around a plain brick box with a five-bay portico of Ionic fluted columns supporting a pediment, all in painted stucco, giving a striking look to the exterior. A sanctuary is sited against the east wall flanked by the main entrance and there’s an intimate Lady Chapel. There’s an extensive crypt extending across the whole of the building and accessed by a staircase.

Cultural Connections

This programme of arts events and learning marks the restoration of Christ Church with a year of activities at the heart of the community. We have been collecting stories and memories from Christ Church’s congregation and local residents and now Cultural Connections is extending it. This project called Mapping Lives will culminate in a multimedia exhibition inspired by the heritage and diversity of our local community. Visit Mapping Lives at Christ Church from June 2019, you can find out more by visiting:

Links to what we believe

Affirming Catholicism find out more about inspiration and hope in the Anglican Communion.

Inclusive Church is a network of churches, groups and individuals uniting together around a shared vision.

Women and the Church WATCH is a national organisation working actively for gender justice, equality and inclusion in the Church of England.