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Communities are the place to ‘feel like you belong’ at SJC. These communities are where you’re known and grown as a follower of Jesus, meeting regularly to do life, church and pray together. Each community serves a local area or a group of people, whilst studying the Bible in discipleship groups and meeting socially to build friendships. Take a look at some of our SJC Communities below, ask a friend which one they belong to or contact the office outlining the community you’d like to be invited to! Enjoy!


A community group that came together during the Jesus Shaped People discipleship journey. We now meet each Wednesday at 7.30pm in a local home to continue to explore growing in our faith and relationships.


A group of guys from church who live busy lives, and take time out to meet socially, sometimes in a pub, or for a meal, to discuss life and build relationships around our Christian faith.


We are a mixed age group who, through weekly bible study and prayer, create a supportive place of sanctuary.

We meet in people’s homes or via Zoom (mixture of the two).

Weekly on a Wednesday evening starting at 8pm – 10pm.


A mix of singles and couples who are mostly, but not exclusively, 50+, who all have a passion for God’s Word. Who enjoy regular social gatherings, which always include food!

We meet in people’s houses. There is only one group meeting regularly once a fortnight on Wednesday evenings.


We are a community for young adults. We meet to share our lives together as we gather socially, around the Bible and pray for each other.

We meet every week on a Thursday night at 7:30pm. Meeting in a local home.


A group of working women, who meet fortnightly on Tuesday evenings, exploring faith through creativity, sharing lives, joining with God’s purposes, and supporting each other through prayer and practical help.

Uplifted meet once a fortnight on a    Tuesday evening       8-9.30pm usually at the vicarage

Thursday Generation

A long-standing, well established community that reaches out to and serves the local, predominantly over 60’s, we welcome anyone for whom the cluster would be appropriate.

Meeting on Thursdays throughout the month with a variety of activities.

Please check out the Thursday Generation page for more details.

Open House Hospitality

A community for family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Inviting them to share a meal and build relationships. Who doesn’t like a bit of food?

We meet once a month, currently on a Friday evening at 7pm. We meet in each others homes for a shared meal and a discussion question followed by compline.


A community for families. Reaching out and supporting those with kids, both pre-school and school-aged.

We have 2 small groups within our community.

One which is for ladies – it runs fortnightly on a Wednesday at 7.30pm in our houses.

Our second group runs weekly on a Wednesday at 8pm in the leaders (Dan and Lucie Lovell) house which is in Wivenhoe.


A community that meets for friendship, worship and bible study, that loves to organise social and fundraising events for the community and beyond.

We meet weekly on Thursday evenings at 8pm – 9:20pm via Zoom for a Bible study. About once every 6wks we try to meet up in person at one of our homes for breakfast and a prayer time 9:30 am – 11am.


A community of all ages responding to the climate and other environmental emergencies in worship, study and action.  We welcome anyone who would like to join us in this whether or not they currently attend SJC, please email Pauline Scott for more details.  We also have a FB group – St John’s Colchester Eco Group – for sharing ideas and discussion.

We meet the first Tuesday at 8pm to plan and on the 3rd Tuesday for either bible study or an eco awareness evening (both open to anyone) on zoom at 8pm.

Tuesday JSP

A community that came together during the Jesus Shaped People discipleship journey. We meet fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at the church from 7:30pm to 9pm for worship Bible study and prayer.

We love studying the word of God and encouraging one another to deepen our faith and draw closer to our Heavenly Father. Several of our members are retired, but not all and we are happy to welcome people of all ages.

1 Corinthians 12:27: “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

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