Church of England Diocese of Southwark Catford (Southend) and Downham

About Us


Welcome to St John the Baptist, Catford!   We are a thriving Church of England parish church located between Lewisham and Bromley. 

St John's follows the policies, procedures and guidelines laid down in the Church of England's 'A Safe Church' document for safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. Details can be found on The Diocese of Southwark's website at:

We worship in the modern catholic tradition and seek to serve all in our local community through a range of outreach activities and events. We are part of the Catford (Southend) and Downham Team which has four churches, each with a distinctive ethos and pattern of worship. 

Our main service is the Parish Mass on Sunday morning at 1030. This involves servers, incense, great music and is open to all.   We run Children's Church in three age groups in the hall and we have many children involved throughout our church activities.  We also have an informal service of worship ([email protected]) at 4pm each Sunday. And there are regular weekday Masses.

We have weekday groups for Mums and Toddlers, Storytime, a very popular Senior Social Club, Mother's Union, Youth Group, Coffee Club and Craft & Hobby Group.

We have close links with our Church of England primary school which is next door and also with other key local stakeholders including Phoenix Community Housing Association   

Do please have a look through our website.  If you have any queries including for baptisms and weddings please contact Fr Christopher Rogers, Curate at [email protected]   We have an excellent large hall and kitchen for hire, immediately next to the church (See 'Contact' page for details of booking).   

For more information go to our website: and

Our church is currently in interregnum (January 2020)