St John's in the Fields
Gather with us
Sundays @ 11:15am
What can I expect?
This is a relaxed service with contemporary worship which normally involves the celebration of Holy Communion or a more informal ‘Service of the Word’. This tight knit fellowship prides itself on its welcome and is always delighted to see newcomers or visitors to St Ives. The service is always done before 12.30 and all are welcome to join us for refreshments afterwards.
st John's Community garden project
Inspired by the origins of our church being 'in the Fields' we aim to grow organic vegetables and herbs. As well as for community use by those living nearby we also grow for the St Ives Community Foodshare meals and the Community Pantry located at St John's. Currently have 4 raised vegetable beds and a shed to store equipment which we will be expanding in the future. Anyone who enjoys growing their own food, would like to be part of a growing group, or would like to spend time outdoors with others is welcome to join us.
For where two or three have gathered together in my name, I am there with them.
How to find us
St John's in the Fields is just outside of St Ives centre, you'll find us opposite the fire station
St John's has on-site parking with plenty of space for hall and church users.
We also open up our church during the holiday periods - you can also use St John's to park your car for £5 a day.
st john's church
The Church is a Piers St Aubyn designed Victorian building constructed on the outskirts of St Ives to service a growing population which to be fair took a little time to evolve around it. It sits on an elevated site with an iconic tower not typical of the County. A long tarmac drive accesses the Church with nicely laid out grassed lawns and mature trees. There is parking to the rear (north east) and a single storey hall with associated facilities.
Access to the Church is via the south porch. There is an inner vestibule of glazed paneling and varnished soft wood with double doors giving access to the south aisle. Upon entry the full extent of the Church is seen with the open arcading giving access to the north and south aisles with the clerestory above. The interior has been re-ordered under the design of the excellent architect Giles Blomfield being one of his earlier central altar proposals
The Church has two altars. The high altar is a simple small oak altar with painted panels of the archangels. This has a fine altar frontal which needs repair. It forms part of a reredos with embroidered panels set behind glass. The old pulpit sits to the north of the chancel arch. It sits on a granite plinth with the matching sandstone upper panelling and book rest.
The baptismal font is situated at the west end of the nave. It is an octagonal sedimentary stone font bowl with granite plinth, possibly having been relocated as part of the reordering. It is lead lined with an oak and iron strapped cover.
There is a 12 Apostles screen which was removed from the chancel step and reformed in the east end of the north aisle. This is a fine and interesting piece of work and tradition has it that the facs as drawn represent orignal donors to the St John's church.
The Church has some simple slab memorials which are sound and secure. It also has some very interesting and unusual painted swags over windows and the chancel arch with panels in the sanctuary and bands of script at wall plate level. We believe this in on tin. This is quite unusual within Cornwall.
The Church has some extremely fine glass. It all appears to have been from one studio, being J Jennings Glassworks, Clapham Road, London, albeit at slightly different times.