Community of St John the Divine (CSJD)

Introduction to the community

After a time of transition, the Community has settled in its new home in Marston Green, a house of prayer where we seek to live the Religious Life and be a hub of welcome and hospitality. Many call in to talk over a cup of tea/coffee and some stay to share the worship with us. Others come for quiet days, or for some time of space in their busy lives, other for a few days of reflection and rest. Small groups come and there is a ministry of spiritual accompaniment. We are very aware how much we have downsized since out move from Alum Rock and have to be careful not to overbook the diary. It is true to say that the house is very well used and sometimes bulges at the seams! A very popular place is the “God Pod” in the garden.

We are seeking to develop a rhythm that nurtures the Religious Life as it adapts to creative change, builds our relationship with our Associates, and share something of our life with all who visit the house, praying that it is a place where God’s love is seen and felt.

Contact details

0121 788 0391

Address: St John’s House, 113 Coleshill Road, Marston Green, Birmingham B37 7HT

Community information

Date of foundation:
Registered Charity number:
210 254

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham



The brochure written for the 150th anniversary contains a short history.

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

Associates are men and women from all walks of life who desire to have a close link with the life and work of the Community. They make a simple Commitment to God, to the Community and to one another. Together with the Sisters, they form a network of love, prayer and service. (Guidelines available.)


Leaders of the Community: Sister Christine CSJD & Sister Margaret Angela CSJD
Assumed office April 2007


Sister Ivy
Sister Shirley

Postulants: 1