The Parish of Godalming
Where All Are Welcome
I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to the Parish of Godalming. Christian prayer and worship has been celebrated here for over 1,000 years. Today we continue that tradition by offering a place of encounter with God with worship at its centre.
Being open to God’s love is at the heart of our understanding of faith. We aim to be an inclusive community that welcomes everyone on their journey and respects free thinking.
We have two churches in the parish, very different from one another but set within the heart of the communities we serve:
Saint Peter and St Paul's Church is in the centre of our beautiful town at the end of medieval Church Street. Overlooking the Lammas lands, the River Wey and the memorial park it is arguably one of the most attractive churches in the South East and is a popular venue for weddings and town celebrations. Though an ancient building dating back to the 9th century it is a living place for praise, prayer and reflection and is open every day of the week during daylight hours for you to visit. GU7 1ER
St Mark’s Church is a thriving community that serves the areas of Ockford Ridge, Aaron’s Hill and Primrose Hill. It is both a church and community centre and offers a modern, comfortable and flexible space for worship, fellowship and fun.
Our two churches offer a variety of Sunday worship styles so whether you appreciate choral evensong or enjoy cafe church we believe we have something for you. Whichever service you chose you will receive a warm welcome. We look forward to meeting you.
Revd Canon Mervyn Roberts
The notice sheet has information about events in the parish. Find it on this page.
Events at St-Etienne-du-Rouvray 26/7/16
The Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson has spoken of his anguish on the death of Father Jacques Hamel today at the Church of St Etienne du Rovray, near Rouen. Bishop Andrew said:
“I am deeply saddened by the events today at the Church of St-Etienne-du-Rouvray, and we join with our brothers and sisters in France in prayer and anguish.
"Our Diocese of Guildford is linked with Evry, near Paris, and I have written to Bishop Michel of that Diocese to convey our shock and prayer.
“There is no peaceable alternative to a society where people of all faiths are valued and free to worship without fear, but these events show that this is something which can never be taken for granted.
“Now more than ever we must resist the language of fear and reprisal, and speak aloud the values of tolerance and love which unite the vast majority of our global family.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, wrote on his facebook page:
"Evil attacks the weakest, denies truth and love, is defeated through Jesus Christ.
"We pray for France, for the victims and for their communities.
"Le mal attaque les plus faibles, nie toute vérité et amour, est vaincu par Jésus.
"Prions pour la France, ses victimes et ses communautés
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