There are no upcoming events
The Church is not closing, nor the worship ceasing.
Public worship services have been suspended for the time being.
We are the Church and as such we will continue in offering to God our private prayer and worship and where it is safe we will offer practical help to one another and our neighbourhoods.
"Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day." Archbishop of Canterbury, 17/3/2020
On Tuesday before this announcement was made three of us gathered in the church, not for the usual Tuesday Eucharist but a Lenten meditation that seemed to naturally go from reflecting on fear to the promise that God is with us. We prayed for our family, friends and community. Prayer it seems will be one of the forms of solace for many of us. But prayer is also action and in doing so we will be actively engaged in our Christian life and calling.
This message from my fellow prayer partners yesterday was also very clear - self-isolating for the over 70's would be difficult and emotionally hard. I want to reassure you that you are precious to us and we value you, we are praying for you and as such we have set out the following things to do:
- Beginning work this week we aim to contact as many of you over the phone as possible. This pastoral call will be made by one of the ministry team.
- Use the website to update people on a regular basis
- Our churches will remain open for private prayer and personal reflection
- Whilst our churches will remain open for private prayer we also have the option to explore ways to worship creatively
- Click The Church of England service of Daily Prayer to access spiritual resources
- Hard copies are of daily prayer available at the back of Church (Worship at home pack) also see link under spiritual resources to access online
Keeping God in the picture
Psalm 46 offers us words of comfort in troubled times and reassures us that God is with us.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Today use the words 'Be still and know that I am God' to reflect upon God's promise to be with us. When the storms of life and uncertainty of our situation overwhelms it can sometimes be hard to hear God. When you catch yourself becoming anxious, when the next news feed makes your heart sink lower and you wonder where to run and hide, then stop, still yourself, take a deep breath and allow God to bring you peace. Meditate on the words "Be still and know that I am God"
The Parish of Godalming
Where All Are Welcome
You are warmly welcomed 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. If you would like to visit the church, please contact the Parish Office for details of when it will be open. GU7 1ES
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.
The Notice Sheet has information about events in the parish. Find it on this page.