St John’s is the Anglican Parish Church of Farncombe, next to Godalming in Surrey
We are a community of people striving to follow Jesus Christ and make him known through what we say and do.
We worship God in a ‘modern Catholic’ style, and at the core of our worship and identity is the weekly Parish Eucharist when we gather at God’s table where Jesus meets us in bread and wine.
We offer the sacraments (baptism, communion, marriage, and penance) to all who ask us and want to make the promises they involve. We welcome all to the altar of Jesus Christ, believing that is what the Lord we love wants us to do.
We hope you’ll find what you’re looking for on these pages, and perhaps come to join us on our Christian journey. God bless you!
On St Patrick’s Day, March 17th, the Church of England decided that all public worship must cease as part of the national effort to combat the coronavirus epidemic.
Since then, the clergy have maintained the pattern of Morning and Evening Prayer daily at home, and offering the Eucharist privately every Sunday. So we haven't stopped, even though we can't meet together at the moment.
On Tuesday 12th May the Bishop of Guildford allowed clergy once again to pray the Office and to record services on their own in church buildings, and on June 15th we reopened the church in the mornings for people to come in and pray privately - there's a notice on the door announcing times but they cover most weekday mornings from 9.30 to 12.30.
The public recitation of the Office begins again on July 6th and other public worship (all being well) on Sunday July 12th.
In the meantime:
So far as you can, support your vulnerable neighbours, friends and local businesses. The Godalming & Farncombe Community Coronavirus Assistance group on Facebook may be helpful in co-ordinating this kind of effort.
Tell us if you need help.
Pray that the pandemic may pass through as quickly as possible, and that we may learn the lessons it may have to teach us.
Pray for all those affected – for the sick, for their relatives, for our local businesses who will be very worried about their futures.
Look after your mental health and ration your media intake! It’s not likely to make you feel any better. Remember that human beings face deep challenges regularly, and that – beyond what happens to us as individuals – the victory of God has already been won.
While the church is closed, you can find our weekly bulletins, including a service to follow yourself, at these links: