About St John’s Church

Some of St John’s principles

We are part of the Church of England, look to the authority of Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury and Andrew, Bishop of Guildford, and accept the tradition and discipline of the Anglican Church. We are part of the Catholic tradition in the Anglican Church, and believe it is part of the Catholic Church throughout the world, including the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox. We are part of a Group Ministry with other Anglican churches in the area, and of Churches Together In Godalming & District, which includes other churches too.

Our worship is sacramental. That is, we believe Jesus Christ works in his Church and in our hearts through certain acts, including baptism and communion.

Our teaching is orthodox. We think deeply, we ask plenty of questions, but we believe in the historic Christian faith taught by the Church of England and the Catholic Church throughout the world, expressed in the statements of belief called the Creeds developed by the early Church.

Our style is open. We don’t believe we have the right to deny Christ to his people, and welcome all to his sacraments. Come and tell us your story – we will listen and do what we can to help.

The church is usually open from 9am to 3pm daily and often until 5.30pm when Evening Prayer is said. There is a place to light candles and leave written prayers which we will always look at and pray through too. Sometimes the church has to be closed unavoidably so we apologise if this causes any inconvenience.

Some of St John’s People

The Churchwardens are Helen Gee and Paul Rivers. The Wardens are elected each year by the congregation to represent and lead them.

The Rector is James Rattue. James was ordained in 2005 and served as Curate in Weybridge before becoming Rector of Farncombe in 2009. He used to work as a museum curator in Wimborne, Chatham and High Wycombe.

The Curate is Maggie Stirling-Troy. Maggie was ordained in 2013 as a ‘self-supporting minister’ (which means she works for free!) and is a lawyer in her secular life.

Lois Warden is a lay Reader. Lois has had various jobs involving languages and education, some of them overseas, and at St John’s preaches and runs Bible study groups.

Our two Pastoral Assistants are Corinne Cooper and Penny Rivers. Corinne has lived in Farncombe for many years, was a governor of the Infants School for over forty years (and many other things besides) and knows almost everyone. Penny is a former Town Councillor and Mayor of Godalming.

We have a Facebook page with regular updates and news, which you can find here: fblogo

In 2012 the church underwent a major refurbishment and put in a new single-level wooden floor, modern wooden seating, and new lighting. The furniture was designed by Irish Contract Seating and you can find out more about them here.