We’re working through the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force tomorrow, Friday 25th May 2018. As part of this we’ve produced a Data Privacy Statement, describing the principles controlling how we store and process personal details. This isn’t the end of the process as we will carry on reviewing the data we hold and the means of collecting it. You can read the Data Privacy Statement here.

We’re a bit late reporting it, but on the 17th of February the Church Council spent a day at S. Nicholas’s Church, Peper Harow, thinking about the next steps and priorities for the development of the church community over the course of the next couple of years. We were helped through the process by Revd Steve Cox from Guildford Diocese, who also facilitated our previous Away Day two years ago. Our deliberations are far from complete and will carry on over the coming months.

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There’s no 10am service at St John’s this week. Instead we’re invited to join our brother and sisters from other Godalming churches at SS Peter & Paul’s church, Godalming, for the annual Churches Together United Service (which is also at 10am this year). There will be activities for KS1 & 2 children run by the Trinity Trust Team. Our 8am and 6.30pm services are as usual.

Help For Refugees

October 27th, 2017

Farncombe resident Michelle Penson from the St John’s Toddler Group (in green in photo 3, with churchwarden Helen Gee) has been organising the local collection of clothes for Farnham Help For Refugees. We’ve been looking after the clothes at the church. Yesterday they were boxed and taken off to Farnham. Well done everyone!

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Harvest Festival, 1st October 2017

September 26th, 2017

At 10am on Sunday 1st October it’s our main Harvest Festival service where we’ll welcome members of our uniformed organisations and singers from School. Everyone’s welcome to come and celebrate.

If you’d like to bring some Harvest gifts, we’re collecting for the Godalming Food Bank based at St Mark’s Church, Ockford Ridge. At theĀ moment they’re especially requesting:
– Jelly
– Angel Delight
– Squash
– Small tins of potatoes
– Tins of ham and corned beef
– Breakfast cereals for children e.g. Weetabix, but NOT Porridge, Muesli, Granola or Bran flakes.
– UHT Milk in 1 pint packs
– Powdered milk
– Toilet rolls ~ packs of 2 or 4
But NO fresh produce or home made preserves, please.

Donna’s Ordination

June 28th, 2017

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For the last three years Donna Gibbs has been part of our congregation. Donna was worshipping at St Mark’s Ockford Ridge when she decided God was calling her to be ordained and moved to St John’s to pursue her studies. On Saturday 24th June she was ordained deacon at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral! Here is Donna standing to the Bishop of Bury’s left. She’ll serve her curacy in a parish in Ipswich and we all wish her well!

Hear My Song

June 6th, 2017

Our friends from Big Group Sing are kindly holding a fundraising event for the church on Friday 16th June – music of many kinds and refreshments too! See the picture for more details.

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Pentecost Day is on June 4th this year. It’s the one of the Christian Church’s big three festivals that tends to get missed out these days but it’s an exciting time – the Church’s birthday! This year our Family Service in the morning will be a Family Communion with the children taking part in everything that’s going on – we hope you can make it. The evening service will be Evensong & Benediction (which we don’t get a chance to do very often) with our Choir leading the worship.

Christian Aid Week 2017

May 22nd, 2017

We’ve had a successful Christian Aid Week – thank you to all the generous contributors and fundraisers. Particular congratulations to all raffle prizewinners from Toddler Group and Messy Church: you’ll soon know who you are if you don’t already!

Ron Hall RIP

May 22nd, 2017

On Monday 15th May we said goodbye to Ron Hall, longstanding member of St John’s, who died in such dramatic circumstances in church three weeks before. Ron came from Worcestershire and although after converting to Christianity as a result of organising his father’s funeral he considered becoming a minister, he instead had a vocation to teaching which brought him and his wife Hazel to Surrey, where he was eventually headmaster of Godalming Junior School and St Bede’s School in Shalford. At St John’s Ron directed the Sunday Schools and served as churchwarden from 1969 to 1973. One of his hobbies was woodturning and he made our Paschal candlestick, the wooden processional cross we use in Lent, and the big cross that hangs on the wall of the Church Room as well as smaller items. He was a lovely man and a great Christian – we will miss him dreadfully but give thanks for all he gave over his 91 years.