Harvest 2018

September 18th, 2018

It’s Harvest season coming up! We celebrate at St John’s with special harvest services for the Infants School at 9am on Wednesday 26th September & Ladybirds Nursery at 9.30am on Tuesday 2nd October, Songs of Praise at the Day Centre at 2pm on 26th September, and the main Harvest Festival service at 10am on Sunday 7th October.
This year our theme is ‘Food’ and so we wanted to support a charity working in the area of sustainable agriculture. We picked Send A Cow and you can find out more about their current campaign here: https://www.sendacow.org/harvest/
Our offerings will go to the Food Bank at St Mark’s. We’re not aware that they want anything in particular at the moment, but dry goods (including toiletries), tins, washing up liquid and so on will all be welcome – no fresh or home-made goods, please.


The Village Show is this Saturday. Judging is from 11am and the Show is open to the public from 2pm with prize-giving at 3.30pm – details of how to enter (it’s still possible) are in flyers and posters you can find around the village. The Show is usually a great splash of colour and fun in the Summer season but given the adverse growing conditions this year we hope plenty of folk will have managed to produce *something* …!

Yesterday, on Monday August 6th, we managed to achieve an ambition (at least of the Rector’s) and celebrate the Eucharist for the Transfiguration outside (much to the bemusement of various commuters making their way along Church Path)!

This Saturday at 10am is our quarterly Requiem Mass for the souls of the departed. We’ll be remembering especially our friend Creina Kybett who died a few weeks ago. If there’s anyone else you’d like to be prayed for, please let us know.

And finally a reminder that there’s NO 10AM SERVICE at St John’s this Sunday, August 12th. Instead we’re joining with the other Godalming churches for the annual Churches Together Open-Air Service at the Bandstand – it starts at 10.30am.

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.


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.