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!


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As of St Patrick’s Day, March 17th, the Church of England has decided that all public worship must cease as part of the national effort to combat the coronavirus epidemic.

We will, in accordance with our own hopes as well as the encouragement of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, try as best we can to maintain the routine of Morning and Evening Prayer daily: the bell will be rung and the worship of God offered. We will also try to keep the church open, at times, so that people can come in and pray. However you may find the building shut at unpredictable times, especially in the afternoon.  If the church is closed over Easter, the services of the Holy Triduum between Maundy Thursday and Easter morning will be celebrated privately (which is what they will be doing at the Vatican!).

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:

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Or email the rector ( to request an mp3 file.