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.

The Rector’s report to the Annual Church Meeting on the year 2016-17 has been added and can be read here.

Christian Aid Week 2017

May 6th, 2017

St John’s is running a variety of events for Christian Aid Week 2017. On Saturday 13th May from 9-10.30am we have a Big Brekkie – full English or simply toast and marmalade, the choice is yours! At 2pm on Saturday there’s a sponsored walk, beginning from the church: it’s about 7 miles and you can either take part or sponsor a walker. During the week we’ll be doing a house-to-house collection. Tickets are available now for our raffle with prizes from local businesses, and finally on Sunday 21st May there will be a Christian Aid Lunch at church from 12.30pm. If you’d like to take part in any of these events drop us a line or call the parish office.

Saturday 25th February events

February 11th, 2017

There are two special events at St John’s in a fortnight’s time, Saturday 25th February. At 10am we hold our quiet quarterly Requiem Mass to pray for the souls of those who have died – please send any names you would like to be remembered to the Rector. From 10am to 12 noon we have a Fairtrade Coffee Morning, opened by the Mayor of Godalming, with a variety of Fairtrade products on sale as well as coffee and cake! You can come to Mass and then go for coffee … What could be better?

Sunday 15th January

January 10th, 2017

Please note that there’s no 10am service at St John’s on Sunday 15th January. Instead we’re joining our brothers and sisters from churches across the area for the annual Churches Together in Godalming & District United Service at Godalming United Church on Bridge Street, beginning at 10.30am. The 8am and 6.30pm TaizĂ© services will take place at St John’s as usual.

Christmas 2016

December 27th, 2016

Thank you to all who took any part in the Christmas services this year. The players for the Crib Service Nativity tableau coped very graciously with the children who wanted to come up and inspect the ‘baby’, and the singing at the 10am mass on Christmas Day was very fulsome indeed despite us doing all the verses of God Rest Ye Merry … The photo is of the altar dais arranged for the Blue Christmas service on December 21st, which was well received and which we’ll have another go at doing next year.

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We were very pleased to be able to welcome candidates for confirmation from a variety of local churches (as well as one of our own) to St John’s on Sunday 20th November, the Feast of Christ the King, to make public commitments to follow Jesus Christ. Our new Suffragan Bishop of Dorking, Jo Wells, presided at the service which was a splendid occasion accompanied, appropriately, by splendid food afterwards.

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