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 Taizé 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.


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.


Please note this fundraising event has now been POSTPONED. A new date will be arranged and anyone who’s already bought a ticket will be updated.

Junior Church is Back!

September 21st, 2016

The relaunched Junior Church last Sunday worked extremely well! We had six children, which is plenty, and many thanks are due to Emma, Catherine and Emily who were our volunteers. It made such a difference to the whole feel of the service to have some younger families taking part – the Eucharist becomes far more the offering of the whole of God’s people rather than just a part of it. We’ll run Junior Church on the 3rd Sunday each month in future, meaning the next one will be October 16th. The Family Service on the 1st Sunday will carry on as before.

Harvest Gifts

September 20th, 2016

It’s our Harvest Festival service at 10am on Sunday 2nd October. We’re supporting the Food Bank with our harvest gifts again this year, and I spoke to them today about what stuff they need at the moment. The items mentioned were:

Tinned veg

Coffee etc.

UHT milk

Cleaning products

Custard & rice pudding etc.

Jams and pastes

But NO soup or pasta, please. Thank you all!

St John’s Church will be specially open this Saturday (11am-4pm) and Sunday afternoon (2-4pm) for Heritage Open Day – with a display about the Rectors of Farncombe since 1867. Could it get more exciting! If you haven’t looked round the church since the refurb in 2012 this is an ideal opportunity.

Do join us at St John’s Church on Saturday 22nd October, 7.30-10.30pm for The Big Group ‘Sing for your Supper’ – an evening with a difference.  The Big Group Sing will provide some musical entertainment in the form of an evolving music workshop – you get to see how our clever Maestro, Peter Roberts, arranges some wonderful musical numbers.  Then we break for supper (delicious Thai Curry) and afterwards the audience are invited to join in to create a truly BIG GROUP SING.

Tickets are £12 including supper, available via Connect Surrey on sale until 19th October.  All profits are being donated to St John’s Church (to help pay for repairs to our recently vandalised Organ and replacement plumbing).


A while ago the organ at Farncombe Church suffered from some uninvited guests climbing into the organ loft and treading on the pipes … We repaired the work, but, even with the help of our insurers, it didn’t do our bank balance any favours.
Now our friends the Rushcroft Singers are presenting an evening of song and music to raise funds for our lovely organ. Rushcroft will be joined by a variety of musicians and invited singers for pieces by John Rutter, Ivor Novello, Martin Shaw, and The Lion King as well as organ and violin solos and a performance by the church worship group.
There’s no entrance charge for the concert but we encourage a donation of £5 per person. There will be refreshments after the music. Tell your friends and bring them along!
UPDATE: We raised nearly £600. Thank you all.