Worship & Prayer
Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings
has been put on hold in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Our buildings may be closed but our church community is alive and active!
You are warmly invited to 'Pause to Pray' with us on YouTube
and use the resources on this page
The Christian message often surprises us by over-turning our expectations. In John’s Gospel we read the story of the woman at the well. It is Jesus who is in need – he’s the thirsty one. The woman is the one who can help and serve. Yet as she does this she finds new ways of coming close to God through Jesus and, most importantly, she finds that she is known, accepted and loved in the deepest possible way. We hope that the pattern of this story can be repeated for each of us here in this Parish.
All the prayer books in the parish provide you with the formal words for the service alongside a variety of poems and spiritual readings. Connecting the authorised words with the other helpful writings can be very illuminating.
Baptism, Confirmation, Weddings & Funerals
Baptisms, Confirmations and Weddings have been stopped in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
For Funerals please contact Rev Robert Cotton, Rector.
Contact: The Rector 01483 575489 |
Parish Office 01483 567716 |
People often turn to the Church in times of great sorrow or joy. They want the Church with its priests to help them through difficult times or to place their personal joy in a wider God-centred context. In this parish we are delighted when parishioners ask us to help with baptisms, weddings or funerals. We do all that we can to make each event personal and special to those involved, to help them with arrangements and administration and to bring the deeper and spiritual significance of these times to the surface.
Before contacting us, we recommend that you first visit the Church of England’s website churchofengland.org.uk. We are happy to baptise any infant, child or adult who is resident in the parish. We may also be in a position to baptise those who have other connections with us. Please speak to the Rector in the first instance. Once it has been agreed that a baptism service can take place the Parish Office will guide you through the stages and help plan dates.
Confirmations are arranged on an annual basis with preparations usually starting in early spring. Those seeking confirmation should speak to the Rector.
Before contacting us, we recommend that you first visit the Church of England’s website YourChurchWedding.org.uk. If you wish to get married in this parish, please contact the Rector in the first instance. Once it has been agreed that a wedding service can take place, the Parish Office will help you find a date and send you a wedding information pack, including a Banns form.
We can face the sadness and pain of death because we trust that a life well lived is precious to God. St Mary's and Holy Trinity churches have been the venues for funerals for centuries: remembering the departed with thanksgiving, praying for comfort for the bereaved, and honouring those who have died. If you wish to discuss a funeral, memorial service or interment of ashes, please contact the Rector.
Our Usual Sunday Services
Holy Communion - 08:00 at St Mary's
Said service according to the Book of Common Prayer.
Sung Eucharist - 10:00 at Holy Trinity
Good preaching, fine singing, youth activities.
Twice a term this is an “All Age Service” when adults and children worship together.
Refreshments served afterwards.
Morning Worship - 10:30 at St Mary's
1st Sunday - variable
2nd Sunday - Morning Worship
3rd Sunday - Communion for Guildford
4th Sunday - Morning Worship
Choral Evensong - 18:00 at Holy Trinity
A quiet hour for reflection and prayer. Traditional service style.
Excellent music with specially selected anthems. Choral evensong is often described as the 'jewel in the crown' of church music.
Occasionally this service has a special theme, such as healing, seasonal carols, or penitence.
Morning Prayer is said in the Queen's Chapel at Holy Trinity Monday-Thursday at 08:30 during term time and at 9.30am on Saturday.
If you or someone you know would like to receive Holy Communion at home at times of sickness or other difficulty, please do ask one of the priests or speak to a member of the Pastoral Care Group who will speak to one of the priests on your behalf.