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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What parish do I live in?
    Everyone in England is a member of a Church of England Parish. The excellent website A Church Near You ​can supply contact details of your parish church, where the Vicar or Rector will be more than happy to answer any questions you have to do with the Christian faith and to tell you what your local Church can offer.
  • I am thinking of getting married in Church...
    Congratulations! The best place to start is the Your Church Wedding website, which has everything you need to know as you begin to plan your special day. 
  • How much does it cost to be baptised/married/buried, and how do I go about it?
    A baptism costs nothing, but there are fees payable for marriages and funerals. For current costs, check the central 'Church of England' website. To begin the process, contact the Vicar or Rector.
  • Why does the Church of England baptise infants?
    The baptism of infants goes back to the earliest years of the Church, and is fully explained on the Church of England website
  • Where does a Church obtain baptism and confirmation certificates?
    From the Education Centre Tel: 01483 450423
  • Where can a Church obtain the Annual Meeting Pack?

    From the Cathedral Bookshop Tel: 01483 547873  E:

    The pack can also be purchased from Church House Bookshop

  • How many church schools are there in the diocese, and what are the rules for admission?
    Around 90 Church schools are linked to the Diocese of Guildford, including two Secondary schools. Admissions criteria for any particular Church school can be obtained from the Head Teacher.
  • Am I allowed to take Communion?
    If you are a baptised member in good standing of any mainstream church you are welcome to share Communion in our churches.
  • What is diocesan policy on gay clergy?
    Our policy on gay clergy ​follows that of the national Church
  • I need help in finding a church to suit my particular outlook on life. Who can I talk to for a recommendation?
    Find your local parish church on ‘A Church Near You’ and talk to the incumbent who will be glad to advise you.
  • I know someone in crisis who needs help. Who can advise them?
    Pastoral care is a vital part of what your parish church offers. If local clergy are unable to help directly, they may be able to advise where assistance can be found.
  • How are clergy appointed?
    There’s no single method for appointing clergy for various roles in a particular Church. Appointments to full incumbencies (or even roles like that of Archdeacon) are usually made by means of advertisements, shortlists and interviews.
  • I believe I have a calling; how can I be ordained for ministry?

    The process of discernment is complex; what we feel individually should be tested in the wider ‘Body of Christ’. If you feel drawn towards a vocation in the Church, whether lay or ordained, you should talk first to your incumbent who will outline the appropriate procedure.

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  • What is diocesan policy on women priests, and how many female priests are there in the diocese?
    The Diocese of Guildford was among the first to ordain women to priesthood, and they represent a large proportion (at the last count over 30%) of our priests. We ​were at the forefront of the campaign to see women as Bishops, a process which concluded in 2014, with the first women bishops in the Church of England starting in office in 2015. 
  • Who decides the amount of the parish share and what is done with the money raised?

    ‘Parish Share’ enables the Church of England to function. It is determined by the Diocesan Synod, and funds are used for clergy stipends, housing and pensions as well as the necessary parish resources and safeguards to facilitate the Church’s ministry.

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  • Who represents this diocese on the General Synod, and how were they appointed?

    The Church of England is organized locally into Parishes (we have 163) and Deaneries (we have 12), Dioceses (Guildford is one of 43 in England) and Provinces (Canterbury and York). Each Deanery has a Synod which appoints representatives to the Diocesan Synod; this then seeks candidates, electing four Lay and four Clerical General Synod representatives to speak for the Diocese alongside our Bishops. General Synod meets two or three each year: February in London and July in York, then again in November, if required.

    General Synod Membership 2015 - 2020

Zechariah 4:6 Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Contributed by the Revd Sarah Hutton, Spiritual Growth Facilitator for the diocese

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