What's On in Guildford Diocese

(For details of what's on in Guildford Diocese, see below )



World War 1 Commenoration

Events and Resources

Events and Resources for Schools




Godly Play

Godly Play Courses

Taster Session
This offers an insight into children's spirituality and the background to Godly Play. A Taster Session of Godly Play is usually a workshop option at Creating Sparks, our annual training day in May for children's leaders.

Introductory One Day Courses
For those interested in or just starting Godly Play
Each 1 day course runs on a Saturday:
26th April; 27th September 2014
9.30am - 4pm 
Covers: Telling stories the Godly Play way; Getting to grips with the structure of a session; Resources and long-term plans. The course includes lots of practical management.
Cost: £25 per person (or £20 if two or more from the same organisation/church attend)

These courses are led by Sue North-Coombes (Godly Play Regional Trainer)

Venue for the courses:
The Godly Play Classroom, Christ Church, Guildford Road, Ottershaw KT16 0QH

For full details and booking forms, contact Sue North-Coombes
Tel: 01932 872220
Email: sue@north-coombes.co.uk

Mindful LogoMindfulness

Free evening sessions - Open to everyone 
on Mondays 7-8pm beginning 28th April 2014 

at St Nicolas Church Hall, Bury Street, Guildford GU2 4AW

Find helpful exercises to help focus our attention and live in the present moment, letting go of worries and habits which no longer work for us, to boost our well-being.

Further details Leaflet 

Together We Hear

Together We Hear!

A Free Hearing Awareness Event: talks, demonstrations and workshops, equipment demonstrations, advice, hearing tests, try a taster session of lip reading and British Sign Language

Friday 9th May 2014
St Saviour's Church, Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4QD
9.45am - 3pm

Open to all - drop in and stay for as long as you can

Information leaflet

For more information see http://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/diocesan-life/deaf-inclusion/
or contact Tracey Wade, Deaf and Inclusion Adviser
Tel: 01483 790327 (Wed - Fri)
Email: tracey.wade@cofeguildford.org.uk
SMS (Text/voice): 07531 268476

Ordination of Women

Celebration of and Thanksgiving for the Priestly Ministry of Women

Saturday 10th May 2014 at 3pm
at Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP

The Very Revd Dianna Gwilliams will preach and Bishop Ian will preside

This Eucharistic Service will give thanks for the faithful service or ordained women and wll provide an opportunity for the whole Church to celebrate. There will be cake and bubbly, music, prayer, stories and hazelnuts! 

Please come and bring your family and friends - all are welcome - young and old.

Christianity and Science - Chasing the Myths

Tuesday 13th May 7.30 - 9.30pm
The Education Centre, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP

Revd Jeremy Tyndall will offer an introduction to the debate and offer some examples of how science and theology together enrich our understanding of the world and universe in which we live.

Open to all

To book a place, contact Louise Redfern, PA to the Director of Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry
Tel: 01483 790320
Email: louise.redfern@cofeguildford.org.uk

Younger Women Vocation

Younger Women and Vocation

Saturday 17th May 2014 2pm - 5pm
at St John's Church, St John's Road, Cove GU14 9RQ

An afternoon to enlighten, educate, inform and inspire women to think about whether God is calling them to ministry.

You are invited to meet, talk and listen to women in ministry. 

For more information or to book a place contact Louise Redfern
Tel: 01483 790320
Email: louise.redfern@cofeguildford.org.uk

Creating Sparks 2014

Inspiring children's work in your church

on Saturday 17th May 
10am - 3.30pm
at Holy Trinity CofE Junior School, Cline Road, Guildford GU1 3NH

This training event is for everyone who has an interest in children's work in their church, be they: children's leader; employed worker; clergy; occasional helper or prayerful supporter. Expand your thinking about children and faith, develop your skills and share your experiences.

Bring your own lunch. Drinks provided!

Cost: £10

Keynote speech: Let the families come...
...through the gateway of christening
The Revd Sandra Millar
Sandra is Head of Projects and Developments for the Church of England and is currently working on fresh approaches to the church's work around baptism

During the day:
Worship: a wide variety of workshops including 'Story telling for under 5s' with Vicki Howie, 'Who let the dads out' with Mark Chester, using drama, signing and many more. Also an interactive prayer space, Triangle Bookshop and opportunities to network.

Full details and a booking form

Season of Invitation

Season of Invitation

A Season of Invitation is the latest initiative from the Back to Church Sunday team and will run from September to New Year. It will focus on five special Sundays, starting with either Harvest or Back to Church Sunday, through Remembrance, Advent, Christmas and New Year.

The free two hour training sessions will help people from all denominations throughout the diocese to be prepared for these Sundays and learn how to make the most of this opportunity to invite people to chruch.

Training sessions:

  • Wednesday 21st May - 8-10pm - St Thomas-on-the-Bourne, Frensham Road, Farnham GU9 8HA
  • Thursday 22nd May 2-4pm - The Education Centre, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP
  • Thursday 22nd May - 8-10pm - St Andrew's Churchm Oakshade Road, Oxshott KT22 0LE

Event booking

For more information, contact Stephen Cox, Local Mission Adviser
Tel: 01483 484922
Email: stephen.cox@cofeguildford.org.uk

Living Churchyards

Living Churchyards - a Networking Event

Saturday 24th May 2014 10am - 2.30pm
at St Mary's Church, Church Road, Byfleet KT14 7NF

An extended networking morning for those concerned with Churchyards and Wildlife. The aim of the conference is to bring together people working in, and connected with, churchyards and cemeteries. Numbers will be limited to 25 delegates from parishes, community groups and organisations across Surrey.

Cost: £15 including lunch and all refreshments

For more information or to book a place, contact Frances Halstead
Tel: 07891 514574
Email: frances.halstead@surreywt.org.uk


Who Cares

Health Awareness Week

9th - 13th June 2014 at various times
at St Nicolas' Church, The Burys, Guildford GU2 4AW

A week of short talks by experts, covering a range of everyday issues.
All events are free and open to all.

  • Eye Health in the Elderly - Monday 9th June 10am - 12 noon
  • Diabetes - Monday 9th June 2pm - 4pm
  • Who Cares? - Tuesday 10th June 2pm - 4pm
  • Prostate Caner -Tuesday 10th June 7pm - 9pm
  • Autism - Wednesday 11th June 2pm - 4pm
  • Obesity - Wednesday 11th June 2pm - 4pm
  • Rape - Wednesday 11th June 7pm - 9pm
  • Living with Breast Cancer - Friday 13th June 2pm - 4pm

To reserve a place or find out more information, contact Suzette Jones
Tel: 01483 790324
Email: suzette.jones@cofeguildford.org.uk


Open the Book - Full Day Training

Wednesday 11th June 2014
10am - 3.30pm

at The Education Centre, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP
Please bring your own lunch

The day is aimed both at those considering starting Open the Book and those already in a team.

The training will include:

  • how you can get started and what you need to do
  • demonstrating and practicing how to carry out a 10 minute Open the Book act of collective worship
  • a variety of story presentations
  • demonstrating the use of props, costumes and visual aids

The day will be led by Alison Hendy and Katherine Tuck (Diocesan Children's Work Team)

As numbers are limited, please book by emailing Christine Sweeting

Day on Prayer Logo

Diocesan Day on Prayer

Come, Taste and See

Saturday 27th September 2014 10am - 4pm
at Christ's College, Larch Avenue, Guildford GU1 1YJ

A wide variety of workshops, resources and experiences will be on offer

For more information, contact Revd Sarah Hutton, Diocesan Spiritual Growth Facilitator
Email: sarah.hutton@cofeguildford.org.uk

Carers Afternoon Tea and Evensong

Thursday 16th October 2014 3.30pm
at Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP

All are welcome to join the annual informal get together of Carers / Former Carers and those who are being cared for, with tea and cake in the Refectory. For those who wish to stay, the reception will be followed be a dedicated Evensong in the Cathedral from 5.30pm - 6.30pm


Diocesan Certificate

Diocesan Certificate in Children's Work/Ministry

It is designed for those who are new to working with children in a church context, or for those who wish to improve their skills, techniques and understanding. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet children's leaders from other churches and share ideas.

Fee: £20 (includes free entrance to Creating Sparks in May 2014)

For further information, contact Katherine Tuck, Assistant Children's Work Adviser
Tel: 01483 484914
Email: katherine.tuck@cofeguildford.org.uk

Information on the Diocesan Certificate in Children's Work/Ministry



Dementia Friendly Parishes

Free information sessions to help you and your parish become more welcoming to those who live with dementia.

For further information, please click here or contact Tony Oakden
Tel: 01483 790325
Email: tony.oakden@cofeguildford.org.uk


Hearing Aid Maintenance Training - Become a Champion!

1 in 6 people have a hearing loss in our diocese. An increasing population and longer life expectancy, mean that our church buildings need to be able to welcome and accomodate those with sensory loss to aid communication. We are looking or volunteers to be trained in the basic maintenance of hearing aids, offering these simple maintenance sessions at exisitng church social events e.g. coffee mornings, lunches, afternoon teas.

For further information, please click here or contact Tracey Wade, Deaf and Inclusion Co-ordinator
Tel: 01483 790327 or 18001 01483 790327 mobile/SMS (txt/voice): 07531 268476
Email: tracey.wade@cofeguildford.org.uk



St Columbas

St Columba's House Retreat and Conference Centre

A resource for your church community.

Programme of Events

For more information, please contact the Chaplain, Revd Gillaine Holland
Tel: 01483 713006
Email: chaplain@stcolumbashouse.org.uk

Foodbanks and Emergency Housing/Homeless Support 


Emergency Housing/Homeless Support

Diocesan Noticeboard - What’s on locally?

For more information, please click here

Latest News from around the Diocese

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Join us in spreading what #Eastermeans

Share the Easter message on Twitter

Walk of Witness and Wintershall

Churches of Guildford remember the death and resurrection of Christ

Bishop serves up lunch at centre for the homeless and vulnerable

Bishop Ian visits two vital charities supported by the Bishop of Guildford's Foundation

Councillors and Church leaders go hungry to support campaign against hunger

Day of Fasting on Friday April 4

Small but steady growth trend continues in 2012

National Church statistics for 2012 reveal small but steady growth in the Diocese of Guildford

Season of Invitation training in May

Learn how to create a culture of invitation in your Church

Twenty years of women ministry to be celebrated at Guildford Cathedral

Everyone welcome to a special service