St. Paul’s is a parish in the Diocese of Guildford and part of the Church of England. We are fellow pilgrims supporting one another as we grow in faith. God is at the heart of our life together, and we seek to follow the example of Jesus in all that we do. Our tradition is “High Church”; our main Sunday service (Holy Communion) is traditional and beautiful without being stuffy or overly formal. Music for worship is a mixture of traditional and contemporary hymns. Our preaching is practical and accessible so that we can understand the Scriptures and apply them to our own lives today. St. Paul’s was amongst the first parishes to welcome ordained women, and we continue to value and celebrate their ministry today. Children are very much part of our congregation and they are welcome at all our services.
Our Parish has historically been a largely working class area, which has created a community that is a bit different to much of well-heeled Surrey around it. In spite of growth and recent change, many of the old values still remain and are reflected in the congregation’s outreach and charity work in the wider community. Among the most ethnically diverse congregations in the Diocese, we are an inclusive community that values diversity and welcomes all. Not all of us are Anglicans, some of us being Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Methodist, Lutheran and others.
Although we are not a wealthy congregation, we support several charity projects and raise money to give to worthy causes outside the Church. Locally, we support families in need, our local women’s refuges, and even give Father Christmas a helping hand at Christmas. We try to be of practical use to our community, serving God through helping others.