Together we have decided that God’s work for us as a congregation in this place has come to an end. We will be closing our building permanently on Wednesday 23rd September 2020. An end, but also a new beginning in the lives of the congregation.
We will continue as a congregation without a building for a short while until we can hold a service to remember and give thanks for all that Worplesdon URC, including its earlier embodiment as Perry Hill Congregational Church has meant in the lives of so many people through the years. This will be held in a larger church building to allow more people to be present than would be possible in our small chapel.
After that the congregation will be dispersing to become part of other churches – serving God and walking the way of Jesus in new company.
We are a small friendly church and welcome people of all ages, any church background, or none. Our aim is to serve God, walking the way of Jesus, in the community around us and the wider world.
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Church & Corona virus
We are still a church, church is people not premises; and does not cease to exist or to be active, even if we cannot meet together in person for some time.
We welcome contact by telephone and email (email@example.com). For phone numbers please see the ‘contacts’ page.
Donations to North Guildford Food Bank can still be made through the collection boxes at Sainsburys Burpham. They also display the list of what is currently needed.
a prayer from the Corrymeela community March 2020
God of the home and God of the pilgrim,
we begin to dig in for an uncertain season,
and embark on a journey together.
This is a path we haven’t been on.
Yet we know in each step
you are there alongside us:
a guide, a protector, a friend.
May each day on the road bring us closer together
closer to a land of grateful reunion
closer to the place you call home.
The activities below are suspended until we are advised gatherings are safe, see the ‘what’s on’ page for alternatives available now
WORSHIP WITH US
Sunday morning at 10
Worship is led by our minister, Revd Alison Toplas, on the first and third Sundays of each month and by visiting preachers on the other Sundays. For more details see ‘What’s On’
On Christmas Eve we have a candlelit family carol service at 4:30 pm followed by drinks and mince pies.
Fortnightly on Thursday from 12.30 – an opportunity for people to meet for conversation and a cooked lunch. Transport there and home again can be provided and special diets are catered for. If you’d like to come, or would like more information, please get in touch.
BOOKS & COFFEE Every month on the first Saturday from 10:30 till 12. Borrow, swap or buy from our large stock of over 500 secondhand books, fiction & non-fiction. There are also a few dvds, audio books, and puzzles. There’s no charge for borrowing, if you want to keep a book then we invite you to make a donation. All proceeds go to the charities we regularly support. Come and browse the books or for a coffee and a chat.
FOOD BANK We are a collection centre for our local food bank based in Park Barn. Non-perishable food can be left at the church for us to deliver to them. Given the need to keep stock turning over, we have a list of which items are most urgently needed at any one time.
Who is the United Reformed Church?
We are a family of Christians, worshipping in the name of Jesus in about 1500 local churches from Orkney to Cornwall.
- ‘Reformed’ means that we delight in the Bible, we do not fear change, and we try to run our churches in ways that take everyone’s insight and contribution seriously.
- ‘United’ is an important part of our story. We started when English Presbyterians merged with English and Welsh Congregationalists in 1972. Churches of Christ joined in 1981 and Scottish Congregationalists in 2000. We still work as closely as we can with Christians of all traditions and styles.
- And we are one ‘Church’. We aim to grow through supporting one another and taking decisions together.
All our tasks and posts are open to women as fully as to men. We are an intercultural church, where people with varied ethnic roots enrich each other’s Christian living. Our people hold a range of opinions about theology and church life. In the words of the denominations Statement of Nature, Faith and Order (1990) together we are firmly committed to ‘God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The living God, the only God, ever to be praised.’
Find out more, by exploring this website, or (even better) by coming to meet us and worshipping with us.
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See the chapel in the nineteenth century then and now Perry Hill Chapel