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News & Notices

Click here to see a copy of our latest Friday email with all our news and notices

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Big Questions with the Archbishop of Canterbury in Dorking 
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justin's big questions


Saturday 25th September 11.45am at Dorking Halls - Free tickets for all - book now

New Autumn Series
On Sunday (5th) we begin a new Sunday morning series on the book of Nehemiah, a story which is not simply about the physical rebuilding of a wall but about the building of a community - a prayerful community which serves one another and works together to the honour of God. 
Please do have a look through our introductory note.  At the end of that note you will also find a few words about our planned approach to choosing Sunday sermon series over the next few years

Summer Services @ St Paul's (updated 22nd July 2021)

Services will continue at 9am & 10.30am both live in church and online.  Our Sixthirty evening service will take a break during August and return on 5th September.
Click here to view or print a copy of our Holy Communion services booklet and click here to view or print a copy of our Morning Prayer service booklet (primarily for our 9am services)  

Click here to view Alex's update following the lifting of restrictions

Our primary concern is that all feel welcome and safe in church.  The wonderful news is that we can sing but know some will feel nervous coming back, some can't wait to loose their masks so....
- We will 'zone' the church into two sections.  The right hand side will be socially distanced seating, masks worn and well ventilated / The left hand side will be seating next to each other, and no masks when seated, but we'd ask you wear them as you walk in and when you sing.
- You do not need to register for the 10.30am anymore but we would ask you to sign in either using the QR code or tell a welcomer so we can follow the test and trace protocols from the government.  
- And of course we'll keep reviewing how its going to make sure people feel welcomed and safe.

Congratulation to Alex and the Cacouris' family

On Tuesday 11th May Alex was officially
installed by Bishop Jo as our Vicar

If you missed the service click here to watch the recording on YouTube

You are invited to join the Live Stream
Induction & Installation Service of
Rev'd Alex Cacouris as
Vicar of St Paul's Church, Dorking

Tuesday 11th May, 7.30pm

  Click here to watch the service

Bishop Jo will be presiding &
The General Director of CPAS, John Dunnett will be speaking

Resuming our live in-person services
Update - from 16th May booking for the 9am service is no longer required.  For the 10.30 service we still require you to book via ChurchSuite to help us remain Covid-19 compliant.

We have now resumed our live Sunday services at 9am and 10.30am.  We'll be delighted to welcome you back into church, but due to Covid restrictions we will have to resume our booking of places to ensure we are all safe and secure.  Click here to book a place.  Click here to read more instructions on how and when to book you place.  Please note that booking will close at 5pm on the Friday before each Sunday service.

Recruitment of new Vicar - update 29/1/21
In response to an encouraging number of applicants for the above, Sarah and Paul have spent time this week sifting through the applications and making recommendations to the Church Pastoral Aid Society trustees who, as Patrons of the process and along with Archdeacon Martin, will meet on 4 Feb to finalise a short list of candidates to invite for interview at the end of February. 

Please continue to pray that God will guide us to the right person for this next season in the work of His church

Sarah and Paul, Churchwardens

Vacancy News/Update 5/1/21

You will all be pleased to learn of progress in the process to select a new vicar for St Paul's.  Before Christmas the PCC approved a Parish Profile for submission to the Patron, the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), and you can see a copy by clicking here.   An advert was subsequently drafted to appear in the Church Times and this has now been published.  If you would like to see the vacancy advert please click here and appears towards the foot of p4. 

Applications have to be submitted by 24 January and there will then follow a shortlisting ahead of interviews at the end of February.  It is not anticipated that COVID-19 will interfere with the process. 

Please continue to pray that God will guide us to the right person for the next season in the work of His church. 

Paul & Sarah, Church Wardens


Previous News Posts

Advent Sermon Series 

In Advent we look forward not just to the coming of Jesus as a baby boy, but also to the (unknown!) future time when the risen Jesus will return in triumph to herald the arrival of a glorious new age under His rule.  We will be focusing on this 'second coming' of Jesus, and what it means for us, in a 3-week Sunday series based on the last two chapters of the Bible (Revelation 21 & 22) - beginning this Sunday 6th December with Jesus' declaration "I am making everything new". 

Click here to read an introduction to the series.

Tearfund big quiz

The Big Quiz Night, Supporting Tearfund

Nationwide in over 900 venues, including St Paul's Dorking
Saturday 14th November, 8pm, via Zoom.
Teams of up to 6, together or separated (we will use breakout rooms)

More info & to register:
Click here for Just Giving Page


Remembrance Sunday - 8th November 2020Remembrance 2020 Join us live

Click here to join us at 10.45am from your own home.

In light of the government announcement on Saturday night please be aware that there will be no in-person attendance at this service (as previously stated).
Please keep up to date by checking our website. 

If you need any further info, please contact


Harvest 2020


Our Harvest celebrations, like so much else, will be a bit different this year! 

From next Thursday (1st October), the church will have a harvest display in the porch and outside space in grateful thanks to God for all that He provides.  Harvest is also a wonderful time to share what we have with other people, especially those who don’t have as much as we do.  We are supporting the Dorking Area Food Bank, as we have done in recent years, and so there will be a collection point at church for food donations.  These will be given to the Food Bank, to help provide emergency food parcels for those in need.  There is a list of items that they would be particularly grateful to receive.  You are warmly invited to drop by - to see the beautiful flowers and artwork, including posters made by the children at St Paul’s School, nursery and other mid week groups, to donate food, as well as taking time out to pray and give thanks. 
The display and Food Collection Point will be in place from Thursday 1st October - Weds 7th October.
Click here for poster competition
Click here for items suggested by FoodBank
Click here for the FoodBank website and to find out more

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New Sermon Series for Autumn Term 2020

Click here to read Graham's summary document

Roll up, Roll up!

This October we are gathering virtually (details of when to follow) to look back at the year gone by and take time to thank God for all the ways in which He has blessed us and grown us as a christian community here in Dorking as well as thinking ahead to what we think He is calling us to be and do in the year ahead.

With that in mind, now is an important time to join our electoral roll, if
- you haven't complete one before
- You are 16 or over
- You are baptised
- And you either live in the Parish and worship at St Paul's or live outside it but have been coming regularly for the last 6 months (mostly virtually I would think)

to complete an electoral role form so that we can recognise you as being a signed up member of the St Paul's church family and you can participate in the voting and formal sides of the church structures, including our APCM in October please get in touch.  

Jo Cassidy, our electoral role officer writes 'We will shortly be updating our Electoral Roll with details of members who have joined since the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (ACPM) last year. A formal notice is attached. (click here).  Please email Jo ( with any questions, to obtain a form or for more information.  
Please note that if you joined the Roll when it was completely revised last year you do not need to re-apply

Update for mid-week Prayer times, from August 2020

The church will be open weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 2-3pm.  There is no need to book, you can simply come along for quiet, individual prayer & reflection.  Please read the information on our Coronavirus response page for guidance on what to expect.  Please bring a mask and a pen - as you will need to sign in on arrival.
Wednesday 15th July 2020, 11.30am
To watch Ruth Bushyager's Consecration Service Live from Lambeth Palace Chapel - Click here 
Updated from Monday 20th July with revised times.  
Tues 2-3pm & Friday 11-12pm

Read the latest update on our church building re-opening for quiet prayer and reflection. 
Before coming to church you must read the full information.

Click here to view 'Come follow me....' An introduction to our new Sermon Series June - August  

TWO great ways to love our Neighbour this week

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an enormous impact on us but also throughout the world.  Some countries are naturally geared up to cope better than others and so we want to encourage you this week to help by supporting two causes with what you can give.

Christian Aid
In normal times, this week, thousands of people up and down the country would be collecting door to door for the work of Christian Aid.  That can't happen but we can still help.  Christian Aid exists to eradicate poverty and at this time are focused on two key appeals - an emergency appeal to support work in affected communities around the world and lobbying the government to postpone debt repayments for the poorest countries during this time. Click here to make a donation, and do complete the gift aid, if you can, to give 25% more

Guildford Diocese - Emergency Appeal (Sialkot)
Pakistan has had many fewer cases of Covid-19 than here in the UK, but the virus is still hitting the country hard, with lockdowns and a ban on all public gatherings. Sialkot Diocese – and all of its work with churches, school and community projects – is run on a shoestring, and is hugely dependent on income generated from its nine schools; all of which are currently closed.
The Guildford Diocese are seeking to raise £12,000 to support the salaries of the clergy and the staff at the orphanage. If you can, please give online through Stewardship. Type ‘Sialkot’ in donor details to ensure the money goes to this fund.  Alternatively, you can transfer money directly to the Friends of the Anglican Communion Fund, CAF Bank Account no.00030397, Sort Code 40 52 40. Again, please indicate Sialkot as a reference.

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Click here to read all that's available on-line during the week

Email us if you need help and support, if you need food, if you are feeling isolated or self-isolating and need help or would simply like to chat or pray with someone - email:  (or if you don't have access to email - call us and leave a message and we will get back to you - 01306 743378)

For more information on any service or event or to get in touch with any questions - ideally please email our reception team  
or 01306 743378.  Answer phone messages are being pick up daily - please leave a message and we will return your call 

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