Diocese of Guildford
About Diocese of Guildford
Guildford is one of 41 dioceses which cover the whole of England. We have 162 parishes, 85 church schools and several hundred social and community projects, and our area includes two-thirds of Surrey (including Egham, Banstead, Dorking and Farnham), parts of North East Hampshire (including Farnborough and Aldershot) one parish each in Sussex, and one in Greater London.
Our region contains over a million people, and we are there for everyone, providing opportunities for young and old to pray, to explore their faith, to make a positive impact locally and globally, and to observe major life events such as a wedding, christening, confirmation or funeral. Our churches seek to be at the centre of every community, to reach out to those in special need, and to encourage all their members to grow into their full potential as children of God.
The Diocese has 217 church buildings which see more than 25,000 people worshipping on an average Sunday, in addition to many thousands more of all ages who use those buildings or neighbouring Church halls on weekdays for church activities and community clubs and meetings.
Each of our parishes is an independent charity, with their own leadership and governance structures, working together under the leadership of the Bishop of Guildford and his team, so as to make the very best use of our resources across the region. Every one of the 1 million or so people who live in our area has a parish church, and access to its support and facilities when they need them most, often at life events such as Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.