Frequently Asked Questions

Who comes to St Saviour's?
How many people attend?
What happens at your services?
Are there differences between your services?
How long are the services?
What time should I arrive?
Will I be asked to do anything during a service?
Do you collect money during services?
Can I bring my children?
What is the dress code?
Can I park at the church?
Do you have provision for the deaf, hard of hearing or partially sighted?
Can you help me to find accommodation in the local area?
How do I get involved?


Who comes to St Saviour's?

In short, anyone and everyone! St Saviour's has a very mixed congregation, coming together from a variety of backgrounds and traditions. It spans all the generations, with families and students particularly drawn to our focussed ministries.

Everybody is welcome, from Guildford and beyond. And with a regular congragation of around 600 on a Sunday, you are sure to meet people like you as well as many who are (very) different!


How many people attend?

St Saviour's is one of the largest churches in Guildford, with an average attendance of around 600 people each Sunday, and this can rise to over 1,000 at Christmas and Easter.


What happens at your services?

While there are specific things we do at special times of the year (like Christmas or Easter), all our services tend to include the following:

  • We sing together a variety of songs, from the contemporary to the traditional (led by our music team)
  • We have a time of prayer
  • We have our family news (notices and annoucements) on video.
  • We hear the Bible read to us, and then explained in a talk (lasting 15 - 30 minutes)
  • Every few weeks, we share Communion at one of our four services.

After the service, there is the chance to pray in confidence with a member of our Prayer Ministry team or to meet others for refreshments.


Are there differences between your services?

Our two morning services (at 9am and 10.30am) offer diversity in style: the first is more more liturgical and reflective and the second is contemporary, informal and has childrens provision for 0-11yrs.

The evening services is at 6pm. The service is informal in style, enjoying longer times of contemporary band-led worship, biblical teaching and prayer ministry, with provision for 7-14yrs..

All services enjoy a band-led worship style, (incorporating use of our organ in the morning services), and making creative use of audio-visual media. At major festivals we get together an orchestra and choir for something a little special.


How long are the services?

Our Sunday services typically last for about an hour and twenty minutes, although they often stretch to an hour and half.


What time should I arrive?

Whilst our hope is that you will be able to attend an entire service, we understand that this isn't always possible, and you can join a service at any point. We do encourage people to arrive early to enjoy the refreshment provision before the services as well as after. We have plenty of seats, although arriving a few minutes early will allow you to find the most appropriate spot in the church, especially if you are coming with your family or friends and would like to sit together. In true St Saviour's fashion, many people arrive between 30 minutes to go and 10 minutes late!

We serve coffee, tea and snacks before most services, which provides a chance to mingle and meet new people.
 

Will I be asked to do anything during a service?

No, nothing to fear! Whilst we encourage the congregation to play an active role in our services, we want St Saviour's to be as safe and as unthreatening a place as possible, so you will never be asked to do anything you do not want to do.


Do you collect money during services?

St Saviour's conducts an informal offering during a song towards the end of each service. There is no pressure or expectation attached to this. It is just an opportunity for anyone who wishes to contribute towards the running of the church and its outreach to do so.

That said, we do encourage church members who feel like St Saviours is their home to make a financial contribution towards the running costs of the church - click here for more information.


Can I bring my children?

Absolutely! Children's ministry is a big part of our work at St Saviour's. We run childrens groups at two of our Sunday services each week- at the 10.30am (0-11yrs) and the 6pm (7-14yrs)..

We also run activities for pre-school children during the week, and special events for school-age children during the year.

All volunteers working with children have a current DBS (formerly CRB) certificate and we adhere to the Diocesan Child Protection Policy, 'In Safe Hands'.


What is the dress code?

The simple answer is, there is no dress code - we want you to feel comfortable, so just come as you are!


Can I park at the church?

Since we are based in the middle of Guildford, we have very limited parking, and the parking spaces we have are reserved for other purposes. However, there is plenty of parking nearby, including several multi-storey car parks, and parking spaces on the streets around the church. Do bear in mind that some parking charges may apply on Sundays.


Do you have provision for the deaf, hard of hearing or partially sighted?

It is important to us that everyone feels welcome at St Saviour's and that our services and activities are as accessible as possible. To help with this we try to ensure that all our printed literature and projected content uses colour schemes and font sizes which are helpful for the partially sighted. Large print notice sheets are available by request on Sunday mornings. Additional personal display screens can be deployed by request, subject to availability. For the deaf or hard of hearing we operate one Sunday per month with BSL support. This takes place at the 10.30am  service on the 1st & 4th Sundays of each month. Additional BSL support and interpretation is organised on an ad-hoc basis and for special services and events.


Can you help me to find accommodation in the local area?

We receive regular enquiries about accommodation in and around Guildford. There are a number of websites that can be very useful in this respect, such as christianflatshare.org, which has everything from lodging through house shares to entire flats or houses. Alternatively, check the family news noticeboard in church.


How do I get involved?

There are all sorts of ways to get involved with St Saviour's, whether it is participating in a life group, or assisting in the various activities run by the church. If you have an idea of what you would like to do, contact the relevant team member, and they will get in touch with you.

If you are unsure about how to get involved, simply complete our welcome form, and a member of the church staff will follow up with you to discuss the options and work out what would be most appropriate.

 
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