groups and activities
We have several cell groups meeting across the town on different days and evenings of the week, offering fellowship, encouragement and support to one another in our life of faith.
Fusion is our main work with children and young people and takes place at church on Wednesday evenings.
18:30 - 20:00 - 7-14 year olds
20:00 - 21:30 - 14 year olds upwards
The Ark Christian toddlers group
This group meets on a Thursday morning. It opens at 9.30 - 11.45 (story and singing time at 10.30) and you are welcome to come along between those times to suit you and your baby. There is a small chargeof £5 to secure your place for the term and then it is £1 per week per child This is a well attended toddler group, so you will need to book but you can pop along for a trial visit if you would like. We have a busy, exciting and fun morning where adults and children enjoy meeting together. Our aim is to provide a safe, friendly atmosphere where God’s love is reflected by the staff.
Friendship lunch club
The purpose of this group is to provide care and friendship, with a three-course meal served at tables.
An epilogue is given by visiting speakers during the meal. In addition, various outings are arranged during the year. Whilst there is no age limit, most of those attending are elderly.
The group meets fortnightly at Thursday lunchtime.
Ladies' Connect Group
This is a group for all ladies both in our fellowship and friends and neighbours in our local community.
A six-monthly diary of events are planned, such as monthly walks in the countryside, visits to Gardens and Historic Houses, theatre trips, pub lunches and evening meals.
As well as social events we also hold events to encourage us on our faith journey such as breakfasts at the Jack Phillips (Wetherspoons) followed by an encouraging speaker, quiet days at Waverley Abbey or Ladywell - a great opportunity to come away from the busy, demanding world and be still and be refreshed and encouraged.
This is a group for ladies of all ages to come to those events that personally appeal and is a great opportunity to get to know each other better.
Golden Moments runs on alternate weeks to the Friendship Lunch on a Wednesday afternoon at 2:30p.m.
It is a relaxed time for anyone who is free of a Wednesday afternoon, and culminates in afternoon tea.
We have had great times learning more of each others' lives with a series of “Desert Island Discs”.
Many of our speakers are ‘home-grown’, but we have occasional visitors from various Christian organisations. We have visited Wisley Gardens and enjoy a Summer Garden Party at the end of the summer season and special times singing old favourites around the Church Organ - especially at Christmas.
Drop in and share with us sometime. You will be most welcome.
Short mat bowls
The group meets every Friday evening from September to April. The idea of the group is to have a time of relaxation and enjoyment whilst indulging in a little exercise. We are pleased to welcome anybody who feels they would like to have a go!
A group for men of all ages. Various activities are arranged - eg meals, walks, visits to places of interest etc.
Games Afternoon is held usually on the first Friday of the month from 14:00 to 16:00. We enjoy an afternoon of light-hearted board games such as Scrabble, Bingo, Rummikub, Quiddler, card games and tea and biscuits! Bring a friend or neighbour - a warm welcome awaits!
The Library is open Monday to Friday mornings term time only 9:00am-12:30 (subject to lettings) and also after the Sunday services.
Come and enjoy the quiet surroundings, put a CD on and browse through our books. There are many books on life issues we may face - bereavement, loneliness, divorce, depression, anxiety and so many more.
There are also books to help us in our Christian journey - how to pray, answers to difficult questions and how to grow and develop in our faith.
Please sign in the red book your name, title and author of the book and the date borrowed. When returning the book please date again and leave in the basket provided. Books are so expensive to buy so this is a wonderful opportunity to borrow books that will reassure, comfort, challenge and encourage us. Do visit the Library!
A team of dedicated cooks will supply a hot meal at times of difficulty to show the love of the church family at times of need.
Holiday at Home
This is a summer two-day event held for those of senior years in the church fellowship and the local community. Every year we ‘travel’ (while staying at church!) to a different country. There is great entertainment, music, singing and dance performances, craft, bingo, quiz and so much more! Delicious home cooked lunches are served, and a mouth-watering array of cakes for tea. Transport can be provided, and this is always a very happy occasion with a wonderful and enthusiastic team of helpers.
Pastoral Support Team
We have a small team of people in the fellowship who offer confidential pastoral support to those in need by visiting in homes, hospitals and residential homes and offering a listening ear and prayer and support.
We also run life issue days offering information, encouragement and help with life issues that we may be faced with, such as loneliness, anxiety etc.
For many years, Godalming Baptist Church has supported a variety of Missionaries in different countries. We still financially support these people.
Jeanne Jarvis, now officially retired, but still active in Mexico, where she and her late husband set up a Rural Centre to help the local Indian tribes with their agriculture.
Eddie and Daphne Smith worked for WEC in Chad and now live in retirement in Australia, where they continue to work with churches and other organisations.
Jono & Linda Chamberlain are still working with WEC in this country, though Jono travels and does leadership training for them in many parts of the world.
As a Baptist Church we have always supported BMS World Mission, and are currently linked to Simon and Wendy Hall. Simon teaches ICT and Wendy teaches religious studies at KISC. Simon and Wendy have their own blog which can be found here: http://www.thenepalhalls.co.uk
Two members of our church family - Richard Jarman and Edline Chiota-Jarman - have founded The Ratidzo Trust - a charity to demonstrate God’s love through practical projects in rural communities in Zimbabwe. Richard and Edline divide their time between working on the projects in Zimbabwe and fundraising while back in the UK. You can find out more about their work on the Ratidzo Trust website: https://ratidzotrust.com
There are also others, mainly past members, who are serving the Lord in full-time work in this country, and we keep in touch with them and support them in prayer:
Georgina Varney - Our World, based in Dudley
Jimena & Patrick Coyne - East London. Outreach ministries
From time to time we have young people going off on short-term missions, who we also support.
World Prayer Meeting
1st Sunday of each month at 4.30pm.