The search for our new rector


Here is our monthly update for you.

The following advertisement appeared in the Church Times on 21st and 28th April so, along with it’s publication on the Diocesan website, it should attract a number of people to apply. Applications have to be received by 18th May and interviews will be held on the 14th June.

The Earl of Onslow, as patron, invites applications
for the post of

of the parish of St John the Evangelist, Merrow, Guildford

Situated to the east of Guildford under the North Downs, St. John’s is firmly established as a church in the liberal catholic tradition but yet open to exploring contemporary expressions of our tradition. Our Parish Development Programme in 2014 made us aware that we need help to deepen and strengthen our own faith; to reach out to the surrounding community; to engage with children and young families; and to enhance our sense of stewardship. 

We know anyone wanting to join us will be blessed with the basic building blocks of a passionate spirituality, a sense of the power of prayer and a love of people as individuals before God. We would like it especially:

  • If you felt yourself centred on the Eucharist but imbued with an evangelistic heart;
  • If you longed to nurture us to travel more confidently on our own spiritual journeys;
  • If you loved to encourage people to stand proud in their faith;
  • And could bring the experience to help us relate to the wider community.

The church was reordered only 2 years ago and our adjacent modern church centre provides a thriving service for God and the Community.

Further details and an application form are available from
Mrs Frances-Anne Cross, PA to the Archdeacon of Surrey,
Diocesan House, Quarry Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3XG (01483 790352)

Closing date for applications: Thursday, 18th May
Interviews will be held on 13th & 14th June

Appointment is subject to enhanced DBS disclosure.


The interviewing process is thorough. On the previous day, applicants “interview the parish”. They visit the church, the centre and the rectory. They meet the clergy, the parish administrator and others involved in running the church. They are hosted on a drive around the area to see the sights of Merrow. In the evening they are invited to an informal get together with the PCC where over refreshments they can get to know more about our church; and we about them.

The interviews the following day take about an hour for each applicant and will be conducted by a panel which will include the Patron, our two Churchwardens, a Bishop, and the Archdeacon, amongst others.

Please continue to pray our Vacancy Prayer:

Lord of Life, as we work to build a vision of St. Johns,
enable this Church to hear your calling,
to discern your direction and to prepare the way. 
Limit us not to our own hopes, ideas and agendas,
but enlighten us to your eternal vision for our church,community and new incumbent;
so that together we can be messengers of your Gospel,
walking faithfully in the ways of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Robert and Helen, churchwardens

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