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Email issued 24th June 2022


The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” 1 Cor: 10:26

The introductory notes for our studies in 1 Corinthians this term state …“What does it mean ‘to be Church’ in a fast-moving, prosperous, self-oriented and multi-cultural society? Does it mean stepping back and hiding away in a hovel, or does it mean embracing the culture and joining in with anything and everything? Or is it rather more nuanced than that – with a very careful balance needed as we seek out what Jesus means by saying that his disciples are ‘in the world’ but not ‘of the world’?"  This is a popular Christian synopsis - but is it helpful, and how do we understand it, in the context of the key verse we will be looking at this weekend … “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (1 Cor 10: 26)?

This week we will be looking at how the Bible often requires us to look at things in two ways - to see a more colourful meaning than a simple black and white picture!! We shall see how Paul’s debate on food etiquette in I Cor chapters 8, 9, and 10 is actually very relevant to how we see the world today, and where we draw the lines!!

Simon Gardner

Message from Dawn, Roman & Cody

Thank you so much to our wonderful church family here at St Paul’s for the gifts and lovely afternoon tea laid on for us last week. There are clearly many talented bakers - it was such a delicious spread! Thanks too for all the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work that went on.  You have been a huge part of our faith and life journey and we are grateful for your love and prayers: past, present and future.

My ordination will take place at Guildford cathedral at 10:30, on Sunday 3rd July and all are welcome to attend.  Alternatively, the service will be live-streamed via YouTube ( and Facebook (

Thanks again,
Love from Dawn, Roman and Cody.

We're also delighted to share that David Packham (Son of Irene Packham and Helena's brother)  is also being ordained at the same service.  He came to St Paul’s for many years so many of you will remember him.
He has been worshipping at Westcott Church, but has just moved to Burgh Heath (Parish of Nork with Burgh Heath).

Stepping Stones - sign up here

On Sunday 26th June we’ll be having a Baptism Service at 6pm in the River Mole!

This is an opportunity to celebrate the new life that Jesus gives us with a splash in the river! If you have never been baptised or if you want to renew your baptism vows, get in touch with Alex.  Or come along to cheer on those who are getting baptised. 
Click here to RSVP to Seniors' Tea or call 01306 743378


A New Youth Pastor to work alongside Steve Henwood

See website for more details   Do be in touch with Steve for an informal chat or email Steve if you would like more info or to apply  Please share this info appropriately to help us find the right person

We are considering the possibility of having a New Wine Intern for 2022 - 23 with a focus on Children and Youth.  If this is something of interest to you please express any interest to

Qualified Nursery Practitioner to join our Nursery Team

Click here for more info  This is an excellent opportunity for a level three qualified Nursery Practitioner to join the dedicated staff team of our Ofsted Outstanding Nursery from 1 September 2022 on a one year fixed contract. This is a part time post of 5 hours per week to be worked over 2 mornings  For more information and to apply, contact:

Qualified Teacher for St Paul's School

Are you a teacher, looking for a part time or full time role? St Paul's School currently has a teacher vacancy. Please click here link to take you to our vacancies tab on our school website for further details.

And Dorking United Reformed Church are recruiting a Community Worker

Working 10 hours a week, ideally they would like an energetic and committed Christian to work alongside their current church community worker.  This paid role would involve assisting with church community groups and developing meaningful relationships with those attending.  A passion to share the good news of the Christian faith is essential. For more information please contact: Rev Ted Bellingham at:


Last week five of us completed the second part of the Coast to Coast walk, having done the first part in June 2021. We walked over 100 miles in 8 days, it was a brilliant, although often, a challenging experience!
It will no doubt have provided Heather with many sermon illustrations …..
Tomorrow at St Paul's School and here in church! 

This week at St Paul's

9am Holy Communion Online and in church

10.30 Holy Communion Online and in church

 'The 6' at 6pm

Click here for Morning Prayer Liturgy
Click here for Holy Communion Liturgy

If you missed last week's service: catch up now : 
podcast or watch the service
Read our Latest World Church newsletter here

Click here for midweek groups

Prayer @ St Paul's
We'd love you to join us 
Tues Evenings Click here to view our current Programme
Click here for more info
St Paul's Small Groups
Ever wondered what these are?  Read more here
We'd love you to join one, or try one for a while -
simply contact 

to find a group to suit you at a time that suits you
Dates for your diary

25th June - Tomorrow! St Paul's School Fair - more info here

25th June - Tomorrow! Concert here at St Paul's Church  - more info here

26th June - 3pm Stepping Stones Family Time - more info above or contact Steve Henwood

26th June - 6pm Adult Baptisms in the River Mole

30th June - Thurs - Seniors' Tea - 2-3.30pm - See above - RSVP by phone, email or click the link above

3rd July - Dawn's Ordination at Guildford Cathedral - link to join online above

23rd July - 28th July - New Wine - Will you be joining us this year? There's now about 30 of us going!  Get in touch if you would like to know more.  Day tickets just released - if you fancy trying it out for a day (without camping!!) 

31st July & 4th Sept - Church Family Picnics & BBQ - Please hold these dates in your diaries for After Church picnic or BBQ lunch - More info to follow

12th November - Saturday - Walk Through The Bible: New Testament 

16th November - Weds - J John Speaking at Evangelism Conference at  St Paul's, Cheam.

In line with our Eco-church Initiatives please help us to  reduce our use of disposable cups by bringing a reusable cup/mug on Sunday mornings

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