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Offering opportunities to "Go Deeper with God" is one of Common Ground Guildford's key aims.

Our Advent, Christmas and New Year reflections are here.
A similar series will run in Lent, the period leading up to Easter, starting on Thursdays in mid February 2018. See the calendar for dates. 

We opened St Mary's on New Year's Eve from 1pm to 8pm to provide a place to reflect in a year of change. It was an opportunity to make new year resolutions in Guildford's oldest building. There were brief reflections every half hour.  
To provide places and time to pause in a busy world we often join with others, including partner churches. St Mary's Church is a wonderful place to just "be", reflect  and pray.

The Community Prayer page includes information to help you pray for Guildford and some prayers of blessing.
Reflect, read, listen includes some sources to help you pray on a daily basis.   

andreas picture orange backgroSt Mary's hosts the Practical Aspects of Spirituality quarterly Saturday mornings co-ordinated by Richard Fox, many of whose leaders and attendees are part of the Common Ground Community and wider fellowship. The 17 March event will be led by Rev Canon Andy Wheeler and be about Pilgrimage: Journey to the Heart. 

The 2018 series will be held on 17 March, 16 June, 22 September and 8 December 2018. 
Email Richard Fox for more information on 

St Mary's  is frequently open at special times of need for prayer, in addition to the regular Thursday weekday opening. 

St Mary's also runs a monthly Monday hour of "Words, Music, Stillness" with time for reflection from 12.00 to 13.00 and coffee from 11.45. Enjoy stimulating discussion, inspirational music, and prayerful stillness. The last event is this series is on 5 February 2018. This series is based around a collection of inspirational sayings made by William (Bill) Sykes, former chaplain of University College, Oxford. You will find a flier here. Find out more about Bill Sykes via the college website.   

Silent Prayer at St Mary's offers another opportunity for reflection on the third Monday of each month at 12.30.   

We hope to be open every Monday lunchtime from after Easter 2018. Watch this space for more information.