New to Church

We are delighted to welcome you to SJS

We are delighted to welcome you to SJS – a vibrant church near the centre of this wonderful town of Guildford. If you are visiting SJS for the first time, please do come along to one of our three Sunday services and you will be made to feel very welcome. We are a relaxed, friendly church family on an exciting journey, building a fun community where everyone is welcome.

If you are just starting out in the Christian faith and are looking for a place to begin and ask questions and make new friends, the Alpha Course is a great place to start. We have Life Groups meeting across the town where we get to know each other and ‘do life’ together. Get in touch – we can’t wait to meet you.

Welcome Lunch

Each term we have a Welcome Lunch for all those who have recently joined the church. This is great place to meet other new people, get to know what is going on at SJS and how you can get involved. Please complete the form below to receive details about the next welcome lunch.

Safeguarding & Inclusion

Protection of all children, young people and those who are vulnerable is of paramount importance to us. We have adopted the Diocese of Guildford Safeguarding Policy.

Rachel Hill and Elodie Curran are our appointed Parish Safeguarding Officers, whose role is to ensure that everyone who works the Church in any capacity has undergone the necessary checks and training beforehand and, working with the PCC ensures our policy is implemented. Specifically, everyone who works with under 18’s and those who are vulnerable is taken through a recruitment process and is checked for Enhanced DBS clearance. For more information about our policy and the guidelines and training we give our volunteers and workers please contact us.

IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS AT ALL ABOUT THE SAFETY OF ANYONE,
Please contact our parish safeguarding officers Rachel Hill and Elodie Curran and both can be contacted on besafe@stjohnstoke.com

Our Safeguarding policy statement

As members of this PCC, we commit our parish to the nurturing, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable.

  • We recognise that our work with children, young people and those who are vulnerable is the responsibility of the whole Church community.
  • We are committed to following the Home Office Code of Practice, Safe from Harm, the House of Bishops and Diocesan guidelines.
  • We undertake to select all our workers with care, to support them and to train them.
  • We are committed to supporting all who we have contact with.
  • We review this policy annually.

Resources

For more information regarding our Safeguarding and Inclusion policies please contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer.
For training in our Safeguarding policies and procedures please contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Rector or Churchwarden.

Website for Guildford Diocesan Safeguarding and Inclusion resources.