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Public Worship

Public services and events have been suspended until further notice, following advice issued by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

Please read the Dean’s welcome below for more details.


Dean’s Welcome

Guildford Cathedral is a warm-hearted community that is open to God, open to all.

Our Building might be closed to keep us all safe – but we are all here.

Ever present.

It is with a heavy heart that we close the doors of the nation’s Cathedrals during this crisis as a necessary contribution to keeping all of us healthy and safe.

This move goes against our established pattern of being open and available for everyone. It is this openness accessibility that demonstrates the openness and generosity of God’s welcome and love for all people.

Yet, when human touch and closeness have become risky, even toxic, it doesn’t mean that God is far away, but that the Church has to find new and creative ways of being available, enabling prayer and worship, and listening carefully to people’s needs and questions.

Our Cathedral will be keeping our daily patterns of prayer going for our world, nation and diocese.

Guildford Cathedral and all Cathedrals stand, as they always have done, as permanent signs of God’s presence alongside us.

We’ll be doing all we can to stay in touch with our communities and for people to feel they can access these places of assurance, delight and inspiration, albeit virtually, until the current crisis has passed when we look forward to opening our doors once again.

Our Lent Talks given by the Reverend Magdalen Smith, are based on her newly published book, and will be posted on our sermons page. The first three in the series are already posted, the others will follow shortly, with one being published each Friday morning during Lent..

We will be posting music and thoughts for the day on our facebook page. We’d love you to join us (virtually) for a few minutes each day.

We look forward in hope to the time when it is again possible to meet together for worship, children’s activities and study.

If you’d like more information about support for the work of the Cathedral at this challenging time please get in touch.

The Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams
Dean of Guildford

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Guildford Cathedral is a friendly, welcoming community, with the worship of God at its heart. We welcome visitors, pilgrims and tourists of all ages from near and far and look forward to welcoming you amongst them.