The Role of Guildford Cathedral

A cathedral is a Christian church which contains the seat (cathedra) of a bishop, thus serving as the central church of a diocese. 

Guildford Cathedral is the mother church of the diocese of Guildford, covering 500 square miles of Surrey, north east Hampshire, the London Borough of Kingston and a part of West Sussex.

A fresh expression

Cathedrals within the Church of England hold a unique position in society, which enable them to connect people with the sacred, build links between individuals, organisations and communities, and sustain tradition and identity. 

Guildford Cathedral is a fresh expression of this traditional sacred space and a precious part of the national heritage: the last Church of England cathedral consecrated on a new site, in 1961; intensely and personally rooted in local identity and living memories through the many ‘brick-givers’ who helped fund its completion. We respond to a range of needs from family crisis to grief; celebration to spiritual curiosity.

What we do

It is this combination – our role as a cathedral, together with our modernity and particular story - that enables Guildford Cathedral to work as it does, 365 days a year, for the ‘common good’:

  • We inspire people of all ages through the beauty of the building, worship and choir, concerts and art exhibitions, through a vibrant teaching ministry and school workshops and musical activities
  • We build community cohesion through civic services and support to local charities that enable people to come together at times of celebration, recognition and remembrance
  • We facilitate conversations with key community stakeholders that cultivate wisdom, promote community action and public education and explore how individuals can personally contribute to the ‘common good’. 

The Cathedral’s mission is to be a place of welcome, beauty, engagement and inspiration.