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St. Christopher's Church of England
St. John's Church of England
Southwood, Farnborough, GU14 0NA

St. Christopher's Church of England

Cove Road, Cove, Farnborough, GU14 0EX

Parish Administrator :  Mrs Caroline Goodyear

Parish Office  01252 371804


St Christopher's was built in 1934 and has been refurbished in 2006 with comfortable seating. It is a relaxed, friendly church which meets every Sunday at 10am, with five smaller groups meeting in homes during the week.

The usual service is Communion with children and young people having their own groups for part of the worship. At each service there is a blend of traditional and current worship songs. The whole service is projected on the screen so if you haven't been to church for a while there are no books to fumble through!

We have morning prayer at 9am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Communion on Wednesday mornings at 10am.

On the second Thursday each month, Messy Church convenes after school from 3.30pm through which we explore the gospel with craft oriented activities, enjoy a worship celebration and then have tea together. Come and see us!

St Christopher's tries to be active in the community and particularly looks forward to welcoming the children of Tower Hill School for Easter and Christmas workshops. We have a thriving parent and toddler group “Sunbeams” on a  Tuesday morning from 9.30am during the school year. We are home to the Farnborough Food Bank, Rushmoor Choir, and a number of other groups use our facilities. The church is regularly used for concerts.

Fellowship is important to us and a range of social activities, breakfasts and working parties are arranged through the year.  

Team Rector: Rev. Jeremy Tyndall

Honorary Curate: Rev. Gordon Thomas

St. John's Church of England

St. Johns Road, Cove, Farnborough, GU14 9PW

The original parish church of Cove, St. John's is more than just a pretty face! We are a group of people whose vision is to bring the love of God to the community of Cove where we live. We worship in a pretty Victorian church which is popular for weddings from throughout the parish. It is set in a well-kept "country churchyard" where purple heather blooms and wildlife flourishes.

St. John's was built in 1844, patterned on the much larger St. Cross church on the outskirts of Winchester, and was designed to serve the small rural community of Cove, and the big house in the area. You can still see the special seats where they sat. The church is not large, and seats about 120 - not nearly big enough to contain the current population of Cove!

In the past 10 years the interior has been redecorated to emphasise the architecture and features of the building. The building of St. John's is a much loved home in which we live, rather than being a musty museum to maintain.

St John's church meets for worship at 10am on a Sunday morning. It is at present mainly Communion centred and relatively informal. The first Sunday is generally our Worship Together service where the children stay in the main body of the church and we worship together as the Family of God. Refreshments are served after all services in St John's Hall. The worship is led by a small and gifted music group, generally keyboard/guitar led, in a range of styles from traditional to modern. A data projector is used for songs, words and often during preaching.

In the last couple of years, from a strong base, the church has seen some healthy growth and Sunday congregations average between 50-60 about a third of which are children. There is an active Sunday School with a committed band of willing leaders and helpers. St. John's also has a strong housegroup network, where members of the church family can meet to study the Bible, enjoy friendship and fellowship as well as pray of be prayed for.

Team Vicar: Rev. Esther Prior

Southwood Church

Southwood, Farnborough, GU14 0NA

Southwood Church, set up in 1992, meets at Southwood Community Centre, Links Way, Southwood. We try to make our services fun and interesting, with a good mix of new and familiar things as well as good, relevant Bible preaching and teaching. We believe church is a place to find fun, excitement, comfort, love and peace.

We have a good band, which leads worship songs in a broad range of styles. All the words for songs are projected on the wall, and we don't have a 'service book'. The worship leader guides us through each step of the service so no one is worrying whether they are doing the 'right thing'!. Some dress smartly, some in jeans and t-shirt. We're a friendly bunch! We also have a good diary of events, from church walks to Alpha (a popular Christian basics course), barbecues, the ACE youth club on Friday evenings; Smilers -our baby and toddler group; church parties; and much more.

We also have good links with the community, especially our local Southwood Infants school. Southwood church is a friendly church. There are people to chat with after the service, and we serve tea and coffee. But if you just want to be quiet, well that’s fine too!

Team Vicar: Rev. Steve Stewart

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