St John the Evangelist, Wotton

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St. John’s is situated in the scattered hamlet of Wotton standing proudly at the end of Church Lane overlooking a broad sweep of the North Downs. The parish itself is a long finger stretching from the foot of the North Downs to Friday Street. The church dates back to Saxon times although only a few of the original footings now remain to the west of the Norman tower. Much of the church was of necessity restored in Victorian times but there are still many interesting original feature to see. Of particular note are some unusual carved heads around the porch door including those of King John and Archbishop Stephan Langton. The church also contains the Evelyn Chapel where there are some magnificent monuments and the tomb of John Evelyn, the diarist. Services are held every Sunday and of particular appeal to some worshippers is the Prayer Book Matins service held on the first Sunday of each month. We aspire to make all who come to Wotton feel welcomed and warmly included in our worship. A Children’s Corner is provided for very young children at the back of the church.

In 1979 we became a Joint Benefice with the neighbouring parish of Holmbury St. Mary and conduct several joint services and home groups with them. Recently the Benefice has been expanded to include the other churches of the former Leith Hill Group: St. James, Abinger and Christ Church, Coldharbour.

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St John the Evangelist, Church Road, Wotton, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6QQ
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1662 Book of Common Prayer sung
Every first Sunday at 11:15 AM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
Holy Communion
Common Worship sung
Every second third and fourth Sunday at 11:15 AM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Sunday School
Every second Sunday at 11:15 AM for 1 hour
Sunday School
Leith Hill Benefice Service
Joint service of the Leith Hill Benefice: Abinger, Coldharbour, Holmbury St. Mary and Wotton. Its location rotates between each of the four churches and it usually takes place at the normal morning service time for that church (see local notices for details)
Every fifth Sunday at 11:15 AM for 1 hour


Wotton Teas
Held in the Village Hall. The teas provide an opportunity to meet and chat to other parishioners.
Every fourth Friday at 3:30 PM for 1 hour


Stained Glass
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 8262
Built: Norman
Our Patron: J P M H Evelyn and The Bishop
Archdeaconry: DORKING (172)
Deanery: DORKING (17201)
Parish Legal Name: WOTTON (170135 17/135)
CofE Church Info: (617135 17/135)
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The current editor is: David Finnigan

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This page was last updated on Saturday 31st October 2015
St John the Evangelist : St John's Church Road, Wotton, Surrey, RH5 6QQ

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