Church of England Diocese of Guildford Merrow

Fellowship and friendship groups

Please scroll down for information about the Men's Fellowship and the Wednesday Coffee Club, both of which are always looking to welcome people into their activities.

Wednesday Coffee Club:

The Club has been meeting on a Wednesday morning for over forty years since church members Eric and Doris Gilson saw the need for a friendly and welcoming venue for the more elderly residents of the parish following the expansion of Merrow in the late 1960s.

We meet every Wednesday morning from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in the foyer of St John’s Church Centre for coffee, biscuits and a chance to chat with old friends and to make new ones. (We close for two weeks over Easter, three weeks at Christmas and do not meet in August.) Our aim is to offer the chance of joining us to as many ladies and gentlemen as possible, so come along and join us. We can guarantee you a warm welcome.

We have a very loyal and able team of coffee makers and drivers who work on a rota. Transport can be arranged for those members unable to get to us by themselves.

Other activities include:

an annual coach trip to Worthing with tea on the pier and some sea air
a fish and chip lunch in February at the Church Centre
“Carols and Sherry” at Christmas

We welcome any opportunity to extend our club activities

If you would like any more information about joining or helping with the coffee rota, please contact Paulene Lambert on 01483 538217.

Men's Fellowship:

The Fellowship came into being in 2019 when a number of men decided that they could prove the Ladies weren’t the only sex that could meet up to socialise, network, discuss issues of the moment and try to relate the problems of society to their Christian ethic!

It was decided to blend the serious and the social, deep thinking and frivolous fellowship, the practical and the theoretical in a contrasting series of events. Last autumn, at a Saturday morning breakfast, we heard a lay priest/consultant engineer talk about his faith and the demands of his job which often threw up practical and ethical tensions. At a second breakfast we learned of the seriously good work the charity, “The Clink,” is doing in training guests of her Majesty’s Prisons to become chef’s ready for the outside world. In between times we retained the spiritual theme with an evening visit to the Hog’s Back Brewery.

Due to "Lock-down" many of our plans are postponed, however as and when we can arrange events we will keep you informed on this section of the website.

And coming in 2021 post-covid (hopefully): we will breakfast with a retired JP, a Christian, who will tell us of the challenges of dispensing justice; we will have an evening out on the Watercress Line’ s real Ale Train; and we are planning to take lunch prepared by the Clink’s trainees inside HMP High Down. We are also hoping to invite representatives of other religions to share over breakfast the similarities and differences between us.

If you wish to know more of the Men’s fellowship contact Robert Avis ([email protected]) or Richard Burtonwood ([email protected]) who will be happy to share thoughts with you.