Home Groups

Learning and growing together.

We hope that the sermons every Sunday morning are thoughtful and challenging. For some people, especially at certain times in their life, that is enough; for other people, they feel they want to go deeper into their faith.

Here are some possible ways you can find more.

Home Groups

We have a few home groups and are hoping for more. This is when a group of between three and eight people get together at someone’s house, once a week or perhaps once a fortnight, usually to look at the Bible together. We currently have Home groups on:

Every other Tuesday – 10.30am-12.30pm.

2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings of the month, 7.45pm for an 8pm start Tolworth area.

Every other Friday, from 1.30pm to 3pm. St Mark’s Church.

If you would like to get involved, contact the parish office and they will pass on your enquiry to one of our Home Groups coordinators.


Many people find they benefit from a time of study and reflection during Lent. This year we are offering several opportunities to meet in a group, with a range of subject matter, location and timing.

Tuesdays  (10.30am to 12.30pm) in Berrylands with John and Olga Wickenden. 12th, 19th, 26th March and 2nd, 9th April.

Study and discussion of ‘At Home in Lent’ by Gordon Giles. An exploration of Lent through 46 objects in the home.

Tuesdays (7.30pm to 9.45pm) in Tolworth with Clare Mannall.  5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March and 2nd and 9th April.

Dinner and discussion based on Jimmy McGovern’s “Broken”.  Dinner starts at 7.30pm and a screening of an episode (lasting about an hour) at 7.45pm.  Discussion will follow on the varying topics that this series addresses, including sin, righteous anger, gambling, and dealing with the past. It would be helpful if participants can commit to all 6 sessions as there are many themes that run through the whole 6 weeks. Please note that there is strong language in most of the episodes.

Fridays (1.30pm to 3.00pm) in St Mark’s Church with Jackie Robbs. 8th and 22nd March, 5th April.

A Prayer and Bible study group, looking at the early chapters of St John’s Gospel.

Churches Together in Surbiton are also offering a full programme of discussion groups using the Lent course “The Mystery of God”. Please see their separate leaflet below for details.

Lent Programme 2019 (2)

The parish have previously offered the following courses. Similar or the same courses will be offered again; please contact the parish office for more details.

The Rough Guide to Christianity

From time to time, we offer a course across eight evenings which is an overview of the Christian faith that assumes absolutely no prior knowledge. It covers questions such as:

  • What can we know about Jesus’ life?
  • What can we know about Jesus’ death and resurrection?
  • What is the Bible?
  • What is the Church?
  • How can I pray?
  • How can I think about God?
  • What are the consequences of being a Christian?

No question is disallowed; no answer is dismissed. We think through things together.


Oh no, not Paul again…!

This is a course for people who may want to dig a bit deeper into their faith. St Paul often gets a bad press (some of it justified!), but what did he really say? This course looks at Paul’s letter to the Philippians and is aimed at people who have perhaps come to church for a while and heard some excerpts from Paul’s letters read out in church but do not know quite what to make of him.


The Church of England is using a new course called ‘Pilgrim’ as a way of beginning the Christian faith.

Lent Courses

Each year, members of our church and of other churches around Surbiton and Tolworth get together to follow a ‘Lent course’. Sometimes, this is based on a book; sometimes on a film. This involves committing to five sessions over the course of Lent to deepen your faith.