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Role with Faith Groups

The Lord-Lieutenant supports the churches and faith groups in Surrey not only as sources of spiritual worship and strength but as begetters of much valuable voluntary work. He is always keen to encourage different churches and faiths working together.

The Church of England’s Diocese of Guildford encompasses the majority of the western part of the county (with one Diocese of London deanery of Spelthorne). Guildford Cathedral hosts many county services and other events. The eastern end of the county is in the Diocese of Southwark.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton covers the administrative county of Surrey. In addition there are many non-conformist churches – Baptists, Methodists, United Reform – throughout Surrey. The diversity of tradition in the Jewish faith is well represented with centres in Guildford, Staines, Weybridge and Thames Ditton.

Woking boasts the oldest mosque in the country, the Shah Jahan Mosque, and there are also a number of other places of Islamic worship and meeting across the county.

The University of Surrey Chaplaincy has the pastoral care of its students and staff of many different faiths and it is hoped that plans to build a Multi-Faith Centre at the university will be realised. At Royal Holloway, University of London at Egham, the College Chaplaincy has a long history closely connected with the College’s beautiful chapel, while the Faiths Council seeks to encourage interfaith dialogue and debate between all the mainstream faith groups at RHUL.