The Beacon on the Hill and the Lantern in the Valley
St Martha-on-the-Hill has united with St Thomas’, Chilworth to form the new Parish of Chilworth. Details of services held at 11.15 on Sunday mornings can be found here. The church stands on an isolated, steep hill (see Access) on the Pilgrims Way in the North Downs and has spectacular views of the countryside. It is popular with walkers and for weddings and baptisms.
The church has deep roots in the history of the village. The building was designed by a notable Arts & Crafts architect and it has a fascinating history associated with past local industry.
With the uniting of the two churches of St Martha’s and St Thomas’ in the Parish of Chilworth, we think of St Martha’s as the beacon on the hill and St Thomas’ as the lantern lighting the valley. The Bishop of Guildford celebrated the new Parish in July 2016 and spoke of the poetry of St Martha’s hill-top position. Read more.
At Christmas, come to the Christmas Eve Midnight Communion Service when St Martha’s is floodlit.
Every month, open to all, there is a book group – cosy in winter, tranquil on summer evenings.
St Martha’s is host to a high-quality, flourishing concert scene with musicians visiting from around the world.
Become a Friend of St Martha-on-the-Hill and help towards the costs of keeping this special church open and in good repair for future generations.
St Martha’s is open at the following times:
|October to March||April to September|
|Saturday:||11:00 to 14:00||11:00 to 15:00|
|Sunday:||10:00 to 15:00||10:00 to 16:00|
|Wednesday:||11:00 to 15:00
||11:00 to 16:00|
|Bank Holiday:||11:00 to 14:00||11:00 to 15:00|