Dorking Christian Centre is by St Martin's Church, just off Church Street.
It has extremely limited parking space, and users and visitors are advised to park in St Martin's Walk car park and to walk through.
The Managers are Janette Masters and Clare Walker. Enquiries about activities or hiring facilities can be made at the Office (which is open from about 9.00 am until 2.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays). The telephone number is 01306 886830, and the email address is:
Volunteer Gardener needed. The small gardens around the Christian Centre have been beautifully cared for by Freda who has now retired. We are looking for someone to take over with weeding, deadheading and pruning etc. Please contact Janette or Clare in the Christian Centre on 01306 886830.
New this summer at The Christian Centre! Locally produced ice creams from St Joans farm in Leigh. 4 delicious flavours to try, £1.50 a tub, treat yourself on a sunny day!
"HOLIDAY AT HOME" Monday 21st to Friday 25th August. Dorking URC, St Paul's, the Quakers and the Centre are arranging this annual favourite. Everyone is welcome. The Theme is “Travellers’ Tales”. Enjoy a holiday week whilst staying in your own home: lively talks, excursions, entertainment, meals and activities. Main excursions are Canterbury Cathedral, a coach ride round the Surrey Hills, and a horse drawn barge trip. Programmes can be obtained from the Centre office.
Our lay Chaplain
Rowan Nunnerley started her working life as a Registered Nurse and Midwife in Bristol, then Tunbridge Wells, but subsequently lectured and after a Diploma in Management Studies and a Masters Degree, she has worked latterly in Clinical Risk Management for a large NHS Trust. Rowan came originally from Dorking and is now living back here, so she knows many local people and has a good local knowledge. While having a wide ecumenical background, Rowan is currently a member of the congregation at St John’s Church in North Holmwood and has undertaken pastoral work there.
She enjoys talking to people and is ready for the challenges and opportunities that the Christian Centre may present.
(There is now a separate page on our website called "Chaplain's Corner")
This page is only a link, and much more information can be found on the Centre's website: www.dorkingchristiancentre.org.uk The Centre publishes a monthly newsletter. Please pop in and ask for the latest issue.
Coffee and cakes are served Monday-Friday in the Community Café from 10.00 am, and there are home-cooked lunches from 12.15 pm. Refreshments continue to be available on Monday afternoons until 4.00 pm, and lunches are now available on Saturdays. Activities include table tennis, sequence dancing, hairdressing, chiropody, craft activities, bridge, whist, computer access, bingo, Indian head massages & reflexology and armchair exercises. Drop in and ask for a leaflet with more information.
There are coffee mornings on Saturdays from 10.00 am, often to raise funds for local groups and causes, followed by lunches.
The Listening Service, for informal pastoral support is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Café between 10.30 am and noon with volunteer listeners Rowan, David, Mel and Myrtle, who is a Counsellor and a member of Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association.
The café is staffed by volunteers, and enquiries are welcome from anyone who would like to join the team. With our busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However the benefits of volunteering are enormous for both mental and physical health. It can help reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. Volunteering does not have to involve a long-term commitment, or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. It could be once a week, once a month, more or less to suit you.
We believe helping others kindles happiness. It can connect you to like-minded people also volunteering at the Centre, bringing fun and fulfilment to your life.
If you volunteer at the Cafe, you will always be partnered with someone else, make new friends as you share the role together. Volunteering at the Centre offers vital help in allowing us to keep our community cafe open as long as possible. Volunteering at the Centre allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place.
While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop social skills, since you are regularly with a group of people meeting customers on a regular basis.
If you would like to learn more, please contact the Managers by phone or email (see above).
We currently have the following vacancies; Tuesday lunchtime (11.50 am- 2 pm) Wednesday morning (9.50 am – 12 noon) Friday lunchtime (11.50 am – 2 pm) Kitchen help– washing up & cleaning (Tuesday, Thursday &/or Friday 1 pm – 2 pm) No experience required as full training is given. If you are interested in the above or would like more information, pop in and speak to Janette or Clare in the Manager’s Office or call 01306 886830.
Also to be found in the Centre is the Church Office where the Church Administrator, Vicki Judd, is based. She will normally be there Monday-Friday mornings from 9.30 am until noon. 01306 884229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Redeemed Christian Church of God meets in the Centre on Sunday afternoons at 4.00 pm.