A brief history
The parish of Goldsworth Park was formed from part of the adjoining St John’s and Horsell
parishes in 1981, when the Goldsworth Park estate was under construction. Initially called “Christians on Goldsworth”, members met in homes and then local schools until the present church building was constructed in 1989. It required a significant and sacrificial fundraising effort by church members over several years. Many of those members are still part of the congregation and remember vividly God’s faithfulness and the blessings experienced at that time. Part of the money for the project was donated by the adjacent Horsell parish after the sale of its redundant chapel (coincidentally also called St Andrew’s).
Our church’s adjoining hall – the A2 Youth and Community Centre - was added in 2008, providing youth facilities and venues for local community and social events.
Our first vicar was the Rev. Andy Knowles, succeeded in 1994 by Canon Richard Cook who retired in September 2014.
From the outset there was a strong desire to form an inter-church fellowship on the estate. In 1989, we formally became a Local Ecumenical Project (LEP) with three other denominations: the United Reformed Church, the Baptists and the Methodists. This worked well and the church attracted many Christians from outside Anglicanism. Over the years, the influence of the other denominations and the human and financial resources provided by them waned. A few years ago the church recognised that the LEP had served its purpose and it was formally ended. This process was entirely smooth and no free church or other members of the congregation showed any concern, or indeed left the church,
as a result. Thus we are now an Anglican church alone, though still benefiting greatly from the contributions of those with roots in the other denominations. We have always enjoyed good relations with the other churches in the Woking area and have supported Churches Together in Woking and the regular joint evening services organised by a group of the more active Woking churches across the denominations.