If you are organising a special service and wish to provide a reception or a convivial meeting place for your guests, there are a number of choices within the village. Private hire arrangments can be made at all of the venues listed below;
It should be noted that the cemetery at St Nicholas is closed for burials and following the service, interment takes place at Watts Chapel & Cemetery, where plots can be bought by residents only. At the discretion of the cemetery committee, plots can occasionally be bought by non-residents. The cemetery is managed by the Clerk to the Parish Council, Joanna Cadman. Advice and practical help can also be obtained from the local undertaker / funeral director who liaise closely with the Clerk and the Rector to minimise efforts by the family at this difficult time.
A map of Watts Cemetery can be found HERE along with a database of names and dates of those here.
The Guildford Crematorium is just outside the village (approximately 5 minutes by car).
St Nicholas Compton is the oldest of our three church buildings and is unique in England with its double sanctuary. Situated at the top of a winding cobbled path, on arrival one is instantly enraptured by the beauty of this small unique and ancient building. Once inside you cannot help but be aware of the important part this church has played in the lives of many for almost a thousand years, including those walking the Pilgrim's Way between Winchester and Canterbury cathedrals and St Nicholas is featured on Canterbury Cathedral's Pilgrims' Way Project website.
Services take place at the church every Sunday morning and the pattern varies. Please check the ‘Services’ page. You might like to let us know if you would like to receive a regular text message to remind you of the weekly service times across the benefice.
The following is a guide to the content of the different Sunday services (please refer to the Services page for a list of this month's service times):
Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion
A said service suitable for those who find ancient liturgy helpful and who prefer to have space and quietness as part of their worship. It lasts around 35-40 minutes.
Said Eucharist with hymns
This service uses the services most recently produced by the Church of England and includes three hymns accompanied on the organ. Lasts about 45 minutes and followed by refreshments in church.
All Age Eucharist
A service attended by young and old; interactive and fast paced. Children are invited to gather at the altar for the Eucharistic Prayer and to wave flags during the final hymn and procession, accompanied on the organ. Lasts about 40 minutes and followed by refreshments in church.
A fully sung service with four hymns and choir anthem at Communion, accompanied on the organ. Lasts about 1 hour and followed by refreshments in church.
A sung service using the Book of Common Prayer with hymns and a short meditation. Lasts about 35 minutes.
Said Evening Prayer (warm weather only)
A congregation of 130 would make this church feel cosy and 160 somewhat bursting, but that is just how we like it to be.
The church has its own car park on the opposite side of the road (behind the antiques shop) that will take approximately 45 cars. There is also a bus-stop at the entrance, served by the 46 bus (from Guildford, Aldershot and Godalming).
** Please note that the footpath that leads up to the church is NOT suitable for motor vehicles of any kind. A few adventurous souls have tried this and found that their vehicles get stuck and/or damaged as a result! **
The church has a new heating system and there is a small area to entertain children.
There are 6 bells and an enthusiastic team of bell ringers who meet most Tuesdays to practice. The wonderful sound of the bells peeling really adds to most occasions.
St Nicholas Church once featured in Songs of Praise and has been used for a number of film shoots. It is the theme of a number of books and was even mentioned by Arthur Conan Doyle as the final resting pace of fictitional characters from two of novels.