Southwood Church, Farnborough

Already committed to an existing church plant, in 1992 the Parish of Cove bravely decided to reach out to the new Southwood estate. Philip Dobson was appointed team vicar for Southwood, a commuter village made up largely of families with young children or teenagers.
As the pioneer evangelist, Philip’s first job was to find ‘people of peace’ through involvement with the community. His style was very much to turn up on the doorstep and park himself in the kitchen with a coffee to listen and respond. This created a core group for a new church and Sunday worship began in November ‘93. Those who joined were either unchurched or lapsed since their youth.

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