Our story goes back to the time of John Wesley, as the plaque in West Street commemorates.
Until the 1970s, there was a Methodist Church in South Street. When that was sold and demolished, the congregation moved to St Martin's Parish Church to become part of St Martin's Shared Church, now a Local Ecumenical Partnership. The proceeds of the South Street sale were used to purchase as Methodist property what is now the Christian Centre.
Sharing Agreements between the two churches govern the use of both buildings, and matters of concern to both congregations are discussed and decided at a Joint Church Council.
On 31 May 2009 our two Churches signed a Covenant:
Believingthat the unity of the Church is the will of God, we the members and ministers of the congregations at St Martin's Dorking, Methodists and Anglicans, hereby covenant upon the foundation of the recognition that we have one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism; for we share a Gospel which effects reconciliation between God and humankind and between nations and people.
Travellingas pilgrims on a journey that has already started and which will lead we know not where, we are pleased to place our trust in God, in whose hands the future lies, and to be led forward by Him.
In order to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the community and the world, and in obedience to God's call, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we therefore joyfully covenant with each other:
to work together in love
to pray, and care for one another and for our neighbour
to serve together the community of Dorking
and to live together in fellowship
to the greater glory of God
We also commit ourselves:
To enact and fulfil such matters as our church councils shall determine by common consent, which are set out in the supplement to this Covenant and are to be reviewed prior to an annual act of worship at which the covenant will be renewed.
At each subsequent Pentecost the Covenant has been renewed.