We are one of the eight churches that make up
the Dorking & Horsham Methodist Circuit
The others are to be found in Cobham, Effingham, Leatherhead, St Martin's Dorking, Horsham (London Road and St Andrew's), Southwater and Partridge Green.
There is a United Pastorate in the north of the Circuit.
This embraces our churches in Leatherhead, Effingham and Cobham, as well as the URC churches at Christ Church (Leatherhead) and Cobham.
The Pastorate is served by a Methodist minister (Revd Lynda Russell) and a URC minister (Revd Kim Plumpton).
Our Superintendent Minister is Revd Gavin Hancocks.
He lives in Horsham, and oversees the Churches at London Road and Partridge Green.
Revd Kath Jones is Minister at St Andrew's and Southwater.
We are sad to announce the deaths of two great servants of the Church: Jean Plant (Leatherhead) and Lavinia Hicks (Horsham).
We extend our love and prayers to those who mourn.
Circuit news and events are published in the Circuit Newsletter which comes out quarterly in March, June, September and December. Copies are available in church.
Superintendent's letter in the June issue:
As we move into the second half of 2017 we enter ‘Ordinary Time’ on the Christian calendar. That is the time between Pentecost and Advent, when it all starts all over again! However, as I mull that thought over, it seems to me that this is going to be anything but ‘Ordinary’ time!
As I write this column we are caught up in campaigning again that, by the time you read this, is going to have shaped our reality once again. I wonder what that shape will be? The political turmoil we have been living through these past years seems to be growing and all around the globe Henry Thoreau’s observation of ‘…leading lives of quiet desperation…’ (Walden Chp1) seems to be taking on new significance. Somehow, the frustration has built/is building and all over people are questioning the values that have shaped our lives previously.
What I find disturbing is the extent to which that questioning appears to be a regression. As I think back over the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa, one of the challenges was dealing with the ‘Laager mentality’ – circling the wagons. Somehow, as we find ourselves stretched by the challenges of diversity and inclusivity, we seem to reach a point where we just give up and narrow down the focus and form the ‘Laager’ once again. It’s hard not to when we feel threatened and overwhelmed by the anticipated tsunami supposedly looming large on the horizon.
However, we have just lived through the period of an altogether different tsunami in the Christian calendar – the tidal wave of God’s love! Despite the narrow focus of his detractors Jesus refused to allow that mindset to shape his own. Rather, he reminded us that no matter how overwhelming the problem, God’s love is always bigger. What we fear most is that the supply will be quenched, the well will dry up, we will be left with nothing. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Cross, the Grave and the Flames of Fire all speak to us of the superabundance of God’s provision. Just when everything seemed lost the love of God exploded again into the world and still it does today.
My prayer for us is that as God’s church in the world today we will allow ourselves to get lost in that tidal wave an in so doing dispel the wave of fear and despair looming on the horizon. (John 12:24)
The Circuit Meeting (the governing body of the Circuit)
meets next at St Andrews Methodist Church, Horsham, at 7.30 pm on Thursday 14 September 2017.
The Circuit in turn is part of the South-East District of the Methodist Church,
which embraces much of Surrey, Sussex and Kent, and parts of Hampshire and Berkshire.
Our Circuit is in what is known as the Western Area of this District.
Our Chair is Revd John Hellyer, and information about the District can be found on its website:
Revd Conrad Hicks is the Assistant Chair for our Western Area.
The District Synod meets next on Saturday 23 September 2017.