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.
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 September issue:
Iím writing this in July and canít quite believe that Iím actually thinking about Christmas! The vagaries of Plan Making and summer holidays!
As we head into the final quarter of 2017 we probably do so in the midst of Harvest celebrations and Advent preparations. Mind you, Harvest and Advent are not too dissimilar in that they are both seasons in which we focus on Godís provision.
Our harvest festivals invariably remind us of the incredible goodness of God who provides for our material needs through creation. Rain falls, sun shines, crops grow and there is a harvest! Amazing! Yes, I do know that the pattern does not always follow quite so simply but simply reminds us of the other half of the harvest celebration Ė our responsibility. God so generously placed at our disposal Godís amazing creation but did so with the injunction that we exercise good stewardship over it. Not something weíve always done very well at. Perhaps this harvest we need to be asking ourselves the searching questions about our stewardship. Are we amongst those who place humanity a step above the rest of creation and therefore see it as serving our needs or do we see ourselves on a par with the rest of creation thus recognising that unless we treat the earth kindly weíll never be able to treat each other kindly. Paul writes of Godís lofty plan in Ephesians 1:10. He reminds us that it is Godís intention to gather up all things into Christ. That phrase, ta panta in Greek literally means every created thing. Wow! Godís idea is always massive, itís always way bigger than out little preoccupations. Godís not just busy worrying about human souls, Godís reworking the whole thing into something new! Perhaps when we begin to catch a glimpse of that we might begin to see the world and our existence in it from a different perspective. So, as we think about that letís begin to grab the opportunities we have to do something different for creation, to facilitate itís salvation in some small way. Ask for grace, in my experience God never fails to answer!
Of course, that grace comes in the shape of a person Ė Jesus! So, as we move through Harvest towards Advent and Christmas, letís prepare our lives to make room for him who comes to bring all the fullness of God to us. May our celebration of his coming fill our lives afresh with joy and hope. Joy at the knowledge that in him we have indeed been chosen before creation (Paul again a little earlier in Ephesians 1) and hope in the confidence of what it means to be the very children of God, manifesting Godís renewal in the world today. We are part of Godís plan and that cannot fail.
Yours in the Gospel,
The Circuit Meeting (the governing body of the Circuit) meets next at Effingham Methodist Church at 7.30 pm on Thursday 22 March 2018.
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: www.methodistsoutheast.org
Revd Conrad Hicks is the Assistant Chair for our Western Area.
The District Synod meets next on Saturday 23 September 2017.