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 United, as well as the URC church at Christ Church (Leatherhead).
The Pastorate is served by Revd Kim Plumpton and by Revd Jan Hofmeyr.
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 March 2019 issue:
With Easter occurring a little later this year, we have a small moment of breathing space in our journey between Advent & Christmastide and Lent & Easter. Into that space I want to insert some news about and important piece of work that is taking shape in the Circuit and commend it to your prayerful attention.
When I arrived in the Circuit, I was conscious of the need to review the constitution of The Pastorate. Any Ecumenical endeavour undertaken on a formal basis in the life of the Church needs reviewing every 5-7 years and so this one was due!
One usually approaches these tasks with some degree of trepidation, but I have been greatly encouraged by the group of people who came together representing the Circuit and the four churches of The Pastorate to undertake this task. The group comprised two reps from each church, the two ministers, the URC Southern Synod Ecumenical Officer and me as Superintendent. We met a number of times in various iterations from October through to January and what has encouraged me most is the enthusiastic way each one has contributed to the conversation and helped shape what I believe is a significant document to aid us in our ongoing journey of ecumenism in this Circuit. We are standing on the threshold of the necessary conversations that now need to unfold in the various churches of the Circuit and Pastorate as well as the Circuit Meeting and other denominational fora that need to approve the document. I believe that as we do so we stand ready to move our ecumenical endeavour that is The Pastorate into a new era of co-operation and mission together. Please do pray for that process and where applicable participate in it in order that you might help us make the most of this opportunity.
As you move into Lent and through it, Easter, may you find opportunity to explore anew the journey that is your own discipleship. At London Road we are exploring a Connexional resource entitled: Talking of God Together. It is a 5 session course with the aim of helping us grow more confident in sharing our faith conversations more widely. We will be exploring: A Present God, A Listening God, A Caring God, A Speaking God and Jesus our Teacher and Model. Look out for whatever is going on in your local setting but embrace the discipline our Lenten journey offers us as we move towards celebrating anew the transforming power of love that is the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Yours in the Gospel.
The Circuit Meeting (the governing body of the Circuit)
meets next at Cobham United Church at 7.30 pm on Thursday 21 March 2019
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:
John will be moving to a new appointment this summer.
District Farewell Service: Sunday July 7 at 5.30 pm at Redhill Methodist Church.
Revd Conrad Hicks is the Assistant Chair for our Western Area of the District. Contad becomes British Methodism's Director of Global Relationships in September.
His farewell service will be in Farnham on Sunday July 14 at 6.30 pm.
The District Synod meets next on Saturday 28 September 2019 at Redhill
10.30 am - 4.00 pm