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 September issue:
The past few months have been ones of significant transition in the life of the Circuit, some of which we have not yet quite passed through.
By the time you read this we’ll be on the cusp of welcoming the Rev Jan Hofmeyr and his wife Angela on an interim basis into the Circuit to share with Kim in ministering to the Pastorate and in particular to LMC and Christ Church. Jan’s Welcome Service takes place on the 2nd September at 3pm at LMC and you are all welcome to join in welcoming them into the Circuit. Rev Conrad Hicks, the Assistant Chair for our Area of the District will be preaching and presiding. Jan comes to us from South Africa and his appointment is on an interim basis until we have revisited the Pastorate and reshaped it to take us forward in fresh ways in partnership and mission with our United Reformed sisters and brothers in Leatherhead and Cobham.
Of course, welcoming Jan means we have said goodbye to Lynda & John Russell. Lynda’s ministry amongst us spanned the past five years. Unfortunately, health issues prevented Lynda form being able to continue in a full-time capacity and the Circuit Leadership Team felt a full-time appointment was what is required, and so Lynda has left us a little earlier than expected. We are extremely grateful for the ministry Lynda has shared with us over the years and this was warmly celebrated and affirmed at LMC in late July. We wish Lynda and John God’s blessing and guidance as they discern the next steps in their journey in ministry.
The other significant moment of transition still unfolding is the new Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnership – SCLEP – that has emerged in Cobham! The Methodist and United Reformed Churches in Cobham have joined together to form the Cobham United Church and will be based in the URC building on Stoke Road. This is an exciting new partnership in mission and we trust God will establish it in his love and grace as they look to reach out to Cobham community in fresh new ways.
Finally, we are also experiencing transition at the Circuit Leadership Team level. Carol Stoves and Fred King come to the end of their respective terms of office as Circuit Stewards. Carol has had a stint as Senior Steward along the way and Fred has been our Circuit Treasurer for the duration of his tenure as Circuit Steward. We are immensely grateful to both of them for the gifts of leadership and service they have brought to the Circuit and pray God’s blessing on them both as they move into new areas of service in their local churches. We welcome Angela Putland to join Teresa Thompson as our current Circuit Stewards but as you may imagine, it would be really good to add to their number. Especially, we are in need of a Treasurer and so if you would take the time to pray about it and if you feel God nudging you in a direction, talk to me about it, I would be really glad to hear from you.
After last year’s successful event, St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Roffey, Horsham will again be holding a 'Quiz and Chips' evening on Saturday 24th November. If people are interested, they can come as teams, or come and participate. We are planning fish / sausage / or vegetarian options and, because we will be booking food at our local fish and chip shop, would appreciate knowing preferences in advance. Cost £7.50. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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:
Revd Conrad Hicks is the Assistant Chair for our Western Area of the District.
The District Synod meets next on Saturday 13 April 2019 at Worthing
10.30 am - 4.00 pm