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 (vacancy) 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 June issue:
Last time I reflected on Eugene Petersen’s rendition of Jn 12:24-25 and asked the questions: ‘Whose life is it?’ and ‘What are we doing with it?’ basically. Following on from that, as we move beyond Ascension and Pentecost, I want to build on that by considering what it means to be called.
I wonder if it is not true that, for most of us, we see our Christian walk as a matter of our choice. We sing along with Martin Smith of Delirious – I’ve found Jesus! Think about our language? What is it saying to us? What does Jesus say to us?
Jn 15:16 says: “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you…”(Msg) in fact, in Methodism we have a strong sense of that in our affirmation of the doctrine of Prevenient Grace – the belief that it is God who prepares the way for us to come to God, most notably expressed in the practice of infant baptism. In other words, what I am suggesting, it is not so much to do with us as it is to do with God and our response. You see, it’s about Call. God calls us, and we answer God, but it doesn’t end there.
Jn 15:16 goes on to say: “…and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil.” God doesn’t simply call us to just be with God, as if though it is all about me and my salvation. No! God continues to call us into living, dynamic service in God’s name and that’s really what Pentecost is all about – power from on high to fulfill our specific calling within the wider calling of grace.
So, what’s God calling you to in this Kingdom of love?
Yours in the Gospel,
PS – I really enjoy Delirious and sing along heartily when I’m on my own in the car!
The Circuit Meeting (the governing body of the Circuit)
meets next at London Road, Horsham Methodist Church at 7.30 pm on Thursday 20 September 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:
Revd Conrad Hicks is the Assistant Chair for our Western Area.
The District Synod meets next on Saturday 15 September 2018
at Haywards Heath
10.30 am - 4.00 pm