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 March issue:
As we look forward to this Easter season I can’t help but be drawn to Jesus’ words in John 12:24-25, “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.” (Msg)
I love the slant Eugene Petersen puts on this passage. It begs the question ‘What is this life we hold in our hands?’ that’s a tricky question to answer! For most of us I think we see it in terms of ‘my life’ – you know Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ or Bon Jovi’s ‘It’s My Life’ or any of the multiple self-help programs that tell us over and over again that we are masters of own destinies. Well, I guess we are, but what destiny might that be?
Eugen Petersen helps us see what Jesus s trying to get us to realise – you can be a grain of wheat, if you like, but that’s probably all you’re going to be. Or, you can recognise that this life you claim so boldly, and cling to so tightly for your own, is in fact a precious gift from God – God’s life – and if we give it over to God it has the power to grow in ways we can’t begin to imagine possible. I love the phrases ‘…reproduces itself many times over.’ And ‘…if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.’
So, as you journey through Lent and onwards to the Passion, Death and Resurrection and beyond towards Pentecost, ask God for that grace that will enable you, together with Jesus, to make this investment anew and wait for the harvest to follow.
The Circuit Meeting (the governing body of the Circuit)
meets next at Effingham Methodist Church at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018 (a change of date).
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 14 April 2018
at Kent College, Pembury
10.30 am - 4.00 pm