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 June 2019 issue:
Thy Kingdom Come… how often don’t we pray those words? Maybe too often or perhaps not often enough! Whatever the case in your circumstances I trust you have all, in some measure, been made aware of the initiative under-taken by the Anglican Arch Bishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to bring a fresh impetus to this prayer in the life of the Church.
Initially they sounded their call within the Church of England, but it is a call that has resonated across the denominations and now, three years on, the net has spread far and wide, clean across the globe in fact! What an amazing opportunity for us as a Church to engage with the prayer that is at the heart of the prayer that Jesus gave us.
Thy Kingdom Come calls the Church to catch afresh the vision of the first followers of Jesus and to discover afresh the call to prayer. It focuses on the period between the Ascension of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Luke very intentionally records for us in Acts 1 & 2 that the first followers of Jesus were gathered together in prayer in that period between the Ascension and Pentecost. As a result, they were ready when God intervened to respond and become the radical agents for change in their world the Kingdom called them to be.
The call to prayer through the TKC initiative is twofold. In the first instance we are challenged to pray daily for five people we know who haven’t yet entered into a living and vital relationship with God in Christ. I know, we should be praying for them every day, but you’ve got to start somewhere, so why not here! Secondly, there is the opportunity to join in various prayer activities over the course of those 9-11 days (depends how you count them!). There are materials available here: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ and if you look at the website you will see numerous events listed that you might perhaps participate in or even set up yourselves.
Here at London Road in Horsham we are having a Prayer Day on Saturday 8th June from 10am – 4pm in conjunction with St Andrew’s, Southwater and Partridge Green. If you’re not otherwise engaged, come and join in the activities on offer through the course of the day. There will be a service at 12:30pm as a focal point for the event.
What better way for us to prepare to receive again the incredible gift of grace that is the total infusion of the life and love of God in the Holy Spirit? Thy Kingdom come! Who’s bold enough to pray that prayer with me?!
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