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:
Lent is upon us and with it another moment of preparation. Just as during Advent we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ Child so in Lent we make preparations again but of a different sort.
Usually the focus of our preparations is giving something up – the almost inevitable chocolate! Without wanting to be totally dismissive, really? Is that the sum of our appreciation of the events of Holy Week and Easter Day that the best we can come up with is to give up chocolate? Again, forgive me, I know I’m being a little harsh but go to Luke 12:13ff and see what Jesus says. In response to an obvious question of a frivolous nature Jesus retorts: ‘Man, who made me…’ Wow, that sounds rather short to me. J Jeremias regards this parable of being of ‘Eschatological significance’ (To do with the ultimate moments of life). In other words, Jeremias is suggesting that Jesus frustration is born out of a lack of appreciation of the moment on the part of the man in the crowd. Here he is, Jesus, the one in whom the ultimate questions of life, death, salvation and love find their answer and all this bloke can do is ask him to settle a family squabble! I must admit I find myself somewhat humbled in the face of that for I know I too am often far more interested in the ‘little things’ of my life than the eternal things of God’s life for me in Jesus.
Lent, for me, is an opportunity to get that perspective back again. To be challenged to be more intentional in my relationship with God. Given the great lengths and awesome sacrifice God has embraced to demonstrate the extent of God’s love for me, what opportunity is God opening up for me in this moment to offer myself to? I guess that will be different for each of us but I trust that Lent will be a fruitful time of deep searching and sacrificial commitment for all us as we respond to the amazing love shown to us the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour even Jesus.
On a different note, we have a rather awesome event lined up for Saturday 11th March at London Road. The Circuit has been able to persuade the Discipleship & Learning Network to repeat certain elements of the Re-Imagine Conference held last summer. This conference was very well received and provides an opportunity to think again about being church in the 21st Century and beyond. Please do make every effort to participate. See your local church notice board for details.
The Circuit service for the dedication of the Easter Offering is at 3.00 pm on Sunday May 7th at London Road Church.
The Circuit Meeting (the governing body of the Circuit)
meets next at St Andrews Methodist Church, Horsham, at 7.30 pm on Thursday 14 September 2017.
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.