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, 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 Paul Cockburn. 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.
CREATING SAFER SPACE: FOUNDATION MODULE A safeguarding training session will be held at Southwater on the morning of Saturday April 25. For more information or to book a place, email Angie on email@example.com
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.
Paul writes in the March 2015 issue: Dear Friends,
How often do you take time to examine yourself? I'm not talking about a physical check – though there are parts of our body which it is wise to examine on a regular basis if we want to spot early symptoms of something wrong. I'm talking about an examination of who we are, where we are going, what our standing is with God.
Some people sail through life without ever pausing to take stock of these things. To such people I would suggest that Lent is a time to face up to the challenge of a serious self-examination.
Some people dwell constantly on their own lives as worthless failures. To such people I would say that Lent is a chance to be comforted by an honest view of who you are which will sweep aside your mistaken views of being worth nothing.
I don't believe any of us are as self-aware as we'd like to think we are. To get an accurate perception of ourselves we need to take into account the views of others. Which is why some find it helpful to get feedback from those who know them well. To get an even more accurate perception we need to see ourselves from God's point of view.
Before beginning his active ministry Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness examining himself, his abilities, his motives, his goals, his relationship with God his Father. During Lent we have opportunity to do the same.
I'd like to challenge those of you who busy yourselves with all kinds of activities to take time during Lent to being with God, seeing what you are doing with your life from his perspective, listening for the guiding voice of the Spirit, being open to new insights, being ready to change, becoming more like the kind of person God calls you to be.
But I'd also like to offer hope and comfort to those with very low self-esteem. Sadly there are many people today, including (and perhaps especially) teenagers and young adults, who have got it into their heads that they are worthless and that their lives amount to nothing. Maybe this is because they have grown up with parents and peer-groups treating them like dirt. In extreme cases people have taken to self-harm or sunk into deep depression because of their mistaken belief in who they are.
Jesus came to bring good news. And a major part of the good news is that you are not worthless. God loves you. Jesus loves you. He loves you so much he was willing to die for you. You are far from worthless in God's eyes. You are one of his precious children. You are a gloriously unique creation.
If you are the sort of person who spends too much time thinking poorly of yourself, make Lent a time when you can focus on God instead. See yourself through his eyes. Know that you are loved.
Whoever we are, if we can truly learn to see ourselves as God sees us, our lives cannot help but be transformed by the insight.
The Circuit Meeting (the governing body of the Circuit) meets next at Effingham Methodist Church at 7.30 pm on Thursday 12 March 2015.
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 the District.