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 December issue:
It’s as well God doesn’t need a Supreme Court ruling to implement His plans accordingly, or does He? As I sit to write this page I am somewhat bemused by the furor caused by the Supreme Court ruling over just who has the final say over how we eventually exit Europe. No, I’m not going there, but it did make me wonder about something else.
How exactly does God’s will become a reality? Never mind the wisdom or otherwise of whatever decision we think we might have made on the 23rd June, surely God’s decisions are always wise and just and good? That being so God must be quite within His rights to simply hand down the instruction and say: ‘Get on with it!’ I wish it were that simple.
Just take Mary and Joseph for example. Indeed, God’s plan is wise and just and good – we know that (careful now) don’t we two thousand years after the fact? But what about at the time? How do you process divine revelation when every fibre in your body and every instinct in your soul is screaming ‘You want me to do what, God?’ Lest we forget, the pages of scripture are frustratingly truncated and simply reveal the outcome and not too much of the process whereby we arrived at the outcome. Yes, it is an awesome statement of faith to read Mary’s unequivocal ‘Yes’ in Luke’s account but I do so wish he would have revealed something of the journey it took for her to arrive at that yes.
Matthew does a little better with Joseph, but not much. At least we see something of Joseph’s struggle revealed. Being someone who did break off an engagement, although not for these reasons, before meeting Angela, I can sense some of his angst.
It must have all been incredibly messy. In fact, a few years ago, the BBC captured some of that in the series they broadcast on the Nativity. You might recall that the people who researched that discovered that the connection with Bethlehem would also be familial yet when the couple arrive the family don’t want to have anything to do with them, making the lack of room at the ‘Inn’ even more poignant. It’s one thing to be rejected by strangers, something altogether different by family.
Yet, in the midst of the mess, including the name calling and disbelief, somehow, God’s plan emerges. Isn’t it wonderful though, that His plan emerges in co-operation, not coercion, with us! Whatever the extent to which they had or had not comprehended the length and breadth of the plan, Joseph & Mary’s perpetual ‘Yes’ is the key. Note the word ‘perpetual’. It never just takes a single moment of capitulation on our part. Instead, our ‘Yes’ needs to become an inward disposition of humble acceptance of the glorious truth that, with our co-operation, Christ continues to be incarnated in the world today. I know it often doesn’t look that way or feel that way but nevertheless it is that way. What an amazing plan – for God to reveal God’s self through flesh and blood in Mary & Joseph and in you and me! What an awesome privilege and what a high calling. This Christmas let us learn again with Mary & Joseph to say ‘Yes’, not just now but every day and in faith let us allow Christ to be revealed in us and through us and amongst us because that, after all, is God’s eternal plan.
On a different note, Angela and I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome we have received as we have begun our ministry amongst you. Although it is just over a month, at the time of writing, we feel like we’ve been here a while and feel very much at home. We pray that our time together will be fruitful for the Gospel and that together we will enjoy many adventures in faith and discipleship.
Yours in the Gospel,
The Circuit Meeting (the governing body of the Circuit)
meets next at Partridge Green Methodist Church at 7.30 pm on Thursday 16 March 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.