I am delighted to welcome you to our website and to catch a glimpse of life at Cobham United Church. My name is the Revd Kim Plumpton and I have had the pleasure of being the minister at Cobham since September 2010. Just to tell you a little bit about myself: I have been married to Colin for 29 years and I have 5 children ranging from 12 to 25. We moved from Birmingham after spending 7 years on a journey towards ordination, so Cobham is my first pastorate. I will always be eternally grateful to my family for supporting me through my ministry.
To meet the needs of the community in Cobham it was decided that the United Reformed Church and the Methodist Churches in Cobham and Effingham would share a minister. Theologically and liturgically there is very little difference between the two denominations and we work well together. I welcome the differences between us and embrace the sense of unity that we can establish. Ecumenism is important to us so we work hard finding ways of joining in with events involving Churches Together in Cobham.
Our fellowship is small in number but we seek to discern Gods will for us with one another and within the community. It is a welcoming and friendly fellowship who are open to different styles of worship and music. Pastoral care is very important to us and we are able to offer a church where everyone is held lovingly through the bad times as well as the good. Joint ministry also means we can enjoy joint bible study with the URC as well as united services and joint children’s work which we hope to expand upon.
We know that we have much to do before we are the church God intends us to be but we welcome the challenge and desire to listen for God’s guidance in all we do.
Please enjoy browsing through our website and if you would like to know anything more or you can’t find answers to your questions then please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.
With every blessing
Revd. Kim Plumpton
Between 1770 and 1790 John Wesley records in his journal three visits to Cobham. In each case the visit was for relaxation in beautiful surroundings. He would leave Portsmouth at 2 am, and, travelling through the night on dark, rough roads, reach Cobham about 10 am. Here he would meet the leaders of his London churches, receive news from them and no doubt give them his instructions, while strolling in the beautiful scenery of Cobham Landscape Garden (now known as Painshill Gardens). Business done, and all being refreshed, he then continued his journey to Wolverhampton, or wherever else his missionary work took him.
Samuel Wesley Bradnack, son of a Methodist minister, set up a school at Pyports (then known as “The Cedars”). A barn on the premises was registered as a place of worship for a Methodist congregation, which not only grew rapidly, but soon expanded to missions in several neighbouring villages.
A Methodist Chapel was built in Cedar Road, and was for a time in the 19th century the lead chapel of the Cobham Methodist Circuit.
A Sunday School Hall was built adjacent to the chapel in Cedar Road.
Having become difficult to maintain and being in a poor state of repair, the old chapel was demolished and the hall was converted into the main place of worship.
The old church hall having become the church, a new hall for church and community use was built.
On the 20th of May 2018 the local Methodist Church joined with the local United Reformed Church to form the Cobham United Church. (see more above)