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From our Minister

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’” Matthew 25:35…

From our Minister

It was reported on the news that it is two years since Boris told us all to stay at home and avoid contact with anyone not from our household. Finally, we seem to be moving back to normality. The days of washing our hands for 20 seconds, sanitising as we enter and leave shops and wearing masks are coming to an end. Covid hasn’t gone away but it is something we will learn to live with and not be afraid…

From our Minister

I hope everyone is ready for it and is eagerly anticipating the special day. Around the world, huge numbers of people, probably millions, are getting ready and as I type this with the countdown clock in front of me it reads: 28 days, 14 hours, 16 minutes and the seconds are ticking away. What is this great event that millions are preparing for? World Maths day 2022! March 23rd. If you don’t believe me type that phrase into your web…

From our Minister

“God will provide” In Genesis 22 there is a rather terse account of God commanding Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham makes the preparations, takes Isaac and two servants and sets out as directed by God. After three days they arrive at a mountain in the land of Moriah. Leaving the servants with the donkey, Abraham and Isaac set out to climb the mountain. It was at this point Isaac asked an obvious question. “My…

From our Minister

Do you remember the days when meeting someone the conversation would often begin with a discussion about the weather; today, it seems to be about jabs and boosters! Or when a tablet was something you took for a headache; zoom was a noise a child made when playing with a toy rocket, or wicked and sick referred to something horrible and unpleasant where now they speak of something wonderful and marvellous? How about ‘cloud;’ I always understood clouds were the…

From our Minister

Do you feel a sense of excitement when reading the bible? Does the thought of attending a bible study thrill you with a sense of anticipation? I think for the majority of us the answer is no. We may enjoy reading the bible, study may be rewarding but excitement, thrilling, I’m not so sure. My daily bible reading includes working through the book of Psalms; yesterday I came to 119 where the psalmist is excited, thrilled, exhilarated by God’s word.…

From our Minister

I’m not sure why, but the Methodist year begins in September and it usually comes with a bang. By bang, I mean a large influx of work, administration, communications from TMCP, Church House and the District. After the last 18 months where everything has been different, September seems normal. I opened my emails on Wednesday 1st of September and there they were; emails from TMCP, the Connexion, District and the United Reformed Church. In previous years when that happened I…

From our Minister

I’m writing this mid-July as I’m going to be away later in the month. It’s curious how different little events and comments can spark off each other to form an image or story in one’s mind. Kathryn and I frequently walk in the fields behind the manse and this invariably means our walk goes through parts of the Otford cemetery. A while ago as I walked through the cemetery I was following an elderly woman who was with a much…

From our Minister

Well; between Queens, Eastbourne, Wimbledon & the European Cup sports fans have been able to gorge on a diet of tennis and football for weeks. On Wednesday evening as that day’s zoom meeting of the Methodist Conference came to an end, I heard a roar of celebration more reminiscent of a football ground than our neighbour’s front room; her teenage son had several of his school friends round to watch the England Germany match. It was a simple deduction that…

From our Minister

Once again we have been looking forward to lockdown restrictions being relaxed and, aargh, D day has been extended. Just when we thought it might be possible to be in church without a mask, and, sing once again we must be patient. In recent weeks it has been encouraging as people have begun returning to church for the morning service, and while we still have to social distance etc. seeing friends again is good. I have received one letter and…

From our Minister

It has been quite a week! Not necessarily a nice one. Monday, the bank holiday, was planned to be a day gardening and trying to get on top of the overgrown, moss strewn drive. Instead, it began at 06:00 with a text from my internet provider, BT, informing me my account had been frozen because they had detected suspicious activity. (After a few minutes pondering this I decided it wouldn’t be Kathryn.) Going online to check my emails etc, everything…