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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

From our Minister

In the churches’ history, there have been individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on the church, society and the lives of 1,000’s; sometimes millions of people. They were ordinary people, but something happened. John Wesley is credited with transforming British society in the 18thC to such a degree Britain avoided the horrors of a revolution akin to that taking place in France. Yet even a cursory study of his early ministry reveals a weak, ineffectual preacher and leader. In…

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  During the next few weeks, if everything goes according to plan, we shall make great strides out of lockdown. The Government hopes that on June 21st it will be in a position to lift all legal limits on social contact. I think it probable that the majority of us will still err on the side of caution, rather than joining a rave in the docklands, but being able to interact with friends again will be very welcome. I think…

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We are, probably, all aware that during lockdown many companies have resorted to their employees working from home. This is especially true for those who answer the telephone and deal with our queries and questions. Recently I have had to make several such calls. One operator apologised after a couple of minutes of our discussion because her dog could be heard snoring in the background. Another commented on the number of police sirens which could be heard passing as we…

From our Minister

I realise some who may read this have a scientific background, so I write with caution. Recently Kathryn and I made a car journey which necessitated us leaving home much earlier than usual. We listened to the BBC Radio 4 news at 6 am, 7 am, 8 am. By 9 am we were able to recite it verbatim so switched off. One article was of particular interest. Which is itself interesting, as we hadn’t a clue what the reporter or…

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I think, sometimes, we take for granted how marvellous and invigorating the seasons are. We all feel better as the days lengthen and dark nights shorten. There are parts of the world where the seasons vary little and the length of days is fairly consistent: the warmth is lovely, but after a while, the temperate climate becomes more attractive. Saturday is the first day of Spring; a wonderful season full of promise. In Isaiah 55 we read: “For you shall…

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Our last service in the church building with a full congregation was the 15th March 2020; the following week was to be All Age Worship to celebrate Mothering Sunday. Next week we celebrate Mothering Sunday and a year will have passed. When I was a child Corona was a soft drink; later it was a popular beer. Type Corona into a search engine today and everything is about the virus. I’m not sure I’d heard the term ‘lockdown’ prior to…

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We are in the season of Lent. Looking forward to and planning for Easter. What a year it has been since we last celebrated Easter. What does the future look like and what do we have to look forward to? For many, Easter often appears as a blip in the diary offering some respite from the busyness of life. During lockdown life for many has been on hold; so what do bank holidays and holidays mean when there is no…