Thinking Lunch – 5th September – Marlborough Road
September’s Thinking Lunch, Thursday 5th September at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, when The Revd Ruth Eldridge will be talking on
‘The Church and Whaikaha (The Maori word for disabled)’
About Revd Ruth Eldridge
Ruth was born into a Christian family, her Father was a Pastor in the Assemblies of God Church. At 18 months, she was diagnosed with bilateral CDH (Congenital dislocation of the hips), and had developed osteoarthritis by the age of twelve. Even so, Ruth led a pretty normal life, was married and had children, but after her last child was born the arthritis set in and she started using a wheelchair at the age of 27.
At 30 Ruth had her first of 9 hip replacements, as well as other surgery to help her keep some mobility, but continued to use a wheelchair outdoors.
As a teenager, Ruth had had a crisis of faith and had left home aged 17, leaving behind her faith and family, but God had not finished with her, because one day aged 39 she was in a very bad place. Her marriage had failed, and life was pretty dire, but, as she cried out to God in desperation. He responded in a miraculous way. Ruth’s life was transformed as she firstly tried and Anglican church, but was persuaded by her Mum to go to the Methodist Church, where she soon had the call to Ministry. Having left school with one GCE (Needlework), Ruth could not believe the turnaround in her life.
She candidate for Ministry whilst doing a three year degree at Cliff College, and was delighted to be accepted for ministry. Her first appointment was in North Wales, where she cut her teeth, followed by nine years as an Industrial Chaplain in Wolverhampton with the Black Country and Urban Industrial Ministries, and currently is a Circuit Minister in the West Herts and Borders Circuit.
Ruth was married earlier this year to Neil, and has two children, eight grandchildren, and four great grand-children, Neil his two children and two grand-children.
The talk is at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Marlborough Road, St Albans AL1 3XQ
12.30pm to 1.30pm, drinks are provided but please bring your own sandwiches!
Donations to cover expenses and any profits will be given to Médecins Sans Frontiers, English Charity Reg. No. 1026588. MSF are still helping refugees in the Calais area where Ruth has volunteered.
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