Posts by John Ritson

Posts by John Ritson

From our Minister

Inspiration comes from the strangest of places: such as a rotary washing line in torrential rain. Our rotary dryer is outside my office window. I mentioned previously that after installing it I realised it leaned slightly to one side and with time and wet towels the lean has become greater. One morning, a few days ago the sky was a dark mottled grey (no silver lining) and it rained heavily. All-day! I was reflecting on something as I looked out…

From our Minister

Next week we will celebrate harvest and support two charities as we do so. We will be taking donations for the Methodist charity ‘All we can’ and food donations for the local foodbank. More information about both is on our website and in our newsletter. Various charities have reported their income has declined during lockdown so it is especially important to do what we can and be as generous as we can be at this time. Listening to the news…

From our Minister

Several people have asked me recently if I think the increasing restrictions on movement may result in us not being able to meet in church again. No one can say at this time what the future holds. At present, the restrictions aren’t preventing us meeting in church and it has been good to meet people personally; even with social distancing. Zoom has its uses but they are limited. It is a strange anomaly but during lockdown when we have been…

From our Minister

It’s hard to describe the pleasure of being in the church building and sharing with others in worshipping the Living God again as we did last Sunday. It was not as it had been on March 15th when we last had a service in the church, but it was a move in the right direction. In the last few months, I have read several articles complaining about churches being closed. But, I’m not sure I have ever felt the church…

From our Minister

Well, since my last contribution to the newsletter Kathryn and I have had two weeks’ holiday visiting family and friends in the north. On one very hot day (35℃) we watched the evening news to see images of torrential rain in the South East. The most special time was being with our new grandchild being able to hold and cuddle him. Wonderful! As we approach the Autumn it is clear that many people are uneasy about what may happen regarding…

From our Minister

On my morning walk I pushed open a gate leading into a wheat field and saw standing in the field a fox. It didn’t run off and being familiar with that particular gate and its loud squeal as it closed I held it open. For some minutes I watched the fox as it sniffed and moved around the field until some sense of my presence caused it to look at me and it ran, and was gone from me. I…

From our Minister

It has been a very strange week. On Monday my computer which has stood me in good stead for several years died. It wouldn’t start and after a morning trying to find a solution I had to admit defeat, it wasn’t going to revive. Subsequently, after trying to get the hard disks copied onto an external drive it became clear they were totally defunct and couldn’t be repaired. All the information on them was lost. Fortunately, I had backed them…

From our Minister

My newsletter contribution this week is of a slightly more personal nature following the birth of our first grandchild. As yet the unnamed boy was born at 11:59 am on June 16th to our daughter, Georgina and son in law Ed. All are well. Kathryn joins me in saying a big thank you to all our friends at OMC who have been praying for Georgina and Ed and for the safe delivery of their son. Also a big thank you…

From our Minister

As Boris started talking about how we are to come out of lockdown so a number of reporters began writing of people’s fears about the process and what life post-lockdown would be like. Usually, I’m a sceptic where news reports are involved because I think much of what I hear and read is supposition on the part of the reporter. On the subject of coming out of lockdown, I think the reporters are right. I have heard several people express…

From our Minister

Kathryn and I have been making discoveries as we explore Otford on our daily walks. Areas we thought we knew reveal interesting little treasures. One which we found pleasing was an Oak tree believed to be around 300 years old. (Not such a ‘little’ treasure.) 300 years ago George 1st was King and Britain still used the Julian calendar which meant 25th March was New Year’s Day and September had 41 days. More interestingly as we are in the Garden…