Posts by John Ritson

Posts by John Ritson

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…