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Monday Spot 16th July 2018

Our Morning  Holiness Meeting was led by Major Ian Payne with the Bible message delivered by Major Judith Payne, who gave us the second part of her message following on from last week.

A Life without Lack – Psalm 23

The faith that we need to experience this

Major Judith began by saying that we live in a consumer society, and  you could say we can have anything , but for a Christian the focus is that the Lord is my Shepherd – I lack nothing

Major Judith shared the following video clip



Bible Reading:                 Romans 11. 33 – 36

The Congregation then sang

Song 55      Praise my soul

Tune 406                         

We had a Bible reading: Mark 9.14 – 29, read by Major Ian

Major Judith  focused on the lines

23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”


Prayer time:

 The next congregational song was

SASB 876                         Many are the things I cannot understand

Tune  873                         The Wonder of his grace



The Singing Company gave us the song “I Stand Amazed” , which was beautifully sung

following the offering the Songster gave us the “Sabbath Psalm ”

by Leonard Ballantine



Bible reading                   Job: 42 v 1-5


42 Then Job replied to the Lord:

“I know that you can do all things;
    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
    but now my eyes have seen you.

 Our next congregational song was

Song 63                            The Lord’s my Shepherd

Tune 863    

   The Message from the Word  was given by Major Judith Payne

Major Judith preached on the book of Job, saying he was a good upright man who, when tested by the Devil trusted in God even more. Major Judith explained he had a ritualistic faith for himself and his family  , but by chapter 3 he had lost everything and although he moaned and cried ,he never cursed God and by chapter 13 his faith was one of desperation. Job however remained faithful, and at chapter 42  we read My ears had heard of you    but now my eyes have seen you.

Major Judith gave us a personal account of choosing to hold on and remain faithful. This was something she recorded in her Journal some time ago when her children were small and Major Ian was suffering ill health.

Major Judith found herself running their Corps on her own and looking after the family ( 4 Children + Major Ian ) . While praying to God  she was saying she really did not like the situation she was in , but was trusting in the Lord to see her through..But he ought not say things like Romans 8 :28 in the Bible

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Unless he was going to do that in her life !

And in time she came through , and has that situation as a powerful reminder .  

Two more congregational songs followed

Song 494                          I am trusting thee Lord Jesus


Song 378                         Lord, I come before your throne of grace

Tune 923                          What a faithful God


The Benediction was given by Major Ian Hudson ,

Thank you to the Band for their support this morning and to our Pianist this morning  Carole Horwood .

Thanks go to Major Estelle Clack for taking the mornings photographs



Our 4pm meeting was a Café Church event  entitled a “Leap of Faith”

We looked at what we thought Faith was, what it looks like in other or how we have experienced it ourselves. We made use of a leaflet

and looked at some short video clips to illustrate various points

We were not great in number, but some good discussions were had around the tables ( some good snacks were had around the tables as well ) . Three or four  people gave examples of times when faith was tested or they saw examples of great faith being shown by others. and we closed the meeting with a music video , which I include below for you



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Ladies Fellowship Outing

Report on the Ladies fellowship outing by Major Estelle Clack

Nine of us enjoyed a boat trip to Allington Lock on River Medway today. We got off for refreshments at the locks and had lunch at the  Beefeater Restaurant,  before returning to Archbishops Palace in Maidstone.


Chatham Ladies Fellowship Boat trip

Allington Locks.



Beefeater Restaurant


On our way back to Maidstone.


God bless Estelle

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Sunday Meetings 15th July 2018

Our meetings this Sunday are at 10 am & 4 pm

The Morning meeting is a Holiness meeting entitled


A Life without Lack – Psalm 23

The faith that we need to experience this

In the Afternoon it is Café Church.

It would be great to see you


Please find a copy of our Newsletter below



Chatham Citadel Corps

Corps Officer Major Ian F Payne ian.payne@salvationarmy.org.uk 07813949773

Corps Website: www.chathamsa.org.uk 15th July 2018 Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’. This morning we welcome back Major Judith Payne to bring the second part of the Bible teaching around Psalm 23, ‘A Life without Lack’ – The faith that we need to experience this – I am grateful to Major Judith in her busy schedule to take on this extra responsibility, we are blessed. This evening will be a Café Church around the theme ‘Leap of Faith’, no sections will be out just come relaxed and being a friend. Let’s see what a leap of faith means to you in the context of your day to day living.

Many of you will be preparing to go on holiday, and this week will be the final practices of the sections before the summer break – Wherever you are going enjoy the summer break, don’t stray too far from God as he will never leave your side – But if it is rest you need, take it and enjoy. We look forward to a great 2nd half of the year.

God bless you all.

Ian F Payne


Please pray this prayer:

Father God, I pray for my church today, that you will fill each of us with your joy and peace, and that, in our worship, our fellowship and mission, we will overflow with hope, by the power of your Holy Spirit, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Your prayers are appreciated for the following people:

Newly Commissioned Lieutenants and their families and the SA Officers and their families around the UKT who are moving to new areas of service.

Those of our SA family who are undergoing treatment; Peter Wood, Bev Hudson and Barrie Wells. Those for whom each day brings challenges: Audrey and David Holder, Doreen Scott, Rita Broomfield, Jim and Alma Brown, Mike and Lilian Cordner.

Continue to pray for Jodie Woodhouse and her family, also for Lisa Davis and her family, especially her father, Malcolm Tostevin .

Finally for those who are fighting addictions, including Lachlan who we mentioned last week.

This Wednesday, 18 July.

We have been made aware of the need for prayer, specifically on 18 July, by the CSW Campaigns team.

‘Join us in 24 hours of prayer and action for Leah’s release

‘Leah Sharibu refused to renounce her faith. She paid the price with her freedom. ‘She was one of 110 girls abducted from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria by Boko Haram in February 2018. The next month, following negotiations by the government, the girls were put into trucks to go home. But Leah wasn’t among them. She wasn’t released because she refused to convert in exchange for her freedom.’

‘Will you pray for Leah’s release on 18 July? This marks 150 days since her abduction.’

Please let Jean know of any urgent prayer requests for the supportive prayers of the Prayer Chain. Email her on jeanmjones86@yahoo.co.uk or text on 07787718273.

FLOWERS We are grateful to Carole and Adrian Horwood for the flowers which adorn our hall. (Thanks to Joan for arranging them) Please add your name to the list of dates on the noticeboard if you wish to donate flowers.

For your Diary: Saturday 21st July There is to be a ‘Love Chatham’ event, Churches Together in Chatham are having a marquee in the town centre, as part of the day, sharing information about the town churches and praying for people – it will be from 12 noon til 2pm. Sunday 22nd July We will have Lt Colonel’s Drew & Beverley McCombe leading our Morning Worship at 10am and particularly a service of Dedication for Jessie Rose Dean & Ruben Fredrick Dean – Good to welcome friends back to the Corps. From 4pm a BBQ fellowship at the Quarters – Bring your own meat, all other items will be provided. Monday 23rd July – 7:30pm Volunteers meeting in the Bradbury Room Majors Ian & Judith are leading a Holy Land Tour – 6th to 19th May 2019. If you would like further information please do speak with them as a brochure & booking forms are available. Sunday 9th September at 6pm is a ‘Music with a Message’ evening with Guest, Anthony Harris (Bromley) – A great opportunity to bring friends, as the evening will comfortable for all. Sunday 23rd September The Band will be leading our worship for the Day – further details will be available as the day will have a different format. Sunday 30th September this will be our Harvest Sunday, we will be accepting gifts of ‘TINS’ for the FoodBank, please give generously. We will also be having our annual Harvest Altar Service; information will be circulated once it is received. Saturday /Sunday 6th& 7th October is our 145th Corps Anniversary conducted by the Territorial Commander, Commissioner Anthony Cotterill and Commissioner Gillian Cotterill – Details of the weekend will be circulated ASAP. Sunday 14th October is our Young Peoples Annual and the morning meeting will be led by our Young People and Leaders. Anything you need to announce let Major Ian have it by Wednesday 12 Noon!

This Week

MONDAY 10am Mainly Music 10am – 2pm Community Café 10am – 2pm One2One Employment Plus 10:30 – 1:00 Medway Foodbank 6pm Beavers & Cubs 7:30pm Scouts & Explorers

TUESDAY 6:30 YP Band & Learners 8pm Senior Band 7:30pm Life Project

WEDNESDAY 1:30pm Cameo

6:30pm Roma Church – Armáda Spásy 8pm Bible Study

THURSDAY 6:15pm Young Peoples Singing Company 8pm Songsters

FRIDAY 10am Mummy & Me 10:30 – 1:00 Medway Foodbank

12 – 12.30 Prayer Fellowship 7:30pm Youff (Youth Club)

SUNDAY (22nd July)

10am LT Cols Drew & Bev McCombe – Dedication Service 4pm BBQ Fellowship at the Quarters


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Monday Spot 9th July 2018

Our morning meeting today was entitled

A Life without Lack – Psalm 23

The meeting was led by Major Judith Payne

Bible Reading:       Colossians 1. 15 – 18

SASB      374                 Jesus is Lord

Tune       708                  Jesus is Lord


Prayer time: where prayers were heard for our children attending the YP retreat at Rippledown, and the people involved in rescuing the children stuck in caves in Thailand

Song       377                 Lord, how I love you

Tune       739                  Lord, how I love you           (Piano)
Thanksgiving prayers


Introduction to thoughts and united Bible reading: Psalm 23

Major Judith referred to Psalm 23 as a good old friend full of truth and encouragement , and she also  commented that John 10:10 is a key verse in her work

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Major Judith talked about what stops us living life to its fullness .


Song       63                    The Lord’s my Shepherd

Tune       863                 The Lord’s my Shepherd   (Piano)


The songsters message was  “I will worship you ” written by Isobel & Ian Robison

Bible reading                 John 10: selected verses    


Song       139                 He came to give us life  (Band)

Tune       645                 He came to give us life


Message                         Major Judith M Payne       

Verses 2&3  of Psalm 23 were described as what God wants to do for us

    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake

As for V4 this was described  us talking to God

Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me

Major Judith went on to say that although we still will go through the deep dark places , we must always remember that with the Shepherd leading us , this is not the end of the journey, God always has plans for our future .

Verse 5 shows Gods provision

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.

Verse 6 shows that wherever you go in life  Gods love & goodness follow us ( even if we are not taking any notice of him)

Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Time for reflection        

Song       700                  For the joys and for the sorrows    (Piano)

Tune       619                  For this I have Jesus


Song       723                  Loved with everlasting love     (Band)

Tune       280                 Ramsgate

Following the morning meeting a section of the Band took  part in the regular outreach at the Wisdom Hospice


Sunday evening

Our Sunday evening meeting was one of  Praise & Testimony

Our first song was

Song                  254           How Lovely on the Mountains
Tune                  793           Our God Reigns                         (Band)

followed by some comments from our General elect , that we should not be an Army confined to Barracks, but an army engaging with our friends/family/neighbour’s  and strangers  & sharing the love of Christ .

Our next songs  were
Song                           361           Fill thou my life

Tune                  134           Land of pure delight                   (Band)

Song                           783           Prayer gently lifts me
Tune                  800           Prayer Gently                             (Piano)


followed by the Songsters Message for the evening was ” we lift you up”  by Ian & Isobel Robinson  , which included a Solo by our own  Louise Robinson .

The congregation then sang

Song                           843           I know not why

Tune                  80              I know whom I have believed   (Band), and the verses were interspersed  with testimonies

1st was Joan West, who testified that she was encouraged to meet six people at a recent wedding, all who she had got to know through her prison ministry, and all who were working and making their way in life .

2nd was Major Estelle Clack , who testified that in the two years she has been leading the CAMEO group , she has invited many people to come and share about their lives , including one person who felt that they had been passed over for jobs at work due to Salvationist  beliefs, but in time  his beliefs were respected

3rd was Major Peter Clack who told us that at 10 am every day we are prayed for by name  by Peter & Estelle , because we are out there in the world , doing Gods work

The 4th testimony was from Peter Willard  who has returned to the high st ministry after a break of two years, and he was blessed by the conversations he had , and the positive response he received ..This included two separate conversations ,which were very personal and were both linked back to  WW2 ..

The Band Message this evening  was from a 1967 Eric Ball piece called Serenity , written to go with the words written by Horatio Spafford ( song 741) , who wrote the words following the tragic loss of his 5 children, 4 of them died when the ship they were on sank crossing the Atlantic. Spafford was not with them at the time as he was delayed in America. He was inspired to write the words to ” it is well with my soul” as the ship he eventually returned to England on, was passing the spot that the earlier ship had sunk..

Song                           466           I stand amazed

Tune                  769           My Saviours Love                      (Band)


Major Ian quoted from a speech by General elect Brian Peddle , and among the quotes was this..

To all Officers & Salvationists I have a “big ask” and here it is .

Pray as never before for those who lead;Pray for an even greater opportunity for the mission; pray the Jabez prayer for the SA & believe that God is going to do a new thing; pray thy Kingdom come ; pray that in all we do his name will be honoured and glorified ; and pray earnestly that you fully fulfil your intended place in the march forward

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!

Our final song was

Song                           948           Be strong in the Grace of the Lord

Tune                  431           Be glad in then Lord


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Sunday Meetings 8th July 2018

Our meetings this Sunday will be at 10 am & 6 pm


Our morning meeting will include  Major Judith Payne  bringing us  Bible teaching around Psalm 23, ‘A life without lack’, this will part one with the concluding part next Sunday morning

The evening will be a ‘Praise & Testimony’ time, supported by the Band and Songsters. Major Ian is encouraging us to come and participate he say’s “maybe you have never given your testimony before – Let tonight be that opportunity and I know that we will be the richer for your word. “

Come and join us for either , or both meetings.

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Farewell after 53 years at Chatham

Copied below is the Farewell speech from Murray Smith on 1st July 2018


Murray & Karen , pictured before they leave for Hastings

Farewell Speech

The last time I made a speech anything remotely like this one was 53 years ago when I left Wimbledon to take up residence here in Kent and I still remember making a terrible mess of it. This time I am going to stick to some notes in an attempt to retain a little more dignity. Please accept my apologies!
I was speaking with my son Andrew in New Zealand this morning and pointed out that just after I had moved to Kent England won the World Cup. He said he had been looking for a sign!!
Thank you Bev for your very kind words. It is so reassuring and encouraging to know that what God has enabled you to be and do over such a long period has been a means of blessing and of benefit to the Kingdom.
I also want to say a big thank you to all of you who have made the effort to be here this evening whether it is to wish us well or just to make sure we actually leave.
To be serious now, it is very important that I personally express my thanks to everyone who has helped me so much during my time here at Chatham. This includes many who are not here tonight for various reasons. Some have relocated, some have decided to worship elsewhere, some have sadly drifted away from God and others have just plain died. There have been so many people and so many blessings that I have received from them. And I have felt their support as well in all that I have tried to do in the various positions that I have been asked to fill over the years. That support was at its greatest during the difficult years of Verna’s illness and I can never forget the kindnesses shown to us both during that time and afterwards.
Many of you have become wonderful friends and I trust that these friendships will survive the distancing that is about to take place. These friendships are very much valued and I will do my part in trying to ensure that they remain strong.
The overall experience of the last 53 years has been good. Of course there have been some sad bits and some mistakes have been made, but I have felt the presence of God all the way through and I am sure that will continue into the future..
In fact tonight is really about that future. It is true to say that neither Karen nor I ever expected to be where we are today, let alone where we will be in three weeks time. When Karen arrived as our Associate Officer in late July 2015 it had been hinted that she might be here until retirement. God, however, had other ideas and these began to take shape very quickly. Throughout the autumn of that year our friendship was developing as we were able to share each other’s grief concerning our own bereavements. We understood how each other felt because of our own individual, and very personal, experience. God intervened at that time and for a period of several weeks we were bombarded, nothing less, by a particular verse of scripture. It came in our readings, on our phones, on advertising boards, through sermons, on TV and all sorts of other media and after a while it dawned on us that we should be taking notice. It is a well-known verse from Jeremiah 29 (verse 11), with which you are no doubt very familiar. The New International Version says this: “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future”. God’s persistence in bringing this to our attention was a major influence in our decision that our future should be together.
So we have two instances of the unexpected already, Karen’s appointment to Chatham in the first place and our coming together as a couple later that year with our marriage taking place a year later (maybe that’s three unexpected events!!). Another surprise was the departure of Majors Nigel and Judy Schultz after only two years at the corps thus throwing Karen’s own position into doubt. Sure enough she was asked if she would accept another appointment and my willingness was sought as well. By this time we had accepted that God was moving in our lives and that he was wanting us to accept a new challenge. However, sending Karen to Hastings Temple as CO was also unexpected. It wasn’t on our list of likely possibilities.
So we go with a certain amount of apprehension and a recognition that this will be a challenge for us both. But we also go in the certainty that it is what God wants of us and that he will be there with us.
I am fully aware that I have a big role to play in this. Secondary, yes, but still a significant one. I see that role as being a total support for this wonderful officer who will speak to you a little later. There are many things that I can do to take some of the weight off her shoulders and thus release her time so that more of it can be spent loving, caring, pastoring and teaching in the way she wishes. I believe God has given her this appointment because her gifting is just that which Hastings Temple corps needs right now, having been un-officered for nearly two years.
The next few years will be a challenge, of that there is no doubt, but we do not fear it.  We will trust in God as we have always done and we know that will be good enough. This challenge is also an exciting prospect and we commend it to your prayerful support.
Yes, I will miss this corps. After 53 years that is unavoidable. But I pray God’s blessing on you all as you go forward, under Major Ian’s leadership, to represent Christ in this area. May you continue with the task of “bringing Christ to people and people to Christ” and be a real influence for good in Medway.

God bless you all.

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Monday Spot 2 July 2018

Well, the morning was very different from normal as the road around the Hall was closed from 8 am onwards due to the military choosing to form up there for a Freedom of the Borough march through the town.  So, we took our meeting to the High Street, determined to spread the gospel message.   The band, singing company, songsters, timbrels were able to make their contributions.  There were many contacts made.

Major Ian F Payne

gave a very clear message that the Salvation Army had been supporting the community for over 144 years and wanted people to know the saving love of Jesus.  Here are some photos:

In the evening, the focus was on the Farewell of Major Karen Smith, Associate Officer, and her husband, Murray Smith, Corps Sergeant Major retired.  Major Karen will be taking up her new appointment at Hastings North and there were many folk present who had come to say their farewells.  The meeting commenced with some lively music by the band as, Major Ian said, we were gathered to salute two great people.   He was delighted that a new adherent had been made at Strood Corps by Major Karen and she, Pam, was in the meeting this evening.  It seems that others in the Corps want to follow Pam’s example and become adherents too.

Pam new adherent, Strood

For the past three weeks, Pam has been helping with the LIFE Project and been the main person doing the washing up.  She is greatly appreciated – and is happy doing it.

We then sang SA Song 279 To God be the Glory followed by SA Song 389 Rejoice, rejoice.  The prayer chorus was used ‘Blessing them now Saviour, Blessing them now.  While we’re praying, Thou art blessing, Thou art blessing them now’ before Major Ian prayed.

The band’s message was ‘My Father’s World’ before Bandsman Bev Hudson was invited to speak some words of appreciation to Murray.  Bev said that Murray had been one of the first people at the Corps to welcome him and his family when they moved into the area from Stockton and he had never forgotten how he had shown them around and given them information about Chatham.  This meant that a friendship had developed and continued over the years.  Bev recalled that Murray had fulfilled the roles of Band Secretary, Corps Organising Secretary, Red Shield Organiser for the area, all of which he had done successfully in addition to being Corps Sergeant Major.  Murray was thanked for the excellent service he had given in Chatham.   In responding, Murray said that it was 53 years ago when he and the family moved to Chatham from Wimbledon.  He said it was reassuring to know that when God had enabled you to carry out a service it had been of value.  He gave thanks to all who have helped him in so many ways and he valued the friendships made which he hoped would continue.  He said that he and Karen felt that the future was a challenge for them both and is what God wants them to do.  He will give his ‘total support for this wonderful officer’.    Major Ian presented Murray with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Corps.

Murray with Certificate of Appreciation, with his wife, Major Karen.

The Songsters expressed their thanks to both Murray and Karen and sang the song they had requested ‘They Need Christ’.   Jean Jones then gave a word of thanks for Major Karen.  She said she ‘had come, with that lovely smile, to define a role for herself in the Corps and with a burning desire to share the love of God.’  This she had done in many ways but now is the time to move on.  She was leaving her footprints here at Chatham and who knows who will follow in them.   Jean also thanked Murray for the other roles he had undertaken particularly in respect of being the Corps Webmaster for some twelve years, Press Officer and Alpha organiser.  We want them both to begin their new adventure with happiness in their hearts.

Major Karen responded and reminded us of the Corporate Declarations we had all shared when she led the meetings.  Some of these were:  ‘God accepts and approves of you’,  You are fearfully and wonderfully made.  ‘The joy of the Lord is your strength’. She said that whilst at Chatham she had learned to trust God and that He never fails.  God is reliable and always available.

We sang ‘Give thanks with a grateful heart’ and then Major Ian asked Major Karen and Murray to step forward and stand with the Leadership Team under the colours to receive a blessing and sending off prayer.  They were then presented with the gift of a grape vine to plant in their garden.

The SA Song 861 ‘In Christ Alone’ brought the meeting to a close during which a seeker was prayed with at the mercy seat.  Praise God.

Following the meeting all were invited to join in the farewell tea which had been provided.

Here are a few photos:




Thank you for logging onto our website.   We hope that Kevin, our acting webmaster, will soon be fit and well again but in the meantime it has been my pleasure to produce this report of a busy day spent in the Lord’s service at Chatham.



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WAG Weekend Report

Sue Willard has sent in a report for the website


Four ladies from Chatham SA (Sue Willard, Jean Jones, Rae Edwards and Sharon Smith) joined with over 200 others from around the territory for a very special time of fellowship at the Women and God weekend in Swanwick. The theme was based on the Cost of Living as a disciple of Jesus (Philippians 3:7-11) and delegates were encouraged to consider a set of values for their own lives: the WAG attitudes (see picture). The guest speaker was Gill Cotterill, who spoke passionately during the Saturday session about how precious we are to God; so precious that Jesus gave up his life for us. That love demands a response from us, and on Sunday morning Gill spoke about the need to follow God’s calling on our lives, regardless of the costs in terms of time, taking a stand, love and forgiveness. Many seekers made their way to the mercy seat, or to the special prayer room provided.



On the Saturday afternoon, delegates were invited to sign up for seminars on a variety of themes, ranging from activism to Christian mindfulness to expressing faith through Dance and movement. There was something for everyone. That evening, there was a Bring and Buy sale and an auction to raise funds for this year’s helping Hand project: Waves of Transformation. As usual, this was well supported and over £1000 was raised. Also, on Saturday evening, the Nexus youth choir were invited to sing to and with us. What an amazing bunch of young people! There were tears and laughter as they sang and shared testimonies, and entertained us by joining in with some “Generation Game” type activities, such as dressing a model using only bin liners. The youth choir also provided a timbrel display, in which the Family Ministries team were then invited to take part – more fun and laughter!



It’s difficult to sum up the importance of a weekend like this, but there is something special about being together in a Christian environment with a large group of like-minded people. The centre at Swanwick is in a beautiful setting, giving delegates a chance to relax and take time out. There is also the opportunity to catch up with friends from around the territory – and to make new ones. Worship underpins everything, and there was beautiful singing at the beginning and end of each session, ably led by a small worship group, in addition to the contributions from the Nexus choir. We returned uplifted and enriched.

Thank you Sue

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Monday Spot 25th June 2018

Our morning meeting this week was led by Major Ian and began with the call to worship

Hebrews 10 22-23

So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.

This was followed by two congregational songs -275  “Sing We The King” &   635  ” When the Music Fades” .

Following this the Singing company , Led by Kate Boughton, Sang the song “Run the Race” , which was written by our own Emma Davis.

Major Estelle Clack was then called to the platform to be commissioned as the leader of the Cameo group, a role she has been fulfilling with great success for a while, with great support from Major Peter

The congregation then sang  song 949 ” Come join our Army”

We had a Bible reading from Marjory Hudson  , who read

Ephesians 1  v3-14 .

The Songsters contribution this morning was the song ” Would you Know ”

Major Ian began his message of  “Jesus in the community”  by enquiring of the congregation what was our intent on coming to the meeting today, and what was our intent next week when our morning meeting will be in the High St. Do we believe we can make a difference in peoples lives.

Major Ian quoted from an earlier commanding officer of Chatham Corps

Gypsy Smith (1860-1947)

His Life and Work

By Himself

My first charge after my marriage was at Chatham. This station, which was several years old, had never been a success. If it had, then it had fallen very low. I was sent down to end it or mend it. The General had visited the town and knew the situation exactly. I shall never forget the reception that my congregation, numbering thirteen, gave me on the first night. There had been dissension among them, and each of them sat as far away from his neighbour as possible. I saw there was something the matter somewhere, and resolved to set it right if it were possible. I sat down and looked at my frigid congregation for quite a number of minutes. The thirteen isolated items were meanwhile exchanging glances, mutely inquiring of each other what was the matter, and what they were waiting for. At length one man more bold than his neighbours arose to tackle me, wanting to know what I meant by not beginning the meeting. “I am getting to know,” I said, “what is the matter with you. I am studying the disease – am feeling your pulse. A doctor does not prescribe until he knows what the disease is.” There was another dead silence, and at length I began the service. But my troubles were still to come. One old man, who had gazed at me in consternation and suspicion all through my address, said to me –
“Who sent you here, my boy?”
“The Rev. William Booth, the superintendent of this Mission.”
“Well, you won’t do for us.”
“Why, what have I done? Why do you not like me?”
“Oh,” said the old man, “you are too young for us.”
“Is that it?”
“That is it.”
“Well,” I said, “if you let me stop here awhile I shall get older. I am not to blame for being young. But if I have not any more whiskers than a gooseberry, I have got a wife. What more do you want?”
I held up the book containing the names of the members, and I told the people that I had authority to burn it if I liked. But I had no desire to do this. I wanted their sympathy, prayers, and co-operation.
I showed the people that I meant business – that I was eager for the help of those who were of the same mind, and as for the others, they must cease their troubling or betake themselves elsewhere. The result was as satisfactory as it was sudden. Harmony was restored. The individual members of the congregation no longer sat far apart. The people of the neighbourhood got to know of the change in the relation of our members to each other, and came to our chapel to see what was happening. The congregation grew apace, and when I left, after nine months’ service, the membership had risen from thirty-five to 250. .

The times have changed but our mission is still the same , and next week we have an opportunity ..but we can only give out to other what we have within ourselves..

The meeting ended with the congregation singing song 601 “Lord I come to you”  and  Song 938 ” we have caught the vision”.

In the afternoon our Band & Songsters were at the annual service of remembrance at Medway Crematorium









Our Evening meeting  was entitled  ” On the Sofa” with Steve and Tracy Wood.


Our first song was 869 ” I’ve found the pearl of greatest price” – supported by the Band,

Major Ian welcomed everyone, explain this evening  was a chance for us to get to know Steve & Tracy a little better, and  get a glimpse into the events in their lives that shaped them .

Tracey growing up as one of eleven children , and living locally , worshipping at Chatham for many years . Singing in the singing company

Steve  who was born in Nuneaton, and moved to Ipswich as young boy, playing side drum in the YP Band. He told the story of seeing the Royal Marines Band at a county show, and being so in taken by what he saw he enlisted in the Marines at the age of 14 ( being enrolled as a senior soldier the night before he left)

our 2nd song was  355 – Beautiful Lord Wonderful Saviour

Tracy told us that initially  she was going to work in catering , but was put off that, and began a career with Lloyds.

Steve told us how much he appreciated his Marine commanding officers willingness to allow the Christians in the Royal Marines Band opportunities to attend worship at local Churches and Salvation Army Corps , when they were away from base. This even included the time when Steve and a friend missed their Aircraft carriers departure from Helsinki , because they were being entertained by the area Salvation Army Commissioner .

The 3rd musical interlude was the Band bring us “In Quiet Pastures” by Ray Steadman Allen, which Steve said he first heard played when his Father was Bandmaster in Ipswich

Tracy told us of her wish to stop working where she was and work full time in Children’s Ministry, with the SA. Tracy explained that she wrote a letter to God ( kept secretly in a Bible) , challenging God to show her they way if it was the right thing for her. in the letter she named  our then CO  Drew Mcombe , as someone who should be involved in the process. it was about two years later that Drew approached Tracy to ask if she could go on a training course for Childrens ministry work ! ,and this letter was not know about by anyone (even Steve)  until this Saturday.

The Songsters contribution was  ”  His Provision ”

Steve & Tracy were asked by Major Ian what their Favourite Bible verses were.

Tracy’s was Psalm 47

Steve said his was Ephesians 3 verse 14 to the end

and then our meeting was closed  with the final song

568   ” all that I am ” This song was especially chosen by Steve and Tracy as this was the song that was playing at the Royal Albert Hall in 1993 , when they were at the commissioning of some friends. During the singing of this song they were led to rededicate their lives to the Army, and therefore this song is especially memorable to them.

Thanks to Steve and Tracy for being willing interviewees on the Sofa.

I thank Mike Gibbs for taking the pictures in the morning meeting . The Crematorium photographs I copied from the Major.



Advanced notice:

Next Week 1st July our morning meeting will be held in Chatham High Street, this because of the Borough Conferment of Honorary Freedom to C Company, 3RD BATTALION OF PRINCESS OF WALES’S ROYAL REGIMENT, as is the right of a Freeman, they will be parading through the town at 11am. The street around our hall will be utilised at the rally area, so access will be difficult. It will be great to see everyone down there

 6pm meeting

Will be the Farewell meeting to Major Karen Smith  who is taking up her appointment as CO at Hastings Temple, and a chance to thank Murray Smith for his loyal service to the Corps over many years





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Sunday Meetings 24th June 2018

Our meetings this Sunday are at 10 am & 6 Pm


Please join us if you can


Advanced notice:

Next Week 1st July our morning meeting will be held in Chatham High Street, this because of the Borough Conferment of Honorary Freedom to C Company, 3RD BATTALION OF PRINCESS OF WALES’S ROYAL REGIMENT, as is the right of a Freeman, they will be parading through the town at 11am. The street around our hall will be utilised at the rally area, so access will be difficult. It will be great to see everyone down there

 6pm meeting

Will be the Farewell meeting to Major Karen Smith  who is taking up her appointment as CO at Hastings Temple, and a chance to thank Murray Smith for his loyal service to the Corps over many years




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Monday Spot 18th June 2018 Pt 2

As promised here is the report on our Sunday Afternoon 4 pm meeting which was a Music & Worship meeting , led by Chatham Senior Band

The Band began the meeting with the tunes ” Cairo Red shield”  and  “Be still for the presence of the Lord”

Major Ian called Emma Davis to the platform to receive a Bouquet of flowers, these were in recognition of her time leading the Singing Company recently

The congregation sang ” Gods Soldier marches as to war ” and then Emma  led the Singing Company in the song ” The great Downpour”

Rebecca Abbott delivered her testimony , and she had been asked to talk about the things that are important to her

Following this the Band gave us the tune “Songs of Salvation” by Andrew Mackereth.

Bandmaster Nigel Lockwood explained the tune had elements of   ” Ring the Bell watchman , Make no Delay ,Tell me the old old story & Praise God I’m Saved ”

The next Musical item was the YP Band who played a Ray Steadman Allen piece  ” God is Good”






The Songsters sang “I’m in his hands ”

The Band gave us the tune  – Prelude on  “Lavenham” a very stirring piece , and after which we heard  from Martin Davis

who spoke on the subject of how we remain pure, referring back to the Junior Soldiers  making their promise earlier in the day and the earlier congregation song . Martin read from Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians , and talked about us not being isolated from the World , because life separated is not effective. Martin made the comment that “a  sanctified life in a dark world has endless possibilities” .

A very powerful word Martin .


The Bands final tune for the Afternoon was ” Fill the world with Glory”  and we then had a Benediction from Josh Davis – Matt 5 v8

Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God

Our thanks to all those who took part in the afternoons meeting, especially to the Band .



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Monday Spot 18th June 2018 Pt 1

         Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal 2018

Our morning meeting today was a special one, led by Junior Soldier Sergeant Sam Wood.


This meeting was the time for all our Junior Soldiers to renew their promises. The Theme was  ” Who are you Listening to? ” and began with an example of how we can get distracted listening to advice from too many sources

 Julie & Mia  playing a game, and getting disrupted by Martin & others, and showing how distracted we can get

The first song of the morning was ” Blessed be the name of the Lord ” introduced by Hannah

We had an opening Prayer by Sam Boughton. and the announcements  were given by Mia

The congregation was involved in a game of Chinese whispers to help show how important it is to listen, and this was followed by  the worship song ” I am listening to God”.

The Singing company , led by Emma Davis,  gave us  ” The Fathers Song”

 introduced by Sian Sutton



The Junior soldier Bronze award was presented by Major Ian to Robert Christie

This was followed by a Testimony from Isaac Woodman , which is an element of a Junior Soldiers Platinum award

The next item was the Song ” Oceans” given to us by the Junior Soldiers youth group

The Bible reading was delivered by Marin Castle , and he read John 10 v1-10 .

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

We had a game of follow my leader next , where initially Isaac Woodman declared himself the leader of a Game ( Simon Say’s)  but others kept butting in ! creating havoc & confusion

The YP Band contribution was introduced by Chantelle

and the tune was  ” Joyful Peace ”

The next item we had was the Song ” Sanctuary” introduced by Robert Christie ,


and following this Sam Wood delivered her message for the morning . Sam spoke about the need to find a quiet place to listen to God , because it is difficult hear him among the noise of all the distractions around us , and its sometimes hard to work out who to follow.

Sam  referred back to Martins Bible reading of John 10 1-10 earlier, saying we need to listen intentionally, and asking us how we hear from God, and are we finding the time ?.

The Junior Soldiers then recited their Promise ( in fact we were all invited to do this as well)

‘I know that Jesus is my Saviour from sin.
I have asked him to forgive my sins, and I will trust him to keep me good.
By his help, I will be his loving and obedient child, and will help others to follow him.
I promise to pray, to read my Bible, and to lead a life that is clean in thought, word and deed.
I will not use anything that may injure my body or my mind, including harmful drugs, alcohol and tobacco.’

The congregation were asked to pick up a named label from the stand , and promise to pray for the that child for a year.

during this time the Junior Soldiers met with their ” Big Buds” and had a time of prayer

The Closing Song was ” Lord I lift your name on High ” and this was introduced by Grace.

Very well done to Sam & her team, to all the Junior Soldiers, and all those that support them

The report for the 4 pm meeting , which was led by the Band will follow tomorrow












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Sunday Meetings 17th June 2018

Our meetings this Sunday are at 10 am & 4 pm

Our Morning meeting  will be our ‘Junior Soldiers‘ Day of Renewal’, led by Junior Soldiers Sergeant Sam Wood


This is an occasion when each child is given the opportunity of renewing their own commitment to God.

The Mornings theme is ” Who are you listening to”


Our Afternoon meeting will be a Music & Worship meeting , led by Chatham Senior Band



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Ladies Fellowship Garden Party 11th June 2018

Major Estelle Clack has reported on a Ladies fellowship Garden Party this week – held at Marjory’s Bungalow

Fellowship in the Garden

Waiter Peter serving trifle - in my apron

Pat Phillips and her Neighbour

Jean , Alma ,Heather & Pat


Major Ian ,Sam & Katelyn – Chess Club


Marjory & Bev Hudson – The Garden Party Hosts

Great fun. Marjory was a great hostess!
God bless


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Monday Spot 11th June 2018

Our Morning meeting was led by Major Ian Payne

This morning the theme is ‘Having asked God for Forgiveness…

and as it said on our welcome sheet today

One of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century, ‘Forgiveness’ – May our thoughts, this morning lead up to a greater understanding in ourselves.  1 Corinthians 13:12  We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! 13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.

We began the meeting singing two songs

Song  26     Great is thy Faithfulness ( accompanied by the Band ,under Bandmaster Nigel Lockwood)

Song 353   Be Still, for the Presence ( accompanied by Carole Horwood on the Piano )

following which we were led in prayer by Mike Gibbs

Our Singing Company ,led by Emma Davis, gave us the song ” Every second”

and following the Singing Company the Congregation sang ” He Giveth  More Grace”.

We were told of two of our Singing Company member who are raising money for a very special charity..


Mia & Hannahs Slater  are going to have there hair cut to raise  money for the Little Princess Trust – A charity to provide real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss

If any one would like to sponsor them go to Tina Steele just giving  page



If you need any further information  please  contact  Eric Slater



A Bible reading by Tim Scott followed , reading from 1 Corinthians 13.

The Songsters contribution this morning was  ” Give Me Jesus”  arr by Tom Fettke


The message this morning began with the following Video clip

Major Ian delivered his message on forgiveness, looking at the wordly view of forgiveness and the Christian view. Some examples of forgiveness in action were looked at , such as Nelson Mandela who on release from prison asked for reconciliation , not recrimination. We heard of the Church Pastor in Scotland , who’s daughter was killed in the Lockerbie aircraft bombing. This man forgave his daughters killers, and went on to set up a charity  in Libya named after his daughter.

Major Ian emphasised that Words can hurt but forgiveness heals & he encouraged us this week to Love & Forgive


our final congregational songs were Song 376   King of Kings (accompanied by Carole on the Piano)  and Song 393   Tell out my Soul ( accompanied by the Band)

Grateful thanks to Emily Miller for taking the Photographs this morning.


Our Evening meeting was one of Praise , Prayer & Testimony

We began with two congregational songs

Song       382 Majesty , followed by  Song 389 Rejoice Rejoice ( both supported by the Band)

after which Major Judith Payne gave her testimony ,Quoting Romans 8:28

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

referring to  how she is experiencing a time of great change in her life , with family not living close by now and a changes at work as well as a new house.Also she is wondering ” what do I need to do to give God more of me”

Song       114 Light of the World ( supported by Lisa Davis on the Piano)

A time of prayer followed were prayer subjects were called out.

our next congregational Song was   760  I am praying Blessed Saviour

This evenings Band Piece was ” Beside the sea of Galilee” to the tune of Lakeside – an arrangement by Andrew Mackereth  which is associated with the original word by Catherine Baird

We had 4 testimonies this evening , intertwined with

Song       883 O Happy, Happy Day

Murray Smith Testified about watching the recent changes he has seen in a member of the congregation , who was visibly impacted by a particular song.

Peter Willard testified on being led to pray outside a closed church in Southampton, which he had gone to look at during a recent family trip, praying that Churches should be open more

Jean Jones testified to her recent experience at  a J John rally  ” Just One “at Gillingham priestfield  stadium on Saturday , attended by approx. 5000 people

Greg Davis  testified to a few different things including how, following the reading of a story on a multi-faith wedding in the “Daily Bread”, he try’s  to share his Christian faith with his neighbour’s  of different faiths.

His second thought was  when Margaret , Greg’s wife, takes her class on a visit to the Local church, for some children it’s the only time they have been to a church .During the recent visit the Vicar explained to the children,  Jesus dying on the Cross with his arms outstretched, is like he is hugging everyone.

Greg’s last point was that during a concert in Birmingham where the ISS  were singing , the final notes of choral symphony no3 the 4th movement, are maintained for a long period, “they go on & on “and Greg was struck that Gods love is like that

The meeting closed with the Songsters Singing  – Sing ,Love & live ( by Neil Winton/Andrew Wicker)


Next Week our meetings are  at 10 am & 4 pm

The Morning meeting will include the Junior Soldiers  day of renewal

The 4 pm meeting will be one of Music & Worship with Chatham Senior Band


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