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Monday Spot 19th November 2018

         Our Sunday Morning meeting was entitled ‘the Light – Its almost here’

We began with a Bible reading

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’

The Major spoke of the preparations for our Christmas Concerts, and the desire to pack the hall on both days

 Our first two congregational songs were

Song                   528             A Light came out of Darkness

Tune          230             Shall you shall I


Song         517             Purify my Heart

Tune         805             Refiners fire 


Followed by a Bible reading              John 1:1-14


The Singing Company Sang ” You can never be too grateful”






Our next Song  was number    133    The Light has Come

Tune          859 , and following that The Songsters  gave us the tune  ” For thy Service”


The Majors Message was entitled      ‘the Light – Its almost here’

Major Ian spoke of his need of a torch in the attic of Chatham Citadel this week , as the space was accessed during work on the sound system in the Building..it was pitch black up there apparently & empty apart from insulation. However Major Ian spoke of a time when he needed a good torch to see the far corner of a loft in a Quarters & he found a Bonnet in the far corner. His point was we need to shine the light in our communities

Major Ian reflected on a 1978 song by Joy Webb , ” Come into our World” and the fact the  powerful lyrics could have been written today.

Much has changed since 1978, with Church attendance in our communities down &  the percentage of people professing any Religion has decreased, so the Lyric  ” If we needed you , we need you now ” is very relevant today ..

We must remember that the light of Jesus cannot be dowsed, but it does need to be shared. The Light of Jesus was shone at Bluewater yesterday, where the Band and the supporting collecting team ministered to those out shopping. Some great conversations were had..


Film Clip                      Come into our world


Our final  congregational Song   was     ” Shine Jesus Shine”


                                  Sunday Evening

Our Evening meeting was entitled Soldier Making and included the enrolment of  Christina Kearton as a Senior Soldier

The songs during the meeting were chosen by Christina

The Band began the meeting with a stirring rendition of  ” on the Kings Highway”, and following on from that well received tune the congregation sang

Song:        843             I know not why

Tune          80               I know whom I have believed

and this was followed by

Song                   1007          Let there be love Shared among us

Tune          730             “       “        “        “        “

Margaret Day led us in prayer, and then we heard from the Band 

The Band Message was the Graham Coles arrangement of the Hymn tune  – Lloyd , which is often put with the song , “Mid all the traffic”. This was followed by the Singing Company, who sang a recently published song  – ” were gonna run the Race” written by our own Emma Davis









The next congregational song was

Song          795             What A Friend  

Tune          385             “        “                 

Major Ian gave the Scripture reading        Ephesians 6:10-18, and the congregation Read Together  the Doctrines of The Salvation Army


We all read the Soldiers Covenant   , and then sang

Song:        623             Take my Life and Let it be

Tune          241             All for thee

Following Christina Signing her Soldiers Covenant , a Prayer of Dedication was given by Heather Scott.

Christina then gave her Testimony






Christina read Psalm 23 which she has put into her own words, and then sang a song “Out of the fullness of my heart”

The Songsters sang ” We lift you up” which included a Solo by Louise Robinson. 

Our final song of the day was

Song:        940             We’re an Army fighting

Tune          644             Happy Song


The Benediction was delivered by Major Judith Payne , who encouraged us all to remember the look of pure joy Christina had on her face today.


 John 1: 1-14The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.


Ephesians 6:  The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.


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Christmas Concerts 8th & 9th December

This year we will be  having two Carol Concerts. 6pm on Saturday 8th and 4 pm on Sunday 9th December.

The tickets are free, but you need to go to www.eventbrite.com as per the poster below


We look forward to seeing you at either concert



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Sunday Meetings 18th November 2018

   Our meetings this Sunday  are at 10 am & 4pm

                          both will  be led by    Major Ian F Payne





 The  10am meeting is entitled  ‘The Light – Its Almost here’

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

Our 4 pm meeting will include the enrolment of a new  Soldier
Christina Kearton

Please join us if you can

Here’s where we are:












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Cameo Wednesday 14th November 2018

Cameo Report from Major Estelle Clack

Attached are two pictures of our guest speaker Andrew Wigmore at Cameo. The RNLI is totally financed by donations and rescues people at sea almost every day!














                                             God bless



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Monday Spot 12th November 2018

The morning meeting featured Armistice or truce at the end of WW1.

Major Ian Payne spoke about the need for Peace after a ‘war to end all wars’. He reminded us that Jesus stretched out His hands to reach a fallen race.

The Holiness table was wrapped in two flags – the Union Flag and The Salvation Army banner. A scroll several feet long displayed a list of all the many wars since 1914-18  WW1. A two minute silence was observed when a bugle played the Last Post via a moving video presentation.

During the morning meeting the Band were at the War Memorial  in Victoria Gardens.   Ray Maycock  can be seen here laying the Wreath on behalf of the Corps



The evening meeting was led by the Chatham Band.


In the evening two boys went forward and placed wreaths at the foot of the Holiness Table.

Pieces played were ‘Prince of Peace,’ ‘Torchbearers’ by General Osborn, ‘The Prayer’ (duet by Adrian  Horwood and Chris Boughton).


Adrian Horwood then played a euphonium solo -Travelling Along

Songsters sang ‘Sabbath Psalm’.

and the Band played ‘Make Me A Channel of Thy Peace’.

Rosemary Steadman Allen spoke about Peace quoting  ‘Lord Make Me A Channel Of Thy Peace’ .

The Band then played ‘Songs of Salvation’, Ryan Cripps played a horn solo -‘This Time for Peace’ followed by ‘Solemn Melody’ by the band.

To conclude the band played the bugle call ‘Sunset’ before accompanying the congregation singing  ‘I vow to thee my country’.

A surprise finale included several favourites of the War Years!

Bandmaster gave the benediction.


I am greatly indebted to Major Estelle Clack for the majority of this report and all the Photographs taken at the hall

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ROPE Concert West Malling

The Band took part in the Annual Remembrance concert at West Malling Baptist Church this evening. The Event is a joint one between the Salvation Army & the Charity ROPE – (relief of oppressed people everywhere ), where funds raised are shared .


The Evening program was as below 


Chris & Adrian






Tim  , Giving a short history of the Salvation Army & what we do today




Rosemary delivering the Scripture reading

Our Timbrel Brigade who performed two pieces during the evening , which were very well received by the audience.

Ryan Cripps also played a Solo  ” A time for Peace”, but I couldn’t get his picture..

The Evening was well attended , and some very poignant music was played on this eve of the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War

In excess of £900 was raised by the concert .

Well done to all


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Sunday Meetings 11th November 2018

Our Morning meeting this week at 10 am will be led by Major Ian F Payne

                                                 ‘Lest we forget’

Our Band will be taking part in the Remembrance ceremony at Victoria Gardens .

Our Evening meeting at 6 pm will be led by the Band

Please come one if you can.  You will be most welcome.

Here’s where we are:


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Cameo Club Wednesday 7th November 2018

A  report on From Major Estelle Clack on  Wednesday’s Cameo Club, hosted by  Majors MacDonald Chandi & Dianna MacDonald

A great afternoons Cameo Club today!  I was transported back to Pakistan! MacDonald and Dianna spoke well with a well organised PowerPoint.

MacDonald accompanied us singing O Boundless Salvation on his harmonium. They then sang their National Anthem!

The pair then visited their ‘Sahib Major Peter’ at our bungalow!!!


Estelle x



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Monday Spot 5th November 2018

Our morning meeting on Sunday was entitled

                           ‘Remember, Remember’

To bring back to remembrance that for which God has done in our lives and will continue to do.


The notices were deliver by Nigel Day , and following this Major Ian talked about some new initiatives to link up with  New Rd School , and the Advent Food calendar


The congregation sang three very prayerful songs back to back with a time of prayer following afterwards

Song                   700             For the Joys and for the Sorrows

Tune          619             For this I have Jesus


Song         635             When the Music Fades

Tune         858             The Heart of Worship


Song                   601             Lord I come to you

Tune          868             Power of your love


The Singing Company blessed us with ” He Knows My name “

1 Corinthians 13  was read by Major  Ian

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal……………….

The Songsters message this morning was the Song

” Keep the Flame alive ”

and this prompted a memory from Major Ian , who when attending a Christian conference in Brighton some time ago,  was talking to one of the main preachers , John Wimber , a man who loved what the Salvation Army did, but he said at the time “You need to FAN THE FLAMES”


The Majors Message from the Word was entitled    ‘Remember, Remember

Major Ian began by saying ,memory makes us who we are.If we couldn’t recall the who, what, where, and when of our everyday lives,we would struggle to learn new information, form lasting relationships, or even function in most daily situations.Memory allows the brain to encode, store, and retrieve informationAll the time we are still finding out more about the brain and memoryWe know a lot more about Dementia – but still struggle to understand it.

Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well

.So this morning we are looking at remembering what God can & has been done and continues to do in and through us, if we let him


Major Ian  quoted from various passages in the Bible , beginning with

Genesis 9.16

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
    when we remembered Zion


Matthew 26,75

Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.


Revelations 2.5

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent


We need to remember our faith and our covenant with God, and our commitment to bring Christ to the people & people to Christ … even the disciples needed reminding about miracles they had seen

Matthew 16.9 Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up?

..so we probably need reminding as well


The Major told us that recently he had cause to be looking through the Corps document, including the Cradle roll, and he could see many family names he recognised, but it gave him  cause to think of all the promises made by Parents , for their children over the years in our hall . We need to remember them and their stories because it all plays a part in our faith today .

The meeting closed with the singing of the following two songs

Song:        739             Touch me with thy healing hand

Tune          339             In me Lord


Song         497             I want dear Lord

Tune           573             Be gone vain world



The Benediction was given by Major Judith Payne .


Thank you to Ruth Hardy for taking the Photographs this morning

Following the meeting the Band continued with their regular ministry at the Wisdom Hospice











                              Sunday Evening

                           ‘On the Sofa’ – with Territorial Envoy

                                              Anthony Mclure


Pre-music by the Band


Welcome on the Sofa to Territorial Envoy Anthony McClure

Tony chose the following songs, and the first one we sang was

Song                   25               God’s love to me is wonderful

Tune          130             “                 “                 “                                  


Sofa Part 1:  Early life inc: conversion

Tony was born in Swalecliffe , Whitstable and he has a younger Sister. The family, where Dad was a Carpenter and Mum was a housewife , moved to Australia  for 2 1/2 years when Tony was 7 years old , and after staying for a few years, experiencing some of his early schooling in Australia the family  moved back to Kent, settling in Herne Bay . At school when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up Tony remembers thoughts of being the Arch Bishop of Canterbury or failing that – The Pope

Tony’s 2nd song choice

Song                   466             I Stand amazed in the presence

Tune          769             My Saviours Love     


Sofa Part 2:        Family, work, calling

Tony first went to the Salvation Army  when a Salvation Army  Girl joined the  school Tony was at , and he first attended with her, he had tried the local Parish Church , where the Vicar was his Headmaster, but that had not worked out ..The Salvation Army however fitted in with what Tony wanted. A while later, when Tony asked how he became a Soldier, he was advised to Kneel & Pray at the mercy seat, and if asked any questions he should say yes.. and for two years after becoming a soldier it took a question from somebody who asked if Tony had asked Jesus into his life, and he had not . Tony gave his life to Jesus in the front room of the Officer Quarters 23/7/70 @ 20:30 .

Tony was working for the HMSO at this time, then 1978/79 he worked for the Reliance Bank.

In 1981 Tony was at an SA Congress in the Albert Hall when God spoke to him at the appeal, he was sitting “up in the Gods” at the time and the walk down gave him time to think, and when he spoke to a lieutenant he said     ” God wants me to be an Officer”..so they prayed and later (not being sure how these things worked) Tony wrote to the Candidates unit  and the process of officership commenced . Tony told us that he kept quiet about this until he was a confirmed applicant, and he remembers his Mother was pleased , and when he told his Father it was more a case of ” you won’t earn much , but  it’s your life “..  However the night before Tony was due to go to the training college he told us that his Father came to his room , kissed him on the forehead and  wished him well. That meant a lot to Tony , and on Commissioning day Tony’s Father was keen to follow where all the new officers were posted to , and kept the programme afterwards

Tony was at the college as a contemporary of Drew & Bev McCombe & Major Ian  and he took up his posting following training .

Later Tony left Officership and went back to work for the Government, and during that time in his life he was attending at the Church of England , but still remained in touch with the SA, and that included being at the Albert Hall for the Installation of General Linda Bond . At That Event Tony told us he was wondering if he would get any sense that God was calling him back to the SA, but as he said today ” nothing happened” .


The Songsters  contribution this Evening was the Song  ” My Hearts Desire , by Albert Osbourne  / Jane Clarke


Sofa Part 3:        Coming back

It was while travelling to Durham on a train, and having prepared himself for some Bible study during the journey, that Tony heard from God again , that he should come back .. and when he told his friend David , who met him off the train at Durham , their was nearly a car crash. David explained that he had been praying for this as had many others.

Tony recently took up the post as Territorial Envoy at Strood Corps

We had another Song choice , but in Video form, I have put the YouTube link below if you would like to see it as well

Video;  Greatly Blessed highly favoured


Song         601             Lord I Come to you

Tune         868             Power of your love


The Band Message this evening was the Tune for Song 499  ” It is Jesus” – written by James Wright . who was a Bandmaster at Sheffield .



Sofa Part 4:        Favourite Scripture –  Prodigal Son  Luke 15:11:32

When asked about his choice of  favourite scripture , Tony explained that he mainly relates to the younger son, but see’s a bit of himself in the elder son as well . He said that he did walk away, but carried on attending Pentecostal/Baptist/Anglican Churches during that time

and a particular verse in the Psalms is a favourite as well

Psalm 18:19 New International Version (NIV)

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.


our final song from Tony was

Song                   861            In Christ alone                                        

Tune          132            “         “       “


Benediction was delivered by Tony



Excerpts from the Newsletter

Chatham Citadel Corps
Corps Officer
Major Ian F Payne


Corps Website:  www.chathamsa.org.uk


 4th November  2018


Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’.


‘God doesn’t require us to succeed, He only requires that you try’ Mother Teresa


The nights are getting darker earlier, trick and treat has past, bonfires are raging, and we are on the cusp of the 100th Anniversary of Armistice, 11th day of the 11th Month 1918. How things change and move so quickly from holiday and sunshine to silence and remembrance. I do love Autumn with all the colours and beauty that surround us. Again, evidence of the greatness of God and the seasons He has promised.

This morning our thoughts are focused on ‘remember, remember’ – bring back to remembrance that for which God has done in our lives and will continue to do.

This evening we have Majors Peter & Estelle ‘On the Sofa’ – I am sure that we will have an evening full of information and laughter and will travel around the world in the process.

Please see the additional notes in today’s newsletter, ‘Needs Board’, Carolling information, Final call for help with New Road School Project and the new Bible Study introduction on Wednesday. Exciting times ahead for all of us to engage with, if only in prayer. Also, we now have a Twitter account @ArmyChatham.

God bless you today as you seek Jesus more deeply. May you continue to know His blessings at this time.


God Bless Chatham Citadel Corps today.

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.

Corps Information


FLOWERSWe are grateful to Peter and Dawn Smith for the flowers which adorn our hall. (Thanks to Joan who arranges them) Please add your name to the list of dates on the notice-board if you wish to donate flowers

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) A letter will be circulated among you over the next few weeks. It is important (& Legal) that you complete the form, sign and return to the Major/Office ASAP. The letter is self-explanatory. Everyone in the Corps must complete one.

Wednesday 7th Nov 8pm

We will commence a new bible study called the Bible Course, brought by The Bible Society. This Wednesday will be an introduction to what it will be about and how the course will develop. The course will run for 8 sessions. Why not give it a try?.

Sunday 25th November will be the Young People’s Annual. The morning meeting will be led by the young people.   We will also incorporate a church parade with the Scout sections – it looks to be a great family morning. Well done to all our youth workers across the building – you are amazing.

Friday Night YOUFF Club If you are able to go on a rota to help out with the Friday Night Youff Club, could you please see Louise Robinson.

Carolling 2018  Collectors will be needed at various times throughout the Christmas period.  Please do see CS Andrew  or CT Andy with your name and time available – 1 hour will make all the difference.

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 
6:30                YP Band & Learners
8pm                Senior Band
7:00pm          Life Project (Volunteers arrive from 6pm)
1:30pm          Cameo – Captain Chandi6:30pm          Roma Church – Armáda Spásy
8pm                The Bible Course Introduction
6:15pm          YP Singing Company
8pm                Songsters
10am                Mummy & Me
10:30 – 1:00  Medway Foodbank12 – 12.30     Prayer Fellowship
7:30pm          Youff (Youth Club)

SUNDAY (4th November)

10am  ‘Sticks & Stones’

6pm                ‘On the Sofa’


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This Sundays Meetings 4th November 2018

This Sunday we will have two meetings

Our 10am meeting has the  title of 

 ‘Remember, Remember’

Our 6pm meeting will include an ” On the Sofa ” with Territorial Envoy Anthony Mclure 


Both meetings will be led by Major Ian Payne


Please come one if you can.  You will be most welcome.

Here’s where we are:


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Monday Spot 29 October 2018

Yesterday brought a day of wintry weather which, combined with the end of summertime, gave a very different feel to the day.  The meetings were led by Major Ian F Payne with the morning meeting theme of ‘Is God in the House?’ and a ‘Songs of Praise’ in the evening.  Many folk were still on holiday so numbers were less than usual but we had a blessed time together.

  Major Ian Payne

‘How far would you go to see Jesus?’ was the question posed by Major Ian at the beginning of the morning meeting.  ‘What makes you determined to seek out Jesus?’  Continue reading

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Summertime ends this Sunday

A gentle reminder.

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This Sunday’s Meetings – 28 October

There will be two meetings this Sunday.  The morning meeting will be at 10.00 am and the second meeting of the day at 6.00 pm will be in the form of Songs of Praise.  Both meetings will be led by Major Ian F Payne.


Please come one if you can.  You will be most welcome.

Here’s where we are:




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Band at Rope Concert West Malling

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Monday Spot 22 October 2018

Due to it being the start of the school holidays, a number of the corps folks were taking the time away to spend with friends and family, so a decision was made to only have one meeting, but there was still a goodly number who were able to attend worship at Chatham this morning. Continue reading

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