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Our Sunday Morning meeting was entitled ‘the Light – Its almost here’
We began with a Bible reading
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”
Our Evening meeting was entitled Soldier Making and included the enrolment of Christina Kearton as a Senior Soldier
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
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
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 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.
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
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’
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
Please join us if you can
Here’s where we are:
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!
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.
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
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 .
Chris & Adrian
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
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:
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!!!
Our morning meeting on Sunday was entitled
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
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.”
By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion
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.
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
‘On the Sofa’ – with Territorial Envoy
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
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.
FLOWERS – We 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.
|AT THE HALL THIS WEEK|
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
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’
This Sunday we will have two meetings
Our 10am meeting has the title of
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:
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.
‘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
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:
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