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Our meetings this coming Sunday, 23 November, will be led by Majors Alec and Andrea Still at 10am and 6pm.
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE SALVATION ARMY’S GENERAL SECRETARY IN LIBERIA
06 NOVEMBER 2014
MAJOR Samuel Amponsah, a Salvation Army officer from Ghana has been General Secretary of the Army’s Liberia Command since September 2013. He spoke to Linda Leigh, a staff writer from the Canada and Bermuda Territory, about The Salvation Army’s ongoing response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Liberia Command Leadership Team Continue reading
On Saturday 6 December the Band will give its annual concert for the charity ROPE (Relief for Oppressed People Everywhere). The concert will be given in the West Malling Baptist Church.
Jean Jones reports:
It was a busy evening for members of the Ladies Fellowship this month as we were packing gift boxes. As a change from providing shoeboxes for Blythswood Care, which we have done for many years, this year it was decided to prepare gift boxes for men, women and families who have been rescued from trafficking.
Our Corps Anniversary Sunday proved to be one of great blessing as we were led in the morning by corps officers Majors Alec and Andrea Still and, in the afternoon, enjoyed a fine concert by NChant, the senior choir of Rochester Grammar School for Girls under the leadership of our own Carolynn Woodman. The choir was supported by a small brass ensemble.
Our meetings this coming Sunday, 16 November, will be led by Majors Alec and Andrea Still at 10am and 4pm. Please note the time of the second meeting which will include a programme given by NChant, the senior school choir from Rochester Grammar School for Girls under the leadership of our own Carolynn Woodman.
Chairman’s report of the key issues discussed at the Mission Forum on 26th October 2014
The following is not a comprehensive report of all discussions, but is intended to give an overview of the discussions. In addition, a detailed actions log, from previous meetings, was reviewed, updated and added to, for items which need to be followed through.
Mission Development plan (MDP)
Every Corps is expected to have such a plan and it was agreed that rather than being a document rarely referred to, Chatham should adopt a process of agreeing each purpose group’s plans within the MDP, providing support, and the groups are then be accountable to the Mission Forum for completion. It was agreed that each group would provide their outline plans for 2015, by the end of 2014 for review by the Mission Forum at it’s next meeting in January 2015.
Corps finances and Mortgage Requirement
Final figures for the building scheme are now available and in spite of the additional work completed in the main worship hall, the mortgage required is £210,000, considerably less, and more manageable, than the £320,000 approved. This is due to tight control of spending on the scheme, the generosity of our congregation and legacies left by people who have been touched by our Corps over many years. A further legacy has been left to Chatham Citadel Corps for which details are not yet available, but may result in a lower mortgage figure being required. This will be taken forward by the Finance team.
If current levels of income and expenditure are maintained, finances show that break-even should be achieved after mortgage repayments commence, but at present levels this will be marginal. Finance locals are reviewing some aspects of expenditure (such as our power bills) and COs are discussing with Finance locals and THQ a possible follow up to the Give to Grow scheme. It will continue to be important to ensure discretionary spending is kept to a minimum and activities are self-funding.
Property cleaning and maintenance
There have been concerns over the maintenance of our buildings and after a detailed debate, it was recommended that this be reviewed with a view to having a ‘caretaker’ for the Corps building to incorporate wider building management in the role, rather than limited to cleaning. This will be taken forward by the COs and Finance team.
Some concerns were expressed that in spite of the enhanced building from which we now operate, time and availability is now severely limited for expanding the Corps mission in line with the MDP approved as the rationale for the recent building scheme. This largely results from the use of our building by other groups (notably the Roma congregation currently 3 times a week) not present in the Mission Development Plan. Space needs to be found and gaps maintained in building usage for the expansion of our mission to the community of Chatham. COs will review this issue and discuss with groups using the Corps building.
Costs of maintaining the minibus (originally gifted to the Corps) have escalated and it is therefore necessary to consider how best we can economically cover the various transport needs within the Corps. The service group will review what is needed (frequency and type of usage and vehicle required) and what options can achieve this (retaining existing vehicle or selling and hiring when required etc) and report back to the next Mission Forum meeting in January 2015
Purpose Group Reports were shared prior to the meeting and issues raised were discussed. No report was received from the Fellowship Group, who are currently looking for a new leadership team, and the Roma congregation, who did not submit a report, which was a concern to the group who wish to support this new part of our Corps.
Reports show a continuing high level of commitment by many people within the Corps and mission activities that are successfully supporting people in our community and bringing people under the influence of The Salvation Army and, more importantly, introducing them to Christ. There are some activities and aspects that need additional volunteers and have issues to resolve and these were discussed along with proposed actions to resolve – these are included within the actions log, which is available to anyone who would like to consider how they can help.
Included within the reports were the following:
Planning was discussed, is nearing completion and final details will be made available very soon.
The Big Collection
The Corps, and indeed the SA nationally is moving away from door to door collection and replacing this with fund-raising throughout the year. The suggestion of a ‘task force’ to take this forward was made.
Young People & Youth
New developments were highlighted in developing a ‘tweenies’ group to transition 11-12 year olds into the youth group. Training of leaders is being considered to help them nurture spirituality and faith in children, safe and sound training an ‘Godly play’ for new families.
The full reports can be made available to anyone who would like to see them.
Don’t forget NChant will be singing at Chatham Salvation Army this coming Sunday at 4pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the country’s finest school choirs.!
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For the second year running the Band have given a concert at Sheerness, this time to raise money for the Corps’ Big Collection Appeal.
As the Sunday nearest to 11 November yesterday was Remembrance Sunday, this year of particular significance as we recognize that it is 100 years since the start of the First World War. Many readers will be familiar with the scene at the Tower of London where poppies have been placed in the moat but here are two more pictures before they are removed.
Our meetings this coming Sunday, 2 November, will be led by Majors Alec and Andrea Still at 10am and 6pm.
The annual Adherents Fellowship took place last Sunday afternoon under the direction of leaders Majors Jim and Alma Brown.
Majors Jim & Alma Continue reading
The thanksgiving service for Brian Watson will take place at the Salvation Army Hall, Church Street, Chatham, ME4 4BS, on Tuesday 18 November at 2.30pm following the Committal at Medway Crematorium which will take place at 1.15pm.
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