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Monday Spot 13th August 2018

            This mornings meeting was led by

                     Nigel & Margaret Day

and the Theme of the meeting was  Waiting for God

 

Our first song of the morning was

Song      378         What a Faithful God           TB923 Band

After which we were all invited to read the following       Psalm 27 v 14     “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

We sang   Song 64 How great is our God     TB 664 Piano, and Nigel made the point that this is exactly the message we should take out from our building

A time of prayer followed with Nigel thanking God for all the Love he lavishes on us , and praying for those who were not with us this morning , either on holiday or  unwell. After the Prayer Nigel Called Rachel Abbott to the platform , the only one in the hall that had been to the recent Territorial Music School, and he asked for some feedback on her week

Rachel said that the theme of the week was  ” Follow” , and they had looked at scripture passages where Jesus had called his disciples and they followed immediately. The message that impacted the most for her, and others, was that we are often told to believe in God, but the reverse is very much true as well , God believes in us .

 

Bible Reading     by Margaret

1 Kings 18:41-46 New International Version (NIV)

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Nigel Presented the following film clip which helped to  illustrate the kind of rainfall referred to above

 

The next congregational song  was Song      SOF 2034       Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.  by Chris Tomlin, and we sang along with a video clip

 

The Songsters, led by Carolynn Woodman gave us  ” He Leadeth Me ”  by Joseph Henry Gilmore arr Thomas Mack

Following which the congregation sang                                       Song      305 Now the fruit of the Spirit    TB776 Piano

Nigel’s Sermon began with his admission that he was not very patient when he was younger, used to always be looking to move on the next thing, and still does not find waiting around very easy. With the modern world being as it is , and  many of us constantly online and able to shop when ever we want , and not having to wait much for anything, we need to find more patience in our lives ..to wait on God

We were shown the following  as an example of patience

Nigel quoted from the Bible times where People had to be patient

Galatians 6 v9

Psalm 37 v7

Psalm 130 v5/6

Also Nigel referred to Jacob having to wait many years to marry Rachel, God was teaching him patience. Which was rewarded by his descendants founding the Israelite nation as was promised to him

 

Nigel’s sermon  also focused on the need to wait  positively and expect God to do something referring to  Hebrews 6 v12

And we also looked at how plentiful was God’s response when we have waited , for example the disciples waited  for the holy spirit to come , and when it did they were able bring about three thousand to Christ that day

The meeting was brought to a close with the Prayer chorus    “Silently now I wait for Thee”  and then a powerful song to end

Song      30 He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater TB 527 Band

 

 

The Benediction   was from     Jude v24/5

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!

Thank you to all who helped enable worship today

Our Pianist today was Carole Horwood and the Band was led by Adrian Horwood

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Sunday Meeting 12 August 2018

                          This Sundays meeting will be led by

                                      Nigel & Margaret Day

 

 

 

 

( no afternoon meetings during the Summer Holidays)

 

 

Please join us for worship at 10 am

 if needed,our location  is below

 

Chatham

 

 

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If you need further directions  click here

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Monday Spot 6th August 2018

Our Meeting today was led by Paul & Wendy Scoulding

following the announcement’s by CSM Tim Scott

 

We began the meeting by singing

Hymn No 1 SASB 279 – “To God Be the Glory”, which was followed by the prayerful  singing of

Prayers we said for those in the Corps recently bereaved

Hymn No 2 SASB 312 – “Spirit of the Living God”

we had our 1st Reading by Wendy

1 Samuel Chapter 16 verse 7.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Paul gave us the first part of his message which was looking at Image, and why we can sometimes put so much effort into trying to achieve an image or a dream lifestyle promoted by advertising and society magazines .

As it says in the reading, the Lord looks at the heart , and Paul Quoted from Philippians

Philippians 3:7-8 New International Version (NIV)

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.

We should be choosing wisely in our lives , and making sure not to exclude God .

The next congregational song was

Hymn No 3 SASB 825 – “A Wonderful Saviour is Jesus My Lord”, which Paul said was a very special song for him ( we await the story behind that comment !)

 

The Songsters  contribution ( with grateful support from the reserves ) was ” I will worship you my Lord ”

Offering

2nd Reading

Matthew Chapter 11 verses 28 – 30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Message Part 2

Paul talked about the pressures ( Burdens) we face in the modern world , and the fact that people have always faced pressures ,( Jesus had to live under Roman Rule for instance ) ,  and we should try to keep our feet on the ground ,and not get caught up with the concept  of “we can have it all & We can have it now ” .

This leads many to financial difficulties . Paul referred back to the reading

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

and quoted

“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water

Paul went on to say we often put many things before our love of God , stored up in our own Cisterns , and you can spend a lifetime indulging yourself, but nothing will ever fill the God shaped hole that is inside all of us , except God

Quote from Ecclesiastes  2 verse 10 & 11

10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
    I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my labor,
    and this was the reward for all my toil.
11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
    and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
    nothing was gained under the sun.

Paul concluded by saying we need to keep God in our everyday life

 

Hymn No 4 SASB 373 – “Jesus Be the Centre”

 

Hymn No 5 SASB 376 – “King of Kings”

We Prayed for Jess Scott ( pictured with her Father Tim ) as she leaves the UK ,  bound for life in Norway as a translator

 


Thank you to all those that helped make worship possible today , our Pianist for the meeting was Carolynn Woodman , the Band was led by Ray Maycock.

Joan West has asked if anyone can cover her work organising the Newspapers during the last week in August . If you can help please speak to Joan

 

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Sunday Meeting 5th August 2018

This Sunday our morning meeting will be led by Paul & Wendy Scoulding .

 

( no afternoon meetings during the Summer Holidays)

 

 

Please join us for worship at 10 am

 if needed,our location  is below

 

Chatham

 

 

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If you need further directions  click here

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Monday Spot 30th July 2018

Our Meeting on Sunday was led by  Major Ian F Payne 


                                           ‘FREEDOM’
What does it look like?

 

 

‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery’.
Galatians 5:1

  

Bible Reading:           Isaiah 61:1

 

Song          25              God’s Love to me

Tune          130            God’s Love to me       (BAND)                 

 

SASB        237            All Heaven Declares

Tune        541            All Heaven Declares  (PIANO)

 

Prayer time:

 

Singing Company              

 

 

 

Recognition of Adherents Helen Page & Kevin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Followed by a prayers for Helen & Kevin by Tim Scott

 

945            Whosoever hearth

Tune          935            “                                  (BAND)

 

Songsters, led this morning by Kate Boughton

 

Bible reading              2 Corinthians 3:12-18  

 

Song         601            Lord I come to you

Tune          868            Power of your love     (PIANO)

 

Message from the Word     Freedom –  what does it look like?

Here I am pleased to include the report from Rosemary Steadman-Allen, who covered for me in my absence this weekend ………………….

Good meeting this morning!

 

This morning we had the opportunity to reflect on the freedom we have because of Jesus. The hall was full despite many being away and heavy rain, which made a change from the heatwave during the week! Introducing the theme, Major Ian reminded us of the freedom of the borough parade marking the recognition given to the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment earlier in the month. The regiment were only permitted to march with sharpened swords in wartime, as they needed to be ready for battle, with a clear analogy to the spiritual warfare we are engaged in. Encouragingly, two new adherents were enrolled; Helen, who was previously in the YP and singing company, and Kevin; who in his testimony shared his journey, including street homelessness and a firm faith in Jesus.

 

Each aspect of the meeting linked with the wonderful freedom we have in Christ.  The singing company sang that no matter what happens ‘we have Jesus’; and the songsters  ‘Jesus will still be there’. The focus was on understanding that only God can free us from things that trap us, including our past experiences, attitudes, and cultural pressures.  The YP spot emphasised this visually as three kids and Ryan Cripps had their hands tied (safeguarding issues checked!) with varying strengths of tie, and then asked to free themselves…sometimes no matter how much we try we can’t do this and need someone else (Jesus) to release us from those things that keep us off target of what God wants of us. John 8:36 if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed; and Galatians 5:!: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke  of slavery.

 

With this challenging theme, a number of people felt moved to kneel and pray at the mercy seat; a place in the Salvation Army where we can ‘do business with God; a place of God’s grace’.

God’s love to me is wonderful!

My very steps are planned;

When mists of doubt encompass me,

I hold my father’s hand.

His love has banished every fear,

In freedom I rejoice,

And with my quickened ears I hear

The music of his voice. (Sidney Cox)

 

The corps was pleased to recognise Pat Phillips’ birthday (she had provided beautiful flowers), and prayed for those who do not experience freedom; as well as for our own young people at summer camp and Territorial music schools.

Rosemary

…………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

Major Ian Payne speaking on 2 Corinthians 3:17
Four people went forward to the Mercy Seat. Praise the Lord ! ( Major Estelle)
 Time for reflection              

Song         571            As the Deer

Tune          559            As the Deer                (PIANO)

 

Song         843            I Know not why

Tune          80              I Know whom I have believed

 

My Thanks to Major Estelle Clack for todays Photographs & to Rosemary Steadman-Allen for the report of the meeting

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Sunday Meetings 29th July

This Sunday our meeting at 10 am will be led by Major Ian Payne

The theme is ..

                                            ‘FREEDOM’
What does it look like?
 

‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery’.
Galatians 5:1

Please join us for worship

our location if needed is below

 

Chatham

 

 

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If you need further directions  click here

 

I include a copy of the Corps Newsletter below

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

This morning I am delighted to be back at the helm, thanks to Major Judith for her challenging and directive meetings on the 23rd Psalm, I know that many of you were helped and encourage by her words.

Also it was a joy to have  Lt Cols Drew & Bev McCombe (THQ) ‘back home’ with us last week leading the Dedications  of Jessie Rose Dean and  Ruben Frederick Dean.

This morning I am looking at freedom, particularly the verse from Galatians  (5:1)
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery’

 

We think and remember our young people that are attending Divisional Summer School this week and the up and coming Kids Camp in August, which Judith and I will be attending.

This week Judith and I commence our Furlough and I thank those in advanced who will be leading worship – if you are going away have a great relaxed time. To remind you that there is no Evening Service now until the 9th September

God bless you all.

Ian F Payne

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

 

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.

 

FLOWERSWe are grateful to Patricia Phillips 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.

Corps Informnation

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 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

Saturday 6th October – ‘Chatham Got Talent’ do you have a hidden talent? We are planning an evening of Celebration and Fun, this is for all ages and all talents. Please give your name & talent to Nigel (Day), the more the merrier! I am sure we will find some new skills/talents emerging and have a great evening of celebration.

Closing date for entries Monday 10th September.

 

Sunday 14th October is our Young Peoples Annual and the morning meeting will be led by our Young People and Leaders.

 

SUNDAY 30th September
Welcome & installation of the UKT Territorial Commander,

Commissioner Anthony Cotterill and Commissioner Gillian Cotterill
5pm at the Regent Hall   Oxford Street.

There will be no evening meeting at Chatham that Sunday Evening

A coach will be provided, leaving Chatham Citadel

for Regent Hall at approx 2pm to and returning,

arriving back to Chatham approx 8:30pm.

If you wish to reserve a seat please

put your name on the list on the notice board

There will be no cost we will only be asking for a voluntary

Donation towards the £600 hire of the coach (cira £5)

 

This Week

MONDAY
10am – 2pm   One2One Employment Plus
10:30 – 1:00     Medway Foodbank

 

WEDNESDAY
1:30pm             Cameo

6:30pm             Roma Church – Armáda Spásy

 

FRIDAY
10:30 – 1:00     Medway Foodbank

 

SUNDAY (5th August)

10am              Paul & Wendy Scoulding

 

Sunday 12th August

10am              RS’ Nigel & Margaret Day


No Evening meeting until Sunday 9th September

 

 

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Monday Spot 23rd July 2018 Pt 2

For our evening meeting this week at 4pm a BBQ fellowship at the Quarters was held , this was well attended and a great time was had by all

 

Thank you to Majors Ian & Judith for the Hospitality.. the unburnt BBQ food ( something I never manage ), and the ELO soundtrack .

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Monday Spot 23 July 2018 pt 1`

This morning we welcomed Lt Cols Drew & Bev McCombe (THQ) who led our worship which included the Dedications  of Jessie Rose Dean and  Ruben Frederick Dean, Drew & Bev were the Corps officers at Chatham between 2004  & 2011.

 

The Theme of the meeting was  ” One Life to Live ” and the order of service is copied below

Song          39              Joyful, Joyful       (B)             TB 367

Lt Col Beverley spoke about how we would all love to experience life in all its fullness, we need only to meet with Jesus to experience it

Song          147            Lord Jesus Christ (P)            TB 734

Prayers:    by     Lt Col Beverley               ‘Fear not I am with you’

Song          82              Jesus, name above all names (P)  TB714

The Singing Company    gave us the song “I’m in his hands”

Song          3                All things bright and beautiful (B)        TB 550 was sung in the lead up to the Dedication of  Jessie Rose Dean , Daughter of Ben & Lucy   &  Ruben Frederick Dean , Son of  Matt & Emily.

 

 

 

Sung prayer                 One life to live    by          Martin & Emma Davis

Bible Reading              Phil 3: 4b-14

The songsters   led by Emma Davis , gave us the song Gift of Grace ( Howard Davies/John Martin)

The Message was given by Lt Col  Drew , who asked the congregation  what we wished for /prayed for and aspire to in the future lives of Jessie & Ruben..answers that came from the congregation included experiencing love,fulfilment, hope ,happiness to be able to experience life.

Drew went on to say that as we only have “one life to Live” we should think about the idea that you can’t say no to things in life until you have said yes to something. Life is a sacred holy gift from God, which we all have received. What are you doing with yours ?

Why is being crazy busy the normal state of  life often, running from one thing to the next , not really ever present in all the things you do. If we make a choice to say yes to doing  a few thing , it can give you strength to say no to doing other things . We need to know what to Say Yes to, those things to which we can give of our best & not expend all our energy following others  peoples”best” works.

Drew quoted an ex French football player Didier Drogba, recently interviewed, who now sees his work with disabled children as his Mission, he has found his “best thing”

You can’t do everything, you need to identify your “Best thing”. Set some limits in your life, don’t do things out of guilt  or for your ego, do things that God wants you to do. We should not just keep going through the motions , some thing have a necessary ending and this allows us to do new things . Changes like this will take courage but if you look at your week ahead of you , are these things your involved with your “best” things ?

Lt Col Beverly closed this part of the meeting saying she hoped we have the courage to say YES to life, can we ( along with family & friends ) discern the few things to which we are called to do

Song          565            All I once held dear (P)                  TB 725

 

SOF           1498          Over all the earth (B)            SOF 1498

 

The Pianist today was Lisa Davis and my Camera crew were Mike Gibbs & Lauren Officer

 

Following the meeting the Band  continued their ongoing ministry in the High st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 4pm a BBQ fellowship at   the Quarters was held, and a great time was had by all Photograph can be seen in part two..as I have exceeded the limit of upload size now

 

 

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Sunday Meeting 22nd July 2018

This Sunday we only have a morning meeting at 10 am , No Evening meetings until Sunday 9th September .

I have copied our Newsletter below  for information

 

please join us for morning Worship

our location if needed is below

 

Chatham

 

 

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If you need further directions  click here

 

NEWSLETTER

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 Lt Cols Drew & Bev McCombe (THQ) who will lead our worship and include the Dedications  of Jessie Rose Dean and  Ruben Frederick Dean, we give thanks for these young lives  and pray blessing on them and their families;  In Matthew it says ‘People brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them’ this morning, we are going to do just that!

This afternoon there is no meeting but From 4pm a BBQ fellowship at the Quarters all are welcome – Bring your own meat, all other items will be provided

Many schools finish this week and holiday season is upon us, if you are going away have a great relaxed time. Judith and I look forward to supporting the Division at the Kids Camp at Vinehall in August, a time we enjoy. Whatever or wherever you are – enjoy and keep Jesus close by!

God bless you all.

 

Ian F Payne

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

 

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.

 

 

As the school term ends many of our young people will be going to Summer Camps and Music Schools. Pray that God will touch their hearts at these special times of sharing.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

FLOWERSWe are grateful to Peter and Dawn Smith 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

Corps Informnation

THANK YOU to the YPSM, Tracy and her team for all their hard work in taking the young people to Rippledown for the weekend (6-8th) – I must apologise, as I did not make reference to it in the meeting last week – I went down on the Saturday to be met by our young people thoroughly enjoying themselves – We are blessed in our Corps to have such leadership, care and teaching for our young people – Big Shout Out to our Young people and leaders – You are awesome!Ian F

Monday 23rd July – 7:30pm Volunteers involved in the Life Project will meeting in the Bradbury Room – would you consider volunteering? Come along.

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’

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.

Saturday 6th October – ‘Chatham Got Talent’ do you have a hidden talent? We are planning an evening of Celebration and Fun, this is for all ages and all talents. Please give your name & talent to Nigel (Day), the more the merrier! I am sure we will find some new skills/talents emerging and have a great evening of celebration.

Closing date for entries Monday 10th September.

Sunday 14th October is our Young Peoples Annual and the morning meeting will be led by our Young People and Leaders.

This Week

MONDAY
10am – 2pm    Community Café
10am – 2pm   One2One Employment Plus
10:30 – 1:00     Medway Foodbank

 

TUESDAY
7:00pm           Life Project

 

WEDNESDAY
1:30pm             Cameo

6:30pm            Roma Church – Armáda Spásy
8pm                  Bible Study – ‘Heaven’ with Major Ian

 

FRIDAY
10:30 – 1:00    Medway Foodbank

12 – 12.30        Prayer Fellowship

 

SUNDAY (29th July)

10am               Freedom – Major Ian F Payne
No Evening meeting until Sunday 9th September

 

 

SUNDAY 30th September
Welcome & installation of the UKT Territorial Commander,

Commissioner Anthony Cotterill and Commissioner Gillian Cotterill
5pm at the Regent Hall   Oxford Street.

There will be no evening meeting at Chatham that Sunday Evening

A coach will be provided, leaving Chatham Citadel

for Regent Hall at approx 2pm to and returning,

arriving back to Chatham approx 8:30pm.

If you wish to reserve a seat please let Major Ian know ASAP.

There will be no cost as we will be asking for a voluntary

Donation towards the £600 hire of the coach (cira £5)

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Parent & Toddler groups’ – End of year Celebrations

 

Below is an account of the Parent and Toddler groups’ end-of-year celebrations sent in by Sue Willard

 

Our parent and toddler groups (mainly music and Mummy and Me) have just celebrated the end of another fun-filled year. Last week, writes Sue Willard, we held sports- themed sessions, with races such as jumping sacks, egg and spoon, obstacle race and tunnel ball. It was a bit chaotic at times – as events with toddlers can be – but that’s all part of the fun!! We also enjoyed icecreams, which the children had decorated with sprinkles.

This week, as has been the tradition over the past few years, we held our final meetings for both groups at the Strand playpark. These were well supported. The children enjoyed playing in the sandpit and on the climbing equipment, while some ventured into the paddling pool or had a ride on the little train. Some brought daddies and grandparents with them and stayed for a picnic. We said our goodbyes to several children: Zac and Chloe who are off to school, and Kenzie who starts preschool. These children received certificates of attendance and books of Bible stories. We won’t be saying goodbye to their families, though, as they will still be attending with younger siblings!

 

Thanks,

 

Sue.

 

 

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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

 s

 

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

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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

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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

PRAYER REQUESTS

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
    forever

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.

our location if needed is below

 

Chatham

 

 

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