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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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Sunday meetings 21 October 2018

There will be one meeting this Sunday at 10.00 am led by Major Ian F Payne.   The afternoon 4 pm Cafe Church has been cancelled as so many people will be away.

  Major Ian 

Please come if you can.  You will be very welcome.  Here’s where we are.



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Advent Banners First Meeting

If you are interested in joining a Craft Fellowship planning to design and make banners, then come to the meeting tomorrow, 17 October, at 10.30 am in the Bradbury Hall, Salvation Army, Church Street, Chatham.


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Monday Spot 15 October 2018

Our present website editor, Kevin, is away in sunny Spain for a few weeks so we have some deputies reporting.  Yesterday’s morning meeting is covered by a new contributor, Gareth Pennington.  Here is his report:

The morning meeting was led by Major Judith Payne, in the absence of Major Ian who was attending a service at Westminster Abbey.

  Major Judith Payne

The band brought us into a sense of worship before the meeting with an arrangement based on the song “Whiter than the Snow”.

Major Judith brought us into a call to worship reading from Genesis 1: 26-27 and Psalm 8, highlighting that God created human beings in his image, in the image of God he created.

Our opening song was SA Song 381 “Made in the likeness of God” and with this, Major Judith was able to introduce her theme for the meeting, looking at how we can be more like Jesus.

The congregation were posed with three questions:

  1. How am I doing in terms of becoming more like Jesus?
  2. What aspects of Jesus are growing in my life?
  3. When can people see a reflection of glory in me?

This led us into a time of prayer, using General John Gowans’ chorus, SA Song book 328 “To be like Jesus” following which the Singing Company brought us a lively number entitled “He’s the best”.

  Singing Company


Scripture was taken from Matthew 28.

The Songsters sang “You are Loved” which helped us to remember that God loves us just as we are and nothing will ever change that.


SA Song 578 “Christ of Glory, Prince of Peace” was the congregational song before Major Judith’s message.

A disciple is someone who chooses to be with another person, to be like that person, an apprentice. They help you become a better person. As disciples, we are apprentices to Jesus, we listen to him and live our lives like him, but how often do we reflect on being disciples for Jesus? We are invited to work with God to be apprentices for Jesus. We are to be like everyone else, but also a little different.

We all have a different status in terms of our journey of discipleship. Some people are interested in what Jesus has to say; some individuals are followers but do not have a lot of commitment. Certain people are committed to serving and following him and some people have an intimate friendship with Jesus, through the things that he has shared with us.

God reminds us that whoever believes in him, will do his work, through great power. God cannot give us the power though, until he has given us his character, as he does not trust us with his power.

If we are not like Jesus to this world, nobody else can be. If we do not show to others the difference that Jesus makes in our lives, when will they ever get the chance to see it?

The chorus SA Song 313 “Fill me anew” gave time for reflection and reminded us that we should allow God to continue doing in our lives what he is already doing to make us more like followers of Jesus.

Our closing song was SA Song 850 “I then shall live as one who’s been forgotten”, to the tune of Finlandia.

The next part of this report is from Jean.

The second meeting of the day was led by Major Ian F Payne and was in the form of a Praise and Testimony evening.   The first song was SA Song 853 ‘I was sinking deep in sin’ with the Chorus ‘Love lifted me’.  This was followed by the Prayer Song SA Song 700 ‘For the joys and for the sorrows….For this I have Jesus’ and some voluntary prayers.   Bandmaster Nigel Lockwood in introducing the band item ‘My name is written there’ told how for many years he had played in the streets of London (in the Welsh Guards Band) on many royal occasions but he said that the music which meant most to him was the music with associated words.  He spoke of the time in a meeting in the Royal Albert Hall when the words ‘I know Thee who Thou art were sung and the line ‘I saw Thy footprints on my road where lately passed the Son of God’ became special.

The SA Song 883 ‘O happy, happy day’ was sung interspersed with testimonies from:  Ryan with a thank you to all those who supported the young people of the Corps;  Rex who is ‘Not weary yet’ and spoke of God’s amazing grace;  Mike Gibbs who urged us to ‘Rely on God’;  Charlie who explained how music brings life back into people with dementia and that we should be smiling Christian people; Greg who spoke how General John’s life’s theme was God’s love and every day we forget how much God loves us.  The greatest theological truth is ‘Jesus loves me this I know, For the Bible tells me so’.

The Songsters’ ministry was ‘I will worship you’.  Major Ian then read verses from 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 ‘ I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way – with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge – God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.’

The meeting concluded with the SA Song ‘Whosoever heareth’.  It was good to have this time of praise and testimony and be reminded of the amazing grace of God for the whosoever and of His faithfulness.

Thank you for logging on today.  We hope you feel uplifted and blessed.  Have a good week.

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Sunday meetings 14 October 2018

The Sunday morning meeting this week will be led by Major Judith Payne at 10.00 am with the theme ‘Am I reflecting the Glory of God?’

  Major Judith Payne

The second meeting of the day will be at 6.00 pm Praise and Testimony led by Major Ian Payne.

 Major Ian F Payne

Please come if you can.  You will be made most welcome.  Here’s where we are:



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