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Sunday meetings 27th May 2018

‘What do you see?’

led by Major Ian F Payne

Meetings are at 10.00 am and 6 pm

Join us if you can , here’s how to find us:

Chatham

 

 

 

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This week it was announced  that the 21st General of the Salvation Army will be General Brian Peddle.

 

We pray God’s blessing on him and his wife, Rosalie, as they undertake the important leadership of our International Salvation Army

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Celebrating 50 Years of Officership

                        Celebrating  50 Years of Officership

“Today 25th May, 1968, fifty (50) years ago Peter and I were commissioned as Salvation Army Officers in the Royal Albert Hall!!!   We were of the Messengers of the Faith Session! ”

Peter & Estelle received their commission from General Frederick Coutts

 

Peter and Estelle Clack

 

Our Congratulations to you both

 

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Monday Spot 21st May 2018

                                              PENTECOST

Our Pentecost meeting this morning began with the Congregation singing

Song 318/642     Come Holy Spirit, accompanied by the Band and Song 91/209     Of all in earth , accompanied by Carole on the Piano . A  time of Prayer followed when Prayers were said for our Youth by Lisa Davis & Nigel Day prayed for the Salvation Army High Councils

The Singing Company gave us “Jesus what a beautiful name”.

Major Ian had 4 commissions to present

 Elsa Burdett – Received her Band commission

Lesley Bell received her Songster commission

Barry Robinson Received his Band Librarian commission

Lisa Davis Receiving a Youth Leaders commission

The Congregation sang Song 329/854   “Who is it tells me what to do” accompanied by the Band

 

A Testimony was brought to us from CSM Tim Scott , who remembering some advice from Major Ian years ago, when both were at Bromley Corps, which was to give testimony not a sermon, Tim gave a very personal one. Tim has been our CSM since 2007 and recognising  in himself someone who is essentially traditional and possibly old fashioned in some ways, but is someone   who is willing to take on new ideas  and follow Gods plan . Tim said if Gods plan was for him to continue as CSM, that was fine , but he did not want to be complacent, and felt that if a change was part of Gods plan that was fine and moving forwards was always the best plan.

 

Bible Reading                    Acts 2:1-24

The Songsters   gave us             ‘Breathe on me’

The Message  was delivered by Major Ian  , and was entitled –         ‘They were all together..!’

Celebrating Pentecost, the birth of the Church, Major Ian focused on the earlier Bible reading, commenting on the fact that the Holy Spirit is for “all” and the Church is not currently   “all together”. We were encouraged to recommit ourselves to God , our Corps & our town .Major Ian said we should have confidence in God through the Power of the Holy spirit, and together we could make a significant difference .

The congregation sang Song 294/159     Breathe on me, breath of God, accompanied by the Piano, and many of the congregation prayed at the Mercy seat

 

 

our final Song 326/294  ” Thou Christ of burning, cleansing Flame” was accompanied by the Band

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Our afternoon meeting was at 4pm and was the next in a series of Music nights, and our Special Guest was Kevin Ashman

Our Band gave us the introductory piece     ‘Thank You’ followed by   SA Song 413/752 “Come to the Saviour” accompanied by the Band

Kevin Ashman was introduced by Major Ian and the 1st item he played was a Cornet solo             ‘’Tucker” which in part goes with the words to “Send the Fire”.

The Singing Company gave us the Song     ‘A melody of love’

Singing Company led by Emma Davis

apologies for the odd photo angle.

Following on from the Singing company Kevin  gave us the Cornet Solo from   ‘Haydn trumpet concerto Movements 2 & 3’             Kevin was accompanied by Carole Horwood on the Piano

following the Offering we had a Cornet Duet   ‘Happy Warriors’       bought to us by    Kevin Ashman & Isaac Woodman

Kevin Ashman & Isaac Woodman

 

The Songsters contribution was    ‘I will sing your praises’ after which we heard from our YP Band , who gave us the tune      ‘Romford Young People’ which includes in part the tune “We want to see Jesus Lifted high ”

 

We then had a Devotional period led by Major Ian with Kevin

To include Cornet solo ‘Share my yoke’ by Joy Webb

Major Ian referred to  two Bible passages

Matthew 11 v 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. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

and

Galations 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 closed the meeting with the singing of Song 679 -“Be strong in the grace of the Lord” and thanks were given to Kevin Ashman for his ministry and special thanks were given to Carole Horwood for her Piano Accompaniment

 

 

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Sunday meetings 20th May 2018

Our meetings this Sunday are at 10 am  & 4 pm

 

The morning Pentecost meeting will be led by Major Ian Payne

and the Afternoon  4pm meeting is the next in our series of Sunday night is Music night  , with special guest Kevin Ashman

 

Please join us  if you can

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Wednesday Bible study 23rd May 2018

Peter Willard invites you along to the Wednesday Bible study

 Peter Willard

 

“All are welcome to Bible Study on Wed at 8 PM. This week it is Ruth Chapters 1-4 and is entitled “A Happy Ending” it’s aim is: “To reflect on the lessons in the book of Ruth.”

 

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Sunday Night is Music Night 20th May 2018

The next in the series of musical evenings at Chatham will be on the 20th May when Kevin Ashman will be our guest and there will also be another ‘surprise’ participant. Come along and enjoy a good Salvation Army evening together.

 

 

Sunday night is music night

20th May 2018

Guest Soloist:

Kevin Ashman

(cornet)

 

Kevin was brought up in The Salvation Army in Edmonton (North London) and had his earliest cornet lessons from his father. Further studies eventually took him to Trinity College of Music in London where he not only gained LTCL and FTCL diplomas but also won several college prizes. He was, for many years, a member of The Salvation Army’s International Staff Band, initially on soprano cornet and later as principal cornet. Kevin is a member of Maidstone Salvation Army corps, where he plays in the band and sings in the songsters, but is also busily involved in a number of community musical activities in Kent performing, conducting and adjudicating!

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Monday Spot 14th May 2018

INSTALLATION OF OUR NEW COMMANDING OFFICER, MAJOR IAN PAYNE

Our  Morning Meeting at 10.00 am was led  by Divisional Commander,Major Mark Herbert

WELCOME TO MAJOR IAN PAYNE

Announcements by CSM Tim Scott

Song 97/479 Band             Ye servants of God

 

United Reading                  King of Kings

Song 376/722 Band           King of Kings, majesty

 

Prayer   was offered by   Major Karen Smith

We had a joint Message from the Singing Company and Songsters

Who gave us the song “Welcome to the Family”, a song by Debby Kerner,  with the Solo by Erin Burdett

 

Song 358/162 Piano          Crown him with many crowns

 

Words of Welcome from Major Mark Herbert to our new commanding officer

The 2nd offering from  the Songsters  was  the song”Christ is all”

Bible Reading                    1 Peter 5: v 2-11 (The Voice)

Installation Ceremony

Song 629/895 Piano           Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace

The singing company , conducted by Floss, sang ” Teach me”

The Message  was delivered by Major Ian F Payne

Song 64/664 Piano            The Splendour of the King  (Piano)

Song 49/488  Band            O Lord my God

Majors Mark & Linda Herbert with Majors Judith & Ian  Payne.

The website is indebted to Nigel Day, for taking these photographs in my absence this weekend.

 

The Evening meeting took the form of a general question and answer session led by Major Ian, I understand that the Congregation could ask Ian a question, as long as Ian could ask a question in return..a good way to get to know each other I think . I have no further details of the evening meeting  at present, should I receive any I will update you

Sunday, 20th May Meetings will be at

10.00 am and 4pm including

Sunday Night is Music Night

Special guest – Kevin Ashman

 

 

 

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Sunday Meetings 13th May 2018

Our Sunday morning meeting at 10 am will include the installation of our new Commanding Officer Major Ian Payne

 

 

It will be led by Divisional Commander,

Major Mark Herbert

 

 

Our 6.00 pm Meeting will be led Major Ian Payne

 

Next Sunday, 20th May , Our Meetings will be at

10.00 am and 4pm including

Sunday Night is Music Night

Special guest – Kevin Ashman

Join us if you can , here’s how to find us:

Chatham

 

 

 

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Wednesday Bible Study

Peter Willard extends an invitation for you to come to Bible Study on Wednesday

 

“All are welcome to Bible Study on Wed at 8.00. This week it is Ruth Chapter 4: 11-22 and is entitled “Family Heritage” it’s aim is: “To examine the spiritual heritage we’ve received and are passing on to the next generation.”

 

 

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Monday Spot 7th May 2018

Sunday May 6th Morning meeting

Our morning meeting at Chatham on the 6th May  at 10 am was led by our own Chatham Citadel Band under the leadership of Nigel Lockwood

We began with the Band providing some ” pre-music”  –       Turn your eyes upon Jesus , by  Howard Davies

Followed by the CSM Tim Scott, bringing us the Welcome and announcements.

The Congregation were invited to sing SA Song 917/198    Christ for the world, we sing – accompanied by the Band.

The Band then gave us the tune –    In deeper consecration  , by    Kenneth Smith..words can be found in SA songbook 712.

 

Chris Boughton then delivered a very moving Prayer, which was followed by our Singing Companies contribution entitled ” simply Trusting”

The congregation sang  SA Song 72/315  “you can’t stop God from loving you”  introduced by Sharon Smith & accompanied by Carole Horwood on the Piano

The Bible reading Romans 8:31-39 was given to us by Charlie Gouyet and this was followed by the Songsters who sang  ” Worthy” by Emma Pears.

Adrian Horwood  gave us a Euphonium Solo –     He Giveth More Grace    , by  Ray Steadman-Allen .  We were asked to particularly think on the words of the last verse

“His love has no limits, his grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of his infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again. ”

 

The Address was delivered by Greg Davis, and he focused on the last verse of the earlier Bible reading Romans 8:31-39

39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD.

Greg commented that “we cannot” be separated from God, but their can be times when we may feel separated due to our actions. Greg put these times into 3 categories

  1. If we are lost in our sin, for example we have hatred or anger in our heart
  2. We allow ourselves to believe we know all we need to about the Bible , we have heard it all before & been to lots of sermons. We go about our lives in our own way , with just a head knowledge of God rather than the deeper relationship
  3. Our Environment could cause separation, if we get immersed in our environment , rushing around , perhaps getting bad influences from others, that could lead us to feeling separated from God .                   Greg invited us take a couple of Minutes to bring ourselves into Gods presence, to re-connect and stop doing things in our own strength.                                                                                                                                                  The Band then played  ” At thy feet I bow adoring”, by Leonard Rowlands the words to which I put below                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At thy feet I bow adoring,
    Bending lower, lower still;
    Giving up my all to follow,
    Just to do my Master’s will;
    Giving up my all to follow,
    Just to do my Master’s will.

Our final song was SA Song 12/212   Eternal God, unchanging

followed by Benediction 1041 This, this is the God we adore

 

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Wednesday Bible Study 9th May

Peter Willard extends an invite to Wednesday Bible Study

 Peter Willard

“All are welcome to Bible Study on Wed at 8.00. This week it is Ruth Chapter 4: 1-10 and is entitled “Difficult Decisions” It’s aim is: “To live by godly values so that we make wise decisions.”

 

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Sunday Meeting 6th May 2018

 

Our only meeting at Chatham on the 6th May  at 10 am will be led by our own Chatham Citadel Band under the leadership of Nigel Lockwood

Please remember we have no evening meeting this week !

Next weeks meeting will include the installation of Major Ian Payne as our new Commanding Officer

 

 

Join us if you can , here’s how to find us:

Chatham

 

 

 

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Monday Spot 30th April 2018

Morning Meeting 29th April 2018

Theme –  ‘I wanna be like you!’

 

This morning’s meeting was lead by the YOUFF (Youthful Outgoing Understanding Faith-Filled Followers). The congregations affirmed their desire to worship the Lord as the Worship Group led the opening song, ‘Lord you are good’.

 

A time of prayer followed after singing the chorus ‘To be like Jesus    ‘ and was led by Floss Scott & Rebecca Abbott.

 

Assistant CYS Louise Robinson used the Disney song ‘I wanna be like you’ to introduce the theme of the meeting. She spoke of how social media, reality TV and ‘celebrities’ all show an image of how we should look and behave yet, as Christians, there is only one person that we should be striving to be like – Jesus.

 

This linked with the next song, ‘Made in the likeness of God’, and then the Singing Company brought the beautiful song ‘There is none like You’ which featured Floss Scott & Beth Boughton.

 

Dean Bland introduced the YP Story, however the star of the show was Chris Boughton who ‘volunteered’ to follow a YouTube make-up tutorial video created by Erin Burdett and Laura Davis. He tried valiantly to keep up     with the instructions Erin gave but, despite his best efforts, did not really look like Erin at the end of the process! Dean reminded us that the bible tells us that we are made in God’s image. That is amazing and we could never improve on that! God also tells us not to copy the ways of the world, only he can transform you into a new person and he will change you from the inside out.

The only person we should ever be trying to be like is Jesus – and you don’t need a make-up tutorial for that!

 

The YP Band played a sensitive rendition of ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’ which was followed by the first Bible reading

Genesis 1: 26-28 that was read by Beckie Wilkinson.

 

A more traditional song followed, ‘O to be like Thee’, which spoke very clearly about the theme of the meeting.

A second Bible reading, Romans 12: 1 – 11, read by Gaby preceded the Songsters who used the song ‘I’ll Follow Thee’.

 

The Message was brought by two of our Sixth Form students, Laura Davis & Beth Boughton. Being unused to delivering a sermon, they decided to approach it as if they were writing an A-level essay. They took the question: ‘how, as Christians, do we aspire to be like Jesus? Explore ways in which one may be unsuccessful. They went on to provide evidence from literature (the Bible); examine language (focusing on the literary technique of metaphoric phrasing) and application to real life situations.

In Romans 12: 6 it says: ‘In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.’ Beth went on to explain that this quotation informs us of many things we can and should do when aspiring to be like Jesus. However, it isn’t always that simple. For example, when we have things to say but are too shy to speak, or when we have things to teach but no one listens.

Laura explained the difference between a simile and a metaphor before going on to say that acting as if you are someone else does not make you them. You are only a duplicate or a replica. Fortunately, Jesus doesn’t want us to be him, nor does he want us to be perfect. He simply wants us to share his word in our day-to-day lives. If he wanted perfection, we would all have the same personality, the same appearance and the same life. If we all tried to be like other people, we wouldn’t be fulfilling how God intended us to be. After all, God created us in his own image. It is therefore our role and duty to be ourselves and live our day-to-day lives, to make sure we are sharing God’s word through our individual and unique ways.

As we try to apply this to our lives we must remember to but our faith in God, not in the things of the world: ‘how many of you follow a football team? I’m sure you ’re often very disappointed in the way the team performs and feel that they’ve let their supporters down. How often have you, or one of your children, bought an amazing gadget that you saw advertised, only to discover that it doesn’t work or breaks in 5 minutes?

In conclusion, there is only one person who we can put our trust in and follow, as he will never let us down. He provided the perfect pattern for our behaviour and we are invited today to say… Lord I wanna be like you.

 

A time of response followed with a video accompanying the song ‘Be like Jesus’ by Fourhymn.

 

The final song: ‘Teach me to dance’ invited us to follow Christ’s instruction in the leading of our lives.

 

Lauren Officer and Sophie Elliott then concluded the meeting with a benediction.

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Thank You to Lisa Davis for providing the report on the mornings meeting

 

 

EVENING MEETING

LED BY MAJOR KAREN SMITH

 

Theme – Spurring on!

Before the start of the meeting the Band played ‘All in the April Evening’ and during the meeting its piece was ‘Prelude on Lavenham’.

The Songster message was ‘On the Rock’.

Louise Robinson’s sung testimony was entitled ‘Amazing God’.

The item about Junior Soldiers Camp involved Sam Boughton, Katelyn Smith and Isaac Woodman who were all questioned by Major Karen about their favourite aspects of the week and responded very well.

Testimony time was well supported with several people speaking words of encouragement from their own experience.

Major Karen did not preach a sermon but instead each member of the congregation without exception was given a print out of the scripture used (Hebrews 10:19-25).

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

Following the Band’s message the congregation was asked to split into groups of about three people to each group and were asked to identify and discuss for about 7 minutes words which stood out for them and were words which would encourage others and ‘spur them on’. A very healthy input was made by everybody.

Thank you to Murray Smith for providing the report on the Evening Meeting

 

 

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Wednesday Bible Study 2nd May 2018

Peter Willard sends the following invitation

“All are welcome to Bible Study on Wed at 8.00. This week it is Ruth Chapter 3: 1–18 and is entitled “Family Loyalty” It’s aim is: “To investigate the role of kinsman-redeemer and reflect how Christ has been that to us.”

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Sunday Night is Music Night 20th May 2018

 

The next in the series of musical evenings at Chatham will be on the 20th May when Kevin Ashman will be our guest and there will also be another ‘surprise’ participant. Come along and enjoy a good Salvation Army evening together.

 

 

Sunday night is music night

20th May 2018

Guest Soloist:

Kevin Ashman

(cornet)

 

Kevin was brought up in The Salvation Army in Edmonton (North London) and had his earliest cornet lessons from his father. Further studies eventually took him to Trinity College of Music in London where he not only gained LTCL and FTCL diplomas but also won several college prizes. He was, for many years, a member of The Salvation Army’s International Staff Band, initially on soprano cornet and later as principal cornet. Kevin is a member of Maidstone Salvation Army corps, where he plays in the band and sings in the songsters, but is also busily involved in a number of community musical activities in Kent performing, conducting and adjudicating!

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