Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal 2018
Our morning meeting today was a special one, led by Junior Soldier Sergeant Sam Wood.
This meeting was the time for all our Junior Soldiers to renew their promises. The Theme was ” Who are you Listening to? ” and began with an example of how we can get distracted listening to advice from too many sources
The first song of the morning was ” Blessed be the name of the Lord ” introduced by Hannah
We had an opening Prayer by Sam Boughton. and the announcements were given by Mia
The congregation was involved in a game of Chinese whispers to help show how important it is to listen, and this was followed by the worship song ” I am listening to God”.
The Singing company , led by Emma Davis, gave us ” The Fathers Song”
introduced by Sian Sutton
The Junior soldier Bronze award was presented by Major Ian to Robert Christie
This was followed by a Testimony from Isaac Woodman , which is an element of a Junior Soldiers Platinum award
The next item was the Song ” Oceans” given to us by the Junior Soldiers youth group
The Bible reading was delivered by Marin Castle , and he read John 10 v1-10 .
The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 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.
We had a game of follow my leader next , where initially Isaac Woodman declared himself the leader of a Game ( Simon Say’s) but others kept butting in ! creating havoc & confusion
The YP Band contribution was introduced by Chantelle
and the tune was ” Joyful Peace ”
The next item we had was the Song ” Sanctuary” introduced by Robert Christie ,
and following this Sam Wood delivered her message for the morning . Sam spoke about the need to find a quiet place to listen to God , because it is difficult hear him among the noise of all the distractions around us , and its sometimes hard to work out who to follow.
Sam referred back to Martins Bible reading of John 10 1-10 earlier, saying we need to listen intentionally, and asking us how we hear from God, and are we finding the time ?.
The Junior Soldiers then recited their Promise ( in fact we were all invited to do this as well)
‘I know that Jesus is my Saviour from sin.
I have asked him to forgive my sins, and I will trust him to keep me good.
By his help, I will be his loving and obedient child, and will help others to follow him.
I promise to pray, to read my Bible, and to lead a life that is clean in thought, word and deed.
I will not use anything that may injure my body or my mind, including harmful drugs, alcohol and tobacco.’
The congregation were asked to pick up a named label from the stand , and promise to pray for the that child for a year.
during this time the Junior Soldiers met with their ” Big Buds” and had a time of prayer
The Closing Song was ” Lord I lift your name on High ” and this was introduced by Grace.
Very well done to Sam & her team, to all the Junior Soldiers, and all those that support them
The report for the 4 pm meeting , which was led by the Band will follow tomorrow