This Talent Night was a part of our 145th Corps Anniversary Celebrations in the presence of our Territorial Commander Commissioner Anthony Cotterill and Commissioner Gillian Cotterill with the Divisional Commanders, Majors Mark and Linda Herbert. The evening was a fun, fellowship evening commencing with tea and cake – and a mystery entertainer in the shape of Nigel Day who performed some card tricks at the table. Here are a few photos:
Following this we moved into our worship hall and commenced the evening with the singing of ‘To God be the Glory’ after the welcome and introduction by Major Ian F Payne.
Rod Tranah introduced his item by reading scripture relating to how God has chosen us and will carry on the good work in us. He then sang two songs to his own guitar accompaniment.
Envoy Tony McClure then entertained us with an hilarious monologue of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ comprising letters of thanks from the recipient of the presents to his ‘true love’. The ‘thanks’ turned to pleading not to send any more presents – all of which was very funny indeed.
We sang ‘Make the world with music ring’ – one of the old songs, before Laura Davis sang two songs she had written, to her own guitar accompaniment. The second song, she explained, had been written in memory of her grandad.
Sue Willard read her own poem which she had written for her mother entitled ‘God is in my garden’.
Charlie Gouyet and Major Ian then played the cornet duet ‘Happy Warriors’.
Commissioner Anthony then spoke and said how busy he and Gill had been over the past few weeks and that they were grateful to come back to Chatham which was ‘home’ to them. He said that it was the Corps where they had spent most time, from 2004 – 2012, in the whole of their ministry. He was looking forward to the Sunday meetings when we can honour those who have gone before us and the impact that had been made on the community and look to the future and the exciting times that lie ahead.
The final song was ‘I stand amazed in the presence’ before Commissioner Gill pronounced the blessing and benediction.