Our Sunday morning meeting was led by the Youth , as it was our Young Peoples Annual. All of our YP groups & Scouting sections were involved.
Following the reading of the notices by potential Corps Sergeant Major Isaac Woodman Tracy Wood YPSM introduced the first song of the morning – ” I found a pearl of great price”, during the singing the Scout sections marched in the Flags
A prayer was offered by Isabella Woodman , following which the Singing Company sang ” the Great Escape”
Vanessa Cripps then called for the children on the Cradle Roll & the Primary class to come forward for their prizes, seen here with Claire Christy & Rae Edwards
Our YP Band played their 1st tune , which was the March – ” Rise & Shine ”
Tracey called for volunteers from the YP sections , to try an experiment with her . The idea was to pick up small blocks only using one finger, and put them into a bucket .
but it took the Major & Indy , working together to achieve success.
The prize giving for KAOS was next , and Fiona Burdett presented the prizes
Chantelle came next to give us her favourite Bible story – Noah , and her favourite animal in the story was the Lion
We then had the Beavers & Cubs come forward their prizes, with Major Ian asking about the various achievement badges on display
our next congregational song was ” It’s as high as the sky”
The Singing company returned to the Platform to give us ” Don’t you know it’s time to praise the Lord “and after their song , one of the Singing company members , Beth Boughton, came forward to tell us about her experiences helping at the Life Project on a Tuesday evening ( A meal and fellowship with 40 -50 predominantly homeless people in our community), and she called for other members of the youth sections to consider if they could offer to help. Beth mainly helps in the Kitchen , but is a willing helper wherever she is needed.
The YP Band returned to play ” Be Still”
collecting his final YP prize, who gave us a report on The Matumaini School in Tanzania , which was visited by the Tweenagers last year. Ethan explained that the Tweenagers have a desire to maintain the fundraising efforts , with a view to helping to cover the ongoing cost of milk powder , a basic ,but essential foodstuff at the school.
The Explorer Scouts were next to collect their prizes , and Major Ian was impressed with the various achievement badges the Scouts had , seen here looking at those displayed by Elsa Burdett
Elsa Burdett & Lauren Buchan both received badges from Lauren Officer during the meeting Elsa received her 11 year badge and also a first aid badge . Laura received her 10 year badge, a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award and the Chief Scout Platinum award ( Wow) ..Not only that , but Laura then proceeded to tell us that she is one of only 5 Scouts in Medway who have been selected to go to a World Jamboree in the USA
Katelyn Smith sang a Solo for us , ” nothing but thy blood”
Sam was joined by his Mother & Father , and by both of his Grandfathers.
During the Afternoon The Band were playing at the Rochester Castle Gardens Christmas Market .
Here are some pictures from the first section of the Band
The second section of the Band
The Event was well attended , despite the cold weather, and those of the Corps that were Collecting & Connecting had some good conversations with people listening to the music.
Our Evening meeting was a ” Youth Songs of Praise” . Major Ian had asked the younger members of the Corps to choose some of their favourite songs.
Following our first song ” Come, now is the time to Worship” we then sang the first song chosen by the youth , which was -” Father Abraham” , Sam & Isaac explained the reason was that it was energetic .
The choice of songs wasn’t just limited to the Young, as Major Ian asked the rest of us to call out some of the choruses sung in earlier generations, and we sang those as well . It was explained to the Youth ( and some of the older people present) that choruses like ” I will make you fishers of men ” & ” Root them out” were sung to help people learn the Bible stories ..
Major Ian read from the Bible
Mark 10:13-16 New International Version (NIV)
The Little Children and Jesus
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
We concluded the meeting with a video presentation chosen by Beth Boughton ” Hosanna ,Praise is Rising “.
Thank you to all who helped us worship today