Our meetings this Sunday will be led by Major Ian Payne
10am ‘Standing as Salt & Light’
4pm Chatham Review – Soldiers Meeting
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth.
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Copied below is our Newsletter for this week
Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’.
I trust that your week has been well. I am still encouraged after the response that you gave last week as we shared our Commitment Sunday together, ‘Living Fruitfully as Disciples’. I trust there have been occasions where God has blessed your journey.
This morning we will focus on ‘Salt and Light’, Matthew 5, from part of the Sermon on the Mount given by Jesus. Where do you stand? What is salt and light? How does that fit into our daily living?
I believe it follows on seamlessly from last week and this morning it will give you further food for thought and encourage you in your walk with God.
This evening we will be having ‘Soldiers Meeting’ at 4pm – an opportunity to hear what we have done over the past year and look at the future. What is our vision, our direction, what will we look like in 10 years’ time? Also, you will be able to ask questions about the running of Chatham Citadel Corps, programme, finances etc. You also may want to give positive comments on opportunities for the future of the Corps. Come ready to participate. Uniforms will be not necessary as no sections will be required.
God Bless Chatham Citadel Corps today.
FLOWERS – We are grateful to Linda and Graham Tout for the flowers which adorn our hall. (Thanks to Joan for arranging them). Please add your name to the list of dates on the notice-board if you wish to donate flowers.
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.
Pray for the New Road School project. For both SA volunteers, staff and children involved. Thank God for the receptiveness of the children to the teaching.
Pray for all those needing food from the Foodbank and for our volunteers who are working hard to fulfil this need. Pray also for the L.I.F.E. volunteers and guests that lives will be changed.
Please let Jean know of any urgent prayer requests for the supportive prayers of the Prayer Chain. Email her on firstname.lastname@example.org or text on 07787718273.
Prayers can also be put in the Prayer Box at the back of the Hall. They will be added to the prayer book and prayed for on Friday.
PARKING OUTSIDE THE HALL
Can I respectfully ask those with Blue Badges to not park immediately outside the front doors of the Hall on the roadside. Please drop off your passengers then park on the cobbles behind the hall displaying your blue badge.
Every week the meetings are recorded and sent out to those who are unable to attend – I am grateful to Lisa Davis who carries out this important ministry. I thought to highlight this fact as there may be others who you know and who could benefit from this service. Please speak with Lisa.
Are you a qualified First Aider? If you are, would you consider being on a list at the hall to be called upon in the event of an incident? Please speak with Major Ian.
As you are all aware the Foodbank is an amazing service that operates from the hall. Last year over 4800 people were helped with food parcels, including over 1900 children. It is a much-valued service and I am grateful to Fran and her team for all their hard work. Mike Rowley has been on the team for a number of years and is looking to take a step back. We are looking for someone to take on this voluntary role. If you are able to give two mornings a week to be a part of a very important team and service, please speak with Major Ian.
SATURDAY 23rd February 10am – 4:30pm AFRICIAN HOME LEAGUE CONFERENCE
‘KNOW YOUR WORTH’
Chatham Citadel will be hosting the above programme on Saturday 23rd February. Guest speakers will be Major Judith Payne (THQ) and Commissioner Makina ®
For further details please speak to Shingie.
Sunday 24th February
Our 10am meeting will take the theme of an International flavour with participation from African and Norwegian Salvationists.
Giving over the past Year 2018
I have been asked about the giving of the Self Denial Altar Service and the Harvest Altar Service in 2018. Apologies that these have not been circulated and thank you for your giving to these two important areas of The Salvation Army Work.
Again, sincere thanks for your sacrificial giving to these two projects.
THIS WEEK AT THE HALL
10am Mainly Music
10am – 1pm Coffee & Chat
10am – 1pm One2One
10:30 – 1pm Medway Foodbank
1:30pm Bible Study
6pm Beavers & Cubs
7:30pm Scouts & Explorers
8pm Ladies Fellowship Games Evening
1pm Youth Care Medway
6:30 YP Band & Learners
8pm Senior Band
7:00pm L.I.F.E. Dinner
8pm Bible Study
7pm Armada Spasy
6:15pm Young People’s
10am Mummy & Me
12 Noon Prayer Fellowship
10:30 – 1pm Foodbank
7:15 Open Kids Club
7:30pm Youff (Youth Club)
NEXT SUNDAY (17th February)
10am Where do you Stand?
4pm On the Sofa with Majors
Peter & Estelle Clack
MONDAY Matthew 22:37-39
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:’ Love your neighbour as yourself’.
Some things are just not very complicated. Living for Jesus can be boiled down to two principles: love God with everything I am and have, and love others and treat them as I would like to be treated. Not too hard to understand. I guess it’s living it that is the challenge!
TUESDAY 1 John 4:9
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Love is a verb. We can’t say it enough. Love must not only be spoken, but must also be shown. The beginning of love is God. He showed his love in the most sacrificial of ways so we could know our incredible value to him. The price of our adoption was the emptying of heaven of its greatest treasure, God the Son, who is our Saviour.
WEDNESDAY 1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
“Talk is cheap!” “You can tell me with your words, but I’ll show it with my life.” “Put your life where your mouth is.” We know the slogans, now let’s live love in truth. In a world where barter has replaced sacrificial and steadfast love, let’s go against the grain and do the truth!
THURSDAY 2 Timothy 1:7
God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.
Power! We like that concept. When it is godly power, might does make right, because godly power is accompanied by love and self-discipline. These three together make a person’s life effective. Live life to its fullest: not as a closet Christian, afraid of standing true and firm, but one who lives by God’s power, shares God’s love, and displays God’s virtues.
FRIDAY Psalms 73:25-26
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
What can truly fulfil and sustain us? Maybe the best way to answer that question is by asking another: What can we keep when our bodies are placed silently in their graves at death? Only our relationship with God and his people last beyond the grave. If he is what lasts, then how can we displace him for anything that doesn’t?
SATURDAY Job 23:10-11
He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.
How we long for this to be our true confession. We are not yet gold, but long to be. We are not yet fully following his steps, but are trying. We have tried not to turn aside, but we sometimes falter. Thank God for his grace until our intentions and desires are fulfilled!
SUNDAY Isaiah 55:8-9
“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
No matter how we try to perceive God, he is still God and we are not. We must forever remember that the original, and still primary sin was to try to become like God in terms of knowledge and understanding. We are to know God, but we can never fully know about him. We are to take on his character, but we cannot approach his majesty. This is both exciting and frustrating. But the promise remains that one day we will be like him and see him as he is