Our Meetings this Sunday were led by Major Ian Payne
The 10am meeting was titled ‘Standing as Salt & Light’
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth.
CSM Tim Scott, gave the announcements , which included details of two fundraising events for our Scout group . A quiz at Strood Corps on 2nd March and a sponsored Back wax (Martin Castle is the willing volunteer) on 10th March at Chatham ..details of both events are on the noticeboard or via the Scouts. These events are Fundraiser for a forthcoming Scout Jamboree in France
Major Ian then spoke about Salt, and proceeded to sprinkle it on the Bible & mercy seat , from a salt shaker.
The Major spoke of how salt can clean wounds , add flavour to your food and repel slugs. it has been used as a method of payment in earlier times due to its value, but as he demonstrated, the salt pot needed to be turned upside down and shaken to make a difference, otherwise it stayed in the pot.
Our first song of the morning was
Song 456 Dear Lord & Father
Tune 105 Repton , with the band supporting and then being asked to join in the singing of verse 3
3 O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!.
our next song was
Song 608 Make me a channel (Piano)
Tune 751 “ “
This was followed by 3 or 4 prayers from the congregation
Power point Salt
The Singing Companies contribution to the meeting was the Song
“Heart to change the World ”
(Thank you to Major Estelle Clack for the photo)
Followed by a Bible reading Matthew 5:13-16
The Songsters gave us the song ” Limitless Grace !” – ( John Gowans/Andrew Blythe)
and this was followed by
Song: 626 The Saviour of men
Tune 484 The Old Rustic Bridge
Message ‘Standing as Salt & Light’
The Major challenged us to by asking us if we were an inspiration to people around us, do we speak to people or bring peace to those we meet. If we are to be Salt & Light , both of which can make a positive difference. Salt and light help to make life good & Godly while also being pleasant and enjoyable . Do we need to be taken up & shaken ? do we make a difference where we are ?
Song 645 He Leadeth me
Tune 8 By his Hand (Piano)
Song 262 Love Divine
Tune 361 Blaenwern
were our final songs
Major Ian pronounced the Benediction
The 4pm meeting was titled ‘Chatham Review’
The Evening meeting was Led by Major Ian , supported by all section leaders and senior local officers, and we began by watching a video of a well know tune , “If crosses come”
The meeting was a chance to discuss what we have achieved recently , with successful events such as the community carol concerts and Christmas day meal
We looked to the future- Proverbs 29:18 says: Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
We looked at internal and external communication , and are exploring the idea of more Salvation meetings/Gospel meetings, classes for new Christians and fundraising events .
Many questions were raised from the congregation , far too many to list here , but briefly we had questions about Cameo Club, Natural Church Development survey feedback , looking at helping people use their spiritual gifting’s , Overall Church strategy ( partly what this meeting was about) , more youth in Leadership roles , use of the CCTV cameras in the meetings( as they are now repaired), what plans do we have to be out in the community more, how best to retain our numbers at the Corps (soldiership has dropped a little in the last few years) ,can the congregation get news of the various group activities in the Corps , question on finance were asked , questions about new church members having a non uniform musical outlet within the corps, and questions about better disabled access to all areas of the Building .
we had a brief word from all of the section leaders, giving us an outline of their thoughts.
we closed the meeting with the Tune – Bow the knee , as a video , which gave the evening with a prayerful ending . If possible I will add it here