Our Meetings this Sunday will be led by Major Ian F Payne
10am ‘One Night, One Chance’
5pm Café Church
In the Bradbury Room
16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
19-21 “This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
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Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’.
What a busy week we have had in our building. Commencing on Monday the 11th at 11am we stood in 2 minutes silence – the downstairs of the hall was very full. Then, within minutes, it was back to so much activity, foodbank, café, parents, toddlers, homeless young man needing warmth, advice, employment +, pastoral conversations, praying, laughter; a real buzz of ‘An Army at work’. Thank you to those countless volunteers who come week after week.
Today my thoughts are around ‘One Night, one Chance for a New Life’. As we come to the busiest time in our calendar, I want us to pause and for us to understand why we are inviting people, why we are carolling, why we are engaging with people outside our building but, even more challenging for us, ‘This December, you will believe’. May we engage this morning and feel the presence of the Holy Spirit moving among us as we prepare to give of ourselves in so many ways.
At 5pm today will be a Café Church; relaxed, music, word and thoughts taking place in the Bradbury Hall.
God bless Chatham Citadel Corps as we worship today. God Bless you all
Ian F Payne – Major
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.
There are huge numbers applying to the Foodbank for emergency supplies. Our own Foodbank volunteers are working non-stop to help those in need. Please pray into this situation and thank God for our volunteers.
Please continue to pray that God will guide all those who are planning and organizing the Christmas events so that there will be an impact on our local community to bring God’s love to their hearts. Pray for guidance in sharing invitations to Community Carol Service.
Please let Jean know of any urgent prayer requests for the supportive prayers of the Prayer Chain. Email her on email@example.com 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.
THIS WEEK AT THE HALL
MONDAY 10am – 1pm Employment + 10:30 – 1pm Medway Foodbank
10am Mainly Music
10am – 1pm Monday Cafe
3pm-5pm NRS Club 6pm Beavers & Cubs 7:30pm Scouts & Explorers
6:30 pm YP Band & Learners 7:00pm L.I.F.E. Dinner
8pm Senior Band
9:30am Medway Language Sch
8pm Bible Study led by
T.E. Tony McClure
THURSDAY 6:15pm Singing Company
12 Noon Prayer Fellowship
10:30 – 1pm Foodbank
10am Mummy & Me
NEXT SUNDAY 24th November
10am Lt Cols Graham & Kirsten Owen
10:30 Sunday School
1pm Band Learners
5pm ‘On the Road to Christmas’
Sunday 24th November
Next Sunday we will be having Lt Colonels Graham & Kirsten Owen leading our worship. Graham & Kirsten were the Leaders of Bromley Corps for 5 years and have been Divisional leaders and Officers overseas. We look forward to their day with us worshipping at 10am and at 5pm ‘On the Road to Christmas’ preparing our hearts and minds towards The Greatest Story Ever Told.
Sunday 1st December 10am
This is the First Sunday in Advent and we will be holding our Annual Toy Service. Please bring new unwrapped toys to be distributed to families in Chatham. If you require any further details please do speak to Wendy Scoulding. I am very grateful to Wendy for all the time and effort she and her team put into making sure that hampers and toys go to deserving homes. Thanks Wendy
Christmas Advent Hampers
Sunday 8th Dec will be the last day that the Christmas hampers can be brought to the hall for distribution. Again, a big thank you to all of you who have engaged with this fantastic project, especially Sam Wood who, again this year, has coordinated all the work. Any further details please speak to Sam. Well done Sam and your team.
Corps Christmas Celebration Saturday & Sunday 14th – 15th December
Don’t forget to invite your friends, neighbours & family members to this comfortable and exciting celebration. Please be aware that everyone must have a ticket. Even if you come every week you do need to book a ticket, this is for safety reasons – we cannot over crowd the hall. If you are unable
to use a computer to order your ticket(s), give your name to Jean Jones and a ticket will be provided for you.
Christmas Day Volunteering
If you (friends or neighbours) wish to volunteer for the Christmas Day programme of activities please see Major Ian or contact Grace, who is coordinating the day on 07870 636451.
The day will start with refreshments from 9:30am going into the Morning Celebration at 10am; Coffee and mince Pies at 11am and lunch being served from 11:45am. In the hall building there will be a hairdressers, clothing exchange, showering, TV lounge and support. Please feel free to invite anyone along. Invitation cards are in the foyer. We are very grateful to Medway Sunlight Rotary Club who organise and run the day.
Christmas Message to the Corps
We all send Christmas Cards to each other. Well, this year, instead of chopping down tree after tree, there will be made available the opportunity to have your personal Christmas message and greetings on the screens in the Hall every time it is being used. Forms for this will be in the foyer and I am asking for a donation for the ‘Life Project Christmas Meal’ which will be on the 17th December.
CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR HAMPER
After the amazing success of last year’s Christmas Hampers, we are back again with a new design, slightly altered (using a seasonal bag for life). Each bag of goods will go to a deserving family. Last year over 150 families benefitted from your kindness and generosity. I am sure that this year will be no different. Also, a huge thanks to those companies around Medway that are taking this up as an office project. See Sam for details – Calendars are in the foyer.
COMMUNITY CAROL CONCERT
If you require any posters/flyers for our Community Carol Service please see Major Ian.
Louise is selling Christmas cards to fundraise for the Transformers+ mission trip to Bangladesh 2020! Subject to availability so please email Louise with your order! They are blank inside so they can also be used for any occasion!
We are grateful to Martin & Gina Castle 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.
Carolling 2019 Collectors will be needed at various times throughout the Christmas period. Please do see CS Andrew or CT Andy with your name and time available – 1 hour will make all the difference. Also, we have cards to give out to the public as we are carolling.
CHRISTMAS MAIL BOX The Corps Christmas mail box, for internal Christmas cards only, will be operational from 24th November, last post day 15th Dec, for distribution on the 22nd by the Youff.