This Sunday was our Annual Toy service
We were joined by families and children from New Road school, led by Head teacher Nicki Forest.
Song 261 Lord the Light of your love Tune 822 Shine Jesus Shine
The Children from New Road School read a Poem called Advent this being the first Sunday of Advent.
A Short Drama was performed , explaining the true meaning of Advent
This being the first Sunday of Advent , we had our 1st Candle lit on the Advent Wreath
Song 112 It was on a Starry Night Tune 535 A Starry Night
The Singing Company had a new member singing today – Kelsey
and they sang a song called “Something Special ”
We had a short Quiz, old versus Young where old was classed as above 30 and the questions were all based on Christmas Statistics .
We saw a short animated film about the Christmas Story
and we then sang our next congregational song 112 ” It was on a Starry Night”
Sam Wood led the younger members of the congregation in an activity where they had to make reindeer antlers from balloons and tights – there was a sweet incentive to take part
The time limit was governed by the Band playing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer twice through .
Our Toys were collected , and as always the support from the Corps was excellent
The Songsters sang ” Share the Peace ”
During the meeting we had Coffee & Tea available + Pastries. Major Ian had invited people to help themselves , which we did .
It was announced during the meeting that the efforts by the Musical sections, both junior & senior, carolling at John Lewis in Bluewater on Saturday, had resulted in donations totalling £3000 and some great comments from the passers by. Major Ian explained that the Salvation Army was grateful for donations to enable us to carry out the local community work.
Following the morning meeting our Band went to play at Rochester Castle Gardens Christmas Market .