our theme was ‘Waiting’ – something that characterises the whole of the Advent season as we await Christmas Day. Our meeting was led by Major Ian.
Our first song, ‘Light of the world, you stepped down into darkness’ not only introduced our theme, but also affirmed our purpose for the morning in the chorus ‘Here I am to Worship’. We then echoed the words of Isaiah in the song ‘Wonderful Counselor’ before Major Judith lit the first two candles of our Advent wreath while ‘Silently now I wait for Thee’ was played on the piano. Major Judith reflected on our theme, saying that although the Christmas story is familiar to us, God can still speak to us through it and give us fresh insights each year. The Singing Company then brought their message, ‘Born for Us’.
Two members of our corps received commissions this morning. Trevor Grant was commissioned as Corps Quartermaster, taking responsibility for our building,
while Ryan Cripps received his commission as Divisional Youth Band Leader.
Our scripture reading came from Galatians 4:4-7 – ‘But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.’
The tune ‘By His Hand’ was used with the words ‘When Christ drew near to dwell with men’ before we watched a short film entitled ‘O Come Emmanuel’
and the Songsters brought an upbeat Christmas number, ‘Sing Gloria!’.
In his message, Major Ian reflected on the theme of waiting. Through December we await the coming of the Christ-child in the story so familiar to us all, but we also wait upon the Spirit of God and invite Him into our hearts afresh; as we read in Galatians ‘because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts’. ‘God sent His Son’ concluded our time of reflection before our meeting ended with the much-loved carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’.
There was no afternoon meeting today. Instead the Band once again played in the busy streets of Rochester at this year’s Dickensian Christmas Festival.
Thank you to Martin Davis for the report today and Major Estelle Clack for the photographs
Please see below an extract from our corps Newsletter
Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’.
What a blessing last week with the New Road School Young People – a great start to our Advent season. Today is the second Sunday in Advent and again we will be looking at preparing for the coming of the Christ child, the Light of the World, the Prince of Peace and the answer for our world today, 2019. For some it is hard to comprehend that a baby born 2000 years ago can make a difference today! So, today, let us be encouraged to again understand this fact and receive a new revelation for us to personally prepare for Christ’s blessing on us again during this Advent season.
God bless us all as we journey together in this busy time. May we, during the busyness, stop and understand the reality of what we are involved in.
There is no 5 pm meeting today as the Band is in Rochester, outside the Guildhall from 2pm as part of the Dickens Festival.
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.
Pray for those who have donated to the Hamper Appeal and for the families who will receive the gifts.
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.
Please use the Prayer Book upstairs in the Prayer corner to list any specific prayer requests.
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.
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.
THIS WEEK AT THE HALL
MONDAY 9th Dec 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
TUESDAY 10th Dec
7:00pm L.I.F.E. Dinner
8.00 pm Songsters Special
WEDNESDAY 11th Dec
9:30am Medway Language Sch
8pm Bible Study led by
TE Tony McClure
THURSDAY 12th Dec 6:15pm Singing Company
7-8pm Songsters at John Lewis
FRIDAY 13th Dec
12 Noon Prayer Fellowship
10:30 – 1pm Foodbank
10am Mummy & Me
7pm Youff carolling
SATURDAY 14th Dec
14.30 Rehearsal for Community Carols
6 pm Community Carol Service
NEXT SUNDAY 15th December
3rd Sunday in Advent
10am Christmas Joy
10:30 Sunday School
5pm Community Carol Service
At long last our boilers are being replaced this week. The old ones will be removed and new ones installed. Thank you all for your patience in this challenging time, especially as the temperature has dropped.
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. Don’t forget your friends, they just need to be asked.
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 or email.
There will be plenty to do from 8am onwards until everyone goes home about 5pm – you would be most welcome to help in any way you can.
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 are in the foyer and I am asking for a donation for the ‘Life Project Christmas Meal’ which will be on the 17th December.
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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. There may still be time for you to participate if you wish. See Sam for details – Calendars are in the foyer.
Carolling 2019 Collectors are needed at various times throughout the Christmas period. Please add your name to the list on the notice board or speak to CS Andrew or CT Andy with your name and time available. One 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 – you can make a donation to the ‘Life Project’ for this service if you wish.