Sunday Meetings 10th June 2018

Our meetings this Sunday will be at 10 am and 6 pm


Join us if you can , here’s how to find us:





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Monday Spot 4th May 2018

Sunday Morning  3rd June 2018


Call to Worship                   Deuteronomy 7:12-14

12 If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors. 13 He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and olive oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. 14 You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor will any of your livestock be without young.


Our first Song this morning was ( 355 ) ” Beautiful Lord Wonderful Saviour ” to the Tune (  867 )   -Potters Hand, followed by the Song      (360 )   Faithful God

A time of Prayer   was led by  Tracy Wood.

The Singing Company , Led by Floss Scott, gave us the song “Why Worry”

The Congregation sang the Song  ( 825   )      A Wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord

A short time of Testimony followed and Major Ian asked Trish Hall to give a testimony . Trish testified  about her feelings following her recent accident, and her ongoing recovery. Today was the first time Trish & Don had been able to come to the meeting

The Bible Reading  was by Paul Scoulding taken from   Luke 18:35-43

The Songsters message this morning was the song  ” I am praying ” by Fanny Crosby/Leonard Ballantine


The Message  this morning from  Major Ian  harked back to Boundless 2015, when General Andre Cox  said ….‘…go on do the Impossible’.

This had been brought to the Majors attention by a testimony last week from Bev Hudson .

Major Ian spoke about attending  the recent live sculpture of Dame Joan Collins by the Artist Frances Segelman, an artist who works with Clay and her hands , doing the most amazing and impossible works of art.


Major Ian referred us back to Luke 18:35-43,  highlighting that Jesus did the impossible , restoring the mans sight, to a straightforward request  for mercy  ” son of David have mercy on me”.

We were asked to reflect on the last time that  we called out to God in such simple faith.

Two short Choruses followed

Song               783                 Prayer Gently Lifts me                             (800) Piano

Song: 786                            Silently now I wait for thee                      (827) Song               578                 Christ of Glory

after which a short time of Personal  prayer followed , with reflections on the one year anniversary of the London Bridge terror attack

our final tune which was powerfully sung   , was ”  Christ in me ”



Our Evening meeting today was  a Café Church meeting , based around the story of the Good Samaritan & the question , who is my Neighbour ?.

We had a good time of fellowship with plenty of Cake ( donated via Ian , from the London Mayors association training day! ) and we made use of  a short worksheet  which helped us focus on the story, and its relevance today.we watched some short videos and discussion was had around the tables on ways to be a better neighbour. We were encouraged to make a short list of things we could improve upon, in our lives, to help achieve this .

Thank you to all those that helped set up the event.. Well done

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Lt Colonels Anthony and Gillian Cotterill have been appointed as our Territorial Leaders, effective beginning of August, with the rank of Commissioners.

Anthony & Gillian were Soldiers at our Corps during the time they were the Divisional commanders, and we hold them in high regard.

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Sunday Meetings 3rd June 2018

Our meetings on Sunday will be at 10 am  &  6 pm this week

The morning meeting will be led by Major Ian and his theme is

‘…go on do the Impossible’


The evening will be a Café Church (non uniform) relaxed way of looking at a theme of ‘Who is my Neighbour’ through music, drama  and challenge.

Join us if you can , here’s how to find us:





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Celebrating 65 Years of Officership

Celebrating The 65th Anniversary of Commissioning  as Salvation Army Officers

This week saw the 65th Anniversary  of Majors Jim & Alma Brown being Commissioned as Salvation Army Officers



Jim & Alma were officers at our Corps May 1975 – May 1981

Many congratulations to you both on  this anniversary

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Monday Spot 28th May 2018


Call to Worship   Ezekiel 36: 25-27

25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

The Morning meeting began with the singing of two congregational songs, the first Song 456/105 – Dear Lord and Father , was supported by the  Band , led this morning by Ryan Cripps

the second song  517/805  – Purify my heart , was accompanied by Emma Davis on the Piano


The Singing Company gave us the song  – ”  As One “, which included some clever choreography ( apologies for the lack of a photo ) , well done to you all


The congregation  sang Song 813/615 (Band ) –     For I’m building a people.

A time of Testimony   was included in the middle of the song, and we had Testimony  from Lyn Arter & Lisa Davis . Lyn testified to the changes in her life since 2012 and Lisa spoke of New beginnings , prompted by the announcement of the new General and Chatham having a new Officer and Lisa starting a new job soon


The Bible Reading  was delivered as a video, the reading is copied below

Ezekiel 37: 1-10 The valley of dry bones

37 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me to and fro among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’  I said, ‘Sovereign Lord, you alone know.’

Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”’

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.”’ 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army.


The  Songsters gave us   ” They need Christ” – Gowans/Larsson , which was particularly requested by Major Ian


The Message          ‘What do you see? Major Ian F. Payne

Major Ian began with a series of pictures which all had the possibility of being viewed more than one way , it often depended on how the individual looked at the picture .

Major Ian preached on the earlier Bible reading , saying we needed to have Gods hand on us to help us make Gods plan work , and without the breath of God in us  we are dead in the spirit . Major Ian encouraged us to be the best Christians we could be , and if people had questions they should talk to him, or any of our retired officers / local officers in the Corps. Reference was made to a radio interview the Major had  heard with Bishop Curry , who had spoken at the recent wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex,Bishop Curry had referred to everyone having a God shaped hole in them  , and it is a Christians job to help everyone fill that up that personal God shaped hole.

The final two congregational songs were Song 771  (Piano) –  Lord I pray that I may know you , and Song 391/149 ( Band ) –   Stand up and bless the Lord


Following the Meeting , the Band made their regular outreach in Chatham

High St, and some good conversations were had  with those that stopped to listen


Our afternoon meeting was at 6pm and took the form of a Songs of Praise meeting

Fiona Pennington chose  song 396/tune 666  ” Hundreds and Thousands  from the Gowans & Larsson musical – Take Over Bid , it is one of her favourite songs

The Youth group  sang “Strength Will Rise ” & Erin Burdett introduced it explaining that this song  held good memories of time at Camp

Bev Hudson  chose song 817  “Lord of the Church”  to the tune of Londonderry air . This came from a shortlist Bev had made after buying a new Songbook  at the 2015 congress .

The Songsters  message was “Look at Jesus” by Andrew Maycock

Margaret Davis selected song 421 ” Have you been to Jesus” which comes from a Gowans & Larssons musical  – The blood of the lamb”. Margaret had once sung in this Musical in Edinburgh,  and she had found it to be a great experience

Charlie Gouyet chose the song 319 “For the Mighty Moving”  from the Gowans & Larsson musical – Spirit , which Charlie helped to stage in Jersey in 1989

The Band message this evening was  ” It is Jesus ”

Our Bible reading this evening comprised of three Psalms


Psalm 67,verse 4

4May the nations be glad and sing for joy,

for you rule the peoples with equity

and guide the nations of the earth.

Psalm 68 verse 4

4Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,

extol him who rides on the cloudsb ;

rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.

Psalm 68 verse 32

32Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,

sing praise to the Lord,

We had a video clip about the all round benefits of Singing from Eric Whitacre , if you copy & paste the link below you can view it too


Ryan Cripps  chose “I’m in his hands “, and explained that this song spoke to his heart.

Major Ian chose our last song of the evening , song 231  “Praise Him Praise Him”  by Fanny Crosby.

We had a lovely evening singing some terrific songs, that were specially chosen by members of the Corps . The story behind the choices gave a wonderful  new dimension to them .


Next Sunday Evening our meeting will be a  Café Church meeting led by Major Ian ..details to follow




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Sunday meetings 27th May 2018

‘What do you see?’

led by Major Ian F Payne

Meetings are at 10.00 am and 6 pm

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This week it was announced  that the 21st General of the Salvation Army will be General Brian Peddle.


We pray God’s blessing on him and his wife, Rosalie, as they undertake the important leadership of our International Salvation Army

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Celebrating 50 Years of Officership

                        Celebrating  50 Years of Officership

“Today 25th May, 1968, fifty (50) years ago Peter and I were commissioned as Salvation Army Officers in the Royal Albert Hall!!!   We were of the Messengers of the Faith Session! ”

Peter & Estelle received their commission from General Frederick Coutts


Peter and Estelle Clack


Our Congratulations to you both


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Monday Spot 21st May 2018


Our Pentecost meeting this morning began with the Congregation singing

Song 318/642     Come Holy Spirit, accompanied by the Band and Song 91/209     Of all in earth , accompanied by Carole on the Piano . A  time of Prayer followed when Prayers were said for our Youth by Lisa Davis & Nigel Day prayed for the Salvation Army High Councils

The Singing Company gave us “Jesus what a beautiful name”.

Major Ian had 4 commissions to present

 Elsa Burdett – Received her Band commission

Lesley Bell received her Songster commission

Barry Robinson Received his Band Librarian commission

Lisa Davis Receiving a Youth Leaders commission

The Congregation sang Song 329/854   “Who is it tells me what to do” accompanied by the Band


A Testimony was brought to us from CSM Tim Scott , who remembering some advice from Major Ian years ago, when both were at Bromley Corps, which was to give testimony not a sermon, Tim gave a very personal one. Tim has been our CSM since 2007 and recognising  in himself someone who is essentially traditional and possibly old fashioned in some ways, but is someone   who is willing to take on new ideas  and follow Gods plan . Tim said if Gods plan was for him to continue as CSM, that was fine , but he did not want to be complacent, and felt that if a change was part of Gods plan that was fine and moving forwards was always the best plan.


Bible Reading                    Acts 2:1-24

The Songsters   gave us             ‘Breathe on me’

The Message  was delivered by Major Ian  , and was entitled –         ‘They were all together..!’

Celebrating Pentecost, the birth of the Church, Major Ian focused on the earlier Bible reading, commenting on the fact that the Holy Spirit is for “all” and the Church is not currently   “all together”. We were encouraged to recommit ourselves to God , our Corps & our town .Major Ian said we should have confidence in God through the Power of the Holy spirit, and together we could make a significant difference .

The congregation sang Song 294/159     Breathe on me, breath of God, accompanied by the Piano, and many of the congregation prayed at the Mercy seat



our final Song 326/294  ” Thou Christ of burning, cleansing Flame” was accompanied by the Band


Our afternoon meeting was at 4pm and was the next in a series of Music nights, and our Special Guest was Kevin Ashman

Our Band gave us the introductory piece     ‘Thank You’ followed by   SA Song 413/752 “Come to the Saviour” accompanied by the Band

Kevin Ashman was introduced by Major Ian and the 1st item he played was a Cornet solo             ‘’Tucker” which in part goes with the words to “Send the Fire”.

The Singing Company gave us the Song     ‘A melody of love’

Singing Company led by Emma Davis

apologies for the odd photo angle.

Following on from the Singing company Kevin  gave us the Cornet Solo from   ‘Haydn trumpet concerto Movements 2 & 3’             Kevin was accompanied by Carole Horwood on the Piano

following the Offering we had a Cornet Duet   ‘Happy Warriors’       bought to us by    Kevin Ashman & Isaac Woodman

Kevin Ashman & Isaac Woodman


The Songsters contribution was    ‘I will sing your praises’ after which we heard from our YP Band , who gave us the tune      ‘Romford Young People’ which includes in part the tune “We want to see Jesus Lifted high ”


We then had a Devotional period led by Major Ian with Kevin

To include Cornet solo ‘Share my yoke’ by Joy Webb

Major Ian referred to  two Bible passages

Matthew 11 v 29

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


Galations 5.1

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery

We closed the meeting with the singing of Song 679 -“Be strong in the grace of the Lord” and thanks were given to Kevin Ashman for his ministry and special thanks were given to Carole Horwood for her Piano Accompaniment



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Sunday meetings 20th May 2018

Our meetings this Sunday are at 10 am  & 4 pm


The morning Pentecost meeting will be led by Major Ian Payne

and the Afternoon  4pm meeting is the next in our series of Sunday night is Music night  , with special guest Kevin Ashman


Please join us  if you can

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Wednesday Bible study 23rd May 2018

Peter Willard invites you along to the Wednesday Bible study

 Peter Willard


“All are welcome to Bible Study on Wed at 8 PM. This week it is Ruth Chapters 1-4 and is entitled “A Happy Ending” it’s aim is: “To reflect on the lessons in the book of Ruth.”


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Sunday Night is Music Night 20th May 2018

The next in the series of musical evenings at Chatham will be on the 20th May when Kevin Ashman will be our guest and there will also be another ‘surprise’ participant. Come along and enjoy a good Salvation Army evening together.



Sunday night is music night

20th May 2018

Guest Soloist:

Kevin Ashman



Kevin was brought up in The Salvation Army in Edmonton (North London) and had his earliest cornet lessons from his father. Further studies eventually took him to Trinity College of Music in London where he not only gained LTCL and FTCL diplomas but also won several college prizes. He was, for many years, a member of The Salvation Army’s International Staff Band, initially on soprano cornet and later as principal cornet. Kevin is a member of Maidstone Salvation Army corps, where he plays in the band and sings in the songsters, but is also busily involved in a number of community musical activities in Kent performing, conducting and adjudicating!

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Monday Spot 14th May 2018


Our  Morning Meeting at 10.00 am was led  by Divisional Commander,Major Mark Herbert


Announcements by CSM Tim Scott

Song 97/479 Band             Ye servants of God


United Reading                  King of Kings

Song 376/722 Band           King of Kings, majesty


Prayer   was offered by   Major Karen Smith

We had a joint Message from the Singing Company and Songsters

Who gave us the song “Welcome to the Family”, a song by Debby Kerner,  with the Solo by Erin Burdett


Song 358/162 Piano          Crown him with many crowns


Words of Welcome from Major Mark Herbert to our new commanding officer

The 2nd offering from  the Songsters  was  the song”Christ is all”

Bible Reading                    1 Peter 5: v 2-11 (The Voice)

Installation Ceremony

Song 629/895 Piano           Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace

The singing company , conducted by Floss, sang ” Teach me”

The Message  was delivered by Major Ian F Payne

Song 64/664 Piano            The Splendour of the King  (Piano)

Song 49/488  Band            O Lord my God

Majors Mark & Linda Herbert with Majors Judith & Ian  Payne.

The website is indebted to Nigel Day, for taking these photographs in my absence this weekend.


The Evening meeting took the form of a general question and answer session led by Major Ian, I understand that the Congregation could ask Ian a question, as long as Ian could ask a question in return..a good way to get to know each other I think . I have no further details of the evening meeting  at present, should I receive any I will update you

Sunday, 20th May Meetings will be at

10.00 am and 4pm including

Sunday Night is Music Night

Special guest – Kevin Ashman




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Sunday Meetings 13th May 2018

Our Sunday morning meeting at 10 am will include the installation of our new Commanding Officer Major Ian Payne



It will be led by Divisional Commander,

Major Mark Herbert



Our 6.00 pm Meeting will be led Major Ian Payne


Next Sunday, 20th May , Our Meetings will be at

10.00 am and 4pm including

Sunday Night is Music Night

Special guest – Kevin Ashman

Join us if you can , here’s how to find us:





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Wednesday Bible Study

Peter Willard extends an invitation for you to come to Bible Study on Wednesday


“All are welcome to Bible Study on Wed at 8.00. This week it is Ruth Chapter 4: 11-22 and is entitled “Family Heritage” it’s aim is: “To examine the spiritual heritage we’ve received and are passing on to the next generation.”



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