Monday Spot (23 April 2018)

This Sunday was a particularly busy one for our Corps members involved with the Band or our Scouting Sections, with todays   St Georges day parade in Rochester.. more of this later


Our Morning Meeting was Led today by Paul & Wendy Scoulding

and began with the singing of two congregational songs

Song 378/923 (B)     “What a Faithful God”

Song 353/566 (P)     “Be Still. for the Presence of the Lord”


The   Singing Company     Brought us the song  “Praise to the One”

followed by the 1st    Bible Reading  from   2 Corinthians 1:3-5, read by Wendy

Praise to the God of All Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ

Paul brought us the 1st part of his mornings message with an account  of his and Wendy’s life following retirement , when having been looking forward to some freedom to enjoy some of the good things in life , they both found themselves facing some serious health issues. ( Both are now fit and well ) .   Paul told us that at the time it caused them to question their faith sometimes , but neither of them ever felt abandoned by God.It was in fact their faith that got them through what Paul described as one of life’s  ” Storms ”

Paul quoted Psalm 14

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord

A congregational song followed –

Song 909/183 (B)     “Count Your Blessings” which was followed by the message from the    songsters   – “I am the Resurrection ” ( Gowans & Larsson -arr Stephen Bulla )

The 2nd Bible  Reading brought to us by Wendy was

Job 2:1-10

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”

Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.”

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”

And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.”

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes.

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips



In the 2nd part of Paul’s Message , he spoke of those that may find themselves in the middle of one of life’s Storms , they should know that their is hope. All is not lost and it will pass , and we were encouraged to remain strong in our faith and although life’s storm may be around you, you don’t have to let it be inside you .

The Congregation  sang the mornings final two songs which were

Song 613/213 (P)     “O Jesus I Have Promised”

Song 522/840 (B)     “Standing on the Promises”


Thanks go to Helen Page for the photographs this morning



Our Band and Scout sections attended the annual St Georges day parade Service in Rochester Cathedral  at 3pm today , providing  Musical support for the congregational  singing . The Cathedral was full and the event was well supported by the community as always .



Evening Meeting

Our evening meeting was led by Andy Smith

 Andy Smith

Theme:          Are you thirsty?

The Band began the meeting with the Band Piece  “Great things” followed  three congregational  songs :-

Song 357/583 (P)              Come on and celebrate

Song 816/492 (B)              Lord for the years

Prayer song 114/653 (P)   Here I am to Worship

Heather Scott led us in Prayer and this was followed by the 1st of 3 upcoming musical items

Musical item 1 was a Solo from Sharon Smith “Do you know why I love Jesus ( songster arrangement)

 Sharon Smith

Andy gave us the Bible Reading                  Isaiah 55 v 1-11

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labour on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    my faithful love promised to David.
See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
    a ruler and commander of the peoples.
Surely you will summon nations you know not,
    and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor.”

Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.




The Songsters contribution was – Sing love and Live

The congregation then  sang – Song 451/945 (B)       Would you be free

The next Band item was a march – The Pioneers by James Anderson

The 2nd Musical item due to be a Horn Solo by Katelyn, however a recent Scooter mis-hap that prevented horn playing, the item was changed to a Song recently learnt by Katelyn at the Easter SA   camp .

The Song was called “Burn like a Star”  and involved actions !

The following Song 389/807 (P)             Rejoice, Rejoice, was sung by the congregation and we then had our 3rd  Musical item  from Martin & Emma Davis , the song was called  “I Will Praise You”

Andy delivered his thought around the theme of  “are you thirsty”


When we are physically thirsty, our bodies only really need one thing – water.

All our drinks, our tea, coffee, cans of coke or Pepsi, orange juice, or whatever are basically just coloured, flavoured and maybe carbonated water. It is the water that our bodies need. Over half of our body is made of it. When our water levels start getting low and we need a drink.

However, our thirst cannot just be restricted to something physical, it can occur whenever we have a deep desire or need for something. It can be a thirst for riches, for fame, success in a given field, attention, love. It can be a spiritual thirst when we know that there is a desire and need deep within our souls for something that we know cannot be provided by our physical and material world. It might even be a spiritual craving – when our whole being seems to be screaming out for something and it occupies all our thoughts and energy, when all that we are and all that we can be seems to be focussed on getting that which we thirst for

Andy said that he hoped we were all at the meeting because we were thirsty & quoted John’s gospel chapter 7 v37-39

On the last and greatest day of the  festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

If you are thirsty this evening, you are in luck because Jesus has something to offer to us – the Holy Spirit.

Andy posed a question  what should be our Primary thirst ? and answered it with the following …

What is it that we need above all else? Psalm 42 v1-2 gives us a clue. It is not wonderful, powerful gifts but something quite simple:

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

It is simply God himself. He made us for himself. For fellowship with him through his Spirit. That is what we were designed for. That is a need as basic to us human beings as water or food. That is why humans throughout all continents and centuries have invented religions, in an instinctive drive to find that fellowship with the Holy Spirit that comes from the only true God and his Son. The devil has taken advantage of this instinct and led many astray in false religions.

Yes, it is wonderful when we see God’s power, when his Holy Spirit gives us His gifts. But our basic need is fellowship and friendship with him. It is the Holy Spirit that satisfies our thirst. It is the Spirit himself that we should be thirsting and craving for.

Andy continued his theme  , bringing in personal reflections  and also encouraging us to remember that:-

“We need to understand that the living

water that Jesus freely gives us is never failing, it is like a bottomless spring

from within and not just a bucketful that will run out very quickly……”


Lack of Journalistic ability , time  and with any eye to the increasing length of this article  means I need to draw this to a close, I will leave you with the closing comment

“I would ask you tonight, how is your relationship with Jesus? Have you asked

Him to give you the Living Water and to come into your life to quench your

spiritual thirst or do you still just keep taking a sip when you feel you need it?

Have you asked for His forgiveness and His salvation or are you still limiting

Him in your life because you do not fully trust him?

We may all be at different stages in our journey of faith but the one thing we

have in common is that we all need to grow in our knowledge of Him.”


The Last Congregational song of the evening  was -Song 261/822 (B)Lord, the light of your love is shining

Thank you to all who took part in our meetings today ,  hope to see you next week




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Wednesday Bible Study @ 8PM

Peter Willard sends the following Invitation  …

“All are welcome to Bible Study on Wed at 8.00. This week it is Ruth Chapter 2: 1-23 and is entitled “Acts of Kindness”. Its aim is: “To recognise God’s kindness to us and share it with others

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Sunday Meetings (22/04/2018)

Our meeting at Chatham this Sunday morning at 10 am , will be led by our own

Paul & Wendy Scoulding

and our Evening meeting at 6pm will be led by our Musical sections

The meeting at Strood corps will be at 10:30 as usual

Join us if you can at either Chatham or Strood. Here’s how to find us:




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Wednesday Bible study

Peter Willard has asked me to mention the Wednesday Bible study, to which all are welcome. 8pm at the Hall  Currently they are looking at a two week study  on “how to find hope in times of crisis”.. This week “tragedy strikes” . Ruth ,chapter 1: v1-22

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Monday Spot ( 16/04/2018)

Our meeting at Chatham this  morning was led by Major Karen Smith

  Major Karen  Smith

Major Karens Message  was entitled  Learning from the children , and was focused  on Mark 10:13-18

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.


Major Karen began her message with a story of the late 19th Century tightrope walker Blondin, who famously walked across the Niagara falls in the USA. Making a return journey across with a wheelbarrow in fronts of him. Receiving the applause of the crowd he asked some people if the believed he could walk back on the rope without falling  “YES”  they each  replied.  “do you really believe I can make it !”  he asked,   “YES ” they replied  “we have just seen you do it! ”

Then Blondin said   “will you please step inside my wheelbarrow and come with me”

“OH NO” they replied “its far too dangerous”

That is the difference between Belief & Trust

Major Karen explained, that was the essence of the above Bible reading , Jesus is asking of  us today, will we trust him – Like a child trusts.

other passages from Mark were looked at including

Mark 9:36-37 New International Version (NIV)

36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Mark 9:42 New International Version (NIV)

Causing to Stumble

42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.

Major Karen ended her message  with  6 qualities learnt from children

Don’t let little things get you down , a child is never sad for long

Run full force. Children very rarely want to walk

Imagine and play

Say what you feel

Learn something new everyday

Accept all , all they see is a potential friend and all that they look for is kindness We tend to loose sight over time, don’t we



5 things we can learn from children

Ask more questions / Try new things/Be more creative/Laugh more / Do what makes you happy


We had an update on the Tweenagers fund raising  efforts for the Matumaini  School




and their latest event was a well attended quiz at Lordswood school ,where over £330 was raised. The Tweenagers who are continuing to raise funds for the school ,  particularly hope to be able to cover the ongoing  costs of powdered milk used for the daily porridge at the school.


Our Service this morning also included the Dedication  of Millie Jemma Rose Filmer, who was brought to the Corps for dedication by her Parents Nicola & Stephan, with great support from their extended family


The family chose the congregational songs ” All things Bright & Beautiful”   as well as  ” Dear Lord & Father of Mankind”


Our Singing Company     , conducted today by

Floss Scott, brought us the song  ” Jeremiah 3:17 ”

The Songsters Message this morning was the song  ” Breathe & be Still ”

and the final congregational songs were  807 – “Yes Jesus Loves Me ”   and Song 262  “Love Devine all Loves Excelling ”



The Afternoon meeting was led by our   songster  Brigade      under the leadership of Carolynn Woodman

   Carolynn Woodman Songster leader

with the great support of  Tim & Heather Scott

Tim And Heather  Scott


The Songsters opened the meeting with  two items


” We Saw love ”  and  “God loves You ”

followed by a prayer from Jean Jones

The congregation Sang Song 966 –  “Make the world with music ring ” which was introduced by Theresa Pennington.

Our Senior  Band brought to us the Tune ” Proud to Serve by Ray Steadman-Allen while our   Young People’s Band gave us ? tba

A time of Testimony followed from Lisa Davis who shared about 3 particular challenges recently in her life , and they included the recent serious illness of her Father, being asked to take on the Youth team leaders role at the Corp and finally Redundancy . All these challenges highlighted to her the power of prayer in any situation, and in her fathers case, how powerful a witness that prayer  can be; even when in hospital.


The Singing company contribution was the song    “Do Something Beautiful ”  and that was followed by a Bible Reading  1 John 4  verses 7-21  Read by Lesley Bell

1 John 4:7-21 New International Version (NIV)

God’s Love and Ours

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.


The Songsters next item was  the song –  “You are loved ” after which Tim Scott delivered the message ..

Tim started  by telling us all  “We are Loved , like it or not you are Loved “, and he continued with the idea that we need to show more love in our Fellowship taking quotes from 1 John 4, v7   & John 13, v34-35

a further  comment from Tim was that a Healthy Church- a Church that is genuinely being a Church- will be marked by a fellowship of love, and if you don’t see love in your brother & sister whom you see, how can you say you say love God whom you don’t see !

John 15:9-12 New International Version (NIV)

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you


After Tim concluded his Message the Congregation sang

Song 25  – “Gods Love to me is Wonderful “, which was introduced by Paul woodhouse and then  the Songsters concluded the meeting with  the beautiful  song  ” I’m in his hands”

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Sunday Meetings

Our meetings at Chatham this Sunday will be led by Major Karen Smith at 10:00 in the morning

  Major Karen  Smith

The afternoon meeting which is at 4PM  this week , will be led by our   songster  Brigade      under the leadership of Carolynn Woodman

   Carolynn Woodman Songster leader

Our meeting at Strood this week at 10:30 will be led by Ann Jewel  and it will be a “Promise” meeting , where members of the congregation will be sharing  special promises they have been given by God

Join us if you can at either Chatham or Strood. Here’s how to find us:




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Time for a change

All sorts of circumstances can bring about change in our lives. Today we have to announce changes in the management of this website.

Murray Smith has been our webmaster for the past twelve years since the website’s inception.  Throughout this time a rhythm of reporting has developed which has encouraged people to keep watching and reading.  However, he will soon be leaving the Medway area and, from today, is relinquishing his website responsibilities.  Jean Jones, who has assisted Murray on many occasions as reserve webmaster has also decided to step down.


Those responsible for choosing a new webmaster and other personnel have not yet been able to finalise the appointments but we hope to be able to make an announcement soon. Until then please ‘watch this space’.

God bless you all and thanks for your support.


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Monday Spot (2 April 2018)

Easter weekend began with our Good Friday worship which was led by Major Karen Smith

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Sunday meeting

The Ministry Team will be leading as follows on Sunday 1 April, Easter Sunday Continue reading

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Easter Meditation

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Words of Life

The May to August 2018 edition of Words of Life is now available  at £5.00 per copy.  Click here  to order on line or  contact us.

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Holy Week

Please note that, unfortunately, the Wednesday Bible Study has had to be cancelled.

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Monday Spot (26 March 2018)

The Palm Sunday morning meeting at Chatham was led by Major Karen Smith who began the worship with the song ‘Hosanna, Hosanna’ and followed that with a song inviting us to ‘Come into his presence’.

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British Summer Time Begins

Don’t forget to put your clocks forward one hour tonight. You don’t want to be late for the meeting, do you?

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Sunday meetings

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