From the CO’s Desk
Jesus said; “God is Spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4: 24) Spiritual warfare! We are in battle! Yes, the war has been won, to Jesus, the victory, praise the Lord! But the battle is still raging, all around us, and though the victory is the Lord’s, souls can be and are, still lost ! Paul wrote to the Ephesians, about Spiritual warfare. Let’s have a look at some of what he wrote, when teaching about the armour of God. “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6: 10). We too, must be strong, stand firm, hold fast. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). Complacency is one of many tools the devil will use effectively, and complacency comes from doing the same thing, day in and day out, week in and week out. We lose focus, we lose direction, we lose a hunger for the truth, that is so vital in refreshing and replenishing us, equipping us for the battle we are in. We must worship in spirit and truth, said Jesus. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:11). Satan fights with lies, and sometimes those lies really sound like the truth, but only believers have God’s truth, which can defeat Satan’s lies. Isaiah 11:5, reads, “Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist”. So, stand firm then, “with the belt of truth” buckled round your waist (Ephesians 6:14).
  Wimbledon Salvation Army
109 Kingston Road.
Commanding officers Captains Henk & Gilly Hoitinga
tel Hall: 0208 542 4197




Excerpt from the past.

Corps History No 4

Reporting in the Salvation Army press in the nineteenth century was a very different matter from that of AD 200l! An extract from The War Cry of 3rd July 1886 announces: 'It is a fancy to suppose that giving up the devil and sin is a form of madness; it is a fiction to say that people who have done this are not glad, especially in Wimbledon. It is a stubborn Hallelujah fact that on Monday four did ask God openly to pardon their sins in the Saint George's Hall, before a big crowd. The fact is Captain Glover; Sergeant Major Wilmer and Baker Blandy “gi'e us a shove”, and a crowd of bandsmen, soldiers and helpers from Wandsworth, attacked the town with facts, testimony and salvation, in the name of God and The Salvation Army. It was a red-hot time. We finished up at white heat, with the glorious fact that a splendid offer has been made on behalf of a Wimbledon barracks' (of which more later). ‘A lady friend told us at the tea-table that she had a big bump raised on her head by the roughs when the first march of the Army took place in Wimbledon, and the bump of Salvation has got larger in her heart ever since’. And you wondered where our Ron got that bump on his head! Next month: on our knees in St George's Hall, and the conversion of a ‘hoary-headed old man’ !
'Ron Foot





To Thank You
How can I say it?
How can I make you understand that I appreciated all you did as year by year went by?
You helped and you encouraged me in all I tried to do,
But perhaps the greatest debt is what I owe to you,
In giving me a faith to follow and a golden rule,
The lovely things, the holy things that are not taught in school.
You gave me my first Bible and you taught me how to read it.
No doubt you, knew that life was tough and how much I should need it,
How in times of trouble to this treasure I would cling.
Thank you, mother, thank you dear, for this - and everything.
Patience Strong




February Teasers

What and when is Candlemas Day ? CANDLEMAS IS THE POPULAR NAME for the feast of the Purification of St. Mary the Virgin and the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. When Mary presented Jesus at the Temple, Simeon said that Christ would be 'a light to lighten the world'. Up to the time of the Reformation in England, lights were used on Candlemas day to symbolise Christ as the Light of the World. Candles were first blessed by the clergy and then given to the people to be carried in procession through the church. Every window of the church and in homes would be illuminated with a candle, if possible. If there were not enough candles available, just the kitchen window would be lit. February 2nd was chosen by the Catholic Church for Candlemas Day as it coincided with the ancient Celtic feast of Imbolc, which came at the beginning of the lambing season and was presided over by the Celtic goddess of youth and fertility Bride. The fires and lights of Imbolc were translated into symbols of the Purification of Mary, and Bride was re-named St. Bridget. Often called the 'Virgin. What and when is Shrove Tuesday ? SHROVE TUESDAY is the last day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. It was customary to make confession and be absolved by the priest on this day 'to shrive' means to absolve in Old English. It is the last day of Shrovetide, which is a carnival period, the last chance for merrymaking before the rigours of Lent. Because it is the day before the fast, Shrove Tuesday is also often known as Fastern's or Fassern's Eve in parts of the North of England and Scotland. Shrove Tuesday is traditionally a day for fun, feasting and pranks. Nowadays, Shrove Tuesday is predominantly a day for making pancakes. This was originally intended to use up eggs and butter in the house before Lent began, but fasting for Lent is rarely practised now. Many traditions involving the making - and tossing of pancakes are still held all over Britain. Pancake races, often in fancy dress, are very popular. What and when is Ash Wednesday ? LENT BEGINS ON ASH WEDNESDAY, a period of forty days' abstinence (excluding Sundays) commemorating Christ's forty days in the wilderness. The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon 'lengentide', which means spring or lengthening of the days. Originally only one meal a day was eaten during Lent, and no meat, eggs or dairy produce consumed at all; nowadays we usually just try to give up one thing - perhaps chocolate, alcohol or smoking. Weddings are still considered unlucky during Lent, as sex was prohibited in this period. Ash Wednesday is so-named because, in medieval times, bishops used to sprinkle ashes over sackclothed penitents' heads. Later, priests just made the sign of the cross on the forehead of each member of their congregation, using ashes from the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday. In some parts of the country, such as Hampshire and Sussex, children keep a black-budded twig of ash with them all day if they do not, they are liable to have their feet trampled on by those who do. The Friday after Ash Wednesday is commonly known as Kissing Friday. On Kissing Day in Yorkshire boys have the right to kiss any girl without rebuke. In the same area, the day after Ash Wednesday is called Fritter Thursday - perhaps because of the simple fried dough fritters that were common fare during meatless Lent. In the new Story Keepers Club the children made Lenten Trees. You can make your own Lenten Tree, see page 7.




It would be a good idea ?

A few ideas have been sent in !
Games evening for adults.
Craft evening.
Drop in for refreshments and a chat at certain times during the day.
Video afternoon for children.
Video evening for adults.

Good ideas, are there any volunteers to organise any of them.




Corps diary March 2001

Friday 2nd Women’s World Day of Prayer Services: 10.30 at Martin Way Methodist Church, 8pm at St. John’s Church, High Path.
Sunday 4th Self Denial Sunday & end of YPTiddler Race.
Sunday 11th Ekklesia at Brighton Congress Hall for 13 to 25 year olds, 6pm to 11pm. See Ailsa for details.
Thursday 15th Bible Fellowship.
Friday 16th Story Keepers Club.
Saturday 17th Corps Retreat - Wimbledon Corps Vision.
Monday 19th “Safe and Sound” training. Now mandatory for anyone working in YP Corps. 7pm to 10pm Thornton Heath Corps. See Ailsa for details.
Saturday 24th Teritorial Youth Rally for 13 to 25 year olds at Kingsway International Christian Centre, Hackney. 1pm to 10pm. See Ailsa for details.




Thought for the month.

We all get upset at times over things we wouldn’t normally get upset over. We all get anxious and burdened down with things we know we shouldn’t be anxious about. How can we get over these problems ? God’s word gives us the answers, but we need to PRACTICE, putting it into effect every day. Phil 4:6-8 shows us that our anxiety will disappear and we’ll have the peace of God in our hearts and minds if we keep good things only uppermost in our mind. We know it works because Phil 4:9 says it does. Do it “And the Peace of God will be with you”. So when we get that anxious moment, or troublesome time, let us put into our mind the occasions when God provided the answers, and when we had happy times. Prove God’s word true in your life !
Bill Browning
“Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. In conclusion brothers, fill your minds with those things that are good and deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable. Put into practice what you learnt and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:6-9





Correction to February’s edition. Please note that the poem ‘The death of the old year’ taken from Gerald Emms collection of Poems and Thoughts was written by Lord Alfred Tenyson and forms part of ‘In Memoriam’ The Ed.




Your help needed !

Elaine Huyton (yes the daughter of our previous COs) has been accepted onto the Odyssey programme at the Salvation Army Mission Team, and will fly out to the Chikencata Hospital in September to work as part of a medical team. However she does have to raise £2500. To help her on her way her friend Sarah Freese is running the Reading half marathon on 11th March and donating any sponsorship money raised towards this figure. Please sponsor Sarah and help Elaine. Ailsa has a sponsor form




Preaching programme for March

  Morning Evening
4th The prophecy against God. The Vision of the Future Temple.
God Squad A life less ordinary. Jeremiah 1: 4-19  
11th Decision Sunday led by Cadets led by Cadets
God Squad Where Prophets dare. Jeremiah 18: 1-17  
Junior Soldiers Class Living a changed life (1) 2 Cor. 5:17,18 Acts 9:1-31  
18th The cost of being a Disciple. Willing to pay the price.
God Squad Land of hope ? Jeremiah 32  
Junior Soldiers Class Living a changed life (2) Matthew 5:13-16 James 1:16-27  
25th Mothering Sunday. led by Cadets. led by Cadets.
God Squad Truth Hurts. Jeremiah 38:1 to 39:3  
Junior Soldiers Class Attendance at Mothers Day Service  




Flipping CO !

Friday 23rd February saw Wimbledon’s very own Pancake Race. Head scarves and aprons were donned and as the bell rang competitors raced for the finishing line flipping their pancakes three times on route. Unlike the Olney Village Pancake Race there was no prayer book from the vicar, or Kiss from the bell ringer for the winning Green Team in Story Keepers Club. However the seven children who attended the inaugural meeting of the Story Keepers enjoyed cooking and eating their own pancakes, making a Lenten Tree and, playing games that reminded us of Shrove Tuesday customs in Great Britain celebrated over the last 600 Years.
The next club meeting is on 16th March, with a theme of ‘Mum’s Galore’.
If you know of any 5 to 11 year olds living near to you do encourage them to come. It will be great fun and costs just £1 per evening.




Make a Lenten Tree !

At the beginning of Lent make a Lenten Tree. A leaf is added every day for 40 days corresponding to the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, reminding us about the times we find difficult and what helps us. Say a prayer as each leaf is added remembering times when life is difficult. Each Sunday add a flower, and say a prayer remembering times when life is full of joy. Think of a good deed to go with the leaf. Think of a small treat to go with the flower. On Easter Day decorate the whole picture with streamers and balloons. Resources For each tree: sheet of stiff white card size A3 - 30cms x 42cms, 2 x A5 size envelopes, a cross shaped tree in brown paper roughly 35cms by 25cms, gummed sticky paper - especially green and other bright colours some yellow / light brown, glue. Stick the tree onto the card. Stick the envelopes onto the side of the card with the opening at the top. Cut out 40 leaves, and make 6 flowers and place them in the envelopes until they are glued onto the tree





1. Statement of fact

Romans 3:23 All have sinned.
1 John. 1: 8, 10 We cannot deny our sin.

2. Reason we sin.

Psalm. 51:5 Born in iniquity.
Isaiah. 59:2 Separated from God by personal sin.

3. Not hopeless - the way out.

John 3:15,16 God sent His Son. John 14:6. Jesus is the only way.
Acts 4:12 Salvation only in Jesus.

4. How

1 Peter 2:24 Carried our sin in His body.
Hebrews 9:28 Christ bore the sins of many.
Romans 4:25 Died for our sin, in our place

5. Christ's invitation.

Matt. 11:28-30 ‘Come to Me.’
John 1: 12,13 Receive Christ, become God's child.

6. The meaning of ‘born again.’

John 3:3,5,7 Must be 'born again.'
2 Cor. 5:17 Become a new creature
Romans. 6:4-6 Self dead - new life in Christ.
Galatians. 2:20 Christ living in us

7. Christian - Bible definition.

2 Cor. 13:5 Jesus Christ is in you.
Col. 2:6,7 Rooted in Christ. .

8. Result everlasting life.

1 John 5:10-13 Have Son, have life.
John 5:24 Pass into life.
John 10:28 Christ gives life.
Romans 8: 1 In Christ, not condemned. (N.B. Not in Christ, we are condemned.)

9. God not far off, repent.

Acts 17:27. Reach out to God.
Acts 26:20 Repent, turn to God.

10.Never rejected.

John 6:3 7 Christ will never cast us out.




March Teasers

Since I had no answers from anyone last month, this month’s teasers are easier
  • What is the emblem of Ireland and why ?
  • What is the history of Mothering Sunday ?
  • Who is the patron saint of Wales and what are the Welsh emblems ?
  • Lord Illingworth states “People’s mothers always bore me to death. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.” From what play does this quote come from, and who wrote it ?




What is important in my life.

Top of my list for importance in my life is LOVE ! I am so blessed with the love of a very dear wife and family and, having again received around 215 Christmas card ( and watched the amazement on the face of our postman !), so many friends. My heart goes out to anyone who is lonely, for they lose one of life’s greatest blessings. Best of all though, is the Love of God. The more I prepare our monthly bible study sessions, the more I learn of that love – love which is not merited, but bestowed by the grace of God through the sacrifice of Jesus. And all he asks in return is that I love him too, and demostrate that love by my relationship with others, in service, in giving, in prayer. Without love, says Paul, I am nothing, for it is ‘the greatest of these’.
Ron Foot