It is impossible !

“It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do” Jerome K Jerome. As the sticky heat of summer finally arrives – so too does the holiday season. A number of corps folk have already had a break, others are looking forward to theirs. School term is over and the children are not yet bored with the long break. Holiday Club is almost upon us, quickly followed by Music School and Junior Adventure Camp. For some a holiday is a time to relax, others enjoy exploring new places and making new friends. When life is pressured holidays can be a time to be idle and reflect on God’s love and goodness. For others, holidays are a hassle, and issues can come to the surface that are normally buried in the activity of life. In the midst of all this hassle, idleness, travelling and praising God another event occurs. On 19th August we say farewell to Henk & Gilly. As Christians and Salvationists we are called to look upon our lives as a journey that takes us closer to God as each day passes. Before they leave though there is still plenty of work for Henk & Gilly to do – chasing workmen to start work on the hall, preparation for Annual Appeal packing up for both their holiday and the move to Redhill, DHQ audit, an endless list. We trust that after all the work there will be time to be idle & relax before commencing work at Redhill Corps in September. Though their time with us has been brief, just 15 months, friendships have been make and there will be sadness in our farewells. But we wish them well, as we say thank you and good bye. We know that God will travel with them, and will lead us all so that the best happens for His Kingdom. In a sense this time is just like the words of one of Paul McCartney’s songs but leading us to God’s door. The long and winding road that leads to your door Will never disappear, I’ve seen that road before. It always leads me here, Leads me to your door. The wild and windy night the rain washed away, Has left a pool of tears crying for the day. Why leave me standing here, let me know the way Many times I’ve been alone and many times I’ve cried Anyway you’ll never know the many ways I’ve tried, but Still they lead me back to the long and winding road You left me standing here a long, long time ago Don’t leave me waiting here, lead me to your door.




Excerpt from the past. Corps History No 9

The local press report of the great happenings of 22nd August 1887 continues with a detailed description of the interior of our fortress: ‘The ventilation of the hall is well arranged by means of 36 adjustable fresh air inlets, the foul air (ouch!) being carried to the ceiling, where it finds egress in seven outlet gratings into the main ventilators of the roof’. ‘There is ample accommodation for the soldiers in the rear of the halls dressing and tea rooms ... well appointed lavatories for both sexes’ (all mod-con!) ‘The decorations are of a very artistic character, the principal colours being grey vermillion, pea green, etc. The whole of the works, including the gas lighting, has been carried out by the contractor, Mr John Munday, of 182 Hartfield Road, the total cost of the hall, furniture etc. being £1260’. Whilst there seems to have been no problem with the interior gas lighting, under a paragraph headed ‘complaint’, a correspondent draws attention to the fact that ‘when Mr Mercer and his followers (whoever they might have been) take up their quarters on Friday and Sunday evenings, Mr Jesse King (the local ‘lamp-lighter’) always sees that the wick is trimmed properly, and that Mr Mercer is given as good a light as can be obtained. When The Salvation Army hold their services underneath the lamp on Sunday evenings, care is taken that the lamp is not lighted, at any rate, not until the Army has concluded its services. The soldiers have had to use candles during that period’. Shame on Mr King! We are told that, on the grand opening night, the soldiers were all called to the very large platform, the bands occupied a prominent position and the colours (flags) of the Corps were displayed on that same platform. ‘Upon General Booth making his appearance he was given a deafening reception which lasted some minutes’. Next month: General Booth explains how the Army work had started in Wimbledon.
Ron Foot




The good things in life !

Thanks for Joy’s nephew who has been successful in his application to join the armed forces, Royal Engineers Corps. We wish him well as he starts basic training in September.

Thanks to all those who have shared their thoughts, love, knowledge and wonder of God in our evening meetings over recent weeks, based on “Called to be God’s People” the book and video.
Thanks to Henk and Gilly for bringing this thought provoking theme to us.

Thanks to all who helped with the Jumble Sale on 30th June, raising £71 for the Senior Corps.
Thanks to SW Trains for allowing the YP Corps to collect at Stoneliegh station on 20th July, and to the commuters who generously gave £123.

Welcome to Maria James, who is able to bring Toni to worship with us.




Sowing seeds.!

During Good Friday’s Storykeepers Club the children made egg baskets, where they planted mustard & cress seeds. It’s been fun sharing the joy of their delight as the tiny seeds have sprouted into new life and grown to fill the basket. God’s Kingdom is like those seeds. It starts small and grows silently as a result of quiet, patient, hard work. Like the seeds, small hidden things can have powerful long term effects, as Jesus reminds us in the parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-35). Jesus & his disciples were a small insignificant group, but the teachings of Jesus have a powerful influence throughout the world today, and in our own lives. Do you sometimes feel that your Christian outreach or influence is small or insignificant ? Yes ! Then remember kindness to a neighbour, a word of encouragement to a friend, a simple task in the home, church, workplace or your street, with God’s blessing will have a powerful effect. Matthew 13:35 quotes from Psalm 78:2, why not read it in a spare moment, or even the first eight verses of the Psalm. To “tell the next generation” (verse 4) is to build the kingdom of God just where you live, work or socialise. Enjoy planting or building.




Music Review

In recent interviews about the Elevation Tour by U2 (a Christian band), the lead singer Bono has talked about how music can be one of God’s languages for many people today. It is how God speaks, not just to the cerebral, but to the soul. Do you have a favourite tape, CD or piece of music through which God has spoken to you ? Have you recently purchased Christian music that might help, inspire or soothe others. If so do write a little about it to share in this column. “Come Heal this Land” captures a spirit filled worship session at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, the site of St. Patrick’s first church in Northern Ireland. Robin Mark, worship leader in the Christian Fellowship Church in Belfast has written many of the songs. The CD/tape has an Irish feel combining the sounds of uillean pipes and tin whistles with strong guitar folk rock rhythms underpinning anthems like “Ancient Words” and modern Christian worship songs such as “Take us to the River” and “Come Heal this Land”. Songs that can both inspire and challenge as the CD is used to enter God’s presence while worshipping at home, or on the nmove.




Corps Diary August 2001

Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th Corps Audit. All section books to Betty.
6th to 10th Kids Holiday Club.
11th to 18th Divisional Music School.
Sunday 19th Farewell of Captains Henk & Gilly.
Friday 31st -2nd September Divisional junior Adventure Camp.
  Advanced Notice
Saturday 15th September YP Outing to Metropolitan Police London Zoo Day. Details to follow from Ailsa.




Prayer list

For “Space … the Final Frontier” our Kids Holiday Club running 6th – 10th August. Please pray for the leadership team, and the children that all may come closer to God over the week.

Please pray for continued healing for Olive Feltwell, Bill Browning, Mary Clement, Ailsa Flinders and Joy Rogers.

Remember our cadets – Sue, Alan, and Carol on their summer appointments.

Pray for the Salvation Army in Moscow, that the Lord will continue to change the hearts and minds of the Russian authorities so that the work can continue for years to come.

For all the Corps folk and their families who are or will be going on holiday.

For our visiting preachers who will lead our services late August and early September.

For Captains Henk & Gilly as they farewell on 19th August, and for Major Rosemary as we welcome her on 16th September.

For peace and tolerance in all the towns in the UK and Ireland suffering from violence.

For the young people going to summer camps. Charlotte, Timothy, Alex, Tiffany and Gillian going to Junior Adventure Camp, and Rebecca to Music School at Abingdon.




Disabled ?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be blind, or have only one arm or leg ? A game that is played a lot is someone leading a blindfolded person from a to b. Give it a try, and then think of all the problems you would have if that was a permanent situation. You would have to have everything in set places so that you could find your way around your home, use the telephone, turn on the radio. It is not easy for us to imagine is it ? What about something that should be easier to cope with, say having your arm amputated. What would you have difficulty with ? If it is the arm you used when writing, how would you write to your friends ? How much harder would it be to get dressed, eat a meal, do the shopping ? If you lost a leg, how would you get about ? You may use a wheelchair, but think of all the problems that would bring, difficulty using public transport, getting up steps in public places. Have I made you think ? I hope so. Most of us should be thankful that we have all our faculties, can read and write. However being disabled in one way or another does not just refer to some form of personal situation. What happened to the railway system after the Hatfield crash. It was severely disabled. So it is with our Corps, if people leave for whatever reason the Corps looses some of its ability to function. All you need do is look at the history of any Corps, when key people have left for new pastures the Corps suffers. Thinks start to fall apart, people get disgruntled and leave, which may perpetuate the situation. In short the Corps becomes disabled. It is a fact of life that people will come and people will go, and most of us, being human, dwell on the negative, moan and fill our hearts with resentment, bitterness and sometimes even hatred. The pop group ABBA wrote a song ‘I have a dream’, and one line of this song includes ‘Something good in everything I see’. That is what we should look for. Yes the Corps has lost many people, but what good did they do when with us, and what good have they done since. But more importantly what and how can we fill the gap that is left to maintain and improve on what we have ? It is just like loosing an arm or a leg, we have to adapt. Remember the good times and use them to build the future. Henk and Gilly by their departure will in many ways leave us disabled, but also they will be disabled. We all have had to work together, we have learnt things from each other. Dwell on the happy times and forget the bad. Yes there have been bad times, there always will be, but it is the good and happy times that will move us on, to recover from the loss. How often did Jesus moan about his lot ? I can think of twice, once in the Garden of Gethsemane and once (initially) when the crowds pushed against him and the woman touched the ‘hem of his garment’. That for me is very good going, if you consider how often we moan. It is obvious that Jesus saw the good in everything he did, otherwise he would not have suffered as he did, he would have walked away. So always remember the good times, look for something good in everything, and to quote another famous song ‘Always look on the bright side of life’!




Preaching programme for August

  Morning Holiness meeting Evening Salvation Meeting
5th Family Service Righteousness through Faith Romans 3 Justified by Faith Romans 4
God Squad Walk the talk. Luke7:1-10  
Junior Soldiers Class Remain in the main meeting  
12th Peace and Joy Romans 5 Life through the Spirit Romans 8
God Squad Travelling light. Luke 9:1-6  
Junior Soldiers Class Our Mission Matthew 28:18-20  
19th God’s Sovereign Choice. Romans 9 The weak and strong. Romans 14
God Squad Taking the credit. Luke 18:9-14  
Junior Soldiers Class Many churches, One God John 17:20-21  
26th Led by Envoy R. Kear Led by Envoy R. Kear
God Squad Short changed. Luke 19:1-10  
Junior Soldiers Class How can I witness Matthew 28:18-20  




YP Memory verse

Jesus said: “Anyone who comes and listens to me, and obeys me is like someone who dug down deep and built a house on solid rock”. Luke 6:47-48




July Teasers – Answers

When is St James’ Day ?
July 25 - St. James was a fisherman summoned by Jesus to become one of his disciples. He preached with St. John and was martyred in 43 AD. By the 9th century, a legend had grown up that he had preached in Spain and that he was buried at Compostela. This became a famous place of pilgrimage and the scallop shell, his symbol, became the badge of pilgrims who visited his shrine. By the old form of the calendar, before it was changed in 1752, St. James’ Day was the start of the official oyster season. This is now really 5th August, but old oyster ceremonies still occur on St. James’ Day itself. In the oyster fishing town of Whitstable, an annual service is held on this day on St. Reeves’ Beach to bless the oyster fishing boats, their crews and the sea. This old ceremony (it dates back to at least the early 19th century) is similar to many other coastal ceremonies of blessing the seas and fishermen.

Why did London lads say ‘Please sir, remember the grotter’ ?
In London there was an age-old custom of local lads building small grottoes with oyster shells at the sides of the roads. These ‘St. James’ Grottoes’ were once built solely with oyster shells, but later usually just made with stones and flowers. Pennies were collected from passers-by with the request ‘Please sir, remember the grotter’.




August Teasers

What are August Wakes ?




Support Premier Christian Radio

Premier is the only Christian radio station in the UK. It was launched in 1995 and broadcasts quality Christian orientated programmes 24 hours a day. Over a quarter of a million people listen every day to programmes that inspire, nurture, support and encourage their spiritual life. Recently the station has increased its coverage through the internet and Sky Digital channel 873. However the future of the station is now uncertain. The Broadcasting Acts of 1990 and 1996 exclude religious radio stations from applying for the new digital radio frequencies, which will be replacing the current FM and AM frequencies. Currently digital radio licences are only available for multi-faith radio stations where there is no distinctive focus on any religion. As a single faith station owned by a Christian religious body, Premier cannot apply for a digital licence when the current licence expires. UCB (another station) are still trying to get a national licence, but the Government has stated that there is a shortage of frequencies and they cannot allow a single faith group to have such a scarce resource. This Government policy discriminates against Christians and may result in there being no Christian radio in the UK. Please consider being part of the solution to change this situation by
1 Signing the petition up on the wall in the community hall. (This shows your support for Christian radio in the UK, and Premier radio).
2 Praying
  • For a change in the attitude of the Radio Authority and Government.
  • That the relationship between Premier and the Authority will be positive and productive.
  • That the petition campaign receives widespread support.
  • For the digital licence to be awarded.
  • That all of this will bring Glory to God.
3) Write to your MP, asking them to support the Premier Christian Radio Campaign. Expressing concern that broadcasting law discriminates against religious groups. (See the tips sheet on the wall in the community hall on how to do this). Finally stick a Premier sticker in your car or pass on a prayer card to a friend (these are on the notice board in the community hall).




Just a short word.

Henk & Gilly, you have not been with us long, and yes you ruffled a few feathers along the way, but maybe that was needed, who knows ! What I know is that you gave of your best, we all have learned a lot. So it just leaves me to say the team will miss you a lot. I pray that Redhill will lead you on to greater things, and much joy.
The Editor