From the CO’s Desk

Easter is just behind us and Pentecost lies ahead.
A time of apprehension and uncertainty for the disciples.
A time of keeping quiet, of waiting patiently, of fear from reprisals.
An anxious time.
For me personally this time of the year is a wonderful reminder of the Lord’s incredible love and patience with me. Of his incredible cost for my salvation.
The disciples did not know how it would all develop, we know today, and yet, for us too (for me personally for sure), there are times of apprehension and uncertainty. Times of hanging in there, being patient. Anxious times.
But I know that my saviour lives, that Jesus is alive and what can I say?
These words of a song by Martin Smith, express my thoughts at this time of the year; “Thank you for saving me, what can I say, You are my everything, I will sing your praise, You shed your blood for me, what can I say?
Great is the Lord for we know your truth has set us free, you’ve set your hope in me. Mercy and grace are mine, forgiven is my sin, Jesus my only hope, the saviour of the world. Great is the Lord we cry, God let your kingdom come. Your word has let me see, thank you for saving me. Faith comes from hearing the message. The message is heard through the word of Christ. Sometimes we listen, but do not hear, and sometimes we look and do not see. Your word, has let me see, thank you for saving me”.




Corps History No 8

Among the gifts I received last Christmas was a lovely book from our family: The Times History of London, New Millennium edition, a mine of information going back to the Roman period and beyond. I searched the lengthy index for any trace of The Salvation Army and found just one mention. Turning to the appropriate page I found (under the heading ‘Victorian London: hospitals and churches’) just two examples of the latter, namely the Catholic Westminster Cathedral and what is described as a Salvation Army barracks. Such excitement for those ‘barracks’ turned out to be our very own Wimbledon Citadel! You will note the banner, proclaiming ‘grand opening’ and the turreted top of the building which was in place until very recently - during the ‘reign’ of Majors Margaret and Steve Huyton. Are the two shirt-sleeved gents in the doorway early Salvationists or simply workmen, I wonder?
Photo © Times Books 2000 in Times History of London. Pub. Ted Smart 1999
Also reproduced to prove the authenticity of my discovery is an artist’s impression of our hall which appeared in The War Cry of 3 September 1887: The full lettering on the banner reads:
Monday August 22nd (1887)
and staff of officers
& brass band, commencing 7.45 pm.
More of that ‘grand opening’ next month..... and did the wheels really come off the cab?
Ron Foot




Teasers – Answers

What is Carling Sunday ?

PASSION SUNDAY is the official name for the day on which churches begin their meditations upon the sufferings of Christ. This day is also known as Carling Sunday, a derivation of ‘care’, which means mourning in Middle English. Altars and crucifixes are draped with purple to announce the beginning of Passiontide.
It used to be the custom all over Britain to eat dried peas on this day, which is why it is often known as Pea Sunday. Grey (‘Carling’) peas are still prepared and eaten in the North of England and Scotland, where there used to be a number of interesting pea-related customs. In some areas roasted peas were carried up a local hill, together with a drink of well water. At the top of the hill the peas would be eaten and the water drunk. In other areas the peas and water would be taken back down the hill to be made into pea soup. There are many regional versions of the traditional Carling dish of peas, but it is most common, especially in Northumberland, to serve the soaked peas fried in, butter and seasoned with salt and pepper. Pea dishes, an important source of protein in a meatless diet, were often eaten throughout Lent. Because peas were one of the ‘approved’ foods during Lent, many old people came to believe that they should only eat them at this time, and that if they ate peas before Lent they would be breaking the rules of the Church and choke on their meal. Why this day in particular became associated with peas is uncertain - perhaps confusion between this festival and an older one called Peasen Sunday.

What is a ‘Hot Cross Bun’ ?

In the Christian church’s manner of adapting pagan rites to their own ends, these buns are descendants of small cakes made at this time of year in celebration of the spring and the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre. Both the Greeks and the Romans had festive spring cakes too, which bore a similarity to our own Hot Cross Buns. Their cross was a symbol of the sun - a circle bisected by two right-angle lines, cutting the bun into four quarters, representing the four seasons. At one time all bread was marked with a cross to help the dough rise, but this was frowned on by the church after the Reformation except for special holy cakes. Hot Cross Buns were thought, in olden times, to have holy powers. A bun would be hung from the ceiling of the house to protect all within from harm. If a member of the household (or one of the animals, for that matter) became ill, a small amount would be grated into warm milk or water. This was thought to cure most ailments. If the bun went mouldy, then disaster was sure to strike the house during the coming year. Spiced buns were baked and sold during Tudor times. As late as 1784, bakers could only sell spiced buns such as these on special occasions - weddings, christenings and burials and on holy days such as Good Friday and at Christmas, If a baker ignored this decree he would be punished and all his bread would be taken and given to the local poor.

What is ‘Lifting’ or ‘Heaving’ ?

In parts of north-west England and the Welsh Border counties, a strange custom called ‘Lifting’ or ‘Heaving’ used to take place on Easter Monday. Strong young men were chosen to be the ‘lifters’, and visited each house in the village. They would make a chair with their arms and the women of each house would sit in this in turns. They were then hoisted up three times and turned around. On Easter Tuesday, the custom would be reversed and the women would lift the men in retaliation. The origins of this practice are thought to have been some mystical fertility rite, but it later came to symbolise the resurrection. In Herefordshire, the lifters would sing ‘Jesus Christ is risen again’ as they entered each house. In some places a chair decorated with ribbons and greenery would be used. Lifting had to cease at noon and many shy young ladies would lock themselves indoors until twelve, in the hope that they would escape the indignity of being ‘lifted’. Seen as rude and unseemly in Victorian times, the custom fell into decline.




What is it you dislike ?

Many people hate their jobs, certain people. How often do you hear ‘I wish…’ A wish is just that; a wish. The reality is that everybody can find something they do not like. As the saying goes ‘That’s Life !’ All the things we dislike are there for a purpose, just take a moment to think why this or that happened. We may not know or never find out but in God’s plan everything can help someone (if not yourself) in some way. “What am I doing here ? The voices are loud, the language if foul, the egos are out of control. Why am I here ? Often the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit says to me, ‘You’re doing the kind of things that Jesus did’ ” Bill Hybels




Corps Diary May 2001

Monday 30th April Corps Council Meeting 8pm.
Thursday 10th Divisional Farewell to cadets 7.30pm at Chatham Citadel
Thursday 17th Bible Study
Friday 18th Story Keepers Club 6pm - 7.30pm
Saturday 19th Passion – Worship for 12/25yr olds. Details from Ailsa.
Friday 25th "Ambassadors of Grace" Commissioning of cadets at Wembley Conference Centre 25th May.




Jumble sale

Many thanks to all who helped raise £96.40 at the jumble sale on 21st April.




Railway Station Collections

Many thanks to all who helped on Friday 6th, April at Wimbledon station. £269.22 was collected which will be used to offset the costs of YP holiday club.

A further £73.63 was collected on Friday 27th April at Ewell West station, which will go into general YP funds.




I Pray to You Jesus.

As part of her Junior Soldier Crest Award Letitia was asked to write a testimony about prayer and praying to Jesus. I Pray to You Jesus. Isn't it great to know Him ? Yes it is great to know Him ! Bring me peace and joy to help others in your power Jesus. Nothing can destroy our very best friend. And our best friend in the whole world is Jesus. Even when the skies are grey we will still love you for our whole life wherever we are, trusting the Lord with all our heart. And we are very joyful that you love us with all your heart. It is very great to know that I am part of God's plan to help other people know about Jesus and God. And I am very happy to follow Him. Amen, to Jesus the Son of God.
Letitia Rogers





To Joan and David on the birth of their granddaughter Rebekah, and to her parents Jill and Andrew.
To Toni Rogers Enrolled as a Junior Soldier on 8th April.

To Gillian Rogers commissioned as a YP Singing Company member on 29th April.

To Rebecca Flinders commissioned as a Senior Bandswoman on 29th April.

To Ailsa Flinders Commissioned as a Songster on 29th April.

Please uphold them in your prayers as they witness of God in all they do.




May’s Teasers

What and when is Royal Oak day ?

What is well dressing ?

Get your name in print !! Send your answers to the editor by 15th May.




Preaching programme for May

  Morning Holiness meeting Evening Salvation Meeting
6th (SA Roots) Led by Captain C. Clement Led by Captain C. Clement
God Squad Born Free ? Exodus ch 1 & 2  
Junior Soldiers Class Stay in Holiness meeting.  
13th The continuing Story. Acts 1:1-6 1) Called to God’s Word *
God Squad What price freedom.
Exodus ch 3—10
Junior Soldiers Class Don’t bet on it.
1 Timothy 6:7-12, Hebrews 13:15
20th The Ascension of Jesus. Acts 1:7-11 2) Called to Celebrate Christ’s Presence *
God Squad Set free. Exodus 11:1—15:21  
Junior Soldiers Class Respecting our parents.
Exodus 20:12 & Ephesians 6:1-4
27th Matthias’ calling. Acts 1:12-26 3) Called to Inner Life*
God Squad Freedom road. Exodus 15:22—17:7  
Junior Soldiers Class No Murder.
Exodus 20:13 & Samuel ch 26
  * Based on the book Called to be God’s People.




It was a good Friday !

Good Friday morning: 13th April
With lip-curling sarcasm the dying thief to the right of the centre cross called on Christ to prove his power and might by stepping down from his own place of execution. What sort of promised Messiah was this then! Wasn't he the miracle-maker extraordinaire? Huh! and huh! again. As for this so-called Paradise - phoney, just like this Jesus. ‘Pie-in-the-sky’.
But his ‘cross-mate’ had other thoughts. This was no ordinary man in their midst. This rogue expected no miracle save that of forgiveness for his sins from the One who was himself sinless. And - yes - he would ask simply to be ‘remembered’ when this Messiah came to Paradise that very day.
A few moments of telling drama is often worth more than the longest sermons and we felt we were ‘there, when they crucified my Lord’. Thank you Rebecca and Letitia, for your very thoughtful and carefully prepared presentation. I asked them both if their arms ached from those long minutes of entwining them around broomstick gibbets - they agreed they did! How then, can we ever have any conception of what our Saviour suffered on Calvary? ‘We may not know, we cannot tell what pains he had to bear ...’ ‘Yes, it was love made him die on the tree; Oh, I am certain that Jesus loves me!’
Ron Foot




Story Keepers Easter Extravaganza

 ' It was the Friday before Easter
And all through the hall
Nothing was stirring, not even a ball….
Until Story Keepers Easter Extravaganza !
Then everything was moving – even the hall !!
With action packed games, marble championships, making Easter chicks and decorating hard boiled eggs, 19 children and 9 leaders celebrated the traditions and stories of Easter. The three hours were exhausting, energetic and gave the kids time to make new friends and have fun. With sad faces the afternoon ended with promises of meeting up again at holiday club and Story Keepers Club. The Good Friday club shows that the stories of Jesus still draw people to Him. Do we still tell the stories ?
Rebecca Flinders




People to remember in Prayer

Please uphold the following people in prayer.

Captain Heather Cole.
Doreen who has been in hospital.
Sonia who is unwell.
Shi Win (member of Story Keepers Club) who was Christened on Easter Sunday.
Peter injured in Scotland (brother of CSM at Maidstone Corps).
Ciss, who has entered a nursing home in Sutton.
Mary, has had surgery and is doing well.
Bill Browning and his wife Betty.
Caroline who has been admitted to hospital.
Olive Morris, Olive Feltwell, Gerald Emms




Many thanks

To Alan, Carol and Sue – our cadets who have shared so much with us since January. Their energy and faith has been an inspiration to us all, and we trust Christ's Holy Spirit will lead and empower them in all they do for God. Pray that they may enjoy their summer placements.





To Andy from Switzerland, staying with Paul & Ailsa while studying for two months in Wimbledon.
To Mavis from New Zealand who has returned to the corps while staying with her daughter for four months.
To Norma from Newcastle.




24-7 prayer

Henk, Gilly, Ailsa & Rebecca have a vision for one week of prayer later in the year. Are you prepared to be part of perpetual prayer across the nation for todays lost generations ?

What is 24-7?
24-7 is a prayer chain that has been running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for over 12 months. Churches, corps’, and groups from around the world have run 24-7 weeks where individuals from these groups book shifts of an hour (or longer) to pray in the prayer room.

What is 24-7/SA?
From May 2001 to May 2002, the Salvation Army will be praying 24-7. Non-stop prayer for our corps, our communities, our nation, and the world!