|Have you ever had one of those weeks ? You know - the
plans that fall through; a put down from a friend; angry words; loneliness and
all those other things that can dishearten and deter us ! Yes you have. Well
what is it that inspires us anew, gives courage and hope to rise above it all ?
Often it will be the words or actions of a friend or family member. Selwyn
Hughes suggests that we should think Biblically about life, and spend time
talking to ourselves about the facts of our faith, remembering who
God is and all that he has promised us in scripture. Another theologian Jim
Packer advocates that the secret of recovering your footing spiritually
lies in the little word THINK. As our puritan forefathers did when they
were discouraged we need to preach to oneself. Taking control of
events by remembering how great, merciful and forgiving God is. To him nothing
At a recent talk on How to manage stress the counsellor leading it noted that how we describe ourselves in our head will affect how we feel and behave. Our negative self-talk leads to feeling low, miserable and useless. Focusing on Gods word ( the counsellor suggested meditation ) will help revive, refresh us and make us feel good in our spirits.
In times of change we can all feel uncertain, lonely and wonder whats happening to us. So what verses of scripture can we use to help us get through those off days ? I am sure you will have favourite verses that encourage. For me John 3:16 is such a verse For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.
What verses encourage you and why ? Share them with everyone via the newsletter. Friends are a gift from God and we have a richness of friendship in the Corps. Lets build on those friendships so that we also become encouragers and overcomers for God. God bless you.
|How pleased I am to be able to come to
Wimbledon and see you all in this great hall, began our Founder, General
William Booth, on that wonderful evening of 22 August 1887. He went on to
explain how the work of The Salvation Army had begun in our area. Our local
newspaper reporter tells the story:
First, a wayfarer had visited the neighbourhood, and resolved to take up permanent quarters here. He happened to be a member of The Salvation Army and took part in the meetings at his own corps (not named) whenever he could - although the barracks were some distance from Wimbledon. With the love of the Lord Jesus Christ and his people in his heart, this soldier endeavoured (although it was very uphill work) to start Army services in Wimbledon, and finding no persons very willing to help him here (oh, oh!) he brought over one or two soldiers to be of assistance, and then held meetings in the thoroughfares. Well, they all knew the result. They were not received over-graciously - they had no choice bouquets tossed at them; but, on the other hand, they met with very rough treatment. However, they came again and again, and were here now and, praise the Lord, these barracks are the result the great ending out of small beginnings. There will be yet more and more barracks, and the time will arrive when they will be as plentiful as churches and public houses!
The Founder referred to the sum of £1260 which had been borrowed to finance the building and reminded his local hearers that there would be the little matter of interest payable! It would be wise to raise the sum of £250 at once. If they had no money with them (no American Express then!) they could fill in the canaries, (yellow slips on which to collect promises) which were coincidentally at that moment being distributed around the assembled congregation.
|Next month: Vulgar Salvationists and a dirty dog!|
|32 Children at this years holiday club Space the Final
Frontier found themselves on a Luna landscape, mixing with men from Mars,
with Chocolate aliens and all other strange events as they looked at different
aspects of Peters life and character, ably helped by Grand-dad, Zara and
You may think that we have gone mad, but the children enjoyed themselves so who cares ?
Zara (meaning sunrise or brightness of the east in Arabic), Aland ( meaning bright as the sun in Celtic), and Grand-dad (just grand-dad), three puppets used to tell the bible stories and daily tale. They had mixed acceptance, one person said Dont like them and then once their part was over for the day the same person would say Too short, thats too short.
The SpaceRama declared The heavens declare the glory of God Psalm 19 verse 1. As well as decorating this mural the children created their own lunar landscape with figures, flying saucer and alien.
However the highlight of the week must have been making chocolate aliens, which were later eaten. Its amazing how easy it is for children to get chocolate all over their faces before they have devoured their alien !
No doubt by now you may be saying the leaders are mad ! But it did not stop there. Oh No !! Cards were made to say thank you or Get Well etc. These were no ordinary cards though. They were Space Bug cards. If you were ill in bed would you want to be given a Bug ? Well all I can say is I hope all those bugs were good friendly bugs.
Another activity was making alien masks. Why I do not know, since how many times have parents called their children Monsters ? But there it is, alien monster masks were make to the delight of the children, who once again managed to get thoroughly messy.
To remind them of the week each child made their own rocket onto which they stuck the memory verse for each day, and had their Interstellar Planetary Federation Passport stamped for each day of intergalactic travel.
If you do not like the thought of aliens but love chocolate here is a picture of a mini swissroll Chocolate Alien, using matchmakers for arms & legs. Why not have a go (theyre nice to eat) ?
|Reproduced by courtesy of Scouting Magazine|
Corps Diary September 2001
|Aug. 31st - Sept 2nd||Junior Adventure camp|
|Monday 3rd||YP Leaders meal out.|
|Friday 7th||Story Keepers 6pm.|
|Sunday 9th||Ekklesia - Brighton Corps 8pm 13-25 year olds.|
|Tuesday 11th||Singing Company 6.30pm & Songsters 8pm.|
|Thursday 13th||YP Band practice 6:30pm
.Launch of Timbrel brigade 7pm.
|Saturday 15th||Start of Annual Appeal.|
|Sunday 16th||Welcome of Major Rosemary Randall.|
|Monday 17th||YP Leaders meeting 8pm in the Community Hall.|
|Friday 21st||YP Railway
Collection. Story Keepers 6pm.
|Monday 24th||Corps Council 8pm in the Community hall.|
|Please remember our Corps folk, who for various reasons are
unable to get out and about, and be with us at the current time.
Paul Johnson, John Taylor, Olive Morris, Edith Berkshire and Cis Williams.
Please pray that the Lord will bring healing to Bill Browning, Ron Foot, Mary Clement, Olive Feltwell, Ella Willis, and Ailsa Flinders, and compassion for those caring for them. Please uphold to the Lord our Corps folk and friends who are going through difficult times. Toni Rogers, her parents Eric and Zoe, Gillian Williams, Margaret Quinn, Caroline Khan, Darren Hargreaves and Linda Stewart.
|To Ksenya on her GCSE results - 2 A*s, 4 As, 3 Bs & 3 Cs. Someone worked very hard, well done.|
|Over the years Graham Kendrick has written worship songs that cut across generational, cultural and denominational boundaries helping people in their worship of God. The What Grace album is a collection of new church songs about which Graham Kendrick says I have tried to write these songs so that they will be useful for regular worship, songs that worship leaders will get a hold of and use Sunday by Sunday. The songs focus on scripture, the person of Jesus and Gods grace.|
|Bible reading (Yawn) - Boring ! Are there times when reading the
Bible seems dry or even mundane ? If so there are two new books by Walter
Wangerin that might help.
The Book of God is an imaginative version of the Bible written in the form of a novel and includes descriptive and emotive narrative of characters and events that bring records alive in a tangible way. Paul weaves together the history of the early church and the life of Paul the Apostle. It is a novel full of depth, colour and imagery that powerfully brings Pauls achievements alive.
|Why not explore the three On the trail of puzzle books. The books are based on the lives of Jesus, Peter and Paul. Through completing the puzzles and looking up the Bible texts they are both informative and fun to do. Easily affordable from saved pocket money.|
|Just as the Paul Simon Song says Wed like to know a
little bit about you for our files.
Major Rosemary Randall has given us a potted history of her interests and Army life. Here is an extract from her letter.
"I was commissioned in 1969.
My first 11 years was with the Social Services working with children and teenagers - during which time I completed my Residential Child Care training at Lewis Technical College.
I then transferred to the Goodwill Work and for 7 years worked alongside families in the community, particularly concentrating on activities for latch-key children in Birmingham, Hull and Bethnal Green.
Following this, at the DC's request, I transferred to the Field, serving at Woodford, Newtownards NI, Cardiff Cathays, Maltby, Ramsgate and Hastings Citadel.
My pastimes, are caring for my dog Penny, reading, jigsaw puzzles and crosswords.
My main subjects of interest are Jewish History and the Victorian Era. One day, I hope to make and complete a Victorian Doll's House. "
I am sure from this short list that each one of us will find something to help make our new Commanding Officer very welcome.
Preaching programme for September
|Morning Holiness meeting||Evening Salvation Meeting|
|2nd Family Service||Led by Envoy R. Kear||Led by Envoy R. Kear|
|God Squad||Design for Living Genesis 12 : 1-9|
|Junior Soldiers Class||Remain in the main meeting|
|9th||Led by Captain C. Clement||Led by Captain C. Clement|
|God Squad||Mapping the Future Genesis 13|
|Junior Soldiers Class||Giving to God Malachi 3:10|
|16th||Welcome of Major Rosemary Randall.||Led by Major Randall.|
|God Squad||Designer Label Genesis 17:1-22|
|Junior Soldiers Class||The Bible My guide 2 timothy 3:16|
|23rd||Led by Major Randall.||Led by Major Randall.|
|God Squad||Extension Plans Genesis 18:1-15|
|Junior Soldiers Class||Early Ventures James 2:14-17|
|30th||Led by Major Randall.||Led by Major Randall.|
|God Squad||New Developments Genesis 21:1-8|
|Junior Soldiers Class||Lights in Darkest England
|What are August Wakes ?
Wakes used to be feast days held to honour local town saints, centred around the parish churches dedicated to the saint. They took place at many different times of the year, although summer tended to be most popular. Sometimes these feast days were called wakes, sometimes just feasts or, in the West Country, revels. Wakes gradually became a very important part of the calendar in the Midlands and the north of England, as they began to be synonymous with a town's annual holiday. August has always been the main time for outdoor festivities, sports, fairs and games, and so many wakes weeks occurred at this time. The term wake refers to the medieval custom of staying awake in the parish church all night before the saints feast day, in order to hear mass at dawn. In the beginning wakes were quite sombre occasions, and parishioners would fast and do penance. However after the Reformation more emphasis began to be placed on revelry and much merrymaking took place on the eve of the saints day. Because of the increasingly lewd behaviour of many young men on these supposedly holy occasions the celebrations were transferred to the daytime, and usually took the form of a market fair to raise money for the church. Many places served their own special wake or feast day dish. A popular dish in the north is still known as Hindle Wakes, derived from Hen de la Wake (Hen of the Wake).
|What is Nutting Day ?
When is St. Matthew's Day ?
And what links the two ?
|Who is this God that Christians believe in?
What is he like?
What does faith in God really mean?
|God is the name given to the creator of life. We either believe
in a Creator God or we have to believe everything happens by chance. We cannot
prove there is a God by reason or logic or argument. But then, you cannot prove
love in this way either, but that does not mean love does not exist! The
amazing solar system and the world in which we live demands a master designer,
an architect, an engineer and an artist. We call this great being God.
We human beings live in time and we have a beginning and an end. Just because we are like this we tend to think God must be the same. But the Bible tells us that God has no beginning and no end. He is not subject to time as we are.
Space, to all intents and purposes, has no beginning and no end; it stretches on and on. We find this hard to take in because our minds are limited. We can only understand what we can see and know and we think that must be everything. God is far greater than our minds can take in. He has always been there. He never changes or grows old as we do. God is the one unchanging factor in an ever-changing world. The world God has made is one of outstanding beauty and order. The whole world of nature shows clear signs of careful design and natural laws. We plant a daffodil bulb and up comes a daffodil! From a tiny egg in a woman's body there develops a child with all the intricate mechanism of ear and eye, mind and heart. But no parent can give life to that child. It is God who gives life-that strange, intangible mystery which defies analysis and which no one but God can create. We cannot see God, though all around us are the signs of his handiwork. But there are many things in everyday life we cannot see-wind, electricity, air, radio waves-yet we know they are there. We cannot see love, yet we know it is there in those who care for us. We cannot see God with our eyes, but we know deep within us he is there. God does not have a human body like ours. This does not mean he does not have personality. God can think, love, plan, design and create. He has all the traits of personality, but without a single weak point or fault.
Jesus said, 'God is Spirit'-full of active energy and life with no limits in time or space. We too have a spirit, or soul. It is our personality, what we are deep down, the source of all our ideals and hopes and thoughts. God is all this to perfection. It is no wonder that Jesus went on to say that it is this great Creator God, Father of all, whom we are to worship in spirit and in truth.
|Why Believe by Norman Warren Published by Lion Publishing 1992|
|Have you any amusing stories, anecdotes, jokes, cartoons, drawings. Things that you have seen whilst out and about that brought a sudden burst of joy, or sadness. Share it with others. You never know it might be just 'what the doctor ordered' for someone. Send them to the editor for publication. It could be the start of something BIG!|
|SO GO ON GIVE IT A GO !!|