|Have you noticed how the front page of our papers carry stories
that are designed to grab the attention of readers. So often it is bad news or
reports of tragic situations, though in the last month there has been much good
news for the country to celebrate together. So this month we bring you yet more
good news to celebrate. In recent Junior Soldiers classes we have been thinking
about how to tell others about our Good News of what Jesus has been
doing in our lives. We encouraged the young folk to give their Testimony by
answering three questions which they have agreed to share with you.
How did I come to know Jesus as my Saviour and friend? As I grow up I learnt that Jesus was my friend and when I got older I learnt that he was and is my Saviour. (Tiffany). From school and going to a funeral. From the Bible here (Kieran). From Mummy, RE and the Bible (James). From Henk, the Bible, Mum and school (Aidan). I used to be in the toddler group and on the notice board was a Sunday Club. So I joined and found out there ( Charlotte). Grown up with Him (Gillian).
What is my life like now that I am Gods child? Happy and Good (Kieran, James). Happy (Aidan). I have someone to help me and when Im lonely he is always with me. (Charlotte). Its fun being at the Corps. We have picnics in the park. At school I have faith. I have friends (Gillian). It is like a yo-yo - one moment I am up and the next I am down. (Tiffany)
Name a Bible verse that helps you as a Christian John 3:16 (Aidan, Kieran, James, Gillian) and 1 Timothy 4:12 (Charlotte, Tiffany) Challenged by their faith. Why not use the three questions and have a go yourself. It can bring back all sorts of memories as we think about the people who have helped us grow closer to God over the years. A nice gentle pastime, for those warm summer afternoons, sitting in the sun, watching tennis and eating the odd strawberry or two.
|In these days of speedy travel and communication we are well used
to international events, particularly within The Salvation Army, but on 24/25th
September 1921 great excitement was generated in Wimbledon by the visit of a
Colonel Edwin and 20 Indian children from Satara. On Saturday
evening says our history book a march from our hall to the
Broadway, headed by our band with the children on a lorry. Great crowds !
This was repeated (minus the lorry) on the Sunday evening and brought hundreds to their doors. There followed a grand meeting - packed out - 14 souls seeking the Lord. As a result of this weekend Wimbledon band and songsters decided to adopt the baby Indian and to maintain her at the Industrial School at an outlay of £10 a year.
In November 1922 our band was invited for the first time to accompany the hymns on Armistice Sunday at the newly erected war memorial by the Common. Those bandsmen who were ex-servicemen wore their medals and decorations. We returned each year after that to render this service until just a few years ago when we no longer had sufficient numbers to take on the sole responsibility. The annual event was later renamed Remembrance Sunday.
The following month our band commenced Christmas playing having in view the purchase of two new instruments. Tut tut! (In those days carolling money was simply split between band and corps).
I leave you this month with extracts from the Wimbledon Borough News of 5th January 1923 of a kindly gesture by our corps:
|Next month: Raynes Park corps makes its appearance and the first marriage takes place within our hall.|
|Find the following words:|
Oil and Wine
|The circus comes to town 5 to 9th August. The Big Top
is our Holiday Club theme this year and we will be having lots of circus fun
during the week. The Holiday Club is growing and expanding with a bigger
programme this year and your prayer would be valued for this development.
For children aged 5 to 7 yr. the Holiday Club runs each morning from 10 am to 12-30. It costs just £1 per child per day.
For children aged 8 to 11 yr. the Holiday Club runs from 10am to 4pm daily. The cost is £1 per child, but they will also need to pay for bus fare / entrance to swimming pool and for a t-shirt that will be used as part of the craft work during the afternoon sessions. All the children will join together for a shared programme of events in the morning and in the afternoon the older children will be introduced to the delights of physical theatre, dance and other fun.
Everyone is invited to join the Circus Sizzle on 9 August, in the evening, when the children will put on a display of the work achieved, songs and dances learnt, while we enjoy a B-B-Q in our newly completed patio area. The evening will host a sale of cakes (contributions welcome) and Christian books/materials.
|Wimbledon fortnight is rapidly approaching and with it comes our Corps Strawberry Tea and Quiz on 1st July at 7pm. Everyone in the Corps and friends are welcome to join in this event. Tickets cost £3 each and need to be bought in advance from Joy Rogers.|
"O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honouring you. Please grant me success now as I go to ask the king for a great favour. Put it into his heart to be kind to me. In those days I was the kings cup-bearer."
Nehemiah was in a unique position to speak to the king. He was the trusted cup-bearer, who ensured the safety and quality of the kings food and drink. Nehemiah was concerned, prayerful, and prepared as he looked for the right opportunity to tell the king about Gods people. Each of us is unique and capable of serving no matter what our position. Just as Nehemiah used his place as the kings trusted servant to intercede for his people, we can use our present positions to serve God.
You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honour and power. For you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.
"Honour your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God will give you."
This is the first commandment with a promise attached. To live in peace for generations in the Promised Land, the Israelites would need to respect authority and build strong families. But what does it mean to honour parents? Partly, it means speaking well of them and politely to them. It also means acting in a way that shows them courtesy and respect (but not to obey them if this means disobedience to God). It means following their teaching and example of putting God first. Parents have a special place in Gods sight. Even those who find it difficult to get along with their parents are still commanded to honour them.
Show your fear of God by standing up in the presence of elderly people and showing respect for the aged."
People often find it easy to dismiss the opinions of the elderly and avoid taking time to visit with them. But the fact that God commanded the Israelites to show respect for the elderly shows how seriously we should take the responsibility of respecting those older than we are. Their wisdom gained from experience can save us from many pitfalls.
Those in authority over us.
1 Samuel 24:5-7
5 But then Davids conscience began bothering him because he had cut Sauls robe. 6The Lord knows I shouldnt have done it, he said to his men. It is a serious thing to attack the Lords anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him. 7 So David sharply rebuked his men and did not let them kill Saul.
David had great respect for Saul, in spite of the fact that Saul was trying to kill him. Although Saul was sinning and rebelling against God, David still respected the position he held as Gods anointed king. David knew he would one day be king, and he also knew it was not right to strike down the man God had placed on the throne. If he assassinated Saul, he would be setting a precedent for his own opponents to remove him some day.
Romans 13:1-7 teaches that God has placed the government and its leaders in power. We may not know why, but, like David, we are to respect the positions and roles of those to whom God has given authority. There is one exception, however. Because God is our highest authority, we should not allow a leader to pressure us to violate Gods law.
"Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other."
A Promise from God: Luke 14:11 11 For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honoured.
How can we humble ourselves? Some people try to give the appearance of humility in order to manipulate others. Others think that humility means putting themselves down. Truly humble people compare themselves only with Christ, realise their sinfulness, and understand their limitations. On the other hand, they also recognise their gifts and strengths and are willing to use them as Christ directs. Humility is not self-degradation; it is realistic self-assessment and commitment to serve.
|The last month has been one of celebrations, which look set to
continue with the World Cup and Cricket. Do take time to thank God for all the
good things we experience each day. Though the Corps is small in number we have
a blessed leadership team. Do pray for Major Rosemary and our local officers
that God will continue to guide them and give them the wisdom and discernment
needed to lead us all. Also give thanks for the range of skills and talents
that so many people have in the Corps. Their willingness to use them on
Gods behalf enriches all our lives.
As shared from the platform a number of our Corps folk, or members of their families are need in prayer do remember Heather receiving chemotherapy, Gill, Ella, Sue, Philip, Olive, Eddie, and John.
|This has progressed over the last few weeks and now is complete. Do take the time to step out and walk on our new drive and patio at the rear of the hall. Car drivers are requested to only park on the bricked drive area as the slabs at the rear of the hall are not designed to take the weight of a car.|
|Argos Activity Gym Mat £10; Argos Activity Table £10; Buggy Board £25; Boots Walker £15; Pine Swing Crib £50 and other items. Please call 0208 540 0777|
Preaching programme for July
|Morning Holiness meeting||Evening Salvation Meeting|
|7th||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall||Monthly Corps Prayer Meeting at 5-30pm Salvation meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Sunday Club||Temple 1 Kings 5-6; 7:13-8|
|Junior Soldiers Class||Remain in Holiness Meeting|
|14th||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Sunday Club||The Best Way 1 Kings 9:1-9; 11-12|
|Junior Soldiers Class||All prayers are special Romans 12:12|
|21st||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Sunday Club||Go Fishing Luke 5:1-11; Matthew 4:19|
|Junior Soldiers Class||How God answers prayer - 1 John 5:14-15|
|Lead by Major Rosemary Randall||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Sunday Club||Award work on Prayers|
|Junior Soldiers Class|
|28th||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Sunday Club||Go for a walk Matthew 14:22-33|
|Junior Soldiers Class||Why an Army Ephesians 6:12-13|
|IThe Lord is faithful to all his promises,
and loving to all he has made.
Psalm 145 verse 13
Corps Diary July 2002
|Monday 1st||Strawberry Tea and Quiz at 7pm. Tickets cost £3 - see Joy for details.|
|Friday 5th||6/7-30pm StoryKeepers Kids Club - see Ailsa for details|
|5th7th||Divisional Outward Bound Weekend|
|Monday 8th||Corps Council at 8pm in the Community Hall|
|Tuesday 9th||Corps Outing to Eastbourne - see Joyce for details|
|Monday 15th||Holiday Club Meeting 7pm for all leaders and helpers - see Ailsa for details|
|Monday 15th||Safe from Harm Briefing for YP Leaders/Helpers who have not attended the Salvation Army Training|
|Thursday 18th||Bible Fellowship. Theme Discernment and Devotion. 1 John 4:1-12 - see Ron for details|
|Friday 19th||YP Fund Raising at Wimbledon Railway Station 7/9am - see Ailsa for details|
|Friday 19th||6/8pm Kids Club Evening out to Charrington Bowl - see Ailsa for details|
|Many thanks go to Joyce, Betty and our Over 60s group for organising this event. It was good to see the youngest and oldest members of our Corps gathered together having fun, sharing fellowship and celebrating the Jubilee. Some songs are timeless and it was good sharing the songs of yester year as well as trying to work out the answers to Major Rosemarys Royal quiz. Another chord of harmony between our younger and older Corps folk is craft skills. The array of Jubilee hats shared many Jubilee themes - crowns cakes, flags, 50, and flowers. The winner however was Major Rosemarys hat with royal throne and flags|
|Come rain, wind or sun we went again ! The YP outing revisited Horton Country park for games and a BBQ followed by a visit to Horton Country Farm. The weather forecast was for showers, so a tent like dining shelter was taken so that should it rain we had some cover under which to eat our food. The chef would have to keep dry by the BBQ, fortunately the showers never arrived, but the sun and wind did. No sooner had the shelter been erected and the children gone off into the woods, and the wind got stronger, when suddenly with a loud crack one of the guy ropes of the shelter snapped and down came the shelter. It was impossible to effect a repair so it had to be packed away. Whilst all of this was going on the children playing a game in the woods came across not only deer, but also very good tracks in the soft mud created by deer, foxes and horses. The fun really began at the farm, all of the children and most of the leaders went on the adventure playgrounds. Even Major enjoyed squeezing through the small gaps, climbing in ropes and the arial runway, similar but much smaller than those used in the armed forces training. Yes I did say we visited the farm, nothing much unusual happened with the animals, but I will just mention that several of the group ran shy of the snakes, some were elsewhere and missed the snakes, but all saw half a Pushme Pullyou a Lama. Oh I must add that a few minutes after entering the farm England beat Denmark in the world cup. A great time was had by all, just watch out for the pictures.|