Easter thought

“This is the end - for me the beginning of life.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer Janani Luwum was Archbishop of Uganda during President Amin’s reign of terror. When his death during a car accident was announced in February 1977 many people suspected foul play, which was confirmed when the coffin was secretly opened and his face was found to be riddled with bullet wounds. He was a man who stood firm in his believe in Jesus, and put the needs of his congregation and the people of Uganda before consideration of his own personnel safety. The Ugandan government cancelled the plans for Janani Luwan’s burial at the Cathedral and forbade the people holding a memorial service. But Janani’s witness and love caused hundreds of people to defy the ban and they flocked to the Cathedral to demonstrate their love for Christ and their Archbishop. After the service people left the cathedral still singing and gathered around the empty grave that had been prepared for Janani, and left unused as the government would not release his body. An elderly retired Archbishop spoke to the gathered people reminding them that whenever they saw an empty grave it should remind them of when the angels spoke to the women at the empty grave of Jesus. As the speaker shouted out the words of scripture “He is not here: he is risen” (Matthew 28:6) the crowd responded with joyous shouts. At that moment they knew that not only was Jesus alive, but that their beloved Janani Luwum was also alive with Christ in Heaven. It was the end of his earthly life, and the beginning of eternal life. Dietrich Bonhoeffer words, spoken moments before his execution, are an affirmation of faith and an echo of the promise Jesus made his disciples “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14: 19). Easter is a time of celebration “because we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus” (2 Corinthians 4:14). As the spring days lengthen this month, and the blossoms remind us of the cycle of new life, take time to celebrate your assurance that one day you to will rise with Christ and spend eternity with God in heaven. It’s a life worth preparing for.




Excerpt from the past. Corps History No 16

An entry in our corps history book for June 1913 is headed ‘YP Outing’. Now, nobody within the corps in those days had cars - some owned bicycles - and it’s no surprise to learn therefore that the ‘outing’ was ‘a treat in the town’, actually in Merton Sports grounds (still there today opposite the Merantun Way-Jubilee Way stretch of Morden Road). At that time Merton was simply a localised part of the area, not the whole Borough as it is today.
‘We did our own catering and took forms (Brother Field did most of the carting’, continues the report. The few of us still at Wimbledon who remember those days when we had ‘forms’ (of various lengths) instead of chairs - up to 1962 - will know what a cumbersome job this must have been. The gap between the top rail and the seat of these resulted in many a small child falling through during a meeting and sometimes even an elderly person who may have nodded off and slipped askance! As for the said Brother Field, he eventually became a leading light among the young people in the local ‘Hope Mission’ - ask our Joyce! To return to the report, it seems the tea was excellent and the children enjoyed the ‘sports’. The Merton Estate Office nearby charged £1 for the day’s privilege. A ‘sale of work’ on 1-2 December 1915 raised the sum of £20. It is overwhelmingly interesting to read that the songsters were in charge of the songster stall and the ‘YP’ in charge of the YP stall!! Unfortunately, other local Christmas fairs provided much competition and the opening afternoon took place in torrential rain. May 1918 saw the inauguration of our first ‘Life Saving Guards’ (the Army’s equivalent of what were at that time ‘Girl Guides’). They gave a ‘splendid’ programme and our hall was filled for the occasion. On 3rd July (just four months before the end of World War I) an exciting event was the uniting of Wimbledon and Balham corps in chartering two boats from Kingston to Windsor, with some 250 adults and children participating.
Next month: The arrival of a future General.
Ron Foot



Unavoidable Absence

When asked to be a special guest for the 1988 YP Prize giving Enid Blyton was unable to attend, but she did not forget the children.




Queens Golden Jubilee Party.

Tuesday 4th June 2.30pm with bring and buy stall and tea about 4pm. Organised by the Over 60s. Please contact Joyce Veacock if you will be going so that catering can be arranged.




Special thanks

18th February 2002
Major Martha Kaipa
Nansolola corps Malawi Region

Dear Miss Hunt,

Christian greetings from Malawi. I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my thanks to you for the very kind gift which you sent to me during the Christmas period.

To have such love and support shown to me and my family is indeed a blessing and I pray that God will bless you and the dear people of your Over Sixties club at Wimbledon.

Life continues to be full of blessing as I minister to the dear people of my corps. To be a shepherd of the flock of God is such a rewarding experience and I thank God for the fact that He has chosen me for such a ministry.

Please convey my thanks and love to your members and may you each continue to experience the blessing of Almighty God in your day to day living and work for the Saviour.

My family join me in sending you love and assurance of prayers,

God bless you,
Yours sincerely,
Martha Kaipa Major




What is a remedy for bitterness?


2 Corinthians 2:5-8
Forgiveness for the Sinner
5  I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt your entire church more than he hurt me. 6He was punished enough when most of you were united in your judgement against him. 7Now it is time to forgive him and comfort him. Otherwise he may become so discouraged that he won’t be able to recover. 8Now show him that you still love him.

Paul explained that it was time to forgive the man who had been punished by the church and had subsequently repented. He needed forgiveness, acceptance, and comfort. Satan would gain an advantage if they permanently separated this man from the congregation rather than forgiving and restoring him. This may have been the man who had required the disciplinary action described in 1 Corinthians 5, or he may have been the chief opponent of Paul who had caused him anguish (2:1-11). The sorrowful letter had finally brought about the repentance of the Corinthians (7:8-14), and their discipline of the man had led to his repentance. Church discipline should seek restoration. Two mistakes in church discipline should be avoided: being too lenient and not correcting mistakes, or being too harsh and not forgiving the sinner. There is a time to confront and a time to comfort. There are times when simple forgiveness can relieve a lifetime of bitterness. Recovery from acute bitterness may be as complex as the reasons for the bitterness, but it may also be as simple as three spoken words: “I forgive you.”

Promise from God:
Isaiah 26:3
3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!

We can never avoid strife in the world around us, but when we fix our thoughts on God, we can know perfect peace even in turmoil. As we focus our mind on God and his Word, we become steady and stable. Supported by God’s unchanging love and mighty power, we are not shaken by the surrounding chaos (see Philippians 4:7). Do you want peace? Keep your thoughts on God and your trust in him.

Galatians 6:1-3
 1Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.

Ephesians 4:31-32
31Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behaviour. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tender hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

This is Christ’s law of forgiveness as taught in the Gospels (Matthew 6:14, 15; 18:35; Mark 11:25). We also see it in the Lord’s Prayer—“Forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.” God forgives us, not because we forgive others, but solely because of his great mercy. As we come to understand his mercy, however, we will want to be like him. Having received forgiveness, we will pass it on to others. Those who are unwilling to forgive have not become one with Christ, who was willing to forgive even those who crucified him (Luke 23:34).

2 Corinthians 2:10-11
10When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive him (for whatever is to be forgiven), I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, 11 so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.

We can use ‘church’ discipline to help keep the ‘church’ pure and to help wayward people repent. But Satan tries to harm the ‘church’ by tempting us to use discipline in an unforgiving way. This causes those exercising discipline to become proud of their purity, and it causes the person who is being disciplined to become bitter and perhaps leave the church. We must remember that our purpose in discipline is to restore a person to the fellowship, not to destroy him or her. We must be cautious that personal anger is not vented under the guise of church discipline




Corps Diary April 2002

Sunday 7th 4-30pm - Faith Tea at Hall - please bring a contribution, drinks will be provided.
Friday 12th 6pm - Kid’s Club - see Ailsa for details
16th - 29th Major Rosemary on Furlough
Thursday 18th Bible Fellowship - How important is Theology? 1 John 2:18-27 - see Ron for details




For sale

Graco Tandem pushchair with rain cover, hardly used and still under guarantee. £85 ono call 020 86401642

Little Tikes pushchair with large shopping basket & rain cover, £50, plus buggy board £25 ono call Helen 020 85402651.




Help Build a Corps in the Algarve

Many thanks to everyone who collected and contributed to the YP Tiddler’s Race. A total of £81 was raised which has now been sent to Captains Pedro and Antonia at the Sao Bras Corps.




Preaching programme for April

  Morning Holiness meeting Evening Salvation Meeting
7th Junior Soldier Day of Renewal Led by Captain Denise Cooper - Divisional Youth Officer Prayer Meeting at 5-30pm Followed by the service led by Ailsa Flinders
God Squad Risen - John 20:1-23, 2 Cor. 5:17  
Junior Soldiers Class Remain in Holiness Meeting  
14th The Gideons will be leading the Meeting Led by Major Randall.
God Squad Believing - John 20:24-31, Hebrews 10:23  
Junior Soldiers Class Remain in Morning Meeting  
21st Led by Divisional Envoys Ray and Dorothy Kerr Led by Divisional Envoys Ray and Dorothy Kerr
God Squad Forgiven - John 21:15-19, Acts 1:4-11  
Junior Soldiers Class Promotion to Glory - John 14:1-6  
28th Led by Led by
God Squad Listen to his voice - 1 Samuel 3 and Psalm 85:8  
Junior Soldiers Class Knowing we are Saved - Doctrine 8  




YP Memory Verse for April

“He is risen! He is not here.” Mark 16:6




Over 60’s outing

Tuesday 9th July
Eastbourne with tea at the Corps.
More details nearer the date.




The origin of ‘Easter’

Originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honour of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover. Hence the name came to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which occurred at the time of the Passover. In the early English versions this word was frequently used as the translation of the Greek pascha (the Passover). When the Authorized Version (1611) was formed, the word “passover” was used in all passages in which this word pascha occurred, except in Act 12:4. In the Revised Version the proper word, “passover,” is always used.




Self-Denial & Corps funds

Corps Self Denial alter service £812.50
Corps Standing Day £422.41
Many thanks to all for your help and support




Premier Christian Radio

Some time ago a petition was completed regarding the possible loss of licence to broadcast during the change to digital licences. Well here is the result.




24/7 SA Prayer

Please remember those in our fellowship who are enjoying holidays and furlough during the month of April.
Aidan and James as they are enrolled as Junior Soldiers on 7th April.
Those unable to worship with us, either because of illness, infirmity or because they are caring for others - Sue, Philip, Olive, John, Eddie.
Ailsa who has been made vulnerable to redundancy at work and must apply for new jobs.




Junior Soldier Enrolment

During this month please up hold James and Aidan as they complete their Junior soldier Preparation Classes and are Enrolled as Junior soldiers on 7th April 2002 by Captain Denise Cooper during the morning meeting.




Easter Reading

Life at times can be difficult to understand and hard to endure. We need the thoughts and words of others to inspire and encourage us in our walk with God. “The Times Prayers and Readings for all Occasions” compiled by Owen Collins contains inspiring prayers and readings from across the ages of the Christian church, which have helped others cope with specific situations in their lives. RRP £7-99 ISBN 0 0071.0356 6

“Finding God’s Peace in Perilous Times” is a book of 30 devotions, written by various well-known Christian authors, that offer hope and encouragement. Each devotion deals with topics such as grief, sadness, loss and fear. They include related scripture verses, a daily prayer and journal space for you to add the thoughts that meditation brings. The book is accompanied by a CD of songs that compliment the devotions. RRP £8-99 ISBN 0 8423.7060 9.




Easter Viewing

Many children today prefer to watch a story, rather than read a story. So why not combine the two and lead your child on a journey of exploration. “The Beginners Bible” contains 95 favourite Bible stories in a format of pictures and simple English that is designed for children aged 3 to 7. In addition two videos have been produced using vivid animation of the pictures and stories from The Beginners Bible. “The Story of Easter” brings alive the events of Passion Week with memorable songs, and heart-warming characters, while “The Story of Jesus and his Miracles” looks at wonder of Jesus’ miracles the incredible things made possible by the power of faith. The Beginners Bible RRP £9-99. ISBN 3109.7997. Both Videos RRP £5-99.




Easter Music

“More Hymns for Everyone” is the second album on a theme by Bristol Easton Salvation Army Brass Band. The selection of hymns includes several that are often associated with Easter - Majesty, The Servant King, Give thanks, My Jesus I love Thee, and Laudate Dominum. RRP £11.95.

The songs of Joy Webb frequently mean so much to us when sung by the Songsters during our Sunday worship. So why not consider listening to the Album “The Songs of Joy Webb” by Chelmsford Citadel Songsters at home. Tracks include Candle of the Lord, Share my Yoke, I want to sing it, A starry night and many more. RRP £12.95




Help find e’m

Sixteen names of the books of the Bible are mentioned in the paragraphs below. See how many you can find.

I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a fluke for people looking so hard for facts, yet for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names were not capitalised. But the truth finally struck home to numbers of our readers. To others it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some easy ones to spot - others may require judges to help them. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them and there will be loud lamentations when it is found.
A little lady says she brews a cup of tea so she can concentrate better.

See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there are really sixteen names of books of the Bible in these paragraphs.