|25 years ago British streets, clubs and schools revelled in the
delights of celebrating the Queens Silver Jubilee. At a time of economic
crisis, with high inflation and high levels of unemployment it was a chance to
have fun, make new friends and come together as communities to celebrate.
50 years ago in post war Britain Princess Elizabeth returned from Kenya to become Queen Elizabeth. The country and the Common-wealth was struggling to rebuild after the devastation of the war, and yet the sense of identity and community was strong.
Today the United Kingdom is a rich, confident nation. A diverse ,multi-ethnic community of people from all nations of the world, that the queen has faithfully served for 50 years, as she promised at her Coronation.
As a young women she made a life-long commitment to serve the people of Britain and the Commonwealth. A promise she has recently renewed. As Christians we are called to make a life-long commitment to serve Gods purpose in the communities where we live. As you enter into the Golden Jubilee Celebrations this month take a few moments to reflect on your promises to God. Have you followed Him faithfully for all the years since you answered His call and promised to serve Him? Have there been good times and bad times? Occasions of celebration and of sorrow? Why not take time to thank Him for every prayer He has answered, every situation He has changed and celebrate His ongoing mercy and goodness in your life.
|A great event in the history of our corps was the visit on 19/20
June 1920 of the original International Staff Songsters (disbanded in 1928 with
a unique impromptu performance of Handels Hallelujah Chorus
from memory and without accompaniment!). They arrived by train for it was not
until 1926 that they made history by using charabancs for the first
time. The Saturday evening programme was a great success attended by 460
Nearly 100 attended the Sunday morning knee-drill (prayer meeting), after which the Staff Songsters held an open-air meeting in the rain before marching to Quicks Road to play to Great-Grandfather Enos Foot who was lying seriously ill (he was in fact promoted to Glory a few months later from a most distressing form of cancer). In the evening wind-up (praise meeting) Wimbledon Songsters had the privilege of singing with the visitors. Our songster leader at that time was Fred Buckman, probably the most gifted musician Wimbledon ever possessed. He was cornet soloist with the International Staff Band and had a very beautiful singing voice. His talents even extended to most elegant copper-plate writing.
But, oh dear Ailsa! An entry of July 4th the same year informs us YP Anniversary. Not much. Juniors in a very poor way. YPSM did not plan for it, consequently it was nothing very special! Ahem! If those dear folk could have returned to witness the impressive presentation a few weeks ago by our Captain Denise Cooper, with all modern equipment and personal photographs screened by the evening meeting, they would have thought themselves on another planet!
Nonetheless, an outing was forthcoming on July 7th - to Riddlesdown. Two motor lorries were hired from Brother Vick (father of our Winnie) which served the purpose very well, only we had to place seats into each lorry. But we saved pounds by getting this kind of transport. Weather was wet at the start, but cleared up as the day went on, only to return again towards the evening.
|Next month: Our band and songsters adopt a baby Indian!.|
|The over sixties have organised a trip to Eastbourne on 9th July. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day out. The coach leaves the hall at 10.30am. Tea will be held at Eastbourne Corps. There is no charge for this day out, but Betty and Joyce need to know numbers quickly to confirm the coach booking.|
|Thanks go to Lorraine for organising this stimulating evening. So ably chaired by her sister-in-law Joy was the final winner of the chocs, that rounded off a light supper prepared by Ailsa, and appreciated by all who participated. £40.88 was raised for the YP retreat in October.|
|The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and he who wins souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30)
When eternal values come in view, our greatest desire is to please the Lord, and influence as many of our loved ones for him as possible. If we fully understood that the eternal souls of our children hung in the balance today - that only by winning them for Christ could we spend eternity together in heaven - would we change the way this day is lived ? By Dr. James Dobson, from Straight talk to men and their wives.
|Ever wanted to know what really goes off next door at the fire station. Well 28 children and adults of Fridays Kids Club found out. Some of the adults even dressed up ! It was hot in some of the firemens gear. Others simulated driving a fire engine by sitting in the drivers seat. However the highlight was a ride on the hydraulic platform on the big fire engine. Some of the group almost got stuck on the platform as it disappeared behind the school wall. A great time was had by all, even the firemen, who were more than happy to show the children around|
|Who built the first temple in Jerusalem?
Solomon (1 Kings 6)
|Who said that? We are on our way to the
Promised Land. Come with us and we will treat you well, for the LORD has given
wonderful promises to Israel!
Moses (Numbers 10:29)
Corps Diary June 2002
|Tuesday 4th||Corps Golden Jubilee Party 2.30 - 4pm. See Joyce for details.|
|Friday 7th||Kids Club. Theme The 50s !|
|Saturday 15th||YP Outing. Horton Country Park. See Ailsa for details.|
|Thursday||Bible fellowship. See Ron for details.|
|Friday 21st||Kids Club|
30Jesus replied with an illustration: A Jewish man was travelling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. 31By chance a Jewish priest came along; but when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
33 Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt deep pity. 34Kneeling beside him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35The next day he handed the innkeeper two pieces of silver and told him to take care of the man. If his bill runs higher than that, he said, Ill pay the difference the next time I am here.
36Now which of these three would you say was a neighbour to the man who was attacked by bandits? Jesus asked. 37The man replied, The one who showed him mercy. Then Jesus said, Yes, now go and do the same.
There was deep hatred between Jews and Samaritans. The Jews saw themselves as pure descendants of Abraham, while the Samaritans were a mixed race produced when Jews from the northern kingdom intermarried with other peoples after Israels exile. To this legal expert, the person least likely to act correctly would be the Samaritan. In fact, he could not bear to say Samaritan in answer to Jesus question. This experts attitude betrayed his lack of the very thing that he had earlier said the law commandedlove.
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other.
We can honour others in one of two ways. One involves ulterior motives. We honour our bosses so they will reward us, our employees so they will work harder, the wealthy so they will contribute to our cause, the powerful so they will use their power for us and not against us. Gods way involves love. As Christians, we honour people because they have been created in Gods image, because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ, and because they have a unique contribution to make to Christs church. Does Gods way of honouring others sound too difficult for your competitive nature? Why not try to outdo one another in showing honour? Put others first!
1 Peter 2:17;
Show respect for everyone. Love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God. Show respect for the king.
1 Thessalonians 5:12;
Dear brothers and sisters, honour those who are your leaders in the Lords work. They work hard among you and warn you against all that is wrong. 13Think highly of them and give them your wholehearted love because of their work. And remember to live peaceably with each other.
How can you show respect to your minister and other church leaders? Express your appreciation, tell them how you have been helped by their leadership and teaching, and thank them for their ministry in your life. If you say nothing, how will they know where you stand? Remember, they need and deserve your support and love.
1 Corinthians 8:1;
Now lets talk about food that has been sacrificed to idols. You think that everyone should agree with your perfect knowledge. While knowledge may make us feel important, it is love that really builds up the church.
Meat bought in the marketplace was likely to have been offered to an idol in one of the many pagan temples. Animals were brought to a temple, killed before an idol as part of a pagan religious ceremony, and eaten at a feast in the pagan temple or taken to butchers who sold the meat in the marketplace. The believers wondered if, by eating such meat, they were somehow participating in the worship of idols.
My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim that you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favour some people more than others?
Respect involves showing more concern for people than agendas, thinking highly of others, building them up in love, and treating everyone with fairness and integrity. Treating everyone equally, standing up for those who are less fortunate, or who are going through a bad patch.
|As you find stillness and peace in the busy pace of daily life
please pray for:
Heather, who will soon start chemotherapy,
Anne Johnson and the family as they support her.
Odelle, who has been admitted to hospital, and the Clement family as they support her and each other.
Shelly, Rebeccas friend who is pregnant and experiencing ill health.
Hillary, our friend from the Isle of Man, who is staying in Scotland for a while and would value prayer support.
Gill who is not well at present.
Please continue to uphold Sue, Phillip, Olive, Eddie, John and Ella in prayer.
|From 2nd June we welcome Lorraine as a class leader for the 9 - 10 year olds. Do pray for her as she takes on these high spirited and lively children (Charlotte, Gillian and Kieran). Lorraine has been a valued helper in Sunday Club for some time and its good to see her willing to take this step. Thanks also go to Tasue for her joyful willingness to assist in the primary class and Vivienne for her endless patience in helping Betty.|
|Its been good to see Maita, and Tasue settle in and find friends at our Corps. It is also a joy to see Kieran and Patrick joining us regularly on a Sunday and at Kids Club.|
Preaching programme for June
|Morning Holiness meeting||Evening Salvation Meeting|
|2nd||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall||Monthly Corps Prayer Meeting at 5-30pm Salvation meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Sunday Club||Cat & Mouse - 1 Samuel 24|
|Junior Soldiers Class||Remain in Morning Meeting|
|9th||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Sunday Club||Prayer works - 1 Samuel 30:1-20|
|Junior Soldiers Class||Clean in word Ephesians 4:29|
|16th||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Sunday Club||King at last - 2 Samuel verses from chapters 2, 5 and 6|
|Junior Soldiers Class||How God answers prayer - 1 John 5:14-15|
|23rd Trinity Sunday||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Sunday Club||Heart to heart - 2 Samuel 7|
|Junior Soldiers Class||All prayers are special - Romans 12:12|
|30th||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Sunday Club||Wise up - 1 Kings verses from chapters 3, 4 and 10|
|Junior Soldiers Class||Remain in Holiness Meeting|
|What we do affects others. Kindness brings happiness to other
people, while selfishness will result in misery and pain.
The Bible wisely says that whatever we sow we will also reap.
My own self-centred nature does not only affect my life, it will also have an effect upon all I come into contact with.
Sin is like an ugly blot on a clean page. Being selfish, lazy, thoughtless, telling lies and dirty stories will not only slowly ruin your own character, it will also poison other people's. So often we just do not realise how much what we say and think and do affects others.
A drunken father will bring untold unhappiness into his home and seriously damage the lives of his family. A selfish 'I'm always right' attitude will quickly destroy the happiness of a friendship or marriage.
Sin is like weeds in a garden; if not rooted out they will soon overrun it. Quite small acts of dishonesty can so soon spread into attitudes and habits we cannot break. That first drug fix will almost without our realising become a prison we cannot escape from. One harsh word, if not followed by an apology and forgiveness, can make a relationship sour and strained.
Worst of all, sin separates us from God. Sin is like a thick cloud which blots out the sun. This is why God seems to be miles away. He is very near, all around us, but sin acts like a great barrier between us and God.
See that car - a good engine, plenty of petrol, but it won't start. Why not? Dirt in the spark plugs.
Sin acts like this between us and God. He is pure and holy. He hates sin, but loves us. Our sin blocks the way to him. God longs to make himself known to us but he cannot, because sin gets in the way.
The root of the human problem is that, like bad car drivers, we each see the world from our own point of view and are determined to get our own way. The Bible calls this self-centredness sin.
Taken from Whats the point ? by Norman Warren
Written in 1986, nothing has changed. Mans self-centredness is at the heart of the India / Pakistan conflict. Nearer home I am sure it is the cause of the disappearance of the Walton on Thames schoolgirl. If you think hard enough I am sure you could see the effect of self-centredness in the Corps. It is up to you as an individual and everyone collectively as a Corps to cast off this attitude and work for a higher cause.
|Youll have missed the Pentecost Teddys Picnic. Thirty four children and adults, and a host of teddy bears had a pleasant afternoon together. Many games were played, trees climbed, food shared and new friendships formed between those who come to PATs and those who come to Sunday Club and other activities at the Corps. Thanks go to all those who encouraged others to come for the first time, organised games and just were there to chat and share making the afternoon so memorable.|
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Oil and Wine
|No this is not about the three musketeers, although there is some commonality. For almost two years I have been the editor of the Corps newsletter, and over this period it has nearly always been the same few people who have contributed to its content. Most of these people have other commitments. It is imperative that we get more contributions as these few people are finding it very difficult to supply new fresh material on a timely basis. After all it is YOUR newsletter. Therefore make it totally yours, help share the burden. If everyone supplied an article twice a year we should not have the problem of lack of content. Please think and pray about it, I do not wish to see the newsletter come to an end, but the regular contributors cannot sustain the level of commitment much longer.|
|On 31st May £66 was donated by the public at Worcester Park Railway Station for YP Corps funds.|
|Many thanks to all the helpers and organisers of the recent jumble sale. £108 was raised for Senior Corps funds|