While waiting for the traffic lights to change to green, my attention was caught and held by the beauty of a flower-bed of deep red tulips that were in full bloom. As they gently swayed in the breeze the deep hues of red, flecked with lighter reds made the tulips seem alive and vital. Red is a colour that conjures up many feelings and memories - the excitement of first love, the joy of love shared over many years, the heat of anger, camp-fires, the passion of Christ, a warning of danger, Father Christmas, the red in the flag under which we were enrolled or the glows of a coal fire. The possibilities are endless and special to each one of us.

Over the centuries some parts of the Christian church have used colours to represent the seasons in the church calendar. Red is one of those colours and is associated with Pentecost, which falls during May this year. Pentecost in the Jewish calendar is the time for remembering the first fruits of harvest. Those early crops that would be cut and celebrated almost as a down-payment of God’s goodness for the full harvest that would be gathered later. Acts chapter 2 reminds us of people’s amazement as they came across Jesus’ disciples out on the streets proclaiming God’s goodness in lots of different languages. By the end of the day Peter’s sermon convicted 3,000 people to follow Jesus teaching. They were the first fruits of the Christian Church that we worship in today. Pentecost is still celebrated as the birthday of the church. It is the time we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus promised helper to all of us.
In many charismatic churches it is a day when special prayers are held for people to be filled or Baptised with the Spirit. Other churches focus on the fire of the Spirit that has become a symbol for the growth of the church world-wide. So each time you see the colour red this month why not remember a good thing you associate with the colour and then give thanks to God for that special moment. Lets make May a month of praise and thanksgiving.




Excerpt from the past. Corps History No 17

May 1919, just six months after the first world war armistice, saw the arrival of the tall, handsome, wavy-haired Captain Wilfred Kitching to take command of Wimbledon corps. Our friend Paul Johnson was then nearly five, just 20 years younger than his new CO. But what’s this I read in the Captain’s own distinctive handwriting! ‘17 July 1919 - boat trip to Windsor. Apart from the fact that there was a little unpleasantness with some outsiders, it was quite a success. Outsiders should not be allowed to come, save in exceptional circumstances’. Had he never heard ‘whosoever will may come’? An event more pleasing to him was the ‘Jubilee celebration’ on 20-21 July led by his ma and pa, Commissioner and Mrs Theodore Kitching. And in November it was his joy to record a ‘very satisfactory’ young people’s campaign bringing in ‘a large number of new children’ with some 30-40 kneeling at the mercy seat.
February 1920 saw the ‘Self-denial effort’ (now the Annual appeal), the seniors raising £335 and the young people £100 (a considerable sum in those days), the whole showing an increase on the wartime 1918 occasion of a staggering £215. Captain Kitching moved on to Ealing corps in May 1920, and did not marry his Kathleen until 1929 when he was 36. He was a noted composer of Salvation Army music, both vocal and brass, and held many distinguished appointments before becoming the Army’s seventh General from 1954-63. Shortly before his retirement he returned to Wimbledon in November 1962 to lead our 75th anniversary celebrations which included the exciting dedication of ‘real’ chairs to replace the heavy forms mentioned in our last month’s news.
General Kitching was made an Hon LLD (Yonsei, Korea) in 1961 and soon after his retirement received the CBE. A recent ‘Salvationist’ editorial recalled Wilfred Kitching’s famous opinion that on Sunday every Salvationist ought to cover up the television set!

Wilfred Kitching
Next month: Our Songsters unite with the Staff Songsters and our Winnie’s father supplies lorries for the young people’s outing!
Ron Foot



Who built the first temple in Jerusalem?
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!”




Queens Golden Jubilee.

Various events are being organised to celebrate this occasion. Everyone in the Corps is invited to the Jubilee Tea arranged by the Over 60’s on Tuesday 4th June 2.30pm with bring and buy stall and tea about 4pm. Please contact Joyce Veacock if you will be going so that catering can be arranged / for more details.

The Merton Park (East) Residents Association have extended an invitation for us to join their Golden Jubilee Street Party 3rd June 2 to 6pm in Bathurst and Queensland Avenues.




Thank- you! thank-you!

During April we were blessed by a number of different leaders whose own unique style of worship brought diversity and challenge to our worship. Thanks go to Captain Denise, Ailsa and all the members of the YP Corps for the services and faith tea on 7 April. On 14th April we were blessed by a visit from the Gideons as they shared with us the joys of spreading God’s good news by placing bibles in hospitals, schools, hotels and prisons. It was a pleasure to have Ray Kerr with us again on 21st April and final thanks go to Joy and Ailsa for leading our worship on 28th April 2002.




24/7 SA Prayer

April has not been a good month for lots of folk in the Corps. Please remember in prayer all those who have been afflicted by the tummy and cold bugs that have been doing the rounds and laying various people low.

We miss those who are currently unable to worship with us - Sue, Philip, Olive, Gill, John, Eddie - do remember them all.

Do pray for Lorraine as she organises the YP Quiz Evening. As Farewell Sunday approaches do remember all officers and soldiers across the UK who are saying good-bye to each other as officers move on to new appointments at the end of May





How often has someone said ‘respect your elders’ ?

What do we mean by respect ? The dictionary states:- “To feel or show esteem for ; honour. To show consideration for; avoid violation of.”

But what does this mean. Here are a few thoughts.

How do I gain respect?
Respect for someone else is normally given as a result of that person’s actions or position in society or an organisation. But how did they get to that point of gaining respect ? The bible has some answers that tell us how we gain respect.

Jude 1:20; 20 
But you, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith. And continue to pray as you are directed by the Holy Spirit.

Another way of putting this could be:

Matthew 7:12; 12
 Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

This is commonly known as the Golden Rule. In many religions it is stated negatively: “Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you.” By stating it positively, Jesus made it more significant. It is not very hard to refrain from harming others; it is much more difficult to take the initiative in doing something good for them. The Golden Rule, as Jesus formulated it, is the foundation of active goodness and mercy—the kind of love God shows to us every day. Think of a good and merciful action you can do today.

Romans 13:8-10; 8 
Pay all your debts, except the debt of love for others. You can never finish paying that! If you love your neighbour, you will fulfil all the requirements of God’s law. 9 For the commandments against adultery and murder and stealing and coveting—and any other commandment—are all summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to anyone, so love satisfies all of God’s requirements.

Christians must obey the law of love, which supersedes both religious and civil laws. How easy it is to excuse our indifference to others merely because we have no legal obligation to help them and even to justify harming them if our actions are technically legal! But Jesus does not leave loopholes in the law of love. Whenever love demands it, we are to go beyond human legal requirements and imitate the God of love.

We gain respect in much the same way that we show it—building our lives on God’s Word, treating others the way we would like to be treated, not compromising our character, and standing up for truth no matter what. We gain respect by having respect for others and ourselves. If we treat others fairly and as equals with love people will see this and return this love and respect.

Next month:
How do we show respect to others?




Jokes from Toni Rogers

How do you know carrots are good for you ?
Rabbits don’t wear glasses

Knock Knock.
Who’s there.
Cows who.
No cows go moo, not who.

Knock Knock.
Who’s there.
Cattle who.
Cat’le scratch you if you’re not careful.

Knock Knock.
Who’s there.
Uno’s who.
Uno’s they cannot speak.

What cat swims under water ?
An Octopus.




Corps Diary May 2002

Wednesday 8th 7-30pm - Divisional Come on and Celebrate Meeting at Bexley Heath Corps. See notice board for details.
Thursday 9th Ascension Day
Friday 10th 6 to 7-30 pm - Kid’s Club visit to Wimbeldon Fire Station. See Joy for details.
Saturday 11th 7pm - Youth CELL-ebration at Brighton Congress Hall. See Ailsa for details
7pm - Croydon Citadel Band CD and Tour launch at Croydon Citadel. See notice board for details.
Thursday 16th 7-45pm - Bible Fellowship. Topic Like Father, like Son. See Ron for details.
Sunday 19th 3 to 5-30pm - Pentecost Teddy Bear’s Picnic. See Ailsa for details.
Friday 24th 6 to 7-30pm - Kid’s Club for 5 to 11 year olds. See Ailsa for details.
Saturday 25th 2pm - Jumble Sale. Lots of helpers needed. See Betty for details.
7 to 9pm - Quiz Evening and Light Supper. See Lorraine for details.
Sunday 26th Farewell Sunday




Preaching programme for May

  Morning Holiness meeting Evening Salvation Meeting
5th Lead by Major Rosemary Randell Monthly Corps Prayer Meeting at 5-30pm Salvation meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randell
Sunday Club Choices - 1 Samuel 8-10  
Junior Soldiers Class Remain in Morning Meeting  
12th Lead by Major Rosemary Randell Lead by Major Rosemary Randell
Sunday Club Inside Out - 1 Samuel 16:1-13  
Junior Soldiers Class Knowing we are saved part 2 - Romans 3:23-24  
19th Pentecost Sunday Lead by Major Rosemary Randell Lead by Major Rosemary Randell
Sunday Club Mission Impossible -1 Samuel 17  
Junior Soldiers Class Tell Everyone - Matthew 29:18-20  
26th Trinity Sunday Lead by Major Rosemary Randell Lead by Major Rosemary Randell
Sunday Club Special Assignment -
1 Samuel 18:5-16, 19:1-12
Junior Soldiers Class All equal, all valued - Acts 10:34-35  




YP Memory Verse for May

“I will listen to what God the Lord will say.” Psalm 85 verse 8




Over 60’s outing

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




Thought on Eve

Last week I watched a program on TV that followed the genetic family tree of Man back to its origin - Eve. All the genetic pointers lead back to the Human race starting in Africa. Science again proving the Biblical story. Maybe this should have been compulsory viewing for all the world. You see it stated very simply how each land and continent became populated, and that we are all ‘Brothers’.
The differences in skin colour and stature can all be explained scientifically. Everybody needs a certain amount of ultraviolet rays from the sun. Too much and we become ill, too little and we become ill from lack of vitamin D. Africans are dark skinned to help screen out excessive harmful rays, whilst the further away from the equator the paler people become to allow absorption of ultraviolet rays. This is just part of it though. However this got me thinking. As we are all ‘Brothers’ we should accept other peoples differences and live together in peace. If everyone accepted this the trouble between the Israeli’s and the Palestinians and other trouble spots in the world, (e.g. Afghanistan, Northern Ireland), would have no basis for continuation because they are part of the same big family, irrespective of their beliefs. The editor




YP Railway Station Collection

The collection at Stoneleigh Railway Station on 26th April raised £108 which will be divided between fund raising for the YP Weekend Away and YP Funds.




If you go down to the woods today……

All Teddy Bears, and human friends, are invited to the YP Pentecost Teddy’s Bears Picnic on 19th May from 3 to 5-30pm. This gathering of the Bears will occur at South Park Road Gardens, Wimbledon. You are cordially requested to bring your own picnic food / drink and a chair or ground-sheet to sit upon. Games will be organised for the children and grown-up’s are encouraged to just relax and chat.




Building Work

It is anticipated that the work on relaying the drive and patio at the side and rear of the hall will start during May. Please take extra care during this time if using the side entrance and bear with us - the disruption will be worth the new paving.




Quiz Evening and Light Supper

This is the first of the YP Corps events to help raise funds for the YP Weekend Away in October. The evening is open to all and starts at 7pm and will finish at 9pm. Tickets are £3-50 and include a light supper. Do invite friends and neighbours - the more that come the greater the fun.




God’s Word for May

Each day at 7-45 am Premier Radio has a devotional time when God’s word is reflected upon. The material in this time is drawn from Scripture Union’s daily Bible reading material entitled “Closer to God.” The approach to Bible Reading in this publication is creative and reflective encouraging you to draw closer to God in your relationship with Him and seek renewal in your life. Balanced with the hymn’s and songs shared on Premier radio it can be a time of uplifting worship before the business of the day. Why not try this approach to bible reading and see for yourself how God can speak both through the written word and the medium of Radio. RRP £2-65 for three month period.




Go interactive this May

PC’s are increasingly available to many people, especially our children. There is increasing concern about the Internet and what children might find and watch. There are however some good sites out there as well. Why not try logging onto . This site has a growing range of thought provoking Bible Studies that share what the Bible says about issues that affect teenagers and young adults today. Some of the titles listed are “Harry Potter” (about the books and film), “The Matrix” (about the film), “TV Game Shows” and Destiny’s Child: Survivor” (Song and Group). For those without PC access the series is available in print from Scripture Union RRP £3-00




Music for May

How many of you have listened to Radio 4’s Daily Service during the 70 years it has been broadcast? How many of you have been blessed by the beauty and versatility of the Daily Service Singers? Well if you have then why not consider buying “The Daily Service” a recording of great hymns and contemporary worship songs that have been used in the Daily Service. Beautifully crafted by Christopher Norton and Philip Bilson hymns such as Great is thy faithfulness, When I survey the wondrous cross and songs such as How deep the Fathers love, and From the Squalor provide a time for reflection and praise. Produced on the Kingsway label. RRP £14-99 CD (KMCD2330) or £10-99 Cassette (KMC2330)




Help find e’m - Answer

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.