|...no man is an island, entire of itself;every man is a piece of
the continent, a part of the main.
John Donne (1572-1631)
This saying is so true, yet how often do we try and do things on our own and things go wrong. Yes we all have our own talents, some have more than others, some are better at certain things than others. Does this mean that each is self sufficient ? No there will always be something that we cannot do or dont know and need the help of someone else. How often have you felt If only I had myself to worry about, living on my own. Paul Simon summed this up in his song I Am A Rock.
|Although these words do have some truth in them. A rock does not feel pain and an Island does not cry. But how richer our lives are for having loved, cried and laughed with friends. If God had intended us to be solitary why did he create Eve, a mate and friend ? No man is an island. Whatever happens in our life there is a purpose. We may never know that purpose but it fits somewhere in Gods bigger plan. Our happiness will bring happiness to others, our heartaches may show others how to overcome theirs, only God knows. So hold onto faith and seek the help and comfort of friends, and you will benefit from adversity as well as others.|
|The visit of Brigadier Armstrong (DC) on Saturday 19 November
1927 was apparently an exciting event. In the afternoon, despite pouring rain,
a number of corps folk walked through Wimbledon clad in 'sandwich boards' and
spread the news that special meetings would take place that very evening. At 7
pm a contingent marched to the Broadway for an open-air meeting; this was
followed at 9.15 by a 'drunks raid', the good people returning with no less
than 17 'drunks' for the ... wait for it ... 10.15 pm meeting in our hall! Such
dedication, and it was rewarded by two seeking salvation. Praise the
On to 1928, and the visit of Boscombe (then Hants, now Dorset!) band for the weekend 16/17 June. Interestingly, we learn that they gave a 'festival' in the Broadway on the Saturday afternoon, followed by a further programme in the hall in the evening, presided over by the Mayor of Wimbledon, Councillor A.A. Drake, who always showed much interest in our work. A mere 297 people attended! On Sunday afternoon Lady Henley presided but only 281 turned up this time. 'A very marked spiritual fervour was the key-note of their visit under their leader Bandmaster Walker', writes the historian of the day. The link here was the Foot family who had transferred to Wimbledon from Boscombe early in the 20th century and when yours truly leaves this world the name will disappear from our rolls after 100 years. We've already got more than one Foot in the grave!
On 27 October the same year Councillor Drake returned to preside over a festival given by Portsmouth songsters; Sutton and Wimbledon songsters also participated. Another weekend of great blessing, we learn. Those of us who have had the experience of visiting many corps with our own band or songsters can testify that this feeling of God's blessing is mutual to both participants and listeners. In October 1929 Corps Sergeant-Major Tom Gilks was promoted to Glory (his successor Wesley B. James said of him 'Wimbledon has lost a noble soul in a lowly man'). The following year a new Boyd piano was dedicated in Tom's memory. Costing £41, it was a splendid instrument which I very much enjoyed playing. It stood the ravages of time, including the bombing of World War II, until it was replaced by the present incumbent in 1973.
Next month: Christmas carols - Italian style
|In less than 60 words the Lords Prayer goes straight to the heart of Jesus message. In Living and Praying the Lords Prayer Peter Graves discusses, reflects upon and gives prayer points on the Lords Prayer. Drawing on experiences from life the reader is encouraged to question and think about what it might mean to live and pray the Lords Prayer in our daily lives. The book is structured so that it can be used for individual reflection or home-group discussions. RRP £6-99. ISBN 1841011827.|
|Sunday 13th October was a grey Autumn day outside the Corps, however inside was a display of golds, greens and the produce of the land that represented our giving to God from the Harvest. The Altar table reflected the traditional elements of the Harvest. A loaf, depicting five rolls and two fishes, coal, salt, water and rice. The Platform reflected Major Rosemarys artistic skills as she had drawn together implements used to harvest the food, flowers, wool, hay and the tables displaying the gifts donated - meat, oil, vegetables, fruits, oil, jam, pasta, rice and much more. Gillian, James and Rebecca ably assisted Major Rosemary with the YP story demonstrating how we need to share all the good things ( Marshmallows in this case!) with others and not hog them to ourselves. The food collected will be used to create food parcels for those that come to the Corps in need. It was good to be joined by visitors and friends for this celebration and to see Sue, Philip and Olive with us again.|
|Grateful thanks go to everyone who gave generously at the Harvest Alter Service, resulting in a grand total of £469-00. The Harvest Supper raised £31-80 for Senior Corps funds and thanks go to Betty and Joyce for preparing the Pie and Chip Supper and to Major Rosemary for the Quiz.|
|Major Rosemary will be on leave from 1 to 13 November 2002.|
|A few Sundays ago we had the
joy of seeing Charlotte Murfin awarded her Silver Award and Tiffany Rogers
awarded her Gold Award. Though they were shy on the Platform they have worked
hard to achieve these awards both in class and at home.
There are four levels of award that the Junior Soldiers work for - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Crest. Each award requires the Junior Soldier to complete 12 projects and attend 26 classes. Two projects relate to Worship, Being Together, Reaching Out, three relate to God and Me and finally three relate to other topics set by the Junior Soldier Sergeant from the previous topics.
Within the classes the Junior Soldiers cover a range of topics relating to Bible Study, Our Lifestyles as Christians and members of the Salvation Army, Doctrine, and History of the Salvation Army. This involves working on their own, as a group and involving others like Mum and Dad to help.
Do take the time to look at the work they do as it is displayed on the notice boards, or during coffee fellowship ask them what they have been doing. Next months newsletter will include articles by Gillian and Letitia, which formed part of their award work.
|A total of £58-95 was donated to YP funds by the general public on 4 October.|
Preaching programme for November
|Morning Holiness meeting||Evening Salvation Meeting|
|3rd||10.30 am Morning Meeting lead by YPSM Ailsa Flinders.||Monthly Corps Prayer Meeting at
6pm Salvation meeting lead by Songster Leader Joy Rogers.
|Sunday Club||Kids Zone - Time to trust - 1 Kings 17
Y Zone - Raising Up - 1 Kings 17:8-24, James 2:14
|Junior Soldiers Class||Remain in Holiness Meeting|
|10th||10-30 am Harvest Thanksgiving lead by Songster Leader Joy Rogers.||6pm Lead by YPSM Ailsa Flinders|
|Sunday Club|| Kids Zone - Time to decide - 1 Kings 18:16-46
Y Zone - Y Zone - Fire Falls - 1 Kings 18:16-40
|Junior Soldiers Class||Is temptation sin? Part 2 - 1 Corinthians 10:13|
|17th||10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Corps Cadets||2 pm Praise Meeting lead by Sunday
No evening meeting.
|Sunday Club||Kids Zone - Time to rest - 1 Kings 19:1-18
Y Zone - Dont give up - 1 Kings 19:1-18, Proverbs 19:21
|Junior Soldiers Class||Remain in Holiness Meeting|
|24th||10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall||6pm Lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Sunday Club|| Kids Zone - Time to learn - 1 Kings 19:19-21,
2 Kings 2:1-14
Y Zone - Pass it on - 1 Kings 19:19-21, 2 Kings 2:1-14
|Junior Soldiers Class||Living to please God - Romans 12:1-2|
|This year we have only one collection arranged during December. This is at the Sava Centre on 14th December from 10-30 to 3pm. Major, Joy and Ailsa are supporting the various sections to prepare items for this day. A timetable of whats happening when will be drawn up in due course. Please do your best to support this day.|
|Lots of hard work went into the preparation, running and clearing away after the recent Jumble Sale. Many thanks go to all those who had a part to play in the team who made it all possible. A total of £76-46 was raised for Senior Corps funds|
|His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness. 1 Peter 2:3|
|Whats the point of
praying? she asked, it just makes me feel worse. Well, maybe
the focus of her prayer was wrong. Sometimes it seems so easy to focus our
prayers on our troubles that we hardly think of God at all.
So often we rush into prayer, immediately unloading all our problems on God, sharing our needs and asking Him to sort out some mess or other. We churn over our problems in such a way that sometimes we do finish up feeling even more anxious and worried than when we began.
As we grow up in our devotional life, we discover that although God answers the most inadequate and stumbling of prayers, it really is unwise to start with our problems. After all, God is not just a celestial cleaner up of messes and sorter out of wants. He is our loving God and Father. It is through our relationship with Him that we find the resources we need. As we dwell in His love and strength we are able to put everything into perspective, and find our priorities turned inside out. We discover that He is with us in our difficulties, giving us an inner peace and serenity that not only strengthens, but also enables us to cope and conquer.
Adoration is always at the heart of prayer. As we focus on God, thanking Him for His goodness and reflecting on His nature and perfect will, we find ourselves strengthened and reassured. Our trust is thus renewed, we are ready to bring particular concurs and hold them in the orbit of His loving presence. This is certainly the pattern of the Lords Prayer. It is not until we are half way through it that we pray for daily bread, and seek forgiveness and protection from evil.
As we learn to really adore God, we begin to discover the depths of prayer and find it to be a life transforming experience. Thus we begin to pray as we focus on the name and nature of God, and following the example and teaching of Jesus we dare to call Him Our Father.
Thoughts by Dr. Peter Graves originally printed in On Air magazine by Premier Radio May 2002. Dr Peter Graves Dynamics of Discipleship can be heard weekly at 7pm on Sunday evenings and Wednesday mornings. His book Living and Praying the Lords Prayer explores the teaching of the Lords prayer and the practice of prayer
|A special service was held at Wimbledon to give
thanks for the life of the late retired Bandmaster Paul Johnson. On what would
have been his 88th birthday his family gave a large print N.I.V Bible, suitably
inscribed, for the use in public worship.
Reading appropriate passages from the Letter of James, Tony Blakeburn paid tribute to his father-in-laws life of faith and works. Pauls entire life as a Salvationist was spent at Wimbledon with the exception of his long military service in World War II when he assisted corps wherever he was stationed.
Corps Diary November 2002
|Sunday 10th||Remembrance Sunday|
|Thursday 14th||Bible Fellowship. Truth and Love based on 2 John. See Ron for details|
|Friday 15th||Kids Club at 6-30pm. See Ailsa for details|
|Saturday 16th||Christmas Fair 10-30/3pm. See Major for details|
|Friday 29th||Kids Club at 6-30pm. See Ailsa for details|
|December Advanced Notice|
|Sunday 1st||Toy Service.|
|Saturday 14th||Collecting at Sava Centre - See Major for details.|
|Prayer is an amazing privilege and a wonderful way to share with
God the situations and people that are in our hearts and minds. It was good to
see Sue, Philip and Olive at our Harvest meetings. Do pray that they will be
able to join with us more regularly.
A number of our Corps folk, or their families, have been ill, in hospital or undergoing medical treatment. Please remember Mary, Lorraines husband Matthew, Geralds friend Patricia, Heather, Majors friend Mary and Ailsas colleague Barbara. Rebeccas friend Shelli gave birth to baby Libby on 27th October after 5 days in labour!!. Libby is fine, but prayers are needed for Shelli that she will make a full recovery.
Additionally a number of our Corps families, or their families and friends, are going through difficult times. Please up hold them all in prayer - Bernie, Joy and the family, Paul Leyland sons injured at work. Tusa, Maita and Ella who have not attended the Corps for some time. Eddie, John and Gill who are unable to attend regularly.
Finally Sunday 13 October was Pastor Sunday in some denominations. A time when congregations were able to give thanks to their church leaders for all they do, and spend time supporting them in a practical way for the day. Do remember Major Rosemary as she leads us all week by week, especially at the moment while builders are working in the quarters.
|This will take place on 1 December 2002, at 10-30 am. Please bring your gifts of toys for both Girls and boys, with you to the service. As in previous years the Parent and Toddlers group will join us for this celebration.|
|As the following accounts recall an
adventurous, fun filled weekend was had by all who came. Do ask the young folk
to explain to you what they were doing in the photos that are up in the
Night Hike by Ailsa - Having spent an hour sitting in traffic as we travelled to the Felbury Centre it was good to get out into the woods and stretch our legs. We left at 8-30pm and over the next 2 hours walked about three miles through the woods above Hurtmoor Common. Once the torch lights were switched off and our eyes adjusted to the darkness it was amazing how much we could see and hear in the night. The wind rustling in the tree tops, owls hooting as they hunted for their supper, crickets settling for the night and twigs snapping as people trod on them. With no street lights blinding us we were able to see the Plough and Milky Way in the sky. Other stars were very bright. Tress formed dark silhouette against the sky and we tried working out what they were from their shape. When we reached the top of the hill we could watch the aeroplanes take off and land at Gatwick airport. Hot Chocolate and home made cake awaited us on our return, before we tumbled into our beds tired, but excited about all we had seen.
Low Rope Challenge by James - The first challenge was to use two planks of wood to cross nine concrete barrels and Rebecca fell into the mud! The second challenge was to walk along one rope holding on to one over your head. Then we crossed the Tarzan rope swinging from one rope to another over more mud! And then we climbed across the rope net. Next was the tricky tight rope. I fell in the mud! Then we needed to go across a bridge made out of rope. Next we gone across another tricky tight rope! And finally came the bosons chair which was difficult. We all needed to work as a team! We all had to help each other! It was fun! The end.
Building a shelter by Charlotte - We had to build a shelter with small logs and ferns in the wood. There were three groups. Group one contained Rosie, Mummy, Dawn, Alex, Ismail and me. Group two contained Lorraine, James, Aidan and Ailsa. Group three was Rebecca and Kerri. Paul showed us how to build a shelter. We all made very good shelters and we all had lots of fun!
Pond Dipping by Aidan - We had to catch water creatures in green nets and put them into little containers full of pond water. I liked finding the little creatures because I liked looking at them and finding out what they were from the pictures.
Camp Fire Picture by Rosie -
|I went to a campfire. We ate marsh mallows. Rosie Murfin|
|Major Rosemary has now brought the Annual Appeal to a close. There has been a tremendous response from the general public to the letters that the Corps distributed in Wimbledon and West Ewell. The Grand total raised was £4512.86, which after expenses of £330.70 brings the final Corps total to £4182,16. Well done to every one who helped make this possible.|