No man is an island 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 don’t 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’.
A winter's day- in a deep and dark December
I am alone-
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow
I am a rock, I am an island.

I've built walls, A fortress deep and mighty
That none may penetrate
I have no need of friendship
Friendship causes pain
It's laughter and loving I disdain
I am a rock, I am an island

Don't talk of love but I've heard the word before
It's sleeping in my memory
I won't disturb the slumber of the feelings that have died
If I never loved I never would have cried
I am a rock, I am an island

I have my books and my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armour
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb,
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock, I am an island

And a rock feels no pain, and an island never cries.
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.




Excerpt from the past. Corps History No 23

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 Lord!

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
Ron Foot




Autumn reading

In less than 60 words the Lord’s Prayer goes straight to the heart of Jesus message. In “Living and Praying the Lord’s Prayer” Peter Graves discusses, reflects upon and gives prayer points on the Lord’s Prayer. Drawing on experiences from life the reader is encouraged to question and think about what it might mean to live and pray the Lord’s 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.




Harvest Celebrations

Sunday 13th October was a grey Autumn day outside the Corps, however inside was a display of gold’s, 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 Rosemary’s 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.




Harvest Collections

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.




C/O’s Furlough

Major Rosemary will be on leave from 1 to 13 November 2002.




Junior Soldier Award work

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.




YP railway station collecting

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 5-30pm
6pm Salvation meeting lead by Songster Leader Joy Rogers.
Sunday Club Kid’s 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 Kid’s 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 Club.
No evening meeting.
Sunday Club Kid’s Zone - Time to rest - 1 Kings 19:1-18
Y Zone - Don’t 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 Kid’s 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  




Christmas Collecting 14th December 2002

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 what’s happening when will be drawn up in due course. Please do your best to support this day.




Autumn Jumble Sale

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




YP Memory Verse

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.” 1 Peter 2:3




What’s the point of praying

“What’s 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 Lord’s 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 Lord’s Prayer” explores the teaching of the Lord’s prayer and the practice of prayer




And his spirit lives on

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-law’s life of “faith and works”. Paul’s 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.
Ron Foot.




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 Kid’s Club at 6-30pm. See Ailsa for details
Saturday 16th Christmas Fair 10-30/3pm. See Major for details
Friday 29th Kid’s 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 Corner

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, Lorraine’s husband Matthew, Gerald’s friend Patricia, Heather, Major’s friend Mary and Ailsa’s colleague Barbara. Rebecca’s 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 son’s 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.




Toy Service

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.




YP Weekend at Felbury

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 photo’s that are up in the rear hall.

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




Annual Appeal

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.