It has been said that the war with Iraq is a religious war, Christian against Muslim. Although some put religious overtones to it, the war can only be classed as a war to remove a dictator. A dictator that is known to be cruel and oppressive. Not only has his passed actions shown this, even some of his own people state this. Both President Bush and Tony Blair have said that Saddam Hussein must be removed to restore peace to the Iraqi people. It may seem hard, but sometimes as the saying says, we have to be cruel to be kind, or put another way. ‘Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum .- Let him who desires peace, prepare for war.’ Vegetius, 4th century De re mil., 3, prologue.

No matter how much we agree or disagree about the Iraqi war, in the end the peoples of the world will have to live together, tolerate each other, and believe it or not depend on each other. The human race has to accept that not everyone will want to have the same as someone else, live in the same way as others, or even share the same faith. We have to accept this and to a large extent agree to differ. After all God made us this way, he gave us a free will to choose what we want.
‘In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.’ Neville Chamberlain, Speech at Kettering, 3 July 1938. Pray that as losers we all may work together to make the world a better place for everyone.




Excerpt from the past. Corps History No 28

The last visit of General Evangeline Booth to ‘her’ Corps at Wimbledon took place about six weeks after the declaration of war in 1939. In a recent issue of’ SALVATIONIST (9th November 2002) Colonel Brindley Boon wrote of those dark days:
Many Salvationists were becoming involved in air raid precautions. The General said farewell to her fellow soldiers of Wimbledon Corps before sailing for the USA and retirement.
A number of photos were taken of this event (which, as with all our corps history for a whole year from May 1939 to 1940, went unrecorded. War? What war?) of, which one was used in our centenary brochure in 1987. ‘I am privileged’, said General Evangeline, ‘to become a soldier of the Wimbledon corps. I know the esteem in which the corps is held in the borough, and I thank all the citizens for the loyal support they give to our work’.

In 1950, as a young YPSM, I was a member of the Census Board (now known as the Pastoral Care Council, a welcome change in title as we were often referred to as the Senseless Board!) when our Divisional Commander visited Wimbledon, declaring that he was surprised to find the General was still on our books when she was also a soldier at her home corps in the USA. ‘This cannot be’ he told us sternly, ‘especially as she doesn’t support you financially’. Ouch!, unbelieving silence from all our members - he wouldn’t dare, would he? Oh yes, he did! He removed her from our roll..... and she died the same week!! Meeting the DC shortly afterwards, I told him cheekily, ‘now look what you’ve done!,’
Next month: Other highlights from the 1930s.
Ron Foot




YP Corps Altar Service 30 March 2003

With grateful hearts the YP Corps presented their self denial gifts to God. Over the two months that they had been collecting “Tiddler’s” from families, friends, members of the Corps, Over 60’s and Parents and Toddlers a total of £152-78 was raised. As has been shared this will go to the Exèrcito de Salvação. The only Salvation Corps on the Algarve Portugal.




Mothering Sunday

Thanks go to Ailsa and the young folk in Sunday Club for bringing the morning meeting to us, base on the relationship between Ruth and Naomi, and how God the father will remain constant and faithful to us throughout all circumstances. After the meeting Gillian and Charlotte took flowers round to Eddie who sends her best wishes to everyone. Thanks also go to Joy for leading a lively opening to Sunday Club.




Prayer Corner

April brings with it a late Easter this year, that runs into the May Day Bank Holiday. It is a time when many of the Corps will be away on holiday and spending time with their families. Do remember in your prayers all those who are travelling, entertaining and taking time out from their normal routines to enjoy a rest and the world that God has made. Remember also those that are left behind. It can be disheartening when so few attend for worship.

As the warmer weather settles in we need to remember our Corps folk, their families or friends who are in need of prayers. We think of Ernest, and the family, and give thanks as Mary continues to make a slow but sure recovery from her illness. We remember those who are unable to worship with us regularly - Olive Morris, Sue and Philip, Eddie, and John. We uphold those who are ill or not in good health - Heather undergoing chemotherapy; Shelli, and Winnie.




YP Railway Standing Collections

It was a mild, grey morning at 7am as the collection started at Wimbeldon station, however the public were not deterred and £324-83 was collected for work within the YP Corps. Thanks go to Joy, Bernie, Ailsa, Lorraine and Major for all their hard work during the day. The 4th April saw another £117 given by commuters at Stoneliegh. This money will go towards equipment for the YP Corps.




Senior Corps Standing Day - 1 March 2003

A total of £395.44 was raised by a small group of Corps folk. Many thanks to all of you for giving up your time on a Saturday to raise this sum.




Senior Corps Self Denial Altar Service - 2 March 2003

The sacrificial giving of many in the senior Corps resulted in £719.26 being presented to God. This money will go towards supporting the work of the Salvation Army around the world as detailed in “Praying for our world” booklet we all received.




Eastbourne Old Town Band

With great anticipation and expectation the visit of Eastbourne Old Town Band arrived on 23 March. Old friendships were renewed, news caught up on and new friendships made. The Band had prepared two meetings that challenged and stimulate our worship. Thanks go to all those who helped with the billeting that day, and to Betty and Joyce for preparing the evening tea.

It was also a joy to see the family of Westland gathered in the morning meeting as Major conducted a thanksgiving service for his life and he was welcomed onto the Corps Cradle Roll. Do remember Betty, Lorraine, Vivienne, Major and other Corps members who help out at our Parent and Toddlers Group in prayer. It is through their witness that Westland’s family decided to make the link with the Cradle Roll.




By their fruit?

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what the results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

These words are profound and apply to every Christian. But who said them? It encapsulates “By their fruits shall you know them” (Matt 7 15-20) with the added extra that we should not look for a result. The kindness you show today may not be appreciated or realised for some time. Conversely it should be noted that acts of unkindness may lead the victims to perpetrate acts of unkindness. The important part of this statement is “You have to do the right thing” There are many Christian phrases that follow this theme. One of the more obvious ones is the ‘Golden Rule’, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. If you do not want to be treaded unkindly you should treat others with kindness and respect. It may surprise you therefore to know that the above quote was said by Gandhi, not a Christian, but a Hindu. Gandhi was a man of peace, and always tried to find a peaceful end to the religious deputes of his day. He did not see the results of many of his actions and yet today many years after his death, his staunch stance of having to do what is right has made him famous and someone who’s ideals should be emulated. Gandhi did not look at a person’s faith first, he looked at the person and tried to treat that person as he wanted to be treated, with love and compassion. Jesus teaches us to do exactly the same, treat people as people, as you want to be treated irrespective of their faith or beliefs. The Good Samaritan is just one example.

Another phrase that tells us how to treat others is commonly known as the ‘Golden Rule’.

The Golden Rule is found in the scriptures of nearly every religion. It is often regarded as the most concise and general principle of ethics. Gandhi lived by this rule, he did not like what he had to endure as a result, but he was true to his faith.

The golden rule in some other faiths.

Hindu Faith
‘This is the sum of duty: do naught to others which if done to thee would cause thee pain.’
The Mahabharata

Jewish Faith
‘What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.
The Talmud

Buddhist Faith
‘Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.’

Muslim Faith
‘No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.’

However each faith put varying emphasis on how the ‘Golden Rule’ applies.




Resurrection Cookies

What a wonderful way to explore and share the true meaning of Easter. It is great fun for all the family and the cookies really are delicious.

Read the whole recipe before be done Saturday night before Easter Sunday.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Ingredients:

You need:
1 cup whole pecans
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vinegar
1 pinch of salt
Mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Wax paper
Cookie sheet
Beat the pecans with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. After Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. - John 19:1-3.

Put 1 tsp. Of vinegar into mixing bowl. When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. - John 19:28-30

Add egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life for our life. - John 10:10-11

Sprinkle a little salt into the bowl. This represents the salty tears shed by Jesus followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.- Luke 23:27

So far the ingredients are not very appetising.
Add 1 cup sugar. The sweetest part of this story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. - Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

Beat until stiff peaks are formed. The colour white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. - Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by tsp. onto waxed paper-covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body was laid. Read - Matt. 27:65-66

Put cookies sheet in the oven. Close door and turn oven OFF. Seal the door with a piece of tape. Jesus tomb was sealed. - Matt. 27:65-66

Go to bed !

It may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. - John 16:20 and 22

On Resurrection Morning open the oven and give everyone a cookie! Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Resurrection Day Jesus followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. - Matt. 28:1-9

He Has Risen ! Hallelujah ! ! ! ! !

Author: Unknown




Preaching programme for April

  Morning Holiness meeting Evening Salvation Meeting
6th 10.30 am Morning Meeting lead by Corps Cadets . Monthly Corps Prayer Meeting at 5-30pm
6pm Salvation meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall .
13th Palm Sunday. 10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Envoy Ray Kear. 6pm Lead by Envoy Ray Kear .
18th Good Friday Service - lead by Major Rosemary Randall
20th Easter Sunday 10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall. There is no afternoon meeting.
27th Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal. 10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall. 6pm Lead by Major Rosemary Randall.




Preaching programme for May

  Morning Holiness meeting Evening Salvation Meeting
4th 10.30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall . Monthly Corps Prayer Meeting at 5-30pm
6pm Salvation meeting lead byMajor Rosemary Randall .
11th Over 60’s and Home League . 10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Joyce Veacock. 6pm Lead by Joyce Veacock .
18th 10-30 am Holiness Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall 3 pm Praise Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall.
25th 10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall. 6pm Lead by Major Rosemary Randall .




Corps Diary April 2003

Friday 4th YP Railway Standing Collection at Stoneleigh Station 7/9am.
Kid’s Club 6/7-30pm. See Ailsa for details
Thursday 10th Bible Fellowship 7-45pm - Following God’s call. Genesis 12. See Ron for details.
Sunday 13th Divisional Envoy’s Ray and Dorothy Kear will be leading the worship.
Friday 18th Good Frday Reflection at the Hall.
YP Extravaganza 3 - See Ailsa for details.
Sunday 20th Easter Sunday
Wednesday 23rd St. George’s Day - Patron saint of England.




Corps Diary May 2003

Friday 2nd Kid’s Club 6/7-30pm. See Ailsa for details
Thursday 8th Red Cross Day
Friday 9th Europe Day
Saturday 10th Divisional Youth Celebration. Details to be confirmed
10th/11th Over 60’s / Home League Weekend
Wednesday 14th Divisional Adult and Family Ministries Rally. See notice board for details.
Thursday 15th Bible Fellowship 7-45pm - Overcoming the Impossible. Numbers 13:36-14:10. See Ron for details.
Friday 16th Kid’s Club 6/7-30pm. See Ailsa for details
Friday 23rd Commissioning of Officers. Details on notice.
Monday 26th Spring Bank Holiday
Thursday 29th Ascension Day
Friday 30th Kid’s Club Day Trip Out. See Ailsa for details




The Story Behind the Praying Hands

Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children. Eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table for this mob, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and any other paying chore he could find in the neighbourhood.

Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of Albrecht Durer the Elder's children had a dream. They both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but they knew full well that their father would never be financially able to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the Academy. After many long discussions at night in their crowded bed, the two boys finally worked out a pact. They would toss a coin. The loser would go down into the nearby mines and, with his earnings, support his brother while he attended the academy. Then, when that brother who won the toss completed his studies, in four years, he would support the other brother at the academy, either with sales of his artwork or, if necessary, also by labouring in the mines. They tossed a coin on a Sunday morning after church. Albrecht Durer won the toss and went off to Nuremberg. Albert went down into the dangerous mines and, for the next four years, financed his brother, whose work at the academy was almost an immediate sensation.

Albrecht's etchings, his woodcuts, and his oils were far better than those of most of his professors, and by the time he graduated, he was beginning to earn considerable fees for his commissioned works. When the young artist returned to his village, the Durer family held a festive dinner on their lawn to celebrate Albrecht's triumphant homecoming. After a long and memorable meal, punctuated with music and laughter, Albrecht rose from his honoured position at the head of the table to drink a toast to his beloved brother for the years of sacrifice that had enabled Albrecht to fulfil his ambition. His closing words were, "And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, now it is your turn. Now you can go to Nuremberg to pursue your dream, and I will take care of you."

All heads turned in eager expectation to the far end of the table where Albert sat, tears streaming down his pale face, shaking his lowered head from side to side while he sobbed and repeated, over and over, "No" Finally, Albert rose and wiped the tears from his cheeks. He glanced down the long table at the faces he loved, and then, holding his hands close to his right cheek, he said softly, "No, brother. I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me. Look... look what four years in the mines have done to my hands! The bones in every finger have been smashed at least once, and lately I have been suffering from arthritis so badly in my right hand that I cannot even hold a glass to return your toast, much less make delicate lines on parchment or canvas with a pen or a brush. No, brother ... for me it is too late."

More than 450 years have passed. By now, Albrecht Durer's hundreds of masterful portraits, pen and silver-point sketches, watercolours, charcoals, woodcuts, and copper engravings hang in every great museum in the world, but the odds are great that you, like most people, are familiar with only one of Albrecht Durer's works. More than merely being familiar with it, you very well may have a reproduction hanging in your home or office. One day, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer painstakingly drew his brother's abused hands with palms together and thin fingers stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply "Hands," but the entire world almost immediately opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed his tribute of love "The Praying Hands." The next time you see a copy of that touching creation, take a second look. Let it be your reminder, if you still need one, that no one -no one - ever makes it alone!




What’s a Name ?

Only had one suggestion so far regarding the name for the news letter.

News and Views.

Anyone got any other ideas?




Two in One

This months news letter covers both April and May because the editor is away and will not have the time at the end of April to publish another edition.




Following in their footsteps.

On 9th April the church remembers Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was very concerned that Christianity did not become simply a dry “religion”. He wrote letters from prison about how Christianity should be relevant to the real world. He had been involved in a plot against Hitler and had determinedly campaigned against Nazism, which is why he had been imprisoned. He was hanged in 1945 for his views and is remembered for his strength and courage.

Julian of Norwich is famous for her book “Revelations of Divine Love”. This came out of her experience of being very ill, seeing visions and being healed, with the first account being written soon after the experience and the second written twenty or thirty years afterwards when she had spent time reflecting upon it. She became a recluse living in part of a church, but even though she was not living amongst people many still came to her for advice as she had such a degree of insight. She died in 1417 and the church remembers her on 8th May.




God’s Great Ambition

“The gates of heaven are not closed for the Communists. Neither is the light quenched for them. They can repent like everyone else. And we must call them to response. Only love can change the communist and the terrorist.” Richard Wurmbrand.




Meditation On The Lord’s Prayer.

Lord, I cannot say “Our” ------- If my religion has no room for other people and their needs.

Lord, I cannot say “Father’’ ----- If I fail to resemble you in the way I live my daily life.

Lord, I cannot say, “Who art in Heaven” ----- If my attention is focused only on earthly things.

Lord, I cannot say “Hallowed be Thy name” ------ If I who am called by Your name am not holy.

Lord, I cannot say “Thy Kingdom come,” ------ If I fail to acknowledge Your sovereignty, in my life.

Lord, I cannot say “On earth as it is in Heaven” Unless I am truly ready to serve you here and now.

Lord, I cannot say “Give us this day our daily bread” ----- Without doing an honest day’s work, and without considering the needs of those less fortunate.

Lord, I cannot say “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” If I harbour a grudge against my brother or sister.

Lord, I cannot say “Lead us not into temptation” ----- If I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.

Lord, I cannot say ‘‘Deliver us from evil” If I am not prepared to take a stand against injustice in my society.

Lord, I cannot say “Thine, is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory” --- If I do not, submit to Christ as King, if I fail to trust You to act in my life, or if in pride I seek my own glory.

Lord, I cannot say “Amen” Unless I can honestly say, “Come what-may, this is my prayer.




One Way

Is a Christian organisation that is called to spread the word of God through ministry by Puppets. Rebecca and others spent a fascinating day learning how to use a range of puppets, make them dance, sing, cry and become effective evangelists for Christ. Watch out in the months ahead for some unusual music and sketches from the Sunday and Drama Clubs as they become more confident in their skills.





To Everything Turn, Turn

Well done to the Corps Cadets for the challenge in their meeting about what choices we make in life as time passes by. We look forward to your next meeting in the Autumn.



A Painter called Jock

There was a tradesman, a painter called Jock, who was very interested in making a penny where he could, so he often would thin down paint to make it go a wee bit further. As it happened, he got away with this for some time. A local Church decided to do a big restoration job on the painting of one their biggest churches. Jock put in a bid, because his price was so low, he got the job. And so he set to erecting the trestles and setting up the planks, and buying the paint and, yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down. Well, Jock was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly completed when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder, and the sky opened, the rain poured down, washing the thinned paint from all over the church and knocking Jock clear off the scaffold to land on the lawn, among the gravestones, surrounded by telltale puddles of the thinned and useless paint. Jock was no fool. He knew this was a judgement from the Almighty, so he got on his knees and cried: "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?" And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke.
"Repaint! Repaint! and thin no more!"

Author: Unknown





The Salvation Army in Sweden has always been renowned for its string (mainly guitars) bands. One member of Stockholm 3 Corps string band was a young shop assistant named Greta Lovisa Gustafsson who won a bathing beauty contest at the age of 16, followed by a scholarship to the Royal Theatre Dramatic School in Stockholm. This started her on a film career (originally silent films but subsequently great Hollywood ‘blockbusters’). Among her successes were Anna Christie (1930), Queen Christina (1933), Anna Karenina (1935) and Ninotchka (1939) but she is for ever remembered for a one-liner ‘I vant to be alone!’ Our Salvation Army girl is better known by her stage and film name of Greta Garbo.
Ron Foot




A Prayer For Rest

Lord it is good to rest and relax with a drink as muscles sing after physical work.
I remember the wholesome resting of God at the end of creation’s labour. God, make me content to sit a while and remember that rest is necessary and not an optional extra. Amen.

Taken from Prayers for the workplace by Susan Sayers.




Faiths unite for peace prayers

Muslims and Christians have joined together to take part in prayers for peace at Ripon Cathedral. About 50 Muslims, from the Leeds Muslim Forum and Scarborough Islamic Society, laid down prayer mats in the south aisle of the cathedral on Saturday. They then joined Christians at a Shrine for Peace and Justice to pray for peace in Iraq.

Chairman of the Leeds Muslim Forum, Dr Hassan Alkatib, said they were delighted to have received the invitation. He said: "Such joint initiatives between people of different faith improve religious harmony and teach tolerance and respect towards each others' beliefs. "This is definitely what is needed at this time."

The Dean of Ripon, the Very Reverend John Methuen, said it was essential that community relations were not affected by the war. He said: "At this critical time it is important that together we demonstrate that this war is neither about religion nor between religions."

24th March 2003




PANORAMA OF ISLAM - Prayer Topics For The Muslim World

Iraq has a population of 23 million people with an annual growth of 3.5%. 50% of the population are aged under 18 years old. Arabic, Kurd and Turkic peoples make up the population. 95% of the population are Muslim, 3.3% are Christian, 0.9% are Yezidi, 0.2% are Mandaeans (follows of John the Baptist) and the remainder profess no faith.

This is a land where wars have raged for over 15 years and the hardships that the people suffer has brought about a lowering of prejudices among the Muslim followers. As the Coalition forces continue in their war against the country’s leadership pray that God will continue to open the hearts and minds of the people, and that Christians will not be persecuted. Pray that soldiers, and the support forces such as Chaplains, will have adequate Christian material to share with those that wish it and that through aid relief the restrictions on the distribution of such material may be overcome.

Iraq - part of which was once Babylonia