Who made God?

God is the name we give to the great and wonderful Creator - the one who made the whole universe, the one who alone gives life.

We live in time so we have a beginning and an end, our birth and our death. Because we are like this we think that God must be like it, too.

But he is different. The Bible tells us God has no beginning and no end. He is not limited by time - hours, days, weeks, months and years - as we are.

If someone had made God then that someone would have to be greater than God. But God is all-powerful, almighty. Who made God? Answer: no one.

Think of space. It has no beginning and no end. God is eternal - he has no beginning and no end. He is far greater than our little minds can ever take in.

We live in a world of change. Fashions change, politicians rise and fall, heroes of sport and the music world are at the top one year and are forgotten the next.

We change too - our friendships, our habits, our bodies.

God never changes. His love and care never change. He doesn’t love us one day and ignore us the next. He is the only one we can trust who will never let us down.

No one made God. He has always been there. He never changes. He never grows old or weak.

We can get a good idea of what God is like by looking at and enjoying his creation.

Taken from What’s the point? by Norman Warren




Excerpt from the past. Corps History No 31

On a beautiful Sunday morning, 3rd September 1939, my YP band pals Jim Johnstone, his younger brother Laurence and I were huddled around the ‘wireless’ in their home in Kingston Road, immediately opposite our hall. As Big Ben chimed 11 am we heard Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announce ‘this country is at war with Germany’.

Importantly, we entered the meeting which had just started to mouth confirmation of the news everyone had feared. Soon, our songsters were confidently singing ‘keep on believing, Jesus is near; keep on believing, there’s nothing to fear’. Hardly had they finished when the eerie sound of the air-raid sirens blared out and panic! We all rushed out of the hall, across the road to where the fire station then was, and lined up against the wall which we hoped would shelter us when the bombs began to fall. It was the first of many, many false alarms to follow right into the next summer - ‘the phoney war’, as it was known.

On 15th May 1940 Major Percy Berris and his wife Lily ( a former soloist with the original International Staff Songsters) arrived from Sutton to take command of Wimbledon corps, together with their talented family Ken, Lena and Laurence. Among his comments in our history book soon after arrival, Major Percy rejoiced that he ‘found the corps in good spirits although the war is crippling much activity. Early summer here appears to be uneventful apart from the usual YP anniversary and outings on a restricted scale’.

All that was soon to change: on the evening of 15th August a ‘dog fight’ between German and British fighter planes could clearly be seen from Wimbledon in the sky above Croydon, and the following afternoon at 5.15 the sirens sounded yet again in Wimbledon - this time for real. At the Elite Cinema in Wimbledon Broadway ‘Just William’ was being watched by a large audience of children but only a few left their seats to take shelter. Within five minutes a string of 50 kg bombs had been dropped by the Luftwaffe in a line along Merton High Street/Kingston Road, leaving 14 people dead, including my 13 year old friend Laurence Johnstone. To this day a small plaque in our Community Hall records his passing. 59 others were injured. Within minutes of the ‘all clear our hero Major Berris went into action for the first of many times - truly to be the man for the hour.....

Next month: More of that eventful year.
Ron Foot





In the July edition of the Newsletter it stated that the profit raised from the Strawberry Tea was £40. Please note this is incorrect. After the deduction of all expenses the amount raised for the Senior Corps was £29.




Prayer Corner

August is a month of contrasts: hot dry days, family’s together, quiet roads, children having fun, altered daily routines and the dread of the envelope bringing exam results. Do remember everyone in the Corps who will be affected by these things, or who have given up time to help at Holiday Club, Junior Adventure Camp and Music School. Rebecca has recently had a number of interviews for opportunities to develop her Performing Arts skills in a number of Christian environments, all away from the Wimbeldon area. Do pray that she will clearly hear God’s voice as she makes decisions about her future from September onwards.

Recent weeks have brought news of a number of our Corps family who are finding life difficult or challenging. Please pray for Mary as her health deteriorates, and for Ernest and the family as they continue caring for her and supporting each other. James has a broken arm, following an encounter with a larger Cub on a bouncy castle - do think of him as he heads off on Camp while his arm is healing. Sonia Benzon has not been well recently and has been admitted to Epsom General Hospital. Tusa has been in hospital and needs our prayers that she will find peace and focus to her life as she continues to heal. We think of those who are unable to attend on a regular basis Linda, John, Sue and Philip, Olive Morris and Eddie. Ella is currently refusing to have any contact with the Corps. Do pray that God will find away to break through so that reconciliation can occur. Ailsa asks for prayers for her friend Katherine. Katherine’s sister is in Intensive Care following the death of her baby during childbirth.




The Www.W Challenge

During July the Junior Solder’s have been focusing on pray and their relationship with God. They have been encouraged to take part in a number of Who? What? When? Where? Challenges. Here is one of the challenges they took part in - considering how “to keep in touch every day”. Gillian, Aidan and Charlotte share the answers.

Who do you pray to?
God and Jesus. Jesus, who lives with God and tells him things.

Where are you going to pray?
In my bedroom. Wherever it is quiet. Somewhere on my own.

When are you going to pray?
When I remember. Every morning. At bedtime.

What are you going to pray for?
Friends. Family. My problems. My cat. Mum and Dad. Holiday Club. The soldiers that die.
They also made Teddy Bear Bookmarks, for their Bibles, with a message of encouragement for when things are difficult, and a photo-frame with words of scripture around the edge reminding that God loves us and we are special to him.




Schools Out

Term’s over and schools out for the summer. Kid’s Club ended the year in style with a meal out at Pizza Hut. 14 young people and 6 leaders enjoyed the fun of socialising together, instead of organising a formal club. It was great to see that manners and a sense of occasion have not died out in our young folk.

The summer break also sees a number of the YP Corps away. Do think of Charlotte and James who will be at Brownie and Cub Camps at the end of July and then on Divisional Junior Adventure Camp at the end of August, with Paul who joins the helper team. Kerri will also be away at Music School during August. Transport is available for any one who would wish to attend the final festival at 6-30pm at Leighton Park School, Reading. Tickets cost £5 (adults) and £3 (concessions) on the door. See Ailsa if you are interested




My Visit To Syon Park

On the 28th June for our YP outing we went to the aquatic experience in Syon Park. We saw loads of animals such as piranhas, crocodiles and frogs. Then we went to a show with people showing us all other kinds of animals such as: tarantulas, snakes and locust. I particularly found the lizards interesting.

When the men told me about one lizard I found out that one of them was part of an illegal transportation. To fit it in the cage for the journey to England, they had to cut part of the tail off so it could fit in the cage. I was really sad about that.

After that we went to the gift shop, and then we went to snakes and ladders, that was excellent!

By Charlotte Murfin – Well done, you have earned your points for your Junior Soldier Award (visiting a Zoo or rare breads farm and writing about it and one of the endangered animals).




Eastbourne Band 5th July.

For many it was good to hear a brass band in the hall again, for some it was too loud, others wanted it to continue. But the unanimous opinion was ‘what a great time’ was had by all. The mix of classical, army and spiritual musical styles moulded together in a festival of praise to remember. Praise not only of the Lord but what the Lord can do through ordinary people to bring joy and happiness to many people. Young and old ‘went with the mood’, friendships made and renewed amongst the dulcet tones God gave us, music to enjoy and use in His name. Many thanks must go to Bandmaster Vic Clement and his bands men and women for such a wonderful programme on such a sultry evening.





Are not always the long faced, sleepy individuals you would expect at 7am. Many have their eyes wide open and are quick to spot the Salvation Army collecting box as fund raising has occurred for the YP Corps and Holiday Club. Donation recently have been £43-17 on the 6 June at West Ewell Station. £29-52, on 13 June at Tolworth Station and £70-37 at Worcester Park Station on 18 July. The money raised will off set the costs of buying the Playchute, large foam dice, and general costs associated with Holiday Club.




Major - Down Under

As many of you will be aware Major is planning a long holiday this year, and has the chance to travel to the other side of the world. She will be away from 2 September to 17 October. Plans are well in hand for a number of specials who will join with us to lead our worship while she is away.




Panorama Of Islam - Pray Topics For The Muslim World

The United Kingdom has a population of over 60 million people. 2.5% of the population are Muslim, predominately from South Asia, Middle East and with an increasing number of indigenous British people. Other faiths in the UK are Christian 66.5 % (RC 10%, Orthodox 0.83%, Protestant 46.2%, Evangelical 7%, other Christian 2.46%), Sikh 0.8%, Hindu 0.6%, Jews 0.6%, Buddhist 0.15%. There are over 1,800 mosques and 3000 Koranic schools in the UK.

Pray for the Muslim Community in the UK, and that there will be a lessening of the racial tensions in some of the areas where they live. Pray for all those that work with and support Muslim immigrants in the UK, that there may be honesty and openness and the support to recover from the situations that they have fled in other parts of the world. Pray for those in the National Front and other affiliated groups, that they may see Muslims as part of the community in this country. Pray that they will find spiritual release from their prejudice, racial discrimination and hatred.





Important Info!!! The maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to the serious defect in the primary and central component, or heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed, " Subsequential, Internal Non-morality," or more commonly known as S-I-N, as it is primarily symphonised by loss of moral judgement.

Some other symptoms are:
(a) Loss of direction
(b) Foul vocal emissions
(c) Amnesia of origin
(d) Lack of peace and joy
(e) Selfish, or violent behaviour Depression or confusion in the mental component

The manufacturer, who is neither liable or at fault for this defect, is providing factory authorised repair and service, free of charge, to correct this S-I-N defect, at numerous locations throughout the world. The number to call for the recall station in your area is: J-E-S-U-S.

Continuing to operate the human unit without correction voids manufacturer's warranty, exposing owner to dangers and problems too numerous to list, and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded.

Author Unknown




Preaching programme for August

  Morning Holiness meeting Evening Salvation Meeting
3rd 10-30 am lead by Major Rosemary Randall Monthly Corps Prayer Meeting at 5-30pm
6pm Salvation meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall .
Sunday Club 12/1pm  
Junior Soldiers Class Children remain in Meeting  
10th 10-30 am lead by Ian and Maisie Veacock. 6pm lead by Ian and Maisie Veacock.
Sunday Club 12/1pmOpen Sunday club.  
Junior Soldiers Class Stay in the Holiness meeting.  
17th 10-30 am lead by Major Rosemary Randall 3 pm Praise Meeting at Elver Bank Salvation Army Centre, Clapham lead by Joy Rogers
Sunday Club 12/1pm Open Sunday Club  
Junior Soldiers Class 11/11-45am  
24th 10-30 am lead by Major Rosemary Randall 6pm lead by Major Rosemary Randall
Sunday Club 12/1pm Open Sunday Club  
Junior Soldiers Class 11/11-45am  
31st 10-30 am lead by Major Rosemary Randall. 6pm lead by Major Rosemary Randall.
Sunday Club 12/1pm Open Sunday club.  
Junior Soldiers Class 11/11-45am  




Corps Diary August 2003

  There is no Songster, Drama Group, Timbrel practice or Kid’s Clubs during August.
4th / 8th Desert Detectives Holiday Club. See Ailsa or notice board for details.
Sunday 10th Ian and Maisie Veacock leading our worship.
Thursday 14th Bible Fellowship. King Saul 1 Samuel 15:1-23. See Ron for details.
16th / 23rd Music School at Leighton Park School, Reading.
Sunday 17th Corps specialling at Elver Bank Salvation Army Centre Clapham. See Joy for details.
Saturday 23rd 6-30pm. Music School Final Festival. See Ailsa for details.
29th / 31st Junior Adventure Camp. Halls Green, Nr. Sevenoaks.
Saturday 30th 2-30/9pm Jungle Adventure BBQ and Campfire at Halls Green, for those aged 6.5 to 11 yrs. See Ailsa for details.
  Advanced notice Harvest Weekend will be delayed until Major returns from Furlough Corps Anniversary Weekend has changed to 15/16 November.




Following In Their Footsteps

On 4th August the church remembers Jean-Baptiste Vianney, a French priest in the nineteenth century. He is the patron saint of parish priests. He spent much of his time - twelve or thirteen hours a day - listening to people’s confessions, as people travelled from miles away to see him. He was available to God to be useful, and started to see people healed when he prayed for them.

Later in the month, on the 20th, the church remembers William and Catherine booth, founders of the Salvation Army in which we worship God today. They started the Christian Mission in Whitechapel, which met considerable opposition at first, but as the Salvation Army developed with its distinctive ideals the organisation has become loved and respected. William and Catherine wanted to get rid of squalor and poverty, and show people how faith in God could change their life for ever. A task we still follow up to this day.




YP Memory Verse for may

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16




Quotation Of The Month - Jesus Our Rock

“When we come to the end of ourselves, we need to remember that we have not hit rock bottom. Instead we have come to the rock of our lives.” by Claire Page in Daily Bread 24/7 Devotional Notes April/June 2003. (Scripture Union).




Bible (trivia quiz)

1. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah: he was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.

2. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A. Pharaoh's daughter: she went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.

3. What kind of man was Boaz before he got married?
A. Ruth-less.

4. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumph was heard throughout the land. Honda... because the apostles were all in one Accord. 2 Corinthians 4:8 describes going out to do the Lord's work in a Volkswagen Beetle: "We are pressed in every way, but not cramped beyond movement."

5. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
A. Samson: he brought the house down.

6. Which servant of Jehovah was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
A. Moses, because he broke all ten commandments at once.

7. Where is the first tennis match mentioned in the Bible?
A. When Joseph served in Pharaoh's court.

8. Which Bible character had no parents?
A. Joshua, son of Nun.

9. Why didn't Noah go fishing?
A He only had two worms'

Taken from: A Bucket of Surprises - Compiled by J. John & Mark Stibbe.