Problems Galore

The year is only four weeks old, but the problems are arriving thick and fast! They say that the problems you face either defeat you or develop you - depending on how you respond to them. Rarely do we stop and think that these might be good for us. Often we resent our problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.

Sometimes God needs to light a fire under us to get us moving. Problems point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Just stop - God may be trying to get your attention? “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.” (Proverbs 20:30)

People are like tea bags...if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot ever water! God may test your faith with a problem! What do problems reveal about you? “When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.” (James 1:2-3)

Some lessons are only learnt through pain and failure. As children our parents told us not to touch a hot stove, but most learnt by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of, money, a relationship... by losing it. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.” (Psalm 119:71-72)

A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents us from being harmed by something more serious. A employee was fired for refusing to do something unethical. His unemployment was a problem - but it saved him from being convicted a year later when management’s actions were discovered. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…(Genesis 50:20)

Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in our character than our comfort. Our relationship with God and our character are the only two things we’re going to take with us into eternity. “We can rejoice when we run into problems... they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.” (Romans 5:3-4)

As February unfolds and the problems crop up just remember God is at work in your life - even when you do not recognise it or understand it. But it’s much easier and profitable when you co-operate with Him. “Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned, lives touched and moments shared along the way.”

Adapted from




Excerpt from the past. Corps History No 26

Probably the best known, but least seen soldier of Wimbledon corps was General Evangeline Booth. Not a lot of people know that! (not even our history book, unfortunately). The seventh child of our founder William and his wife Catherine was born on Christmas Day 1865, the very year of the Army's birth. Her father described her arrival as 'my best Christmas box'.

'Salvationist', in a recent review of his autobiography, described our recent world leader John Gowans as 'the most flamboyant general since Evangeline Booth'. She was certainly that - vivacious authoritarian, the last of the Booth dynasty to lead our Army. Among the many offices to which her father appointed her was that of 'Commander' of The Salvation Army in the USA, a position she held from 1904 to 1934 when the High Council elected her to be our fourth General. Like a number of our leaders through the years she was talented, writing both words and music of many songs, four of which still appear in our present song book.

Upon her appointment as general, Evangeline went to live in an affluent house in Esher, choosing then to become a soldier on the roll of Wimbledon corps.

In the absence of any official records I have to rely upon my own memory and that of Muriel and Olive, plus snippets passed on to me by my parents. Twice during her generalship Evangeline invited 'my fellow-soldiers' to what she grandly described as a 'banquet' in our hall. At the first of these occasions a small girl by the name of Olive Peltwell (then 6 or 7) was chosen to present a bouquet to our distinguished soldier, remarking afterwards that 'the General smelled of powder' (no doubt commonplace within -the USA but frowned upon in British SA circles as 'make-up' in those days!)

Much in demand as a speaker, the General travelled widely and therefore had no time to attend any of our Sunday meetings but she was affectionately known within the corps as 'our General'.

Next month: The General's manifesto
Ron Foot




Kids in Church

Terri asked her Sunday School class to draw pictures of their favourite Bible stories. She was puzzled by Kyle’s picture, which showed four people on an airplane, so she asked him which story it was meant to represent. “The flight to Egypt,” said Kyle. “I see ... And that must be Mary, Joseph, and. Baby Jesus,” Terri said “But who’s the fourth person?” “Oh, that’s Pontius - the Pilot.

A boy was watching his father, a pastor, write a sermon. How do you know what to say?” he asked. “Why, God tells me.” “Oh, then why do you keep crossing things out?”




Corps Council - 13 January 2003

There were just three items on the agenda, and an evening full of vision, planning and anticipation for the future.

The Homelessness Project Update - D.H.Q. have given agreement to this project being based in the Corps. The corps will be one of the many churches and faith groups involved in this initiative. Finance is still being applied for to under-write this venture and pay for the project workers salary.

Building Work - following discussions in the Corps Council, Major has meet with the Properties Manager from DHQ and draft plans are being costed to decorate the halls (inside and out), mend the roof and adapt the building to meet current Health and Safety, Building and Food Hygiene Regulations. Just a few of the things that have been proposed so far are - conversion of the Parent and Toddler Room to a 5 cubicle shower area (needed for Homelessness project), conversion of the Primary Room into a new storage area. Decorating throughout both halls, fitting a loop and new sound system, over head projection facility and screen, new lighting, making the prayer room softer and more comfortable so it can also be used for counselling. The entrance to the Community Hall will have new doors fitted so it meets disability access standards and a mobile ramp will be fitted. As finalised plans are available Major will let us know what is financially achievable.

Senior Corps Programme - This was planned for the year and Major will shortly be sending out a flyer to everyone letting them know what is planned. However for your diaries do make a note of the following special events.

23 February - Cradle Roll Sunday;

8/9 March - 24/7 Prayer Weekend;

23 March - Eastbourne Old Town Band will be leading worship for both meetings;

10/11th May - Home League and Over 60’s Weekend;

5 July - Evening Festival of Praise lead by Eastbourne Citadel Band;

11/12 October - Harvest Weekend,

22/23 November - Corps Anniversary.

It promises to be a good year. Do prayer for all the events planned and for those organising them and leading them.




Curiouser And Curiouser….

Just what was going on Saturday 18th January? It was the Young Peoples New Year’s Party and the theme was Alice in Wonderland. Do take time to look at the photo’s up in the Community Hall that convey a glimpse of the fun and laughter we all had. So many characters attended - Alice, The White Rabbet, The Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, the Knave of Clubs, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and the caterpillar (cake) made it onto the table. So many had taken the time to make costumes and dress up. Well done to all of you. However extra congratulations go to the four winners of the Fancy Dress Competition. In the Under 7 yrs group - Rosie as Alice. In the 8/11 yr. group - Aiden as the Knave of Clubs and Toni as the White Rabbit. In the over 12 yr. - Letitia as the Cheshire Cat.




Preaching programme for February

  Morning Holiness meeting Evening Salvation Meeting
2nd 10.30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall . Monthly Corps Prayer Meeting at 5-30pm
6pm Salvation meeting lead byMajor Rosemary Randall .
Sunday Club Kid’s Zone - Follow me!
Matthew 4:18-22 and John 1:29-42
Y Zone - Follow Jesus.
John 1:35-45 and Isaiah 63:7
Junior Soldiers Class Remain in Holiness Meeting  
9th 10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall . 6pm Lead by Major Rosemary Randall.
Sunday Club Kid’s Zone - Amazing Jesus!
Matthew 4:23-25 and Mark 1:29-34
Y Zone - Vintage Wedding.
John 2:1-11 and 14:11
Junior Soldiers Class Open my eyes, Lord! -
Acts 6:1-7 and 10
16th - Education Sunday 10-30 am Holiness Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall 3 pm Praise Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall .
No evening meeting.
Sunday Club Kid’s Zone - Jesus cares.
John 6:11-15
Y Zone - A Blow Out.
John 6:1-14 and 2 Corinthians 8:12
Junior Soldiers Class The Two Greatest Commandments. Mark 12:28/34  
23rd - Cradle Roll Sunday 10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall. 6pm Lead by Major Rosemary Randall.
Sunday Club Kid’s Zone - You choose.
Genesis 13-14:16, 18:16-19:29
Y Zone - Hair today gone tomorrow.
Judges 16 and Proverbs 12:26
Junior Soldiers Class No class remain in Cradle Roll Meeting  




YP Memory Verse

My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19




A “Tongue In Cheek” Reflection

God grant me the serenity to forget the people I never liked anyway; the good fortune to run into the ones I do like; and the eyesight to know the difference!




YP Prize Giving

Many thanks go to Ailsa for all her hard work in preparing and leading the two services on this special Sunday. It was a time to acknowledge and celebrate the successes of the young people over the last year, and to award them with prizes, shield and certificates to acknowledge all their hard work and enthusiasm. So who achieved what ?

Junior Soldier of the Year 2002 was awarded to Charlotte with 2160 points. Close behind was Gillian with 2155 points and Aiden with 2140 points. YP Musician of the Year 2002 was awarded to Letitia. This is the second time she has been awarded this shield. The last time was in 2000. Best Sunday Club Class was awarded to Catherine’s - James and Aiden - ably taught by Betty.

Certificates of Achievement, acknowledging how well some of the young folk have managed this year in difficult circumstances, were awarded to Toni, Tiffany, Letitia and Gillian. Certificates of Thanks were also presented to all those adults who have helped in the YP activities over the year. With out their commitment and energy the achievements of the young folk would not have occurred.




Cradle Roll Sunday

One year ago we welcomed 40 children onto our cradle roll, linking them to the Corps. Sunday 23rd February at 10.30am is a time when we can catch up with them and give thanks for the link that has grown over the year. If you know of any family who would wish to have their child’s birthday remembered, form a spiritual link with a church and have a chance to make new friends do let Major Rosemary know.




Fighting Fit

Fighting Fit is the challenge of Commitment Sunday this year. How fit are we? When was the last time we took a fitness check? As Alex Hughes, Commissioner, reminds us alternative health remedies, gyms and diets are all the vogue. However there is also a need to check our spiritual health and fitness. We need to take time to review our lives in the light of God’s word and going forward to fulfil our true potential, just as Paul the Apostle noted in Romans 12:1-3. As Major Rosemary has noted it is easy to drift along taking things for-granted, however we need to test our faith out and celebrate the strengths and work together on the areas that need development. If you have not received a Fighting Fit Commitment Sunday card, do contact Major Rosemary for one.




Education Sunday - 16th February

For over a hundred years the Christian church has set aside a day each year to recognise the needs and input of education in our lives. Currently it falls on the ninth Sunday before Easter. It is a national day of prayer and celebration for everyone in the world of education. We celebrate all the talents and skills of teachers and the ways in which we all teach and learn. As we learn and grow we are being called by Christ into fullness of life. “Follow me” is the call Jesus has made to everyone of us. We are to be shaped by the values of God’s Kingdom and to become new people. Jesus’ ministry was one of teaching and service - informing, but also affirming, challenging and even provoking people to think about God and his place in their lives.

Two prayers have been written to support this years Education day. Do use them in your devotional times.

Thank you, Father, for the timeless words of the gospel writers with their differing perspectives in Jesus’ teaching.

To all entrusted with teaching, our prayers reach out today: that they may engage fearlessly in the search for wisdom; that they may have skill in communication; and a genuine love for the minds and lives of all whom they teach.

As seeds of hope are sown in schools, churches and places of higher education by people who have glimpsed your Kingdom, may people of all nations see what no mortal eye sees and hear what no mortal ear hears and reach towards things at present beyond their mental horizon but in range of your loving purpose. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, we pray that we who are amongst those who most frequently mention your name may also be found amongst those who most urgently seek your truth, most deeply explore your ways and most readily live in your resurrection light. Amen.

From “The Word in the world” compiled by Donald Hilton. Reproduced by permission of NCEC.




Corps Diary February 2003

Saturday 1st Chinese New Year
Sunday 2nd Launch of Self Denial and YP Tiddler’s Race
Friday 7th Kid’s Club. 6/7-30pm. See Ailsa for details.
Saturday 8th Divisional Children’s Fun Day. 9am/5pm. See Ailsa for further details.
9th - 16th National Marriage Week.
Friday 14th Valentines Day.
Sunday 16th Education Sunday.
Friday 21st Kid’s Club. 6/7-30pm. See Ailsa for details.
Sunday 23rd Cradle Roll Sunday.




Prayer Corner

February is a month of mixed weather, seasonal illnesses, and longing for warmer days. We need to remember each other and all those who find this a difficult time of year. In particular we think of our Corps folk, their families or friends who are in need of prayers. We think of Lorraine in hospital, Ernest, and the family, as Mary continues to need care; Olive Morris; Sue and Philip; Heather undergoing chemotherapy; John; Eddie, Ella, Gerald; Bernie, Joy and the family.

As mentioned elsewhere in the newsletter do take time to pray for the schools and teachers that support our young folk each day of the academic term. Pray for all our Sunday Club leaders, section leaders and Major Rosemary who spend so much time preparing and teaching things in our Corps each week. Pray also for the writers of the material that we use in the Bible Fellowship, Corps Cadets, Junior soldiers Classes, Sunday Club and in our own personal devotional times - these all help us learn more about God and ourselves.




What’s a Name ?

A new year is a time for new beginnings. Some times we just carry on without any thought of why something is what it is. A newsletter contains information relating to a certain group of people, its title reflecting the purpose of that group. Does ‘Things to do, Places to go, People to see’ portray the purpose of the Corps newsletter, or the Corps. Should this title be changed to reflect more accurately its current purpose ?

What are your thoughts and ideas?

The editor.




Sporting Success

Young Gillian has recently excelled in two sporting events, and enjoyed the success that comes from playing hard, being fair and remaining focused on the task at hand. Firstly she won her schools Basketball Skills Competition. Those Saturday sessions have paid off. A pity we could not see the faces of the big, strapping lads she beat! Secondly she enjoyed a day at the Oval learning various cricket skills. At the end of the day she was awarded the Certificate for best progress and achievement. Well done Gillian.




Women’s World Day Of Prayer - 7th March

Here is advanced notice of this event, which is meaningful to so many of us. If you have not become involved in the past do consider becoming involved this year. 10-30 am - Meeting at Trinity United Reformed Church, Mansel Road, Wimbledon. Speaker Rev. Cynthia Jackson. 8 pm - Meeting at Christ Church, Colliers Wood. Speaker Rev. Anne Rusbridge.




A Prayer Of Commitment

God who has commanded that no man should be idle: Give us grace to employ all our talents and faculties in the service appointed to us; that whatsoever our hand findeth to do, we may do it with our whole might: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Written by James Martineau




YP Workers Retreat - 1st March

Advanced notice of this day when YP Workers can take time out, and focus on their needs and where they are with God. This day will take place at Maidstone Corps. Final details are awaited from DHQ.