War with Iraq.

The question on everyone’s lips: Should we go to war with Iraq?
The answer initially may be easy, but given a little more thought you may discover the answer is not as easy as you first thought.

Lets look at the facts:- Ever since the Gulf war Saddam Hussain has played a cat and mouse game with the international community. He has failed to comply with the most important United Nations Resolution to disarm and destroy his weapons of mass destruction.

One of the reasons the United Nations was established was to try and maintain world peace through democratic dialog and consensus. In essence a sort of world police force, making laws and rulings based on the opinions on a majority basis of all nations. What is to be done about nations who disobey these rulings (resolutions)? This is the position we currently find ourselves in today regarding Iraq. Saddam Hussain has had twelve years to comply and has failed to do so, despite many UN Resolutions. The result:-

‘The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution November 8 strengthening the weapons inspection regime for Iraq and giving Baghdad, in the words of the resolution, "a final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations." The resolution states that Iraq remains in material breach of council resolutions relating to Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait and requires that Baghdad give UNMOVIC and IAEA a complete and accurate declaration of all aspects of its chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs and ballistic missiles systems, as well as information on other chemical,biological, and nuclear programs that are supposed to be for civilian purposes, within 30 days.’ ( resolution 1441)

What are you to do when someone does not comply with the rules? What do you do when your child deliberately and repeatedly defy your rules? They are of caused punished. But what should the punishment be? This is where things get very difficult with regards Iraq. Passed experience has shown that Saddam Hussain does not co-operate unless he has no other option. He will only listen to force. Here is another dilemma. No one wants another war, yet the UN resolutions clearly state that war is a final option. Do we just turn away and not deliver the punishment? Of cause not. If the UN failed in this the UN would be finished as other nations would simply ignore its rulings.

War is never inevitable until it has started, but the world has to show it ‘means business’ and the build up of troops in the Middle East could be seen as applying pressure on Saddam to comply.

If the world does not want a war, the world (you and I) have to pressurise the powers that be to find an alternative. Whatever happens innocent people will suffer unless Saddam gives up his dictatorship and allows the international community to destroy his weapons of mass destruction, or supplies proof that they have been destroyed.

Both Christian and Muslim believe in the power of prayer, we should all unite in prayer that a peaceful resolution will prevail.




Excerpt from the past. Corps History No 27

In his book ‘Sing the happy song’ Colonel Brindley Boon tells of an event at the Royal Albert Hall in 1938 in which a choir of some 800 songsters participated for the first time. Then follows the following extract:
‘General Evangeline Booth presided and interrupted the proceedings to send a manifesto around the world. The message read:
“In the presence of the vast audience assembled in the Royal Albert Hall, London, on December 3rd, 1938, I want to voice my appreciation and gratitude to the bandmasters and bandsmen, the songster leaders and songsters, of The Salvation Army. Already in the strains that have been lifted here tonight I have heard the echo of similar instruments and voices vibrating in the quaint and more distant villages and progressive cities of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; coming across the illimitable reaches of Canada; lifted in the crowded highways and broad thoroughfares of America; amid African kraals and the Hottentots’ mud-huts; in and out the jungles of India and the palm-covered banks of Java and New Zealand; in the thronged capitals and open spaces of Australia; the remote fastnesses of China and the busy marts of Japan; over the echoing mountains and through the teeming populations of Europe. . . .”’

Thanks from a grateful General. Evangeline Booth at her oratorical best.
The General dramatically signed and then called forward five witnesses to her signature. They were Commissioner John McMillan, Chief of the Staff., National Bandmaster Alfred Punchard; Brigadier Bramwell Coles, Head of the Music Editorial Department; Colonel Railton Howard, Leader of the Assurance Songsters and Songster Leader at Harrow; and Bandsman (Songster) Will Foot, of Wimbledon, at which Corps the General was a soldier.

This last named, Will Foot, was the cousin of my father (also Will). My dad was songster leader at Wimbledon for 33 years from 1925-1958 and at Christmas 1957 he received from the General a copy of her ‘Songs of the Evangel’ (no doubt a play on her name!) containing 28 songs to which she wrote both words and music. In the front flyleaf is printed ‘I send you this book as a mark of my appreciation of your musical services and with the hope that it will be made of abiding blessing both to you and to those who will join you in singing the songs, or even listening to the melodies. May you always have the Christ of Christmas in your heart!’
Next month: General Evangeline pays a farewell visit to Wimbledon.
Ron Foot





A recent memo was sent to all Corps Offices regarding the publication of pictures in Salvation Army publications. Copied here are the salient points.
“in response to recent events it is necessary to change our policy with regards to photographs appearing in Salvation Army publications, including Corps and Territorial websites. The new policy, effective immediately, requires all photographs of people to be accompanied by a signature from the person concerned demonstrating their consent. If the person in question is under 18 years of age the signature must be that of a parent or guardian.

I have no desire to add to the burden of Corps Press Representatives, Corps Officers or Centre Managers but The Salvation Army has a duty to abide by the highest possible standards. The Editors’ Code of Conduct, to which all newspapers must adhere, states clearly that no-one under 16 years of age can be interviewed or photographed without consent from a parent or guardian. We want to go further and abide by the spirit of the regulations as well as the letter, hence our insistence that all those named and identified in pictures must give their permission. Permission does not need to be sought from people in large group shots who will not be identified by name.”
This dictate has far wider implications than just any Army publication, in that it must be considered at a Corps level. For example: If we as a Corps are to abide by the new policy that anyone under the age of 16 cannot be photographed without the consent of the parent or guardian should we continue maintaining a photographic history of Corps events ? If so then urgent procedures need to be put in place to ensure that we abide by the new policies.





Changes in Young Peoples Work

Following a review of youth work across the UK Territory last year it was agreed that the structures needed to change so that growth, diversity and resources could be freed for this important work. The most noticeable change has been the splitting of Young Peoples work into two sections. Children’s Ministry (up to age 12), and Youth Ministry (12 to 25 year olds). In our division Captain Denise Cooper has become the Divisional Children’s Ministry Officer, and Adam Bonner from Sutton Corps has been appointed the Divisional Youth Ministry Officer. Do pray for both of them as they take up their new roles and work together to develop this important work in our division.




What’s a Name ?

Is everyone satisfied with the name of the news letter. If not please let the editor have your suggestions which will then be put to the vote.
The editor.




Preaching programme for March

  Morning Holiness meeting Evening Salvation Meeting
2nd Self-Denial Altar Service. 10.30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall . Monthly Corps Prayer Meeting at 5-30pm
6pm Salvation meeting lead byMajor Rosemary Randall .
9th 10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall . 6pm Lead by Major Rosemary Randall.
16th 10-30 am Holiness Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall 6pm Lead by Major Rosemary Randall .
23rd - Mothering Sunday. 10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall. 4pm Lead by Eastbourne Old Town Band.




Following in their footsteps.

March sees a number of well known Saints days. St David, the patron of Wales on 1st. St Patrick, patron of Ireland on 17th. The are however a number of other people who the church remembers throughout the year who have encouraged and inspired Christians because of their willingness to let God use the gifts he had given them. Over the months ahead we are going to consider a few of them.

Oscar Romero was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Salvador. He campaigned ceaselessly for the poor. Violence was rife and he constantly advocated God’s peace and justice. However what he said was disliked by many and he was assassinated in 1980. The church remembers him on 24th March.
St Joseph of Nazareth is remembered on 19th March. His wife pregnant before marriage and claiming she carried God’s son was a difficult situation. However he listened to God’s solutions before acting and had the privilege of raising the Messiah as his son, knowing that Jesus would bring God’s plans to fruition.




Congratulations and Celebrations.

We warmly welcome Jay Johnson as a member of the Corps family following his dedication on 23rd February. Do remember Jay and his parents Scott and Helen, and his aunts, uncles, grandparents, great grandparents in your prayers.




YP Funday – Tunbridge Wells

8 young folk and 2 leaders set off early for a day of fun.
Divided into four age groups, each group participated in games, art & craft, team challenges, a video quiz and lively worship.

The theme was ‘Choices’ and what we decide is important in our lives.

100 plus children from across the division gathered for this day, and lots of thanks go to Captain Denise and her team for a wonderful day.




Women’s World Day Of Prayer - 7th March

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.




YP Fund raising 21st March

South West Trains have given permission for a standing collection at Wimbledon station on 21st. As in past years the money will contribute to YP funds. If you are able to help between 7 and 9am, and 4.30 and 7pm please let Ailsa know.




Corps Jumble Sale.

Many thanks to everyone who assisted with the recent jumble sale. £55.16 was raised for senior Corps funds.




A B C's

A lthough things are not perfect
B ecause of trial or pain
C ontinue in thanksgiving
D o not begin to blame
E ven when the times are hard
F ierce winds are bound to blow
G od is forever able
H old on to what you know
I magine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
K eep thanking Him for all the things
L ove imparts to thee
M ove out of ''Camp Complaining''
N o weapon that is known
O n earth can yield the power
P raise can do alone
Q uit looking at the future
R edeem the time at hand
S tart every day with worship
T o ''thank'' is a command
U ntil we see Him coming
V ictorious in the sky
W e'll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!

Author: @Virginia Taylor




You are my Sunshine

(Be prepared to get watery eyes!)

Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling. They found out that the new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in mommy's tummy. He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her

The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen. But serious complications arose during delivery and Karen found herself in hours of labour. Would a C-section be required?

Finally, after a long struggle, Michael's little sister was born. But she was in very serious condition, and rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee.

The days inched by. The little girl got worse. The paediatrician had to tell the parents there is very little hope. Be prepared for the worst. Karen and her husband contacted a local cemetery about a burial plot. They had fixed up a special room in their house for their new baby but now they found themselves having to plan for a funeral. Michael, however, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister. I want to sing to her, he kept saying.

Week two in intensive care looked as if a funeral would come before the week was over. Michael kept nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care. Karen decided to take Michael whether they liked it or not. If he didn't see his sister he may never see her alive. She dressed him in an oversized scrub suit and marched him into ICU.

He looked like a walking laundry basket. The head nurse recognised him as a child and bellowed, "Get that kid out of here now. No children are allowed."

The mother rose up strong in Karen, and the usually mild-mannered lady glared steel-eyed right into the head nurse's face, her lips a firm line. "He is not leaving until he sings to his sister" she stated. Then Karen towed Michael to his sister's bedside. He gazed at the tiny infant losing the battle to live.

After a moment, he began to sing. In the pure-hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sang:
"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray."

Instantly the baby girl seemed to respond. The pulse rate began to calm down and become steady. "Keep on singing, Michael," encouraged Karen with tears in her eyes.

"You never know, dear, how much I love you, please don't take my sunshine away."

As Michael sang to his sister, the baby's ragged, strained breathing became as smooth as a kitten's purr. "Keep on singing, sweetheart."

"The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms". Michael's little sister began to relax and rest, healing rest, seemed to sweep over her. "Keep on singing, Michael." Tears had now conquered the face of the bossy head nurse. Karen glowed.

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. Please don't take my sunshine away..."

The next, day...the very next day...the little girl was well enough to go home. Woman's Day Magazine called it The Miracle of a Brother's Song. The medical staff just called it a miracle. Karen called it a miracle of God's love.

Author unknown




Corps Diary March 2003

Saturday 1st Standing Day (Wimbledon)
Sunday 2nd Self-Denial Altar Service.
Friday 7th 24/2 Prayer Weekend.
Kid’s club 6pm. See Ailsa for details.
Woman’s World day of prayer. See notice board for details.
Sunday 9th Prayer and Praise.
Friday 21st YP collection at Wimbledon railway station. See Ailsa.
Sunday 23rd Visit of Eastbourne Old Town Band
Saturday 29th London S.E. Celebration. Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
Sunday 30th Mothering Sunday.




Prayer Corner

March sees the days drawing lighter and the first of the spring bulbs blooming in flower. It is a time for giving thanks that winter is behind us, even if a few cold days still occur.

In your prayers give thanks that Lorraine is home from hospital, for baby Jay, his parents Scott and Helen, and the wider family; that Toni and Gill were able to attend Sunday worship recently.

As always there are many known to us who need our prayers. Please remember Sue, Philip, Olive, Eddie, John, Mary, Ernest and Rebecca’s friend Shelli.

Think also of situations in the news, the recent murders in London, the 8 year old in Ashstead school girl who died when a tree was blown down.




Kids in Church

After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, “Mom, I’ve decided to become a minister when I grow up.” “That’s okay with us, but what made you decide that?” “Well.,” said the little boy, “I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen.”

A little child in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed the offering plates. When they neared. the pew where he sat, the youngster piped up so that everyone could .hear: “Don’t pay for me Daddy, I’m under five.”




Apathy or what ?

Your news letter or not?

As a result of many other commitments the editorial team are finding it harder to find and produce articles for the news letter month by month.

This news letter should be a Corps news letter, not an editorial team’s thoughts leaflet. The articles should be what you want, not what the editorial team think you want.

Make it your news letter. Please let the editor have your articles by the 15th of every month for publication in the next edition.
The editor.