|With the January sales came the hunting for a new pair of hike
boots. The old ones had fallen apart after many years of comfortable service
and it was time to bring in the new, just in time for a planned holiday in
Scotland. As each footstep left a crispy clear print to show where we had
walked, the milestones and hill markers told us how far we had walked. It was
good to stand on the hillside and look back over the path we had trod, amazed
by the glory of Gods creation around us. However the blisters also gave a
good excuse for sitting in the warmth and reflecting on the joys of many years
shared together walking and exploring various parts of the world.
Candlemas (2nd February) marks the turning point in the church year when we let go of the Christmas glow and start to turn our thoughts towards Easter. Candlemas marks the story in Lukes gospel when Jesus was presented in the temple forty days after his birth. It is the fulfilment of long-awaited hopes, and provides a turning point between the past and the future. Simeon, representing the faith of the Old Testament, can depart in peace as Jesus arrives marking the start of the New Covenant. Over the centuries it has become a tradition to give lighted candles to other Christians at the services held on this day. The candle represents Jesus as the Light of the World entering the darkness of human existence. Traditionally at the end of the service everyone would face the back of the church (the way out) and blow out their candles, turning from Christmas and looking forward towards the cross.
If you get a chance in your meditations this month why not light a candle and place a boot beside it. Think about the milestones and experiences you have already passed in your walk of faith with God. Then turn your back on the boot, blow out the candle and in prayer imagine yourself looking across the hills to the distant cross outside Jerusalems city wall. Offer yourself afresh to God letting Him have use of your time, experience and wealth to serve Him in the days ahead of your.
|With the sudden end of the bombing came better news
from Haddon Hall in September 1944. Says our historian on 10th September
our harvest festival was conducted by Brigadier and Mrs Feltwell (parents of
Muriel and Olive). Our little hall was packed, the meetings were splendid and
God came very near. A small show of fruit, flowers and vegetables, later shared
between the aged and sick members of the Corps.
The following Sunday, we learn, the hall was again packed for the YP harvest (for many years we had this split tradition) with a splendid show of fruit etc. which was afterwards passed to the Nelson hospital. On October 13th Major and Mrs Ough took their departure to become the Corps Officers in Leeds, to be replaced by Adjutants Danny and Gwyneth Thomas who were as Welsh as Welsh can be. Theres nice! Gwyneth always proudly wore Byddin Yr Ianohawdwriaeth (The Salvation Army) on her bonnet band. Their stay at Wimbledon was to be short but they were long afterwards remembered as among the most-loved Wimbledon leaders of all times.
Danny and Gwyneth were pitched in at the deep end as we were able to return to our Kingston Road abode on 26th November. Although still scarred by enemy action it was our home, and we rejoiced in it. Our new C0s organised a willing band of workers who toiled hard all the previous week to clean up for the Sunday visit of our Divisional Commander. In the afternoon we held a festival of praise and thanksgiving to which a number of local ministers were invited, Rev Douglas Mayne from the Methodist church reading the scriptures. Our history book describes it as a red letter day. It was a joy in December for our band and collectors to bring Christmas carols to the neighbourhood during daylight hours without the air-raid sirens wailing and unwanted visitors flying overhead. In March 1945 a Servicemens Fellowship weekend was organised in which officers from the Naval and Military League (caring for the welfare of Salvationists serving in the forces) participated. The war in Europe was entering its final frightening weeks.
Next month: Thanksgiving celebrations.
|January has seen a number
of changes within the Corps as people move on to new things. With over 60 years
of service behind her, and 17 of those as Songster Sergeant, Muriel Foot has
now retired from Songsters. We thank you Muriel for all the encouragement you
have given to so many over the years. We trust that the garden will prosper
from the extra time you have.
Gone are the days when Local Officers where commissioned for life! For locals who form part of the Corps Pastoral Council their commission lasts just five years. Time has flown since Joy Rogers was commissioned as Songster Leader and her five years has come to an end. With sadness she has stepped down from this position so she is able to offer greater support to her family. We thank Joy for all her preparation and leadership over the last five years.
Finally we come to Bernie Rogers who has retired from helping as a leader at Kids Club. Being worn out by the young people leaves him feeling sleepy as he supports Betty Pub Booming. We thank Bernie for all he has done over the three years since Kids Club started.
|Bring in the New is very much the theme for January this year. After a meeting of the Songster Brigade it was agreed that Practice would now become monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm. Ron has kindly agreed to put the songster through their paces each practice and major will co-ordinate the ministry during the meetings.|
|Sava Centre has agreed that the Corps can collect at the store on Saturday 7th February to raise money from the general public. To make this day worthwhile we need as many helpers as possible. If you are able to help please contact Major or Betty to sort out times.|
|Is it a take-over? Is it a merger?
Or something else?
Our Over 60s Club and Home League have unified to form our new Friendship Club. A place where any one can drop in and find companionship and fellowship. The Friendship Club meets each Tuesday at 2pm in the Community Hall. Do invite your friends to join us.
By Royal Appointment
|27 young folk arrived to celebrate the YP New Year party. King Tutankhamun, Queen Victoria, King Bass, King of the Road, Lord Aragorn from Middle Earth, Darth Maul form Star Wars, Henry the 8th, Belle, Princes Isabel, Cinderella, a Japanese Princess, the Prince of Darkness, the Queen Mother and many others where represented among the guests. The highlight was the arrival of our very own Prince Charles (Charlotte do look out for the photos). It was also a joy to see so many young ladies beautifully dressed in the graceful clothing of eras gone by, when young women had the time to make themself look so wonderful. Grateful thanks go to Loraine, Betty, Vivienne, Major, Paul, Joy and Sara who supported and helped make the whole event possible|
|Gillian and Charlotte who have both
successfully completed the Gold Junior Soldier Award. They have worked
together, as well as racing each other over the last year to achieve this
success. Projects have included First-Aid, finding out about endangered
animals, writing testimonies to share with the Corps (via the Newsletter), fund
raising, visiting the sick or elderly, keeping a prayer diary, making a diary
of activities over the summer holiday, making a banner, writing about how to
look after the earth, taking part in meetings and doing dramas. Well done both
Also Letitia has completed the prestigious Crest Junior Soldier Award, the highest award a Junior Soldier can aspire to. Despite the many difficulties she has faced over the last two years she has worked hard being involved in YP dances, drama, banner making, planning prayer time in Juniors, helping as a teen helper at Holiday Club, fund raising for a project overseas, explaining how her Junior Soldier Promise helps her trust God, helping plan and taking part in the SAY meetings. Finally she completed a project on the Exèrcito de Salvação, San Bras Corps in the Algarve. Detailing how the Corps has grown, what type of out-reach work it does, what the economic issues are and giving details about the Algarve in general and how the YP Tiddlers Race raises funds for the San Bras Corps. Well done Letitia. It is hoped that it will be possible to arrange for her award to be presented to her at a Corps near her school in due course.
|Here are a few thoughts that Letitia has gathered for us this
"The road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.
By J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1913)
If you have a favourite quotation, poem, Bible verse that inspires you do let Ailsa have a copy so the words can be shared to inspire others in our walk with God.
|Womens World Day of Prayer, Friday 5 March
The theme In faith, women shape the future has this year been prepared by the Christian Women of Panama. Services in Wimbledon: 10.30 am Christ Church, Copse Hill Speaker: Rev Jilly Pawson 8.00 pm Holy Trinity, The Broadway Speaker: Mrs Valerie Ashcroft
|Just when you thought it was all over
for another 11 months! Christmas raises its head again! Letitia had the chance
to speak to a number of Corps folk on the phone in January and sends her
best wishes to everyone. She had a different Christmas being away from home but
sends her thanks to everyone that remembered her and sent her cards and
presents. She didnt expect it all.
Over the Christmas holiday the Sunday Club children and leaders were set the challenge of writing a few thoughts about Christmas and what it means to them here are the results
|A candle is a protest at midnight. It is a non-conformist. It says to the darkness, I beg to differ!|
|Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28|
|With a sense of excitement the young folk arrived for the Sunday
morning meeting. Today was the day when the Corps would be able to celebrate
with them their many, many successes over the last year. It was a joy to see so
many of Aidans family present to support him as he was awarded the Shield
as Junior Soldier of 2003. Aidan does not find it easy to learn; yet through
the year has steadily applied himself to the lessons, games and craftwork. Well
done Aidan. When you combine Aidans commitment with James curiosity
and enquiring mind you have a powerful combination and for the second year
running Catherines Class, (which they are both in), was awarded the
Shield for Best Sunday Club Class of 2003. Looking to the musical skills that
continue to grow in the YP Corps Tiffany was awarded the YP Musician of 2003
Shield. Certificates of Achievement were presented to Aidan for his steadfast
application over the year, Charlotte for her willingness to share her ideas and
feelings with others and Letitia for continuing to trust God in difficult and
Tribute was also paid to the work of the adults that support the YP Corps in many different ways as Company Guards and helpers on a Sunday, at Kids Club, Holiday Club, on the YP Days Out, and at special events like the YP Party. Though the Sunday Club numbers may seem low the YP Corps has an out reach ministry to over 70 young people aged 5 to 14 years. Prayer was requested for the future work of the YP Corps especially in relation to developing a Youth Ministry with the 12 to 25 year olds and the identification of a Corps Youth Secretary to take this work forward. Prayer is also needed in relation to developing something for the children who leave Parents and Toddlers Group at 3½ yr. old, when they start nursery school, but are too young to join Kids Club.
The meeting concluded with Major thanking Ailsa and Paul for being able to find the time in their busy lives to plan and prepare all that they do to make the YP Corps so successful in its out-reach to young folk in Wimbledon.
|The North wind doth blow and we have shall snow,
certainly summed up the end of January. Now we are back to exceptionally mild
weather for the time of year with all the chest infections and illnesses that
such mild weather brings. It is also a month when there seems to be so much to
pray for in the news, in our Corps, in our families and among those known to
us. Do take time to listen to, watch or read the news and bring the situations
you hear about to the Lord. We continue to think of those in involved in the
Hutton Report, the actions of all parliamentarians in reaching a decision to go
to war last year, Lord Butler as he starts an investigation into the
intelligence service, and how journalists should investigate and report news.
Remember those that have been made homeless after recent earthquakes and
floods, the families of the sailors on board the cargo ship that capsized in
Norway, the ongoing terrorists attacks in Iraq, the situation between Israel
and Palestine, gun and drug related crime and the victims of it. We need to
remember all the worlds leaders in politics and business that the
decisions they may make will work towards peace and equality for all.
January 11th was Commitment Sunday and we need to remember each other in prayer that we will be able to trust God in the year ahead and continue to place Him first in all that we do. Rebecca has asked for prayer as she starts to seek Gods guidance as to what she should do in September when her time with Viz-a-Viz has come to an end, she has an audition in March. The YP leaders would value prayer as they come together to finalise the YP Programme for the year. There are then those known to us who are unwell and their carers. Please pray for Viviennes mother who has had a stroke, meaning that treatment for cancer as been suspended. Ella who is now home from hospital and her niece who is supporting her. Mary and Ernie. Sonia. Ailsas friends Dorothy whose son has died - and Elaine, whose 27yr old son is seriously ill with cancer. We also need to remember Sue and Philip, Olive Morris, Edie, Linda, Letitia, and John who are unable to join us for worship.
|To those who have supported Major in the preparation and leading of worship over the last month. To Joyce and Betty for the monthly afternoon Praise Meeting and Ailsa for the YP Prize Giving meeting. Thanks are also given for Joy who has lead Sunday Club and Lorraine who has lead Juniors while Ailsa has been on holiday.|
Corps Diary February 2004
|Sunday 1st||Start of Prayer Wave 2004|
|Monday 2nd||Candlemas Festival.
YP Leaders meeting at 8pm in Community Hall.
|Tuesday 3rd||Songster Practice at 8pm. See Major for further information.|
|Saturday 7th||Standing Day at Sava Centre to collect funds for the Corps. Please see Major or Betty if you are able to help.|
|Sunday 8th||Launch of Self Denial and YP Tiddlers Race|
|Monday 9th||Pastoral Council Meeting 7-30pm in Community Hall|
|Friday 13th||No Kids Club.|
|Saturday 14th||St. Valentines Day.|
|Monday 16th||Kids Club 3rd Birthday Outing. See Ailsa for details.|
|Tuesday 24th||Pancake Day|
|Wednesday 25th||Ash Wednesday|
|Friday 27th||6pm to 7-30pm. Kids Club. Lead by Lorraine.|
Preaching programme for February
|Morning Holiness meeting||Evening Salvation Meeting|
|1st||10-30 am lead by Major Rosemary Randall||6pm Salvation meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Junior Soldiers Class||11/11-45am Children remain in Meeting|
|Sunday Club||12/1pm lead by Joy Rogers.|
|8th Launch of Self Denial||10-30 am lead by Major Rosemary Randall||6pm lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Junior Soldiers Class||11/11-45am lead by YPSM|
|Sunday Club||12/1pm lead by YPSM.|
|15th||10-30 am lead by Maisie Veacock||No evening meeting|
|Junior Soldiers Class||11/11-45am|
|22nd||10-30 am lead by Major Rosemary Randall||3.00 pm Praise Meeting lead by Joy Rogers|
|Junior Soldiers Class||11/11-45am lead by YPSM|
|Sunday Club||12/1pm led by YPSM|
|29th Prayer Wave 2004||10-30 am lead by YPSM Ailsa Flinders||6 pm lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Junior Soldiers Class||1/11-45am Children remain in Meeting|
|Sunday Club||12/1pm led by YPSM|
|Believe the future into being. 50 days of non-stop prayer for
young people and youth work. Prayer Wave 2004 is your chance to shape the
future. Your chance to dream for a new generation. From 1st February to 20th
March 2004, well be praying for young people and youth related issues.
Throughout the UK, people are engaging with Prayer Wave in all sorts of ways,
including 24-7, prayer concerts or nights of prayer. The season culminates at
Story? this years Territorial Youth Rally on
20th March at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
So why do it? As Ailsa explained at YP Prize Giving 2003, the Salvation Army launched a new UK youth ministry strategy to resource, release and reach out to a new generation. Prayer Wave 2004 is all about the Salvation Army coming together to pray for a new generation in a specific period of focussed prayer. Its about putting young people and young adults at the top of the prayer agenda. Its about asking God to do awesome things through young people and youth workers. Its about writing a new script. Its about changing history. Its about letting God shape the Salvation Army for a new generation. Its about dreaming of a different future and believing it into being.
Throughout this Newsletter there are references to youth work, the young folk in the Corps and those known through our outreach work. Do pray for every one of them. Also in your prayer time reflect on some of the questions below. Corps across the UK are being asked to consider these topics during these 50 days of prayer.
Finally think about the pressures that influence the young of today. Pressure to take drugs, drink alcohol, diet to have a model figure, run up debt at university or on credit cards. In a 4-year period 2,236 young people under 25 took their own lives.
|February 13th is the third Birthday of Kids Club. A time to celebrate how God has blessed the outreach of this ministry. As all the leaders are away on YP retreat that evening is cancelled, and a day's outing during half term has been arranged to celebrate the day.|
|Have you ever stopped to consider the speed in which technology is moving today and compared it with say 2000 years ago or even more? Science & Technology: is moving faster now than at any other time in history.|
|The Earths Strata's: World engineers have tested the strata's of the earth, not just the top layers but to very large depths towards the Earths core. The Medical Profession: understand more about the human body and the elements that it is made from than they have before.|
|Our Knowledge of the Earth & the Human Body: has never been
as great as it is today. Scientists have admitted they are unable to find any
chemical or part of the body which does not come from the earth. They have
found the following elements IN BOTH the human body and the earth:-
Sodium, Chlorine, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Sulphur, Iodine, Copper, Zinc, Cobalt, Magnesium, Fluorine, Potassium, Molyboemium, Chromium, Selenium, Silicon
God's WORD tells us that 'The Lord formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living being.' (Genesis 2:7)
|Isn't it marvellous that scientists can provide us with this information which confirms the belief of every Christian.|
|http://www.devotions.co.uk/ - The Elements.htm|
|The time the Lord made women, he was into his Sixth day of
working overtime. An Angel appeared and said, Why are you spending so
much time on this one?
And the Lord answered and said, Have you seen the specsheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have 200 movable parts, all replaceable, run on black coffee and leftovers, have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and have six pairs of hands.
|The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this
one. Six pairs of hands! No Way!, said the Angel. The Lord replied,
Oh, it's not the hands that are the problem. It's the three pairs of eyes
that women must have!. And that's just on the standard model?
the Angel asked. The Lord nodded in agreement. Yep, one pair of eyes are
to see through the closed door as she asks her children what they are doing
even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head are to see
what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair
are here in the front of her head. They are for looking at an errant child and
saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single
word. The Angel tried to stop the Lord. This is too much work for
one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish.
But I can't!, the Lord protested, I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick and can feed a family of six on a pound of hamburger and can get a nine year old to stand in the shower. The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, but you have made her so soft Lord. She is soft, the Lord greed, but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish. Will she be able to think?, asked the Angel. The Lord replied, not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason, and negotiate.
The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman's cheek. Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one. That's not a leak, the Lord objected, that's a tear! What's the tear for? the Angel asked. The Lord said, the tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride.
The Angel was impressed. You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything, for women are truly amazing.
Women have strengths that amaze men. They carry children, they carry hardships, they carry burdens but they hold happiness, love and joy. They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. They fight for what they believe in. They stand up for injustice. They don't take no for an answer when they believe there is a better solution
|They go without new shoes so their children can have
them. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They love
unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their
friends get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a new
marriage. Their hearts break when a friend dies. They have sorrow at the loss
of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. Women come in all sizes, in all colours and shapes. They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin! Women do more than just give birth. They bring joy and hope. They give compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends. Women have a lot to say and a lot to give.
|http://www.devotions.co.uk/Our Devotions -|
|I cannot change the way I am,
God made me different and unique,
I never ask him why.
If I appear peculiar,
There's nothing I can do,
You must accept me as I am
As I've accepted you.
God made a casting of each life,
Then threw the old away,
Each child is different from the rest,
Unlike as night from day.
So often we will criticize,
The things that others do
|http://www.devotions.co.uk/ - To Each His Own.htm|