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Pursuing political correctness
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FROM THE EDITOR
4. PAPERS This week’s quotes from the papers and From the Archives – ten years on 5. – 9. NEWS Germany and Lithuania // Stotfold // THQ // Lurgan // Sherburn Hill // Clowne // Bolton Citadel // Gravesend // Anglia // Dartford // Sleaford // Leicester South // Hamilton // Boston // Worthing // Bellshill // South Holmwood // Paisley Citadel // Colchester Citadel // Burton-on-Trent // Southsea // 8.
NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE READING CHALLENGE
11. Banding together
12. & 13. FEATURE Pursuing political correctness 14. FEATURE Scouts and guides centenary 15. The peace of God
12. & 13. 6.
16. & 17. NEW COMMITMENTS 18. Favourites
18. It’s OK to go back
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THROUGH THE WEEK WITH SALVATIONIST
9. SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS Scripture quotations in Salvationist are from the New International Version (2011), unless otherwise stated 2
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FROM THE EDITOR
SOMETHING MUST BE DONE GARDENERS were warned to expect a slug invasion in 2013 as a result of a very wet summer last year. Slugs are hardly the most welcome visitors to gardens, but I suppose that in the eco chain there must be a purpose for them, if only to provide a snack for a hungry bird, frog or beetle. Although they neither feel nor look particularly attractive, they manage to rapidly devour almost every tender green leaf in their path, leaving just the stalks behind. Having heard the warning, I decided to be proactive in my war on slugs and visited the garden centre, which clearly anticipated that business would be brisk in slug bait. I decided to follow Monty Don’s suggestion of traps, which so far have been reasonably effective – unless the real invasion hasn’t happened yet. Every challenge, whether great or small, provides an opportunity for action. When Bramwell Booth admitted to his father William that he knew men slept out on the bridges of London, he was charged to ‘go and do something about it’. The challenge was huge; as Bramwell pointed out to his father, shelters would need to be found and money raised. ‘Something must be done’ was the response he received from the Founder. The same concern for vulnerable and marginalised people remains strong today and has many expressions. Roots Conference throughout its history has raised social justice issues and encouraged social action. The final conference at Doncaster was no exception. Delegates were called to fight for social justice and to take the gospel into the political arena whether through the ballot box or local government. This week we feature someone who has done just that. On pages 12 and 13 Ian Payne speaks about his journey
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into local politics and how he would like to see more Salvationists getting involved in the same way to connect with their communities and be in a position to make a difference. Salvation Army scout groups have been making a difference to the lives of young people for a hundred years. To mark this centenary, in August the territory will host an International Scout and Guide Jamboree at Gilwell Park. Read about the plans for this event on page 14. Through the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus highlighted the need for a practical expression of love towards others. His final words to the expert in the law often ring in my ears: ‘You go, then, and do the same’ (Luke 10:37 Good News Bible).
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THIS WEEK’S QUOTES FROM THE PAPERS POPE FRANCIS THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET
Pope Francis has urged the Mafia to abandon their lives of crime and exploitation and convert to God. Addressing the crowds… the Pope spoke movingly of ‘the great pain suffered by men, women and even children, exploited by so many mafias, who make them slaves… The Pope’s call to mobsters to convert was the third of a series of powerful appeals… He was strongly critical of Church administrators for sometimes not showing Christian charity to those who come to them in need. Those who approach the Church should find the doors open and not find people who want to control the faith, he said… The Pope spoke just as firmly to the bishops of Italy… at their 65th general assembly… He told the bishops: ‘We are not expressions of a structure or an organisational need’, and urged them to take heed for their flocks.
The lack of vigilance, he said, ‘makes the Pastor lukewarm; he becomes distracted, forgetful and even impatient; it seduces him with the prospect of a career, the lure of money and the compromises with the spirit of the world; it makes him lazy, turning him into a functionary, a cleric worried more about himself, about organisations and structures, than about the true good of the People of God’. He urged the bishops to ‘put aside… any form of arrogance’. The Catholic Herald
ECUMENISM NOT AN OPTIONAL EXTRA, SAYS WELBY Speaking at St Philip’s Leicester… to members of the Meissen Commission… Archbishop Welby said: ‘Ecumenism is not an extra that one can fit in because it’s an interesting occupation. It is the oxygen of mission and evangelism.’ Church Times
GILSLAND’S LAMBS TAKE PART IN SERVICE Plans for an open-air lambing service at Gilsland, Cumbria, had to be abandoned because of the weather. Instead, church steward Elizabeth Woodmass invited the congregation into the lambing shed on her farm… The congregation then travelled the short distance to the parish church where a more formal blessing service was conducted by the vicar and Rural Dean, the Rev Rod Allon-Smith. He blessed the lamb, Spotty, before Andrew Longshaw carried it carefully round the church in the traditional way. Methodist Recorder
FROM THE ARCHIVES – TEN YEARS ON Prince of Wales visits Ty^ Gobaith ‘Thank goodness for places like this,’ remarked the Prince of Wales to a resident of the Army’s Ty^ Gobaith Centre, Cardiff. The heir to the throne visited the centre following a £2.3 million refurbishment. He is pictured chatting to staff member Paul Davies-Bunting and Major Paul Main (DHQ). Ty^ Gobaith – which first opened 65 years ago – provides a supportive environment for homeless people across the area. As well as offering much-improved accommodation for up to 61 men, as part of the centre’s resettlement programme seven bedsits have been provided and five more are currently being built. News in ‘Salvationist’ dated 28 June 2003
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NEWS Congress delegates enjoy inspired gathering with the General GERMANY AND LITHUANIA THE theme of the territorial congress – Inspiration – was affirmed by special guest General Linda Bond. ‘I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit will inspire us,’ she told the congregation of around 700 people who gathered in Siegen, Germany, for the opening ceremony. ‘He is the great inspirer and he is here!’ In her Bible message the General called on delegates to make God the centre of their lives and the centre of The Salvation Army. Many people responded to the challenge by kneeling at the mercy seat. The festival on Saturday took the theme Inspiration – Celebrating Jesus! Contributions ranged from traditional Salvation Army music from the German Staff Band to interpretive dance from Shaw Coleman and contemporary music from vocalist Ben Fischer. The programme also featured instrumental soloists Alexander Valerstein (cornet) and Stephen Kane (euphonium). In addition, delegates from Lithuania and Poland, which form the territory with Germany, had opportunity to speak and sing about their culture and faith. All had one goal: to glorify God. Throughout the weekend music and dance items were provided by African Swing Salvation – which also featured a junior section – as well as by the territorial youth choir and representative corps worship groups. In the Sunday morning meeting the General challenged everyone in the congregation to live holy lives. ‘God’s plan is for us to be holy, and when we don’t accept that, we are being disobedient!’ she stated. Again there was a wave of response as people
knelt at the mercy seat to meet with God. Inspiration – Get Moving was the theme of the Sunday afternoon meeting. The General spoke about a Salvation Army that was fighting against injustice, standing up for the oppressed and freeing people
from many different kinds of chains. She called upon the delegates to carry the message of the gospel into the whole world as true, authentic Christians. Many people took this last opportunity of the congress to kneel at the mercy seat.
In his closing remarks, Territorial Commander Colonel Patrick Naud reminded delegates: ‘For us the mission is continuing. Our mission is given to us through the Holy Spirit. May our lives be open to the Spirit.’ – A. Q.
strategic and operational review. The successful bidder was PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Strategy sessions to help plan for the review were held at a territorial leaders conference and a senior managers information day. Both meetings were particularly helpful in shaping the approach to Fit for Mission and in ensuring that the territory remains united behind one vision in the review process. Fit for Mission Implementation Leader Lieut-Colonel Alan Burns leads a team comprising Major Judith Payne, Ian
Hammond, Darren Henderson, Ann Stewart and Rebecca Ireland (all THQ). In the coming months Fit for Mission will involve a territorywide consultative assessment when people will be asked for their ideas concerning the Army and its future. Everyone will be encouraged to give feedback either by emailing fitformission@ salvationarmy.org.uk, by using feedback forms, or by writing to Lieut-Colonel Alan Burns, The Salvation Army, 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN. – A. R.
Stotfold’s got talent STOTFOLD MAJOR Amanda and Captain Graham Slader (DHQ) led inspiring and encouraging meetings using the theme Giving Our Talents Back To God. This theme continued in Messy Church as the young people learnt about the parable of the talents and made a collage portraying their talents. Many of these talents were used during the evening meeting with singing, piano playing, brass, dance, puppetry and drama. – H. T.
Fit for Mission update THQ THE territory is embarking on Fit for Mission, a strategic review that will take an in-depth look at The Salvation Army as a Christian church and charity and the effectiveness of its mission to save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity. In December 2012 The Salvation Army issued an invitation to various consultants and charity advisers to bid for the tender of a
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Singing companies unite for anniversary celebrations LURGAN THE singing company celebrated its 90th anniversary with the visit of Sunderland Millfield Singing Company. The talented young guests excelled in a varied music, drama, dance and timbrel programme. They sang ‘For Once In My Life’, ‘Rhythm Of Life’ and ‘Jesus Will Still Be There’ and the visitors’ timbrel group played to ‘Mission 3:16’. Former singing company leader Jenni Power furnished the congregation with numerous reminiscences and the singing companies (pictured) united to sing ‘Jesus Reigns’ to conclude the evening. The weekend celebrations continued on Sunday as the visiting section blessed and
delighted the congregation with their vocal contributions and timbrel display, as did Andrew Mair with the piano solo ‘Softly And Tenderly’. The evening programme concluded with ‘Hallelujah, Salvation And Glory’ by the united singing companies. – G. W.
Well-attended rallies SHERBURN HILL
Youth sections begin band weekend CLOWNE
FORMER corps officers Majors Ian and Irene Kerrison led adult and family weekend. The members took part in the meetings with readings, prayers and testimony. The theme for the Sunday and Monday rallies explored words used by Christians and attracted people from the surrounding villages and churches. The weekend concluded with a fellowship tea. – H. E.
THE East Midlands youth sections opened band weekend with ‘Dance Like David’ and ‘The Lord Is Gracious’ from the band and ‘Bring Him Home’ and ‘Let Me Fly With You’ from
Retreat brings variety to worship BOLTON CITADEL
Corps member Nelly Blowers greets Andy Peddle as he arrives at Gravesend; earlier CSM Richard Arnold and Geoff Mitchell met Andy on the outskirts of the town and walked to the hall with him. After leaving Gravesend, Andy continued on to Strood and Chatham from where corps officer Major Andrea Still and Joan Page-Mills accompanied him to Gillingham Corps 6
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CORPS folk attended a retreat weekend themed Worship: More Than A Sunday Thing, led by Captains Donald and Ann Montgomery (Northern DHQ), at an hotel in Barnsley. Captains Michael and Verity West (Bury) and YP workers led activities for the children. On Saturday morning
the chorus. Everyone felt encouraged to witness the talent being used for God. Divisional Youth Officer Andrew Whitehouse and band member Luke Pallister gave a thought and personal testimony, respectively. The corps band led the Sunday meeting, which brought blessing and challenge. – M. N.
retreaters considered Romans 12 and the motivation and manner of worship. Later there was an opportunity to experience a variety of personal moments of worship, such as writing a psalm of praise, washing hands to ask for forgiveness and setting down on a Scrabble board a word to describe God’s character. On Sunday morning a Messy Church arts and crafts session, followed by a more reflective time of family worship, rounded off the retreat. – G. F.
NEWS A big adventure ANGLIA FIFTY-THREE adults and children were told to be strong and courageous at the division’s inaugural Big Adventure weekend in Norfolk. The big adventurers, aged between 8 and 14, spent three days in an environment that aimed to encourage self-confidence and spiritual growth. Following the powerful message from Joshua 1:9, the intrepid adventurers threw themselves wholeheartedly into every activity. The weekend was packed with Bible teaching and Bible-based interactive sessions, alongside team building and physically challenging activities. Each day started with a focus on spiritual development and worship, using Doug Horley and Hillsong material. Afternoons were devoted to personal development, both physically and emotionally, through outdoor activities including climbing walls, zip wires, high ropes, archery and trapezes. The adventurers were encouraged to try challenging activities that would stretch their expectations of what they felt they could achieve. – C. O.
Community-focused anniversary events LEICESTER SOUTH COMMUNITY members joined Salvationists to celebrate the corps anniversary, marking eight years since the corps relocated. The Army plays a major role in the community so it was fitting that members of the public were part of the events. On Saturday a barbecue was followed by a concert by South Wigston Male Voice Choir. On Sunday Grenville Burn (Upper Norwood) led inspiring and challenging meetings, using illusions to illustrate the message. – L. H.
Andy Peddle reaches a milestone DARTFORD ANDY Peddle marched into the town, greeted by corps folk and councillors, marking a year since he started his epic 7,900-mile walkathon. In welcoming Andy to the town, Councillor Jeremy Kite said how walking is something everyone takes for granted and congratulated Andy for making something so ordinary, extraordinary. Deputy Mayor Councillor Avtar Sandhu also congratulated Andy for reaching the one-year milestone of his tremendous journey; Andy has now completed 5,158 miles and visited hundreds of corps, Lifehouses and charity shops. Corps officer Lieutenant Graeme Smith presented Andy with a letter from Anti-trafficking Response Co-ordinator Major Anne Read (THQ), thanking him for his efforts in raising money for homelessness services and for victims of human trafficking. Corps folk and council members then joined Andy to walk through the town. Andy has raised almost £30,000 and is encouraging others to hold their own sponsored miniwalkathon to help raise money.
Andy is pictured with corps member Christine Machan and the Deputy Mayor of Dartford (Councillor Avtar Sandhu)
Before arriving in Dartford, Andy travelled through Essex and southeast London. At Woodford, more than 100 people – including children from Oakdale Primary School – greeted Andy, raising £332. At Braintree, Andy met corps folk, residents and staff from the corps and New Directions Lifehouse. At Hatfield Peverel a coffee morning raised £210. Maldon folk organised an afternoon tea. And at Leigh-on-Sea, Andy was greeted by children from the Saturday Club. At Stratford the parent-and-toddler group armed Andy with fruit scones before he continued on to Poplar and southeast London. After having a piece of celebration cake at Dartford, Andy
continued on his journey to Gravesend and Strood. He is scheduled to finish his walkathon in November. Visit www. justgiving.com/Andy-Peddle to support Andy. – L. B. SLEAFORD: The 127th corps anniversary weekend began with a fellowship meal and musical celebration. Former CSM Kathleen Harsley led Sunday meetings. She encouraged the congregation to take the past as an inspiration for the future. The band led songs of praise in St Denys’ church, where corps officer Lieutenant Margaret Gargett gave the message and the Rev Sandra Benham led prayers. – N. M. Salvationist 15 June 2013
WEEK 16 At Hamilton, Lieut-Colonel Eddie Hobgood (IHQ) depicts ‘Joe The Turk’; Lieut-Colonels Eddie and Kathy Hobgood led the weekend meetings and home league rally
Monday 17 June John 8 – Jesus rescues the adulteress and makes more claims about his divinity. OWhat do you think they were going to accuse Jesus of (v6)? If he agreed with their interpretation of the Law, were they hoping his compassion would override it? O What do you think Jesus might have been writing in the sand (vv6–8)? O vv58 and 59; some may say that proving Jesus’ divinity is a big part of John’s Gospel. Can these verses help with proclaiming the gospel today? Tuesday 18 June John 9 – Jesus heals a man born blind and talks about spiritual blindness. O How might v3 guide someone who fears that their illness or physical condition is a judgment from God? O vv13–34; the Pharisees interrogate the man born blind and end up feeling lectured by him! What can this teach us? O The man born blind believes in Jesus. What is the first thing the man then does? (see also Luke 4:8)
At Worthing, Bandsman Bill Kennard receives applause as he is transferred to the band reserve after more than 60 years’ faithful service
Home league celebrations with a difference BOSTON MAJOR Christine Piper (THQ) led home league celebrations themed Celebrating Difference. On Sunday morning the major spoke on the theme Different By Divine Intervention. Home league members participated, Hazel Caruana gave her testimony and Josie Dooley read from Scripture. 8
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In the evening meeting Major Piper used the theme Different By Doing. Home league members sang together, Home League Secretary Celia Ellis testified and Sheila Scoot brought the Bible reading. During the message, two people knelt at the mercy seat. On Monday, home league members met for a celebration meal and Major Piper spoke about her work with the Salvation Army Fellowship of Endeavour. – S. P.
Wednesday 19 June John 10 – Those who oppose Jesus do so on the grounds of his claims to be God O Who could ‘the gatekeeper’ be referring to? O In vv30–33 Jesus calls himself the Son of God, and refers to God the Father. The two are one, both are God and the Jews understood perfectly well that this was his teaching. How helpful are these verses to those who struggle with belief in the Trinity? Thursday 20 June John 11 – Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. The plot to kill Jesus intensifies O What does v35, the shortest verse in the Bible, tell you about Jesus? Why was he crying? O Compare vv45 and 53; Jesus becomes a polarising figure. To what extent is this still true today? Friday 21 June John 12 – The triumphal entry and Jesus predicts his death O Why is the information about the disciples’ ignorance in v13 useful? How does it add credibility to the Gospel account? O Can you imagine what it must have been like to hear the voice of God (vv28–30)?
NEWS Corps folk and friends get on their bikes WORTHING NINE corps folk and friends set out from the north side of Tower Bridge for an early morning bike
ride through London. The group zigzagged its way across 13 bridges, with the finish line at Putney Bridge. The sunrise offered impressive views of London. The ride was part of the corps programme to connect with a growing cross-section of the community. – A. R.
Burmese corps folk give
BURTON-ON-TRENT: A ‘meeting with a difference’ featured a cream tea and musical evening. A number of those who attended are part of a group that attends holidays and days out organised by the corps. – K. A.
the rest of the congregation at Southsea a taste of Burmese worship; the group sang ‘United In Christ’, evoking a warm and joyful response
Anglican and Army hybrid service SOUTH HOLMWOOD
in. The band also played a selection from Jesus Folk. The event concluded with the congregation singing ‘The Day Thou Gavest’, followed by ‘Victors Acclaimed’ by the band – joined by a lone timbrelist who had once been a Salvationist. – A. R.
CHATHAM Band joined with St Mary Magdalene Church, South Holmwood, on the Sunday after Ascension Day for a hybrid service. The service followed a Church of England format with the band providing music throughout, including the playing of ‘Sacrament’ during Holy Communion, and bandsmen took part through testimonies, leading the prayers and giving the address. The band played ‘Sunshine Corner’, conducted by LieutColonel Ray Steadman-Allen and his daughter, the Rev Barbara Steadman-Allen, joined
COLCHESTER CITADEL: Boxted Methodist Silver Band visited to lead worship on Pentecost Sunday. A large congregation attended and were blessed by the music, including ‘Spirit Of The Living God’ and ‘Spirit Of Endeavour’. The conductor, Victoria Steinz, gave a brief résumé of the life of LieutColonel Norman Bearcroft and spoke positively about his influence on brass bands. – D. H.
BELLSHILL: More than 120 soldiers and friends of the corps, led by the band and YP band, marched to their new temporary spiritual home in the Cultural Centre. Lieut-Colonel Bob McIntyre had earlier led the meeting. The corps expects to be out of its building for up to nine months during a period of refurbishment and construction. – M. S.
PAISLEY CITADEL: The corps launched a talent scheme with around thirty people participating. Each received a £10 note to invest and multiply by using their individual talents. The project has enriched the fellowship by encouraging teamwork; new contacts were established and others have started to attend again. The project concludes in September. – M. L. Salvationist 15 June 2013
LETTERS NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THIS MINISTRY THANK YOU for the feature about selling the Army papers (Salvationist 1 June). My husband and I take the papers into our town each Saturday and what a blessing it is to us! The people who come week by week are our flock; many have become friends and we have visited several in hospital and in their own homes. This ministry should never be underestimated and the quality of the material in The War Cry is to be applauded. If one of our regulars is away I keep their copy so they are not disappointed at having missed an issue. Long may we be allowed to stand and proclaim our faith in the public arena. Ann Armstrong, Milton Keynes
EVANGELICAL PAPERS LEAD TO KINGDOMBUILDING OPPORTUNITIES RETURNING to corps officership last July, having served on International Headquarters for 12 years, as well as valuing my corps at Woodford I am also placing emphasis on the community side of my ministry. Along with my corps people, I am identifying ways in which we can be better known in our community. I appreciate the Army’s weekly evangelical papers – The War Cry and Kids Alive! Both of these have undergone a radical change in the past 12 years, and a retired officer and I alternate each week to stand in Wanstead High Street where we are able to share conversations with many people for a couple of hours. In the past six months these conversations have provided two car drivers for our Christmas Day activities and a larder full of non-perishable food for our community service programme. Deep spiritual conversations also take place: men and women asking me to 10
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pray for family members who are seriously ill or dying; needy and vulnerable people just wanting to talk for a few minutes before going on their way. In a society of distrust, what trust these people put in The Salvation Army! I value these opportunities for Kingdom-building. Andrew Gaudion, Major, Woodford
I FEEL TRULY BLESSED IT was lovely to read the article about the War Cry sellers from Tunbridge Wells. I am a War Cry seller at Falkirk and feel it is such an important outreach ministry. God uses me, in so many ways, to reach out to the people I meet each Friday. I feel truly blessed to be involved in this ministry. Irene Strachan, Falkirk
OUR COUNTRY HAS LIMITED RESOURCES I REFER to the correspondence regarding immigration (Salvationist 18 May and 1 June). I wholeheartedly agree that the Bible clearly teaches us to welcome the stranger, and it is true that this country has benefited from immigrants who have come to live among us over the years. Therein lies the key, though – they came to live among us, learnt our language and integrated with us and with our faith. As a result they are no longer strangers. What we have in Britain today is a very different scenario, where the demographics have changed considerably. Some ‘strangers’ who arrive in this country are, to a great extent, not living among us. They are setting up communities within their own culture, religion, dress and language and are not integrating into our society.
I don’t believe it is wrong or unchristian to question this; indeed, it is naive not to question it and its effect on the fabric of our society. I agree with the second writer who said that there should be assistance given to would-be immigrants to develop in their own country if possible. I think it is dangerous to assume an absolute position on immigration. I do believe we should offer a home here for people undergoing genuine hardship or persecution in their own country, because Jesus taught us to have compassion and to share what we have been given, but I also believe that a small country like ours with limited resources, many of which are already at breaking point, should be more discerning in its questioning and acceptance of the ‘stranger’. Glenda Howells, Maesteg
MUSIC NEEDED FOR AN OLD CHORUS I ATTENDED many of the holiday plus fellowship events when I lived in the UK and one of the choruses I remember most from when we were at Clactonon-Sea in 1966 is the following: God’s love is wonderful /His grace ineffable /I’ll sing his praises now and through eternity /His Son he freely gave /My dying soul to save /God’s love to me forevermore is wonderful. I would love to get hold of the music for this chorus. I am the corps pianist at Arndale in Adelaide and I have the above chorus typed into the back of my songbook. I would be grateful if anyone could help me. Hilary Marten, Adelaide, Australia Readers sending letters by email should include their name, full rank if applicable and full postal address. Write to Salvationist (Letters), 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Banding together What do you do when you have youngsters at your corps wanting to learn to play an instrument but there’s no YP band for them to play in? Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Corps got together to solve the problem by developing a new approach to fellowship banding. Captain Andrew Stone reports…
ECAUSE we don’t have a YP band at Rock Ferry, any youngsters who can play an instrument play with the senior band,’ explains Bandsman Steve Cutler. ‘But that’s difficult because the senior band can’t always drop its level down to what the kids can play and the youngsters struggle to play at the standard of the senior band.’ When Steve looked into how other bands outside the Army dealt with the problem, he discovered that the City of Chester contesting band had a training band. ‘The training band is just that. It’s not a YP band, so it is made up of adults and kids who all learn together,’ he explains. ‘I went to my officer and told him I thought we should combine with Birkenhead Corps and start an Army training band.’ The invitation for anyone to go along to the first practice was given out and, in May 2012, 25 people gathered at the hall. Now the band has nearly 40 members! ‘The band is made up of Salvationists, people who have attended the Army in the past and those with no formal Army or church links,’ explains Steve. Practice nights for the band alternate
between the full band one week and then the learners, who are known as apprentices. ‘Our youngest apprentice is seven. The eldest is in his forties; he is learning the bass, but if he joined the Army at his age, he might struggle to learn to play an instrument because he would be too old for a YP band,’ says Steve as he describes one of the benefits of the new venture. Another benefit of the band is the way it opens doors for people not connected with the Army to become linked with the two corps. ‘Anyone can join,’ says Steve. ‘There is no requirement for them to attend any other part of the Army’s activities. Some mums who have brought their kids along to join the band have themselves ended up playing!’ As well as playing religious music the band plays Disney songs and Beatles tunes to appeal to people who do not yet have a Christian faith. But the band is based on Christian principles and reflects that in its name: Trinity Brass. ‘When we play “It Is Jesus” and “Amazing Grace” we make sure everyone in the band is aware of the words that go with the tunes,’ Steve explains. ‘We also have a God spot at the end of every practice and we close in prayer. Those who come along who don’t go to the Army are more than happy to have these times at the
practices. They realise we are a Christian-based band.’ Other areas of the two corps have benefited from the forming of Trinity Brass. Some of the adult members have started to attend other Army meetings at both corps, while some of the children now go to Army youth clubs. Trinity Brass has also been active in staging performances to raise money for the Army and other charitable causes, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. ‘I believe God led us to start Trinity Brass,’ enthuses Steve. ‘It has led to greater co-operation and improved relationships between members of the two corps. Forming Trinity Brass has also enabled us to reach with the Christian message people who we weren’t reaching before.’ A weekend, led by Lieut-Colonels Ivor and Carol Telfer (THQ), to celebrate the first anniversary of Trinity Brass – and all it has achieved – was held last month. During the Saturday evening programme the band was joined by Liverpool Walton Singing Company. The band played ‘I Will Follow Him’ and ‘Trinity Praise’, a piece written especially for it by Captain Martin Cordner. Members of Trinity Brass joined with members of Rock Ferry Band for the Sunday meetings and in the evening meeting a number of people rededicated their lives to the Lord. Salvationist 15 June 2013
Pursuing political correctness
People, it is said, should never talk about politics or religion in polite company. However, Corps Sergeant-Major Ian Payne from Bromley Temple wants more Salvationists to engage with both subjects, as he explains to Captain Andrew Stone
THINK this country needs Salvationists to get involved in local politics. If every corps in the territory decided to encourage two of its members to join a political party and engage in local issues it would be a true demonstration of the Army having a heart to God and a hand to man.’ So says Ian Payne, who is passionate about Christians, and Salvationists in particular, becoming more involved with the issues and concerns of their local communities. In 2010 Ian was elected as a councillor for the London Borough of Bromley, representing Chislehurst ward, and last month Ian completed a one-year term as the borough’s deputy mayor. ‘It has been an honour,’ he says. ‘I did loads of different things, from opening fêtes, unveiling commemorative plaques, giving out awards at scouting events to attending musicals and plays. ‘I really enjoyed going to other
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churches, particularly going to Southwark Cathedral, or to other Christian events. I am always very clear that I am a Christian and a Salvationist; this has generated a lot of great conversations.’ During his time as deputy mayor, Ian went to events that the mayor was unable to attend. As such, Ian was officially acting as the Queen’s representative and there were occasions when he took part in citizenship ceremonies when he recognised people who had gained British citizenship. ‘I would shake their hands and welcome them,’ he recalls. ‘Some of them would curtsy, which was quite amusing, but it was lovely to see the rich culture of the people who are going to live in the borough. I enjoy talking to people and finding out about their journeys.’ Ian had to arrange his duties around his full-time job as Bromley Town Centre Manager and his responsibilities at the corps.
‘Sometimes I’d be out every night which clashed with my Army commitments, but the corps folk have been brilliant,’ he says. ‘They realised it was good for the corps and my officers saw it as a bonus that their sergeantmajor was the deputy mayor. I never
I ENJOY TALKING TO PEOPLE AND FINDING OUT ABOUT THEIR JOURNEYS
once had anyone moan at me and I know that, within the fellowship, I have people who are constantly praying for me.’ For many of his duties Ian has been accompanied by his wife, Major Judith Payne, who is assistant secretary for personnel at THQ. ‘Judith went with me because she is deputy mayoress,’ explains Ian. ‘I think she is the only officer to have held that position.’ Ian was formerly a Salvation Army officer himself and he is convinced that his experience as a corps officer helped to prepare him for his role on the council. ‘As an Army officer you are a politician with a small “p” because you are standing up for the marginalised, the vulnerable and the under-privileged. ‘I had always worked very closely with
local authorities as an officer and in 2002 I piloted a new venture as a Bromley town chaplain. ‘As a Christian I believe that you are a spiritual leader whether you like it or not. I think the whole of your life is about living the Christ way.’ However, Ian would like to see more people willing to live the Christ way and engaging in local politics and the issues that affect the communities they live in. Although Ian is a Conservative councillor, he is keen to encourage fellow Salvationists whatever their political persuasion. ‘It’s not about party politics; it’s about bringing God into those areas,’ he says. ‘I would encourage Salvationists to go into local politics and get involved in local issues as Christians. ‘I don’t think Salvationists realise how valued they are in their community. There is tremendous respect for the work we do and the sense of calm we can bring to a situation.’ Ian’s ambition to see more Salvationists, or Christians in general, active in local politics is furthered when he sees other faiths working in this area. ‘Lots of local authorities have Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus involved and they are very public about who they are. ‘As Salvationists we have got to look at the ways we engage. Perhaps The Salvation Army needs to be challenged to appoint officers to be local councillors. ‘There is the challenge for officership but there is also the challenge to leadership. We need good leaders in our churches but we also need good leaders in our communities.’ But what challenges does the future hold for Ian? If his fellow councillors elected him, he could become mayor. Looking further ahead, Ian has not ruled out the possibility of standing for Parliament. ‘I don’t know the future except that it is in God’s hands,’ he says. ‘But, if it is right by God and right by people and it happens, then it happens. However, I’m not ambitious. I never wanted to be a politician because I wanted to be mayor, or prime minister or because I wanted to rule the world. I did it because I wanted to make a difference.’ Ian’s prayer is that other Salvationists will want to make that same constructive difference in their communities by engaging with local issues and being a force for good where they are.
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Scouts and guides centenary by Rob Moye
HIS year Salvation Army scouting will celebrate its centenary. To celebrate this landmark, the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland will host the International Scout and Guide Jamboree – Ignite 2013, which will take place from Saturday 3 August to Saturday 10 August at the home of scouting, Gilwell Park, Chingford. In 1910, William Booth received a letter from Robert Baden-Powell asking him to be a member of the governing body of world scouting. After initial hesitation, Booth saw the possibilities of scouting and in 1913 the Life-Saving Scout Movement was inaugurated in The Salvation Army. After the jamboree, the Children’s Ministries Unit proposes to mark this centenary with a year’s programme of events. We will celebrate the past and renew momentum for scouting and guiding in a Salvation Army context. This will be launched at the international jamboree this summer. The purpose of the jamboree is to bring together hundreds of scouts and guides between the ages of 10 and 25 to experience the time of their lives through adventurous, exciting and creative activities, to learn about other cultures and to understand that they have a common bond in Christian life and scouting. There will be lots of exciting activities onsite during the week – for example, archery, climbing and more unusual pursuits such as aerial trek, wobbly pole, 3G swing, high seesaw, crate stacking, grass sledging and zip wire. 14
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In the evenings there will be opportunity to take part in campfires, various social activities and to attend The Gathering – a fun, interactive worship programme hosted by Major Mark Sawyer (Chelmsford) and featuring Matt Leeder (ALOVE) and his band, who will lead worship. Throughout the week The Zone will be available as a quiet space for prayer and reflection; Captain Lynne Clifton (Associate Officer, Maidstone) will look after this. An international market day will be our main event on Sunday with an opportunity to sample delicacies and traditions from all attending countries. The week’s programme will also feature the entire camp going into London for a day to take in the sights and there will
be many special guests visiting the camp. As part of the celebration, we will be holding an open day on Sunday 4 August for former leaders, scouts, those involved in Salvation Army children’s work and anyone else wishing to visit the camp. If you would like to come along and be part of this special day you will need to register your interest by completing the open day registration form by visiting www.ignite2013.org/ registration/open-day-registration Presently we have nearly 800 participants registered to attend from Europe, Africa, Australia and North America. For more details and information about the camp, please email us at email@example.com or visit our website www.ignite2013.org
ROB IS PROGRAMME AND RESOURCES CO-ORDINATOR, CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES UNIT, THQ
The peace of God by Lieutenant Naomi Clifton
STUDY PASSAGE: PHILIPPIANS 4:4–9
NE of my favourite childhood stories was Peace At Last. Mr Bear is tired after a long day’s work, but no matter where he tries to sleep he is kept awake – by Mrs Bear’s snoring, Baby Bear’s aeroplane impressions, a ticking clock or other night noises. Finally he crawls back into bed and falls asleep – only to be woken by the shrill sound of the alarm clock, calling him to a new day. How many of us, like Mr Bear, can’t sleep at night? Not, perhaps, because of the distracting sounds of the house, but the ceaseless cries of our anxious thoughts. How will we pay the bills this month? What does my employer think of me? Will the doctor have bad news? Paul had good reason to worry. When writing to the Church at Philippi, he was ‘in chains for Christ’ (1:13). While he was in prison, rival church leaders were ‘supposing that they [could] stir up trouble’ (1:17). It would have been natural for Paul to stay awake at night, anxious about his own future and the welfare of the congregations he had nurtured. However, he counsels his readers: ‘Do not be anxious about anything’ (4:6). He refuses to let worry have the final word, insisting: ‘Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things’ (4:8). Paul refuses to let anxiety control his thoughts because he knows that danger, despair and disappointment are not the end of the story. In 1 Corinthians 15, he had written about the risen Christ appearing to more than 500 witnesses, including Paul
himself (vv3–8). These resurrection appearances changed everything. They signalled that death and sin had been defeated and a new age had begun. As Tom Wright puts it in his book Paul: Fresh Perspectives: ‘God’s own future… has burst into the present.’ As a witness of the Resurrection, Paul has seen that God’s promised future of peace and goodness has already entered into the present. He knows that
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what will finally remain are not the sorrows, threats and pain, but everything that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. Too often our eyes are drawn to what is wrong with the world, rather than the beauty of God’s Kingdom around us. Our thoughts linger on whatever is dissonant, whatever is distressing and whatever is unfinished, rather than on ‘whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable’. For Paul, prayer is the key to turning our gaze to the beauty and glory of God’s resurrection life unfolding, even in the middle of the world’s present brokenness. He encourages us ‘in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God’ (4:6). Prayer and petition place our anxieties into the care of the victorious God of the
Resurrection. However, without thanksgiving, prayer and petition can easily become alternative means of keeping our attention on the difficulties of life. Whatever our circumstances, thanksgiving refocuses us on the truth that ‘the Lord is near’ (4:5) and prompts us to recognise the blessings his Spirit is bringing about in our lives. It’s when we turn our focus from our anxiety to God’s activity that the ‘peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard [our] hearts and [our] minds in Christ Jesus’ (4:7). Today, the word ‘peace’ usually conjures up images of the cessation of conflict or a state of tranquillity. The Greek word eijrhvnh that Paul used meant far more than this. It refers to a dynamic confidence that comes from knowing your future is secure, because of the victory of Christ’s death and resurrection over all that seeks to destroy life as God intended it. Like the prison guards who watched over Paul, this peace stands guard over our hearts and minds to protect our thoughts and emotions from despair. While the sounds of ticking clocks or a snoring family may keep us awake at night, we can rest in the confidence that the God of peace is with us.
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1. DOROTHY GURD Adherent member SALISBURY FAMILY members and friends supported Dorothy as corps officer Lieutenant Peter Clark welcomed her as an adherent member. Dorothy started attending the corps when she moved to the area. – P. C.
toddler group, asking for their son Noah to be dedicated to God. After much consideration and prayer they decided to make their commitment and chose the song ‘Colours Of Day’ to express their joint testimony. – H. Y.
2. – 5. BRIAN PATERSON, SARAH BOLLAND, KAREN FORBES, WAYNE MacKAY, LEANNE MacKAY Adherent members DENNISTOUN CORPS officer Major Helen Young welcomed five new adherent members to the fellowship. Brian spent some time at Wallace of Campsie House Lifehouse, Glasgow. His life took on new meaning when he moved to his own flat and linked up with the corps. He testified to always knowing God’s presence in his life and finally finding his spiritual home. Brian helps with the community programme and is an inspiration to all. Sarah, a former Roman Catholic, arrived at the parent-and-toddler group facing some of life’s challenges. Through the love and support of the corps, Sarah has found acceptance and turned her life around. She now regularly attends the meeting with her children and, together with her partner, started a new corps programme, Dennistoun Photographers. Karen, also a former Roman Catholic, came to the parent-andtoddler group with her two sons and was challenged to attend Sunday worship. She has since grown in her faith, showing a quiet, deep concern for others less fortunate than her. She is keen for her children to grow up within the same loving Christian fellowship. Leanne and Wayne also came to the corps through the parent-and-
6. CHRIS WILEMAN Soldier BURTON-ON-TRENT CHRIS wanted to become a soldier for some time and felt that now was the right time to say ‘yes’ to God’s calling to love and save the lost. He looks forward to sharing his passion for The Salvation Army with others and doing all he can to bring people to Christ. He was enrolled by corps officer Major Jane Morris. – K. A.
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7. TONY McCLURE Soldier HERNE BAY AFTER many years of worshipping at other churches, Tony felt God calling him back to the Army. On his first visit, he prayed that there would be someone that he knew – and there was! Colonel Denise Swansbury (Ghana) was visiting family at the time and returned a year later to enrol Tony as a soldier. Tony testified to the faithfulness of God through life’s experiences and on his journey back to serving God in The Salvation Army. RAY BREEZE Adherent member KEIREN BLOOD Junior soldier SUDBURY (not pictured) RAY and Keiren decided to make a further commitment. Keiren was enrolled as a junior soldier and Ray was welcomed as an adherent member by corps officer Major Tom Crozier. – J. C.
8. – 12. DUKE OBIRI, WALTER MASONA, WILLIAM SCHOLES, LUKE BONIFACE, LINDSAY PARKHOUSE Soldiers NOAH LAIRD Junior soldier CROYDON CITADEL FIVE soldiers and one junior soldier were warmly received by the fellowship. Duke, who used to work for a Salvation Army Lifehouse, accepted an invitation to worship at the corps. His subsequent journey to and with God led him to soldiership. Walter was formerly a Salvationist in Zimbabwe but after moving to the UK grew apart from God and the Army. After attending a Christianity course, he decided to rededicate his life to God and renew his commitment as a soldier. William, Luke and Lindsay have grown up in the corps. For William, making his own decision to keep in step with the Lord meant saying yes to soldiership. Luke testified to wanting to get serious with God and embrace his deep love. As a young Christian, Lindsay wants to make a stand for Jesus, realising this is not always easy. Noah worships at the Army with his family and made a decision to play his part as a follower of Jesus. – R. B. 13. MARTYN EMBURY, ANDREW SKENE, MARY PARKER, ANDREW PARKER Soldiers ANJA SKENE Adherent member THURSO CORPS officers Captain Heather Samuel and Lieutenant Nicholas Samuel enrolled four soldiers and welcomed one adherent member. Martyn, Andrew and Anja came to the corps looking for a spiritual home for their family and through their transformational journey of faith in Christ became aware of God’s calling on their lives to make a commitment. Andrew and Mary had been away from church for a while, questioning what God required of them. Attending a divisional
meeting last year they became aware of God’s presence. Wanting to know more, they started attending meetings at the corps. – N. S. 14. MAX BARRON Junior soldier NORWICH CITADEL MAX attends the corps with his family and is an eager and enthusiastic volunteer during the Sunday morning meeting. Max is looking forward to joining the singing company. He was enrolled as a junior soldier by corps officer Major Derek Tyrrell, who is pictured with him and with Major Helen Tyrrell. – B. C. 15. GARETH NORMAN Adherent member DUNDEE CENTRAL MAJOR Mary Boyd welcomed Gareth as an adherent member. Gareth grew up with the knowledge that The Salvation Army was his spiritual home and found his way back to the corps a few months ago after a conversation with a Street Pastor. He realised that God had prepared a place for him and wanted to make a commitment to the Army as his place of worship. He volunteers at the drop-in programme and has started an outreach service for rough sleepers. – F. P. 16. GEMMA HUNT Soldier KETTERING CITADEL GEMMA enjoys serving Jesus in the YP band and singing company and assisting with the brownies and rainbows. She is fully convinced that God wants her to commit herself further to him. Major Anita Purkiss (Loughborough) enrolled her niece as a soldier in a meeting themed I Want To Be A Soldier Of The Cross, captivating the young people by dressing Gemma in modern items symbolising God’s armour. – G. W./T. H.
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A COLLECTION OF ‘WINNERS’ Lieut-Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen OF reviews Favourites by the Household Troops Band of The Salvation Army SINCE its inception as an historical revival inspiration of Major John Mott, the white-helmeted Household Troops Band has become an established feature of the music ministries scene. Eighteen items were chosen from three collections of brass band favourites. The oldest is the Favourite Band Journal No 1 (the brown book); later came the Favourite Triumph Series Band Journal (the green book) followed by Favourite Marches And Hymn Settings. Having served in the music editorial field for a long time, I can transfer the word ‘favourites’ to the pieces themselves in terms of the listening and playing enjoyment of this selection of ‘winners’. For march-lovers there are ten marches spanning the years between the golden oldies like ‘Mighty To Save’,
‘Wellington Citadel’, ‘Rousseau’, ‘Minneapolis IV’ and ‘Rosehill’ and those scored for the smaller band: ‘Southdown’, ‘Alderney’, ‘Duke Street’, ‘Tylney Hall’ and ‘Exultation’. This handful of marches reveals a spectrum of idiomatic style, all sparklingly played with crisp clarity. Three specifically devotional items are included: an arrangement of ‘St Oswald’ (with the title ‘The Message Of Love’), ‘Bullinger’ and ‘The Beautiful City’. The two solos are also in that reflective genre: ‘Prayer Of Childhood’, a winsome tune for ‘Gentle Jesus, Meek And Mild’ sensitively played by Daniel Robson (cornet) and ‘Someone Cares’, originally conceived as a cornet solo but here effectively featured on baritone by David Taylor. It is a change for the baritone to be heard in an extensive solo role, but who knows what may lie ahead! To complete a refreshing set, there are three contrasted pieces: ‘Songs Of Testimony’, the suite ‘The Shepherd Psalm’ and the only Triumph Series tone poem I am aware of – ‘The Great Crusade’.
IT’S OK TO GO BACK! by Staff Songster Kevin Fenton-Herring (Regent Hall) A RECENT visit by the International Staff Songsters to Guisborough provided the opportunity on the Saturday evening to sing in the beautiful St Nicholas parish church situated next to the historic Gisborough Priory. I was once again led to think about the people making up the extremely large congregation and where they had come from. Research has shown that often the majority of those at a Saturday evening ISS programme are people who were once connected with The Salvation Army, but no longer attend. Some time ago, when the staff songsters visited Ipswich, a married couple came to the Saturday evening concert and 18
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The musicianly handling and blended ensemble of the more lyrical items provide an excellent foil to the brilliance of the marches – and left me wanting more. The composers and arrangers are named in Major John Mott’s accompanying sleeve notes, which also offer extra details and a band personnel list. FAVOURITES IS AVAILABLE FROM SP&S PRICED £13.95 (PLUS £2.95 POSTAGE AND PACKING)
listened to the message, included within the programme, from Executive Officer Lieut-Colonel George Pilkington. His thoughts centred on the fact that it is OK to go back. This couple not only responded to the opportunity to return to The Salvation Army, but have since brought family members with them. It may seem hard to go back, but for this couple a prompt was what they needed. The challenge and opportunity for corps hosting the ISS is to seize the moment and invite those who might not otherwise attend. That first step of coming back may be the hardest, but can lead to great things. In the Saturday evening concert at Guisborough there were three times as many people as there were in the Sunday meetings. Some were from other corps, but many were visiting for the first time or coming back to a Salvation Army meeting. Relationships, situations and corps may change but God’s love does not. To those corps hosting the staff songsters I would say, grasp the opportunity that is yours, and to those who once attended The Salvation Army and who may be reading this, I would say, it is OK to go back.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMY PEOPLE The following appointments and promotions, decided upon by the General, have been announced by the Chief of the Staff: Effective 1 July: OCommissioner Robert Street to be Chairman of the International Doctrine Council. He succeeds Commissioner William Francis Effective 1 September: OLieut-Colonels Seth and Janet Appeateng (currently Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries, Tanzania) to be Officer Commanding and Command President of Women’s Ministries, Rwanda and Burundi. They succeed Lieut-Colonels Francis and Jamiya Nyambolo who have retired from active service Lieut-Colonel Joan Dunwoodie (United Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland) will provide interim leadership from 8 July until the end of August OLieut-Colonels Samuel and Mary Mkami (currently CS and TSWM, Malawi) to be CS and TSWM, Tanzania OMajors Chatonda and Joyce Theu (currently General Secretary and Command Secretary for Women’s Ministries, Liberia) to be CS and TSWM, Malawi, with the rank of lieut-colonel OMajors Samuel and Hagar
Amponsah (currently serving at IHQ) to be GS and CSWM, Liberia Effective 1 October: OColonels Park, Chong-Duk and Yoon, Eun-Sook (currently CS and TSWM, Korea) to be Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries of that territory, with the rank of commissioner; Colonel Park on 1 October and Colonel Yoon on 2 October OMajors Kim, Pil-Soo and Choi, Sun-Hee (currently serving in Korea) to be CS and TSWM of that territory, with the rank of colonel ELECTED Ray Begley, Boscombe, as President of the Incorporated Bournemouth Church Council LOCAL OFFICER APPOINTED OYPBL Kevin Whittingham, Boscombe OMajor
Band Sgt Mark Pearson to S/Librarian/SC Sgt Emma Wilkinson at Birmingham Citadel by Captains Dawn and Mark Sellers
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Diamond: OAux-Captain and Mrs Donald and Gowans McHutchon (26 June)
ENGAGEMENTS GENERAL LINDA BOND: OUK, Ireland, Fri 21 Jun - Mon 24 ONorway, Sat 27 - Mon 1 Jul OZimbabwe, Wed 3 - Wed 10 OSenior Leaders’ Day, Th 11 THE CHIEF OF THE STAFF (COMMISSIONER ANDRÉ COX) AND COMMISSIONER SILVIA COX: OUSA Eastern (commissioning), Tu 11 Jun - Mon 17 OUK, Portsmouth Citadel, Sat Sun 30 OFrance and Belgium, Sat Sun 7 Jul OSenior Leaders’ Day, Th 11 THE TERRITORIAL COMMANDER (COMMISSIONER CLIVE ADAMS) AND COMMISSIONER MARIANNE ADAMS: OEast Scotland, Sat Sun 16 Jun OWilliam Booth College (Covenant Day), Wed 10 Jul OWestminster Central Hall (commissioning), Sat 13 OWilliam Booth College (farewell meeting), Sun 14 THE CHIEF SECRETARY (COLONEL DAVID HINTON) AND COLONEL SYLVIA HINTON: OSwanwick (Adult and Family Ministries Conference), Fri 21 Jun - Sun 23** OSt Helier, Sun 23* OChatham, Sat 6 Jul OWilliam Booth College (Covenant Day), Wed 10 OWestminster Central Hall (commissioning), Sat 13 OWilliam Booth College (farewell meeting), Sun 14 COMMISSIONER WILLIAM COCHRANE: OUK, North Scotland, Th 13 Jun - Sun 16 OUK, Boscombe, Sun 23 COMMISSIONERS TORBEN AND DEISE ELIASEN: OUSA Eastern, Fri 14 Jun - Sun 16 OCaribbean, Wed 26 - Tu 2 Jul COMMISSIONERS JOHN AND DORITA WAINWRIGHT: OUK, Guisborough, Sat Sun 16 Jun INTERNATIONAL STAFF SONGSTERS: ONorway (Norway, Iceland and The Faeroes territorial 125th anniversary congress), Th 27 Jun - Sun 30 *wife will not accompany **husband will not accompany
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DEDICATED TO GOD Charles, Chloe Elizabeth and Eric Charles, children of Dean Maitland and Teresa Cokely, at Chatham by Major Andrea Still OLiam Alexander Johnstone, son of Scott Duthie and Louise Emlay, at Peterhead by Majors Bram and Irene Williams OIsaac David, son of Scott and Loretta Garman, at Watford by General Shaw Clifton (Retired) ODouglas
BEREAVED Robert Smart of his brother, Trevor OWinnie Anderson, Belfast Citadel, of her husband Donald, Gary Anderson and Judith Chamberlain, both Belfast Temple, of their father OEva Burgess, Clowne, of her husband Bill, Simon Burgess of his father OCT Henry and CSM Doreen Finnamore, Plymouth Exeter Hall Whitleigh, of their daughter Amanda Woodruff OMajor
PROMOTED TO GLORY Elliot, Southsea OBarbara Wennell, Plymouth Exeter Hall Whitleigh OMrs Brigadier Gertrude Purdue OF from USA Southern on 27 May. Mrs Brigadier Purdue was born in Massillon, Ohio, in 1909 to Salvation Army parents. She decided to become an officer and was commissioned in 1930. She married Brigadier William Purdue in 1934 and with him served in numerous corps and divisional appointments. In 1940 they opened, and directed, one of the first United Service Organisation Centres for United States troops and their families. Mrs Brigadier Gertrude Purdue was admitted to the Order of the Founder by General John Larsson on 21 August 2005 in recognition of her exemplary Christian witness, her tireless work on behalf of others, her personal efforts to promote racial reconciliation, her pastoral ministry with people of all ages and circumstances and her persistent encouragement and mentoring of hundreds. She was preceded in death by her OMonica
husband and is survived by her children, Norman Purdue, Edythe Blakley and Marilyn Sheron. OFFICIAL GAZETTE UK Territory LONG SERVICE 30 years – OMajor Noreen Batt, Croydon Citadel OMajor Roger Batt, Croydon Citadel OMajor Robert Elliott, William Booth College OMajor Philip Garnham, Raynes Park and William Booth College OMajor Diane Henderson, Stowmarket OMajor Maureen Hepburn, East Midlands DHQ OMajor Sharon King, Stanford-le-Hope OMajor Christine Kingscott, Greig House and Riverside House Lifehouse, London OMajor Paul Kingscott, Social Services, THQ OMajor Suzanne Lowe, Eva Burrows 1st Stop Project and Eva Burrows Day Centre, Glasgow OMajor Beverley McCombe, Personnel Service, THQ OMajor Drew McCombe, Programme Service, THQ OMajor Dawn McGarvey, Launceston OMajor John Merser, Hammersmith OMajor Valerie Merser, Booth House Lifehouse, London OMajor Jean Midwinter, Edinburgh Prison Visitors Centre and Eagle Lodge Care Home, Edinburgh OMajor Alan Norton, Nunhead OMajor Christine Piper, Sutton and seconded to St Christopher’s Hospice, THQ OMajor Norman Piper, Family Tracing Service, THQ OMajor Linda Purdy, Launceston OMajor Catherine Roe, Coalville and Leicester New Parks OMajor Alison Smith, Booth House Lifehouse, London OColonel Charles Swansbury, Ghana Territory OColonel Denise Swansbury, Ghana Territory OMajor Charmain Thomas, Business Administration Service, THQ OColonel Christine Webb, Papua New Guinea Territory OColonel Neil Webb, Papua New Guinea Territory OMajor Graham Willetts, Cardiff Canton
Sharon Willetts, Cardiff Canton OMajor Grayson Williams, Maidstone OMajor Janice Williams, Maidstone OMajor David Wise, Williamstown OMajor Thea Wood, Margate
25 years – Julie Bearcroft, Royston OMajor Carelle Begley, Boscombe OMajor Ray Begley, Boscombe OMajor Donna Coupe, West Scotland DHQ OMajor Jim Duff, Liverpool Walton OMajor Sharon Duff, Liverpool Walton OMajor David Ellison, Gawthorpe and Horbury OMajor Katrina Greetham, Red Shield Centre, Detmold OMajor John Martin, London Central DHQ OMajor Maureen Melton, Shipley OMajor Reg Melton, Shipley OMajor Antony Mugford, Newcastle City Temple OMajor Fiona Mugford, Newcastle City Temple OMajor Rita Pearce, Govan OMajor Robert Pearce, Govan OMajor Christopher Sands, Employment Services, THQ OMajor Mandy Sands, Canterbury OMajor Dawn Scott, Notting Hill OMajor Pamela Smith, Liskeard OMajor Janet Thompson, Counselling Service, THQ OMajor Martyn Watson, Pastoral Care Unit, THQ OMajor Miriam Wing, Kilbirnie and George Steven Centre for Adults with Learning Difficulties, Kilbirnie OMajor Helen Young, Dennistoun
A LIFELONG Salvationist, Mary was born in 1923 and dedicated to God a month later. She was YP treasurer for many years and a songster for more than 40. She was quiet and unassuming, but her love for the Lord shone through everything she did. Mary was delighted to be asked to give her testimony in the morning meeting at the 135th corps anniversary. She spoke of her faith in God and his continuing care, using the prayer chorus ‘God Is With Us’. After the meeting she was taken ill and died shortly afterwards in hospital. She is now reunited with her husband John. Mary was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a faithful servant of God. – L. B.
RETIREMENTS FROM ACTIVE SERVICE Effective 1 June: OMajor Valerie Merser out of East Dulwich in 1983 and last appointment Chaplain, Booth House Lifehouse, London OMajor Steven Todd out of Canterbury in 1998 and last appointment Chaplain, Lyndon House Lifehouse, Ipswich OMajor David Squibb out of Allenton in 1972 with Major Ruth Squibb (née Grizet) out of Stoke Newington in 1970 and last appointment St Albans CLIVE ADAMS Commissioner, Territorial Commander
SONGSTER RESERVIST MRS MARY BRILL, MERTHYR TYDFIL
RETIRED BANDMASTER GEORGE BROWN, PAISLEY CITADEL BORN in 1919, George came to the Army at Govan through his mother’s home league membership. His remarkable service included more than 70 years in leadership positions, beginning as songster leader in 1945. George commenced his outstanding 20-year leadership of Govan Band in 1949 – maintaining the witness of ‘the best for the highest’ in every meeting and festival – and was songster leader during the Seventies and Eighties. He was later bandmaster at Paisley Citadel and Parkhead. George was married to Edith for 57 years. In retirement at Paisley Citadel, George was again bandmaster until 18 months ago. An outstanding pianist, he accompanied many notable soloists over the years and always knew the right melody to play for the occasion. – G. B. Please note that soldiers’ tributes submitted for publication should be no longer than 120 words. Good quality pictures will be included with tributes. Salvationist 15 June 2013
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Through the week with ‘Salvationist’ – a devotional thought for each day Saturday Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16)
Sunday Thy word is like a deep, deep mine; And jewels rich and rare Are hidden in its mighty depths, For every searcher there. (SASB 658)
Monday Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil
comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13)
Tuesday Thy word is like an armoury, Where soldiers may repair, And find for life’s long battle-day All needful weapons there. (SASB 658)
Wednesday For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit… it judges the
thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Thursday O may I find my armour there, Thy word my trusty sword! I’ll learn to fight with every foe The battle of the Lord. (SASB 658)
Friday I gave my hands to you, Lord, And yours they will remain; I gave my heart to you, Lord, You cleansed it from all stain, And if I would your ministries fulfil, My hands and heart must always do your will. Thank you, Lord.
Praying around the world… Latin America North The Army commenced work in the Isthmus of Panama in 1904 and work has since spread to Costa Rica, Cuba, Venezuela, Guatemala, Colombia, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. The territory, led by Colonels Tito and Martha Paredes, comprises 128 officers, 200 employees, 59 corps, 3,170 soldiers, 1,125 adherent members and 1,458 junior soldiers. Prayers are requested for the territory to be an Army with a mission and a message, and for the territorial vision: Our Priority... People.
Shire horse and foal, Cheshire. Picture: DAVID NEWSTEAD