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Essential reading for everyone linked to The Salvation Army // 20 April 2013 // No. 1394 // Price 60p // Also available digitally

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4. PAPERS This week’s quotes from the papers and From the archives – ten years on

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5. – 9. NEWS Sweden // North Scotland // Northampton // Scarborough // Chatham // Rochford // Harlesden // Kilmarnock // Tiverton // Enniskillen // Staple Hill // South and Mid Wales // SAHA // Newcastle City Temple // West Wickham // Winton // Oxford // Portsmouth Citadel // 8.


10. Writing for Salvationist


11. Grab ’em and keep ’em


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14. COMPETITIONS In The Picture, Get Writing and Cartoon Strip


15. BIBLE STUDY The cost of not following 16. & 17.


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18. & 19. NEW COMMITMENTS 20. ANNOUNCEMENTS Army people and engagements 21. – 23. 24.




SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS Scripture quotations in Salvationist are from the New International Version (2011), unless otherwise stated 2

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INCLUDE, INFORM AND INSPIRE MANY Salvation Army care homes have a room filled with memorabilia where residents may choose to spend time travelling down memory lane. Whatever our age, this is something that any one of us might do, whether by visiting historical places or by reading or viewing programmes of events in history. Connecting with the past helps to make sense of the present. Maybe it’s a sign of the times that so many things have gone retro or vintage. Manufacturers have been quick to catch on to the idea with replica furnishings and fabrics that could have graced homes 50 years ago. In recent times some of the most popular TV dramas have captured life in the early and mid-20th century. However, programme makers have been criticised for making historical blunders in the settings, including a uPVC conservatory in Downton Abbey, plastic bowls in Call The Midwife and a Routemaster bus in Foyle’s War. These errors serve as a reminder that, although we may connect with the past, we live in the present. Twenty-seven years ago Salvationist was born with not a hint of glossy paper or a coloured picture in sight. Just as The Salvation Army has continued to evolve and develop, so has Salvationist in content and format. In November last year it became available as an app for tablets and smartphones. However, behind all these changes, our purpose remains the same: to include, inform and inspire. We value the contribution of corps press representatives and introduce just a few of them to you this week on pages

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12 and 13. Some have recently started writing for us and others have been submitting reports for many years, including Brian Cushion, who recalls reporting on a tour by Norwich Citadel Band in 1985. He tells me all his reports were published in full! Often we are asked about how to write for Salvationist and so this week we have decided to open up the subject. On page 11 Managing Editor Stephen Pearson writes from his experience and offers helpful guidance for would-be writers and, indeed, everyone. In addition to this, we have compiled checklists (page 10) and an opportunity to have a go in three competitions (page 14) that cover a range of creative skills, including cartoon scriptwriting. Whether you have previous experience in the various fields or not, you can have a go! Essentially, writing is about communication. For the apostle Paul it was an important way of keeping in touch with individual people as well as the young churches. It gave him the opportunity to encourage, teach, warn and, sometimes, rebuke. His writings have stood the test of time and still impact our lives today with their teaching and inspiration. ‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!’ (Philippians 4:4)


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THIS WEEK’S QUOTES FROM THE PAPERS ‘NO FAITH IS ONLY A FAITH FOR SUNDAYS’ Margaret [Roberts] and her elder sister Muriel had a strict religious upbringing. Sundays meant going to church three times and not being allowed to go to the cinema or play games. They were taught what was right and what was wrong, that cleanliness was next to godliness and the importance of discipline and duty… I asked [Margaret] what memories she had of those early years in the Methodist Church. ‘Methodism isn’t just a religion for Sundays – no faith is only a faith for Sundays.’

HOLY FATHER URGES PRIESTS TO ‘LIVE WITH SMELL OF SHEEP’ Pope Francis has called on the world’s priests to bring the healing power of God’s grace to everyone in need, to stay close to the marginalised and to be ‘shepherds living with the smell of sheep’. The Catholic Herald


Scottish church leaders have issued a statement marking the bicentenary of the birth of Africa missionary David Livingstone… [Their] statement said: ‘We acknowledge that many Christians were slow to speak out against the evils of the slave trade and that many were actively involved in it and profited from it. We express our deep sorrow for this.’

According to figures released by the Diocese of London attendance at City churches has risen by almost a quarter since the start of the financial crisis in 2008… One City clergyman, the Ven Peter Delaney, who is the priest in charge of St Stephen Walbrook… told the Financial Times that stress and anxiety were causing financial workers to seek comfort in the Christian faith. James Gerry, a churchwarden at St Mary Woolnoth… told the same newspaper that ‘people are facing more pressures, fuses are short, there is tension in the workplace and people are struggling to cope’. He said that some people are also seeking moral guidance. Many senior executives are coming to the church to ‘square their businesses with Christian compassion’. The financial crisis has made many City workers question their values. ‘People are a bit desperate, even those untouched financially,’ according to Mr Gerry. ‘They are raising the question: is this all there is?’

Methodist Recorder

The Church of England Newspaper

From Richard Dowden’s 1978 interview with Margaret Thatcher, The Catholic Herald


FROM THE ARCHIVES – TEN YEARS ON Only fools and… More than 700 people attended the adult and family ministries rally for West Midlands Division at the Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa. It was themed Only Fools And… A mystery guest (pictured right) in the form of a French-accented Jester (Major Bill Heeley, Divisional Commander) brought the message. Majors Drew and Beverley McCombe (London South-East DHQ) led the rally which included illusions from Major Ron Smith (Central South DHQ), and Farmer Giles and three little pigs introducing the helping-hand project. Mel and Huw Ellis and their children Sophie and Samuel (Coventry City) offered prayers. Dorothy Boffey (Smallthorne) sang ‘I’ve Found A Friend’ and ‘Candle Of The Lord’ and the Divisional Fellowship Band accompanied congregational singing as well as forming a male voice chorus that sang in barbershop style. – R. P. News in ‘Salvationist’ dated 26 April 2003


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NEWS Focus is firmly on Jesus during the General’s visit SWEDEN SALVATIONISTS and friends in Sweden were delighted to welcome General Linda Bond to their country. A public meeting in Jönköping took place in Kungsporten church, which overlooks Lake Vättern, and the focus was firmly on Jesus Christ and what he can do in the lives of all who follow him. Music items by Nässjö Choir and Jönköping Band, as well as praise and worship songs, led to the General’s Bible message, which was simple, warm, full of love and certainly guided by the Holy Spirit. The General reminded the congregation of the importance of seeking to know the Lord in a new way and to understand his will for their lives. She explained that only by doing this could they be firmly grounded in him. The importance of the centrality of God’s word in the life of the believer was also stressed. Many Salvationists and friends responded to the message. Some knelt by the altar while others stood up with hands raised. Kungsporten church was also the venue for inspired officers councils. On Sunday, the General led worship more than 320 kilometres away from Jönköping, at Stockholm Temple Corps. Territorial Commander Commissioner Marie Willermark introduced the General, and Chief Secretary Lieut-Colonel João Paulo Ramos asked her about The Salvation Army’s International Vision. The General said that the International Vision is a reminder to Salvationists of their mission and message. ‘The Salvation Army was raised for marginalised people,’ said the General, reminding her listeners that the Army still needs to fulfil its mission among marginalised people, challenging

social injustice as a means of demonstrating God’s love. A group of dancers from Corps393 presented an item around the theme Imagine Me Being Totally Free With A Total Trust In You, Lord.

In her Bible message the General reminded the congregation that resurrection power was within each one of them and urged them to follow the example of the apostle Paul, who moved away from arguing with

people about faith and instead chose to speak about who God is and to show it in his life. The General concluded with a challenge to every Salvationist to testify to Christ’s work in their lives. – B. Å.

his message the Territorial Commander focused on Jesus’ cry ‘It is finished!’ Easter Day morning was spent at Aberdeen Citadel in a joint meeting with Aberdeen Torry. The TC reminded the congregation that Easter people gather not for a commemoration, but a celebration of a present reality. The final meeting of the weekend took place at

Arbroath for the Angus region and featured strong personal testimonies. Commissioner Marianne Adams focused on the area of Christian hope, which resulted from the events of the first Easter. During the course of the weekend many people willingly affirmed their commitment to Christ at the mercy seat. – D. L.

Territorial leaders cover 600 miles during Easter NORTH SCOTLAND TERRITORIAL Commander Commissioner Clive Adams and Commissioner Marianne Adams (TPWM) toured North Scotland for Easter weekend, making contact with most corps in the division. They spent Good Friday in Wick for a shared meeting with Thurso. A combined band and Wick Praise Singers contributed items and the TC arrestingly brought the Passion story to life with his message, Between A Rock And A Hard Place. Peterhead hosted a Saturday evening meeting for corps in northeast Aberdeenshire and Moray. The commissioners were piped in by Andrew Young (pictured). A joint band from Peterhead and Fraserburgh contributed to the meeting. For

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Food, fun and, most of all, fellowship NORTHAMPTON AS I arrived at the Easter Music Course at Kings Park Conference Centre, delegates were tucking into a hearty full English breakfast to prepare for the pinnacle of their week: the music review. The room buzzed with excitement as they animatedly chatted with one another, eager for the review to start but also not wanting the week to end. The love of music brings delegates together for this week of music-making, but it is obvious the fellowship is a vital ingredient. A highlight of the week for Brian Anderson (Scarborough) was receiving instruction from many well-respected musicians, including Lieut-Colonel Trevor Davis, Lieut-Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen OF, Ray Farr and Assistant Territorial Music Director Andrew Blyth. In the music review, the vocal group started with the peaceful ‘I Surrender All’ to which vocal group leader Major John Martin (London Central DHQ) added: ‘Despite the fun, you know this is a week focused on the Lord.’ This was followed by the joyful ‘Hallelujah, Get Happy!’, energetically and enthusiastically led by Songster Leader Sue Blyth (Gainsborough). Band items quickly followed with ‘Swedish Festival March’ and ‘Ruth’. The timbrel group entertained delegates with a delightful routine to ‘Goldcrest’. The striking ‘Cruel Nails’ by the vocal group, accompanied by pianist Jayne Moore (Belfast Citadel), mustered the brutality and excruciating pain of the Crucifixion. Lieut-Colonel Davis introduced variations on ‘A Pilgrim Song’, a piece that offered might and power and also crisp and toe-tapping playing. The vocal group contributed ‘Blessed Be The Lord My Strength’ which Major Martin described as the most difficult piece the group had presented in 6

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his seven years as leader. The band concluded its offerings with the magnificent setting of ‘How Sweet The Name’ to the tune ‘French’. In the worship meeting, delegate Barbara Steadman-Allen (St Mary Magdalene Church) discussed the 10k run she is taking part in with her sister Rosemary to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK. Delegates supported the cause by contributing £545. Personal testimonies strongly expressed the strength of the fellowship, with first-time delegates testifying to their acceptance within the group. It became apparent that for some people the EMC is not just a music course – it is a lifeline. – L. B. FIVE DELEGATES SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES Day one, PETER HAZELWOOD (Sheringham) AS my wife and I travelled from Norfolk, we wondered what the EMC would be like at the new venue after enjoying the course at Sunbury Court for so many years. We were completely reassured when we were given the usual warm welcome from the EMC team when we arrived. It was great to be reunited with so many friends, to greet new

friends and to feel the fellowship was still very much alive. After a meal and time spent getting to know each other, we finished the first day with a moving epilogue led by chaplain Major Paul Johnson (Winton), with the theme Who Do You Think You Are? Using the example of Peter,

Major Johnson challenged us to re-examine our own relationship with the Lord. Day two, DAVID BUCKIE (Enf ield) THIS day really had the ‘wow’ factor. Barbara Steadman-Allen led the morning Bible study,

discussing how easy it can be to go astray. After lunch Major James Williams (THQ) told the very moving story of his path to officership. Later, the band was privileged to rehearse under the leadership of Ray Farr – a distinguished musician with a strong Army background. Bedford Congress Hall Band visited in the evening. Day three, CLAIRE SIMONS (Gainsborough) THE midweek point seemed to have arrived too quickly, however we still had some excellent things to look forward to! The Bible study by LieutColonel George Pilkington (THQ) was definitely a high-

light for me. He spoke openly and honestly about Acts 3 and 4, focusing on the power of Jesus’ name. Guests Lieut-Colonel and Mrs Ray and Joy Steadman-Allen visited the vocal group while we were singing ‘Blessed Be The Lord’ and then RSA shared his own arrangement of ‘Consecration Hymn’ with the band, stirring the hearts of the players. Winton Songsters, who visited in the evening, were fantastic. My particular favourite was ‘Alpha And Omega’. The male voices sang ‘Anthem’ from Chess, which was just superb, and Larnelle Harris sang ‘More Than Wonderful’. We shared in singing ‘Don’t Despair’ to finish a wonderful day.

Day four, JAYNE KNUCKEY (Morriston) REHEARSALS commenced with the band practising pieces for the music review. A poignant moment occurred at the end when Lieut-Colonel Trevor Davis asked for prayers for former comrades and their return to the fellowship. Before the choral practice began, Mirjam Büechi (Zurich Central) led an amusing warmup getting the choir to move energetically while yodelling. Dinner was a Victorian-style masquerade ball that led to the murder mystery evening. Gillian Pomering (THQ) excelled in her role as the murderer and confused all who attempted to solve the crime. The talent show followed when delegates were treated to brass ensembles, a hosepipe trombone duet, amusing poems, Swiss yodelling, bass trumpet and tuba solos and vocal items.

Day f ive, LIEUT-COLONEL MARGARET DAVIS THE final day began with people hurriedly vacating their rooms. Soon we gathered for the music review. It was encouraging to hear how much had been achieved in just a few days. The review concluded with the whole group singing ‘Joy Because Of You’, ‘Come As The Spring’ and a lovely benediction, ‘Peace Be With You’, written by Stephen Pearson and course director Andrew Blyth. Major Paul Johnson led the final worship meeting, consisting largely of a testimony time in which the bond that has developed between regular attenders was clearly evident. The EMC is as much in demand as ever; the blend of worship, Bible study, musicmaking, humour and good company survives well and there seems no reason why that will change in the foreseeable future!

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At Scarborough, corps folk celebrate their Sunrise Service on Oliver’s Mount on a cold but sunny Easter morning

WEEK 8 Monday 22 April Mark 8 – Jesus miraculously feeds four thousand and heals a blind man O The feeding of the four thousand was impressive, and yet two chapters earlier we read about Jesus feeding the five thousand with less food! Do you think that this miracle adds to the credibility and authenticity of the reports? O What do you think the ‘cross’ is that Jesus refers to in verse 34?

Chatham Band leads a group of Salvationists and members of other churches on a march of witness through the High Street on Good Friday

ROCHFORD: Southend Citadel Gospel Choir visited the historic Congregational Church. The welcoming congregation enjoyed the variety, quality and enthusiasm of the choir’s programme, including the solo ‘I’m Sorry For The Times You Weren’t Enough’ by choir leader John Mitchinson and the congregational song ‘At The Cross’, accompanied by a ukulele quartet. – K. M.

HARLESDEN: Central Southern Area Fellowship Band and Ladies Chorus presented Music For A Spring Afternoon as part of the 120th corps anniversary. The band played ‘My Heart’s Desire’ and the march ‘Harlesden’ in tribute to the late Lieut-Colonel Ray Bowes, who was bandmaster at the corps for 60 years. – M. C.

Tuesday 23 April Mark 9 – The Transfiguration, an exorcism, serving one another and avoiding sin O Take a look at verse 10 and verse 32. Is it fair to say that the disciples were slow to understand Jesus’ teaching and mission? O How can you be a servant? Wednesday 24 April Mark 10 – Prediction about Jesus’ death and resurrection O Jesus’ teaching on divorce may seem rather strict to some and perfectly normal to others. What do you think? Thursday 25 April Mark 11 – The triumphal entry and Jesus’ anger at the Temple. His authority is questioned O In verse 11 was Jesus preparing himself for what was to follow? Friday 26 April Mark 12 – The greatest commandment O How useful would it be to memorise and practise the two greatest

commandments? TIVERTON: Corps folk participated in Lenten activities as part of Churches Together. Songster Leader Margaret George led the studies from the course, The King’s Speech. – D. B. Kilmarnock Sunday school children, YP workers and YPSM Maureen Colvin get ready to roll their Easter eggs in a park and share cupcakes, supplied by the corps, with other children


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ENNISKILLEN: In spite of the cold, around a hundred people gathered on a mountaintop at dawn for a Sunrise Service to celebrate Easter Day. – S. D. STAPLE HILL: Reading Central Songsters led songster weekend. The Saturday festival of praise included items ‘I Will Rejoice’ and ‘I’ve Got Joy’. Sunday worship reminded the congregation that there are no limits to God’s love. The weekend included many solo items and testimonies. – V. W.

NEWS NEWCASTLE CITY TEMPLE: The songsters and brass group joined the Methodist Circuit Choir and Global Family arts group to present the Christian musical Daybreak. The presentation inspired the large congregation and it is hoped the union will lead to further joint presentations. – B. I.

Divisional celebration encourages deeper relationship with God SOUTH AND MID WALES WELSH, English and Portuguese were used to praise and worship God at the divisional celebration of faith at the Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot. Guest speakers Commissioners Deise and Torben Eliasen (IHQ) encouraged the congregations in both meetings to remember how big God is and, by faith, to go deeper in their relationships with him. Drawing on the words of Hebrews 11:16, Commissioner Torben Eliasen urged those present to become less defensive and more offensive in their spiritual lives so that God would not be ashamed to be called their God. Cardiff Ely Songsters supported the morning meeting and sang ‘Total Praise’ and Cwm Band played ‘Nothing But Thy Blood’. In the afternoon the congregation learnt more about the work of the division’s social services centres and listened to a state-ofthe-nation-type address from Divisional Commander Major Derek Jones. There were also contributions from the divisional youth chorus who sang ‘Everywhere’ and Godzone Puppets (Risca) performed to a spiritualised version of the Bee Gees hit ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. – A. S.

Paul Sass (Pentre) interviews Commissioners Deise and Torben Eliasen

WEST WICKHAM: South London Fellowship Band played at the Emmanuel United Reformed church for its 19th annual visit, raising £450 to share with the host church. Twelve-year-old Thomas Nielsen (cornet, Croydon Citadel) offered an inspired rendition of ‘Hosanna’. – A. R.

Puneet Rajput, Director of Corporate Services for the Salvation Army Housing Association, receives ‘The Sunday Times’ Best Companies Award on behalf of SAHA; the company ranked 44th on the list of the 100 best not-for-profit organisations to work for Twelve-year-old Declan Foster, pictured with meal-run leader Mary Randell, holds a moneybox full of pennies put towards buying Easter eggs for homeless people in Winton; since 2008 Declan, with support from corps Pictured with corps officer Major Ced Hills,

members, has collected

At Oxford, Tommy Owen-Lovegrove and

David Frost from the League of Friends of

pennies, enabling the meal

Tyrone Allen receive the Oxford Youth Award

St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth, donates £3,000

run team to provide people

for helping set up and run a disco for people

to Portsmouth Citadel’s community health

with rucksacks, tents,

with disabilities, in addition to raising £1,000

projects; the league has partnered the Army to

sleeping bags and thermal

for the charity My Life My Choice

provide healthy food to vulnerable families

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and rank of officer who officiated anniversaries start with Golden followed by Diamond and then every five years thereafter. Include date, names, corps and local officer positions (if applicable) O We do not publish wedding blessings or dedication thanksgiving ceremonies O Wedding


EACH day Salvationist receives emails and letters reporting news of corps events and Army people. We aim to edit and publish as much of the news as possible, although this will depend upon space, time limits and suitability of content. We value the news we receive and have drawn up some guidelines which contributors may find useful

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it is hard to get a good picture during a meeting, take it afterwards O Try to avoid flags (that appear to project from the top of people’s heads) and microphones (that obscure faces) O Be aware of sunlight or artificial light flooding into a picture or bleaching subjects’ faces O Send only good quality pictures O Avoid scanning – send the complete picture. We are unable to use printer-paper copies O If sending a press or professional picture, indicate the source, permission to publish and details of picture credit TRIBUTES O Name

and corps and year of birth O How the person came to the Army O Local officer positions and service O What the person is most remembered for O If applicable, year of marriage, and names of spouse and children only O 120 words for soldiers and adherent members O Officer tributes may be up to 300 words to allow for appointment details O Send a good quality digital or hard copy picture, or indicate if a picture is not available O Place


you are not a corps press representative (CPR), speak to your corps officer before sending in a report O Include name of corps, writer and date of event O Send news in as soon as possible and always within ten days of the event O Send to rather than to personal email addresses, or mail to Salvationist, 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN. O Fundraising events – indicate amount raised and beneficiary O Music events – include highlights only, names of participants and their corps O Civic visitors – provide full titles and names O Avoid sending press cuttings, links to websites or a string of quotes. Instead write your own report O Include pictures with reports, sent as jpegs but not embedded in Word files or emails; name people (from left to right) O Two or three quality pictures that highlight the story are better than a gallery! O Any pictures of children need parental permission. Many corps already have procedures for consent; if in doubt, check with the corps officer O If your news relates to children’s work try sending the story to Kids Alive! as well ( ARMY PEOPLE NEWS O Include


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your say – in fewer than 300 words if possible charitable and concise O Include your full name and the place where you live O Be


to enough time before the event for the ad to be prepared, scheduled and published. Normally this is at least three weeks

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GRAB ’EM AND KEEP ’EM by Stephen Pearson TRAINEE journalists are taught to write news stories so they can be cut from the bottom up. In other words, the main points of the story should be in the first paragraph or two and then supplementary information should be added subsequently. This makes sense. A good feature, on the other hand, needs something interesting near the start to grab the reader’s attention, but should then provide information only bit by bit, leading to some sort of climax. After all, a feature is a longer read and needs to remain interesting throughout. Clearly, the idea is not to tell the whole story too soon; if you do, that’s when the reader turns the page to look for something more interesting. This is also why sub-editors take great care with subheadings. These should be used to further intrigue and entice the reader – not give the game away! And, as this is the fourth paragraph of this feature, it’s probably time for an illustrative example: Heading ‘A desperate journey’; subheading ‘How a mother found her daughter again after three years’. Well, the heading’s fine. As a reader, I want to know what kind of journey it was and why it was desperate, but then the subheading gives the ending away: she found her daughter again – case closed.




A better subheading might say: ‘A mother’s search for her helpless kidnapped teen’. Now this retains my attention and makes me want to know: how it happened, where it happened, if the mother found her daughter and did it end in tragedy or triumph? It’s not only the subheading that can give the game away. A quote from the daughter, too early in the piece, saying how dreadful her experience was but how she is glad to be back home would spoil the piece. Remember, even when dealing with stories as grim as this, writers have to think of the readers – the idea is to grab ’em and keep ’em.

Check their age – now and at the time of the story. Then do the maths; does it add up? Go through the time-honoured routine of Who? What? Why? Where? and When? If you don’t have all these answers, how can you write an authoritative piece? And if you don’t understand fully what happened, how can you hope to tell readers a comprehensible and thrilling story?


A good feature writer will ask endless questions. You may not be able to include everything in the finished piece but the more you know about the people involved in the story, the more colourful you can make your characterisations. Find out about their background: place of birth, upbringing, education, career path, family, interests, achievements, etc. Remember: people are interested in people. TWO CAN BE BETTER THAN ONE

The example story above is definitely a case where two instalments are better than one. The writer may know that the mother and daughter are reunited, but the readers don’t. The whole story in one feature would probably have to include a recent photograph of the two – delighted, smiling and reunited: a giveaway. A feature in two parts gives the opportunity of setting the scene and telling the bad news first. A second instalment can bring the climax of the rescue and include the happy-ending pictures. TRY IT – YOU MIGHT LIKE IT

Many people are frightened of writing. They imagine they can’t do it. They think it’s much more difficult than it really is. They believe their grasp of grammar will let them down. Don’t be afraid. If the story is interesting and factually correct the editor and sub-editors will get to work and make it presentable. But they can’t edit what they haven’t got! So, do you have an interesting story to tell? Well then, what are you waiting for? Try it – you might like it!


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AVE you ever wondered how Salvationist manages to feature news from so many corps and centres in the territory? Our secret is dedicated corps press representatives (CPRs) and writers who, week by week, send us news items, new commitment reports, tributes and announcements. Their contributions help us to present the territory’s activities to a wide readership which goes far beyond the UK. Here we profile eight of our press reps to showcase just some of the people who write for Salvationist.

ERNIE YOUNG (SALE) RETIRED Bandmaster Ernie Young says: ‘I have soldiered at Sale since my return from the USA in 2004. I wanted to see more corps news in Salvationist and my inquiries led to me being appointed as the CPR. ‘I enjoy reporting corps events and particularly like writing new commitment reports; it’s a joy to learn how new soldiers and adherent members come to join our fellowship. ‘I am very pleased to have an excellent photographer in our corps – Harry Dobbs. I liaise with him and keep him well aware of future events; his photos greatly enhance the reports. ‘Another responsibility is forwarding Army people announcements which help to inform the wider fellowship. I also have the privilege of assisting bereaved families in composing a tribute

for a loved one. This task can often be quite difficult, but with a caring and understanding approach, I can put the family at ease.’

ANNABELLE DUNN (PARKHEAD) MORE than 20 years ago Annabelle decided to become a CPR. Her reason for doing this was that she felt the corps was doing a lot of things that people needed to know about. ‘I started sending items to Salvationist,’ she says, ‘because no one else was doing it. I wanted people to know the corps was alive and thriving. Without news reports in Salvationist, people will assume nothing is happening.’ She also encourages others to become involved: ‘You don’t need to have great literary skills; if you know something is happening where you are, get your pen and paper out and let people know!’




SANDRA LLEWELLYN (SKEWEN) ‘I WAS corps secretary for 20 years until I became disabled. An operation left me with limited mobility, but even with my disability I can still be a CPR. This is something I have done for ten years now and it helps to keep me involved with the corps. 12

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‘It fits in quite easily with my lifestyle. I can write a report any time, any day. I also liaise with the local press and run the Facebook page for the corps. ‘It’s good to read about what’s going on in other corps – it is encouraging to know that there is growth in the Army.’

PATRICIA BENNETT (READING CENTRAL) ‘MY Salvationist grandparents introduced me to the Army at Winton where I became a soldier, got married and raised our children. In 1968 we moved to Reading and linked up with Reading Central Corps. In both corps I was involved in YP work so was surprised when, in 1996, the corps officer, Major Alan Lyne, asked me to undertake the task of reporting corps events for Salvationist. ‘This was something completely new for me, but I took it on feeling that the corps needed to have its news made known, and while I report on visitors and

programmes, it is a special joy to report on new commitments and to discover how people were first attracted to The Salvation Army.’

BILL IONS (NEWCASTLE CITY TEMPLE) BILL was a well-respected businessman until ill-health necessitated early retirement. He had already held various positions in the corps including YP band leader, band secretary and corps secretary. However, retirement opened up many new avenues for Bill, including becoming the CPR and corps webmaster. He explains: ‘I enjoy what I do and have never regretted taking it on. There is no correct way of being a correspondent. In my reports I try to find something with a particular angle or unusual feel which will, I hope, make it interesting for the reader. ‘It’s not an onerous responsibility and it doesn’t need something every week, but I have to remember there are thousands of people out there who have passed through our doors and have an interest in what we are up to.’






aware of what goes on in the Army world outside our town. It’s important the corps is not seen as insular, so it’s my role to make sure the Army world knows what is going on at Burton-onTrent. ‘The new commitments section of Salvationist is also a great way to value new corps members. We have a lot of folk on the periphery – it’s good that they can read about their enrolments in Salvationist and see themselves and the corps in a wider context.’

share what is happening in Lurgan and to read about what is going on in other corps.’

BRIAN CUSHION (NORWICH CITADEL) ‘I WAS first commissioned as a corps press officer at Great Yarmouth in 1960. In 1966 I transferred to Norwich with my wife. Many notable Army bands, songsters, officers and Army leaders have visited the corps during my 39 years as press representative which has enabled me to report on uplifting and Spirit-filled occasions for The Musician, Salvationist and The War Cry. I have also reported on events for the local press. ‘The band’s 17-day tour to the USA and Canada in 1985 was a particularly memorable part of my service. Handwritten airmail reports were posted back to the Musician office on a daily basis. ‘In contrast, by the time General Linda Bond visited the corps last year, reporting had moved on to the use of full electronic facilities and we are fortunate to receive much help, encouragement and advice from the editorial staff at THQ.’

GAIL WATSON (LURGAN) ‘I WAS brought up in the Church of Ireland, attended a mission where I was saved at 16 and soon after was invited to the Army in Lurgan where I immediately felt at home. ‘Over the past 40 years I have served in various local officer roles and am presently the singing company sergeant. I have produced the corps magazine for the past seven years. ‘As corps press representative, I enjoy contributing to Salvationist. It is good to


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HAVE A GO Readers are invited to participate in picture and writing competitions and have their work published in Salvationist. Entries should be emailed to or posted to Salvationist, 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN. The closing date for receipt of contributions to the three competitions is Saturday 1 June. The results will be announced in the 22 June issue of Salvationist.



The Salvationist photographic competition has three categories O People O Places O Nature

In 700 words write O My story – this could be about how you came to faith, your journey of faith or living the life of faith at work or in recreational activities O Viewpoint – this is an opportunity to express your thoughts on an aspect of faith or of The Salvation Army O Toolbox – this should describe a project in your corps or centre using the subheadings: Issue (the need); Response (what was done); Result (what has happened since)

The content of pictures should be suitable for publication in Salvationist. Contributions in the specified categories (and orientation – either portrait or landscape) will be considered for O Front page (portrait) O Back page (landscape) O Features such as Bible study (landscape) O Caption competition (landscape)

Contributions for the Get Writing competition should include a head and shoulders picture of the writer and, where applicable, pictures relating to the subject matter

CARTOON STRIP This is an opportunity to create your own character or characters and script a storyline for a cartoon strip that would be suitable for Salvationist. You may choose to illustrate it as well, but this is not essential.


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The cost of not following The second of two studies on discipleship by Captain Kathleen Versfeld


N a crowded commuter train one Friday evening, I learnt an important lesson in following. Not realising that my husband and I had become separated as we boarded the train, I located a couple of empty seats and gratefully sat down. Believing my husband was still right beside me, I rested my hand on his knee and glanced out the window. Five minutes elapsed before the amused voice of a complete stranger whispered alarmingly close to my ear: ‘I really don’t mind, but I’m not the person you think I am!’ As Jesus invites us to follow him, we must be careful to keep our eyes fixed on him and our ears attuned to his voice. He warns his disciples that the cost of not following him is even greater than the cost of following him: ‘Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?’ (Matthew 16:25 and 26). A day is coming when each person must give an account of what they have done with the life entrusted to them. And here’s the really scary bit: on that day, not all who have called Jesus, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven – only those who have done the will of the Father (see Matthew 7:21). So how do we know and do the will of the Father in this challenging age? How do we ensure we remain obedient, self-sacrificing, self-denying disciples of Jesus in a changing world? At the start of his earthly ministry, Jesus gives us an example to follow. After his baptism in the Jordan, he withdrew from the spotlight to spend time in his Father’s presence, reflecting on his word and grappling with the where and how, the who and what, of his unique mission (Matthew 4:1–10). This pattern continued throughout his earthly life.

As I began my own discipleship journey, I was propelled forward by the fear of living a wasted life – one in which I never discovered or lived the perfect plan God had in mind for me when he created me. I was inspired by the sentiments of such men as John Wesley, who said: ‘Give me a hundred men who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I will shake the world.’ I wanted to shake the world and




believed that I had found the opportunity to do so within the ranks of The Salvation Army. Thirty years later, I sometimes wonder how the growing, radical Army of salvation that God raised up in the East End of London has become the ‘good old Army’ of today – an Army more traditional than radical and majoring in service rather than salvation. Is this who God wants us to be, or does he still mean for us to shake our world as Booth did? TO CONSIDER O In your life right now, whose voice do you listen to? Who or what influences your priorities and dictates your lifestyle?

Jesus spent 40 days in prayer and fasting before beginning his earthly mission. How much time have you and your corps spent, or do you spend, in seeking God’s will before beginning a new leg of your discipleship journey? O As you contemplate God’s judgment, do you anticipate the Lord’s ‘Well done’, or will you make it into Heaven as one escaping through the fire (1 Corinthians 3:15)? O

For those who daily feel as inadequate and ill-equipped to follow the Saviour as I do, here’s a helpful prayer by Joe Seremane. You asked for my life that you might work through me. I gave a small part that I might not get too involved. Lord, forgive my calculated efforts to serve you, only when it is convenient to do so, only in those places where it is safe to do so, and only with those who make it easy to do so. Father, forgive me, renew me send me out as a usable instrument that I might take seriously the meaning of your cross.



LETTERS WE CAN’T STAND STILL DOUGLAS Johnstone’s description of disenchantment with, and separation from, the Army (Salvationist 9 March) is one that is all too familiar. His suggested remedy – an easing up on what he sees as restrictive and outmoded rules of behaviour – has already received a brusque rebuke from another correspondent (Gordon Archer, 23 March), who may well be voicing the feelings of many other readers. Nevertheless, there is surely a duty to examine the need for change in the way the Army relates to a fast-evolving culture if it is to continue to fulfil its mission effectively. We delude ourselves if we think we can stand still, unaffected by what goes on around us. For example, the disappearance of the evening meeting in many corps encourages a much freer attitude to the use of our time on a Sunday. Some may attend another church in the evening, forming new friendships and broadening their Christian experience. Others, pressed for time during the working week, may go shopping, visit the gym or – probably the majority – simply chill out with the TV in the privacy of their own homes. Some of these activities would have been anathema to the strict sabbatarianism of 60 years ago, yet no one has either advocated or proscribed these changes; they have simply become options in the context of a very different world. Looking back over the history of those sects that resolutely refused to engage with modernity, one sees numerical decline and introversion together with an eccentricity that appeals to few outsiders apart from the makers of TV documentaries drawn to the quaint and the curious. John Gardiner, Barnet Readers sending letters by email should include their name, full rank if applicable and full postal address O The Editor reserves the right to edit letters or print extracts O Write to Salvationist (Letters), 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN or email


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MISUNDERSTANDING NEEDS TO BE CHALLENGED I WAS pleased to see the statements made by the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Churches and the Church of Scotland regarding the impending benefit cuts. It is clear that vulnerable people in our country are paying a disproportionate price under the austerity measures and it is appropriate that churches speak out. The Government’s manipulation of a false misunderstanding of poverty needs to be challenged. The Salvation Army exists to look after poor and disadvantaged people and that includes defending them against unfair government policies. I am disappointed that we are not speaking out clearly with the other four churches. David Grinnell, Sheff ield Dr Helen Cameron, Head of Public Affairs, THQ, responds: The ‘Truth And Lies About Poverty’ report is valuable and was circulated to members of the Social Justice Network as soon as it was published. The Salvation Army was not invited to take part in the production of the report and so that is why we have not been mentioned in subsequent media coverage. Our contribution to the Welfare Reform debate is to make sure the system works for the people we serve. This involves allowing our service users to speak directly to politicians when they visit our work. It is less high profile but we believe an effective way of bringing about change. We are listened to because of our detailed involvement in people’s lives. We need Salvationists willing to gather the detail that enables us to make the case for change. I would

encourage people to read the report, which can be found at www. truthandliesaboutpoverty/

THE CORPS OFFICER SETS THE PACE FOR more than 66 years my wife and I have served the Lord and The Salvation Army. Also, I came out of retirement and was appointed bandmaster, as well as being corps press representative. At that time the corps officer was relieved of some tasks to lighten his schedule. My wife became ill recently and was in hospital a number of times but did not receive a visit from the corps officer. As she cannot walk unaided, I have to stay with her most of the time. There has been no offer of help from anyone. There is very little the doctors can do for us. But our officer should be able to keep us spiritually healthy. It would be nice for someone to pray with us in our own home. As Major David Garrad (Letters, 6 April) stated: ‘May God help us all to be good shepherds of the flock, with the corps officer setting the pace.’ Name and address supplied

OFFICERS REALLY DO NEED TO VISIT I AGREE absolutely with Major David Garrad’s letter about visitation being important. I had three officer sisters, who also said they were told as cadets that they must spend 18 hours a week visiting. Because of ill-health, it is nearly four years since I was able to get to a meeting. Fortunately, we have a very good pastoral care scheme at our corps. My own family visit me regularly and always brighten my day, and other friends in the corps visit me, but I have had few officer visitors in that time. However good a pastoral care team is, I feel every corps officer should get to know each member of their flock and this can be achieved only through home visits. Name and address supplied


WE ARE MISSING A TRICK I WAS delighted to read the THQ announcement in Salvationist, some 18 months ago, about a new improved website being developed, which all corps could use, thereby presenting a corporate image for all websites within our territory. There is no doubt that this was long overdue, as the old system was unwieldy and unworkable, which is why many corps designed their own websites – and some of them are indeed works of art! But on inquiring again this week as to when the new site will be available for use at corps level, I find that there is still no availability and no expected date of delivery. I feel we are missing a trick here. We have to use other social media for our corps photos, for our corps groups, for event advertising and for media. Wouldn’t it be more relevant if people could access our corps website through Google and everything was in one place – on the Salvation Army website? I trust that it won’t be too long before we have word that this technically improved website will be available so that corps in the territory can be seen to be embracing the digital age and working corporately in reaching a new generation for Christ. Shirley Hutchinson, Worthing Media Manager Ann Stewart, THQ, replies: The website (www. is in the middle of a journey of transformation and we are sorry that progress has not been as quick as we would like; it was hoped

that corps could update their own pages on the website by now but there has been a delay while we sort out a straightforward way of uploading engaging content that does not require complex knowledge of HTML and other coding. Senior leadership is reviewing a digital strategy that hopefully will give us a solution in coming months. The media office is here to serve by uploading content onto the website on behalf of the territory. We have a dedicated person in our team – corps digital media assistant Mary Lapena (email Mary.G.lapena@salvationarmy. tel 020 7367 4592) – who is responsible for working with corps, centres and divisions regarding their digital content, whether that be written copy, PDFs, photos, videos or audio content. Please see www. for an example of a typical corps web page on the site.

A CROSS REFLECTED THERE READING the Easter edition of Salvationist, I was reminded, by Major Philippa Smale’s meditation, of a recent visit to the Holy Land. My wife and I have been taking groups there for more than 25 years. On our trips across the Sea of Galilee we always cut the engines in the middle of the lake so that we can have a time of reflection, meditation

and worship. On each of these trips we sing Catherine Baird’s words, ‘When Jesus looked o’er Galilee’. Many people over the years have told us that this is the highlight of the tour. In 1997 something was different. When we board the boat to sail the Galilee, the boatmen usually raise flags on the mast. They always have the Israeli flag and they usually raise the national flag of the group on board, but for some reason there were no flags on the mast on this occasion. As usual once we were out on the lake the engines were cut and we began our time of worship. Once more it was very moving and, having had our allotted time, the engines were restarted and we sailed on. We hadn’t been going for long when one of our party drew my attention to the reflection of the mast on the water. Just as we had sung, the sunlight had cast the shadow of the mast forming the shape of the cross on the Sea of Galilee. It was before digital cameras and my camera had broken so I quickly borrowed my wife’s. It was a simple ‘aim and fire’ kind of unit, so to reduce the glare of the sun I put my sunglasses over the camera lens. I had no idea how the picture would turn out until I returned home and had the photographs developed. The result is the accompanying picture. Since 1997 we have used this picture to raise money for all kinds of events: to help subsidise youth tours to the Holy Land and to raise funds for building projects. And I know the picture has hung on the wall of the General’s office at IHQ. Also, as I have travelled around the country, I have been amazed to see it in the homes of people I didn’t know who had received it as a gift from someone who had bought it to help with our fundraising. It will always remain one of our treasured possessions because of its significance to us as Salvationists knowing the words of Catherine Baird. Andy and Gwen Cox, Majors, Croydon Salvationist 20 April 2013








6. 1. IAN HARRISON, DAWN HARRISON Adherent members DEVONPORT MORICE TOWN IAN and Dawn were welcomed as adherent members by corps officers Majors Andrew and Lori Richards. They have attended the corps for the past year and spoke of the sense of family within the fellowship. – A. R. 2. RUTH BARKER Soldier SCARBOROUGH RUTH felt a strong call from God to renew her soldier’s covenant. She was enrolled by corps officer Major Paul Robinson in front of family and friends. – J. M. 3. RACHAEL GARNHAM Soldier COLCHESTER CITADEL CORPS folk were delighted to see Rachael, who has grown up in the fellowship, make a commitment as a soldier. She is an active member of the singing company and songsters. – J. P. 4. GAIL BUNGU Adherent member LOUTH CORPS leader Territorial Envoy Barbara Snook welcomed Gail as an adherent member. Gail, whose smile always lights up the hall, thanked corps folk for making her feel so welcome. – B. S. 18

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5. 5. KAYLEE WYATT, JESSICA JONES, TAMLA WYATT, IMOGEN LLOYD Junior soldiers CHIPPENHAM MANY family members joined corps folk to support the girls’ decision to become junior soldiers, the first at the corps for many years. Imogen was the only child at the corps until Tamla and Kaylee started to attend Sunday school after going to Messy Church. They then invited their friend Jessica. Each testified about why they wanted to be enrolled, and their enthusiasm is proving to be a great encouragement to the corps. – L. G. 6. KATH CHIVERS Adherent member ABERTILLERY CORPS officer Captain David Womersley welcomed Kath as an adherent member. Having been a junior soldier many years ago at the now closed Llanhilleth Corps, an encounter with the corps officers made Kath decide to attend meetings at the Army. – A. B. 7. MAAME YAA FRIMPONG Adherent member THORNTON HEATH CORPS officer Major Kathryn Woodhouse welcomed Maame Yaa, a former Roman Catholic, into the fellowship as an adherent member. – I. D.

8. JESSICA DICKENS Junior soldier STAPLE HILL FAMILY and friends shared in the excitement of the day when Jessica was enrolled as a junior soldier by corps officer Major Ian Urmston. She is looking forward to joining the singing company and wants to tell everyone that Jesus is her special friend. – V. W. 9. ALGERNON WULFF-VANDERPUIJE Soldier CARLOS BARRIGA, ELVA DUCHE Adherent members CHARLIE BARRIGA Junior soldier TOTTENHAM FOR the first time in many years new commitments were made at the corps. Algernon, Carlos, Elva and Charlie all testified to how God has worked in their lives for the past 18 months. They are pictured with corps officer Captain Louisa Parrales and Charlie’s sister Sophie. – L. P. 10. AILEEN LAUGHLAND Adherent member CLYDEBANK AFTER the death of her father-in-law, Aileen started to accompany her mother-in-law Phyllis to Sunday meetings. She soon realised that she wanted to make the Army her place of worship and is now an enthusiastic and involved adherent member. – L. C.

11. SIMON HAWKINS Soldier SOUTHEND CITADEL SIMON, a chef, decided to make a commitment as a soldier and was warmly welcomed by the fellowship. – J. T. 12. SAM RAINE Junior soldier SHERBURN HILL FAMILY and friends, including Sam’s grandparents who took part in the service, gathered for his enrolment as a junior soldier. He was enrolled by corps officers Majors Dawn and Howard Evans. – H. E. 13. – 18. EMMA DAY, JAMES STEWART, COURTNEY STEWART, JAZMINE HENDERSON, GEORGINA COOK, CHLOE HENDERSON Junior soldiers CONSETT CORPS officer Captain Heather Alston enrolled six junior soldiers. Emma sees this commitment as her first step in friendship with Jesus. James attends Sunday school and wants to be special with God. His twin sister Courtney loves to sing and can’t wait to praise God in the singing company. Jazmine strives to be more like Jesus as she grows older. Georgina says that becoming a junior soldier is her next step with God. Chloe wants to make this commitment to become more involved with God. – H. K.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMY PEOPLE PALACE VISIT OTerritorial Commander Commissioner Clive Adams and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Marianne Adams have received an invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden party on 22 May ELECTED Jackie Leswell, Parkstone, as Salvation Army representative for Freedom In Christ Ministries


LOCAL OFFICERS APPOINTED Michael Pethick, Dartford OCT Derek McCall, Clowne OAdherents Secretary Major John Joy, Colchester Citadel OBM Yvonne Ferguson, SCL Claire Ferguson, Bellshill OCT

LONG-SERVICE AWARDS Joyce Johnson, Louth (70 years) OBandsman Robert Woodard, Colchester Citadel (54 years) OOrganist

MARRIAGES OBandsman/Songster

William Coe to Songster Victoria Ramsay at Winton by Majors Julie and Paul Johnson OPaul Swain to Alice Conley at Southport by Major Paul Conley WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Diamond: OWelcome Sergeants Billie and Eileen Dawson, Mirfield DEDICATED TO GOD Michael Ronald, son of AJ Gaffney and Carina Steers, at Southsea by Captain Lynne Shaw OCameron Robert William, son of Tony and Rebecca Fenton, at Connah’s Quay by Majors Marc and Shirley McKenzie BEREAVED Lorraine O’Neill, Burnley, and Alan Taylor of their mother Olive Taylor OColonel Gordon Sharp of his wife Mrs Colonel Margaret Sharp ORuth Billingham, Rushden, of her husband Rtd BM Jeff Billingham OMajor

GENERAL LINDA BOND: OThe Philippines, Tu 16 Apr - Mon 22 OUK, London (Called And Commissioned International Conference On The Training Of Cadets), Fri 26 OSingapore, Malaysia and Myanmar, Tu 7 May Wed 15 OICO, Sun 19 THE CHIEF OF THE STAFF (COMMISSIONER ANDRÉ COX) AND COMMISSIONER SILVIA COX: OUK, London (Called And Commissioned International Conference On The Training Of Cadets), Tu 23 Apr - Sun 28 OItaly and Greece (Commissioning), Th 2 May - Sun 5 THE TERRITORIAL COMMANDER (COMMISSIONER CLIVE ADAMS) AND COMMISSIONER MARIANNE ADAMS: OCentral South, Sat Sun 21 Apr OThe Dome, Doncaster (Roots Conference), Sat Sun 5 May OSouthern (divisional celebration), Sun 12 THE CHIEF SECRETARY (COLONEL DAVID HINTON) AND COLONEL SYLVIA HINTON: ONorthern (divisional officers retreat), Mon 22 Apr - Wed 24 OLondon (Called And Commissioned International Conference On The Training Of Cadets), Wed 24 - Sun 28* OTerritorial Advisory Council, Fri 26 - Sun 28** OScotland Council, Th 9 May OTerritorial Leaders Conference, Tu 14 - Fri 17 COMMISSIONER BIRGITTE BREKKE: OICO, Th 2 May COMMISSIONER WILLIAM COCHRANE: OUK, London (Called And Commissioned International Conference On The Training Of Cadets), Tu 23 Apr - Sun 28 OUK, Barrhead, Sat Sun 5 May COMMISSIONERS TORBEN AND DEISE ELIASEN: OCanada and Bermuda, Tu 16 Apr - Wed 24 OMexico, Mon 29 - Th 2 May** COMMISSIONER DORITA WAINWRIGHT: OICO, Th 2 May INTERNATIONAL STAFF SONGSTERS: OGuisborough, Sat Sun 21 Apr INTERNATIONAL STAFF BAND: OCambridge University, Sat Sun 28 Apr


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Gardener, Leighton Buzzard, of his wife Joan OJoyce Lear of her husband Ray, Bandsman Robert Lear and Gwen Lear of their father, all Staple Hill RETIRED OFFICERS Birthday congratulations: OMrs Major Myrandda Cox (80 on 24 April) OMajor Elizabeth Harmer (85 on 26 April) OMajor Mrs May McLachlan (80 on 28 April)



*wife will not accompany **husband will not accompany


PROMOTED TO GLORY Colonel Margaret Sharp from Northampton on 10 April ORuby Mclleland, Leighton Buzzard OMrs


Radio Cornwall, Devon, Guernsey and Jersey (at 7.05 pm), Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset Sound, Swindon and Wiltshire (at midnight) and online at /devon: Sounds Of Brass on Sunday 21 April will feature music by Erik Silfverberg



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Through the week with ‘Salvationist’ – a devotional thought for each day Saturday


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. (Psalm 19:1 and 2)

Lord, thy word abideth, And our footsteps guideth; Who its truth believeth Light and joy receiveth.

Sunday He the golden-tressèd sun Caused all day his course to run: For his mercies shall endure, Ever faithful, ever sure. (SASB 34)

Monday The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. (Psalm 19:7)

(SASB 655)

Wednesday The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:9 and 10)

Thursday Father, on me the grace bestow, And make me blameless in thy sight,

Whence all the streams of mercy flow; Mercy, thine own supreme delight, To me, for Jesus’ sake impart, And plant thy nature in my heart. (SASB 601)

Friday Dear Lord, our loving heavenly Father, help us to follow you closely so that we can be sure we are walking the right way. Keep us free from sin and hidden faults and help us to be righteous witnesses to your love and grace. We know we can trust you completely because you are our Rock and Redeemer. Amen.

Praying around the world… India South Western Captain Yesudasen Sanjivi commenced Salvation Army work in the old Travancore State in March 1894. The work spread to other parts of the state through the dedication of pioneer officers, including Commissioner P. E. George. The India South Western Territory came into being on 1 October 1970 when the Southern India Territory divided into two. The territory, led by Commissioners Samuel and Bimla Charan, comprises 432 officers, 174 employees, 333 corps, 460 outposts, 43,858 soldiers, 15,383 adherent members and 3,900 junior soldiers. The Army in Trivandrum was accredited by the Government to work on the Red Ribbon Express, a train taking information regarding HIV/Aids throughout India. A territorial team also supported children affected by HIV/Aids through Smile, a life skills education programme implemented throughout Kerala. Prayer is requested for these projects.

Paddle steamer Waverley departing from Brodick, Isle of Arran. Picture: GRAHAM WOOD

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