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Keep me praising
Pages 5 to 7 and 12 & 13
FROM THE EDITOR
4. NEWS and PAPERS This week’s quotes from the papers
5. 12. & 13.
5. – 7. NEWS FEATURE Regent Hall // Royal Albert Hall // William Booth College 8. & 9. NEWS Sunderland Millfield // Sheringham // Inverness // Kettering Citadel // Worthing // UKT // Ringwood // Skewen // Welwyn Garden City 8.
NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE READING CHALLENGE
10. Competition results 11. A strange feeling 12. & 13. Gospel Arts
14. VIEWPOINT Whosoever will may come
15. BIBLE STUDY Jacob’s dream at Bethel 16. & 17. NEW COMMITMENTS 18.
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22. & 23.
THROUGH THE WEEK WITH SALVATIONIST
Front-page picture: PAUL HARMER
SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS Scripture quotations in Salvationist are from the New International Version (2011), unless otherwise stated 2
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FROM THE EDITOR
A MESSAGE FOR US ALL A GOOD number of us flocked to the Rink for the 21stCentury Gowans and Larsson Concert. For those who remembered singing songs from the musicals 20th-century style it was going to be a trip down memory lane and so much more, as we were to discover (read more about this and other events of Gospel Arts weekend on pages 5 to 7). I couldn’t help thinking about the way that the musicals helped to change hearts and minds. One of the messages of Take-over Bid was to give youth a chance. At Hednesford, the corps where I grew up, we presented quite a few of the musicals, starting with Take-over Bid. From a youthful perspective, the census board at that time seemed to bear some resemblance to the local officer characters in the musical and even more so when they decided to give the youth of the corps a chance. Some of us, despite our inexperience, were trusted with local officer commissions and the opportunity to start new things including a youth club and selling the Army papers on a pub round. We also were given responsibility for a complete Sunday. This meant arriving early at the hall to light the large cast-iron stove, ensuring the doors were open for people arriving at the hall, leading the various meetings, counting the collections and locking up at the end of the day. I thank God for those older Salvationists who were prepared to give a group of teenagers a chance. Their risk-taking paid off. Time doesn’t stand still and I was interested to hear about Spirit! II: Empire, a 21st-century sequel to Spirit by Malcolm Westwood and Karl and Kevin Larsson. The original musical focused on the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in the Early Church. Songs such as ‘Burning, Burning’ continue to challenge and inspire.
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One theme that speaks clearly through the musicals is the all-embracing love of God. In a Viewpoint article on page 14, Karl Allison explores the subject ‘whosoever’. Karl was one of many contributors to our competitions. We thank everyone who submitted either written entries or pictures. The winners’ names are published on page 10. There is a message, a simple message, And it’s a message for us all; There is a Saviour, and what a Saviour! There is a Saviour for us all. (from the musical Glory ! by John Gowans and John Larsson)
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NEWS AND PAPERS The General retires IHQ CHIEF of the Staff Commissioner André Cox has announced that General Linda Bond is entering into retirement. The announcement states: ‘Following a period of personal reflection and prayer, General Bond has decided that she should relinquish the Office of the General with effect from 13 June 2013. The General’s decision to step down comes after 44 years of ministry. ‘As is required by our constitution, contained in the Salvation Army Act 1980, the Chief of the Staff will perform the functions
of the General pending the election of a new General. ‘The Chief of the Staff will also shortly be calling a High Council to elect the new General. A further announcement regarding that High Council will be made in due course. ‘General Bond, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies, entered the training college in Canada as a cadet in 1967 and was commissioned as an officer two years later. She spent the following nine years in corps appointments, before being appointed first as a member of the training staff at the College for Officer
Training in Toronto and then as Territorial Candidates Secretary. She returned to corps ministry, becoming corps officer at Kitchener, before serving at the College for Officer Training in St John’s, Newfoundland, as Assistant Training Principal, Divisional Secretary of the Maritime Division and Divisional Commander of the same division. ‘In 1995 she was appointed to International Headquarters in London as Under Secretary for Personnel. She remained in the United Kingdom, transferring to the UK Territory as Divisional Commander, Central North, in 1998. A return to Canada came just over a year
later, when she was appointed as Chief Secretary, Canada and Bermuda Territory. ‘In July 2002 she was appointed to the USA Western Territory, where she served as Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries. She returned to International Headquarters in 2005, as Secretary for Spiritual Life Development and International External Relations. ‘In 2008 she became Territorial Commander, Australia Eastern. She was elected to The Salvation Army’s most senior office in January 2011. ‘We pray God’s blessing upon General Linda Bond as she enters retirement.’
THIS WEEK’S QUOTES FROM THE PAPERS TAX AND MALNUTRITION SHOULD TOP G8 AGENDA, SAY CLERICS
Tackling tax secrecy and avoidance should be top of the agenda for the G8 group of the world’s wealthiest countries… the Archbishop of Canterbury and his predecessor, Lord Williams of Oystermouth, have said… In a video message delivered to a rally in Hyde Park… organised by the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign’, Archbishop Welby said: ‘The G8 is the centre of financial resource and power in all kinds of ways… One of the biggest issues we face is around how aid is used. The issues of tax transparency are increasingly at the top of the agenda, and are really, really important… ‘My prayer would be that, in this country and across the world, we are deeply committed to enabling people to be selfsustaining, so that global hunger can be ended in our lifetimes.’
will need aid by the end of this year. The UN has launched an appeal for £3.2 billion – the largest in its history. It estimates that within the coming six months some 3.45 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, and 6.8 million people in Syria itself will require help. Church Times
WINDOW CLEANER ‘SAVED BY AN ANGEL’
A Catholic window cleaner has said he believes that he was ‘saved by an angel’ after his house exploded. Agostinho Jesus, 36, was injured by a gas explosion in his terraced home in Sheffield… The Portuguese father of one, who suffered burns to his head and hands, said… ‘I was burning alive but then I felt someone grab me by my arms and they Church Times pulled me to the other side of the road and sat me down. UN LAUNCHES APPEAL FOR SYRIAN ‘As I was being lifted all I could see REFUGEES were white clothes but then when I Christian organisations and governments looked around I couldn’t see a soul on around the world are considering how the street. to respond to the latest prediction ‘To me it was an angel.’ from the UN that ten million Syrians The Catholic Herald 4
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NEWS FEATURE Pictures: ANN STEWART
Musicals with a difference REGENT HALL ‘WE never have done it like this before!’ remarked General John Larsson (Retired), referring to words from the musical Take-over Bid as he introduced the 21st-Century Gowans and Larsson Concert. An audience of all ages filled the Rink to capacity for the Friday evening programme of Gospel Arts weekend. Territorial Music Director Stephen Cobb shared how the inspiration for the programme came as a result of a Rodgers and Hammerstein concert he attended. He felt that the same could happen with the Gowans and Larsson musicals. Major John Mott had the same idea and so the evening was planned. General Larsson compèred the programme in a lively way giving insight into the stories behind the songs. His son, Kevin (USA
Chorus sings ‘Down The Street’
Western), led the big band in his own 21st-century-style arrangements of songs from the musicals and Lesley Nicholson (Birmingham Citadel) led the chorus – a group of musicians drawn together for the occasion. A sequence of themes through the evening linked at least one song, and sometimes more, from each of the ten musicals. Beginning with Wonder, soloists Stephanie Lamplough (Birmingham Citadel) contributed ‘You Can’t Stop God From Loving You’ and Jared Littlewood (Winton) ‘Hundreds And Thousands’. General Larsson reminded the audience of the story of The White Rose and under the theme Caring, Stephanie and Sue Blyth (Gainsborough) brought ‘Could You Care?’ This was followed by Gary Rose (Kettering Citadel) and Major Paul Main (Central South DHQ) with ‘There’s Someone Who Knows’ from The Meeting. Under the theme Transformation Jared sang ‘A Different Man’ after which a trombone quartet with percussion presented a ‘different’ arrangement of ‘Wonders Begin When The Lord Comes In’. General Larsson spoke about the joy and enthusiasm of the disciples, expressed in
General John Larsson (Retired)
‘Follow Me’ from Jesus Folk with soloist Mark Norwood (Bromley Temple). The themes Witnessing and Yearning were highlighted with ‘Down The Street’, ‘I Dream Of A Day’ both from Take-over Bid and ‘If You Only Knew’ from Son Of Man. General Larsson acknowledged the presence of Commissioner Gisèle Gowans and JohnMarc Gowans, who were warmly greeted by the audience. In moving moments, a salute to General John Gowans followed with a multimedia recording of him reciting Vachel Lindsay’s ‘General William Booth Enters Into Heaven’ and the congregation singing ‘They Shall Come From The East’. After this General Larsson referred to words of John Gowans saying: ‘It is the mission of every corps to serve suffering humanity.’ The songs ‘Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness’ and a scintillating performance of ‘Army Cup Of Tea’ by Sue Blyth reflected Service. In a complete change of mood there was time to reflect that ‘the sun will not always shine’. Instrumentalists contributed ‘There Is A Time For Tears’ and the chorus with soloist Mark Norwood brought ‘I’ll Not Turn Back’. The audience was then invited to share in a bonus track ‘Knowing Jesus’, music by Karl and Kevin Larsson and lyrics by Malcolm Westwood taken from Spirit! II: Empire, a sequel to Spirit. Thoughts were then turned to 1 Corinthians 13 as Jared sang ‘Love Cannot Fail’. General Larsson acknowledged everyone who had contributed to the programme including musicians from USA Western Territory John Dokter and Jonathan Bradley (both trumpet), Israel Doria (guitar) and Kevin, who had arranged more than 700 pages of new music for the occasion. – J. K. Salvationist 22 June 2013
NEWS FEATURE Pictures: PAUL HARMER
Something for everyone ROYAL ALBERT HALL AS the audience gathered for the Gospel Arts Concert they were soon greeted by a sea of white-shirted young people filling a large part of the arena. The young musicians were members of five divisional youth bands that united to make an effective and formidable ensemble. They represented Anglia, London North-East, Northern, Southern and West Midlands Divisions and added a special characteristic to the evening. They were joined by the International Staff Band for their first two contributions, both conducted by Assistant Territorial Music Director Andrew Blyth. During the first of these, ‘Keep Me Praising’ (Andrew Mackereth) the stage setting was completed by the arrival from both sides of the stage of USA Western Territory Staff Songsters who, with their leader Neil Smith, were welcomed enthusiastically. Paul Sharman’s setting of ‘The Blessing’ (Nik and Emma Pears) followed and prepared the way for prayer. Territorial Music Director Stephen Cobb, then offered words of welcome to all the participants and a number of special guests – General John Larsson (Retired), Commissioner Freda Larsson, Chief of the Staff Commissioner André Cox, Commissioner Silvia Cox, Territorial Commander Commissioner Clive Adams, Commissioner Marianne Adams, Chief Secretary Colonel David Hinton and Colonel Sylvia Hinton. During the evening, the TC brought encouraging and challenging words to the occasion, gently laced with humour. Speaking of the way God communicates creatively through music, he said: ‘Music is part of God’s expression of himself to, and through, us.’ Quoting from musical contributions that had been heard during the evening, he encouraged people to take
Dignitaries take the salute
their sense of praising out into a broken world. A special welcome was offered to guest soloist Kathryn Ballantine (Canada and Bermuda). The daughter of Majors Heather and Len Ballantine, Kathryn had been known to many UK musicians from the six years the family spent in London during the 1990s. Now a communicator in singing, dance and theatre, she demonstrated a wide range of vocal techniques and sounds in her singing of a number of songs during the evening: ‘Joyful, Joyful’, ‘Wade In The Water’ and ‘His Eye Is On The Sparrow’. A poignant moment came as Kathryn danced while her husband, Kyle Higgins, brought words from Psalm 139 during the second half of the concert. The USA Western Territory Staff Songsters brought their own special brand of music in two spots. The first included ‘Sing And Rejoice’ (Gary Hallquist) and ‘Boundless!’, a new setting of the Founder’s Song by Kevin Larsson. The second set comprised ‘Bow The Knee’, a familiar Chris Machen and Mike Harland song set by Tom Fettke, and a new, more extended work, ‘Love’s Call’ written by Stephen Pearson and Andrew Blyth for the songsters’ UK tour. The disciplined and unpretentious conducting of Neil Smith revealed thorough training and rehearsal of a group that meets only three times a year because of the size of the territory – some three thousand miles from top to bottom! Songster Leader Dorothy Nancekievill
Songster Leader Neil Smith conducts USA Western Territory Kathryn Ballantine
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knows how to test the International Staff Songsters and did so by choosing Samuel Barber’s ‘Agnus Dei’ as their first contribution. For this listener, it worked! The care and sensitivity with which it was approached made for one of those oasis moments in the evening. It was followed by Richard Phillips’ setting of ‘I’ve Just Seen Jesus’, a Bill and Gloria Gaither and Danny Daniels song of witness. Their second set started with one of the lighter moments of the evening, Harold Burgmayer’s vocalisation of Norman Bearcroft’s ‘Just Like John’, which was followed by two well-known songs which will have pleased many who have sung them: ‘Jesus Himself Drew Near’ (Arch Wiggins and George Marshall) and ‘God, We Will Give You Glory’ (Gwenyth and Robert Redhead). Mention must be made of the backing to all the vocal work of the evening, good bass sounds, non-overpowering percussionists and especially three superb pianists: the youthful Elliot Launn who accompanies the ISS with serious skill, David Dunford, the exceptional accompanist for the USA Western Territory Staff Songsters and Nicholas King, a member of the THQ Music Ministries Unit, who, although only involved in accompanying one song of Kathryn’s, did so beautifully and skilfully. International Staff Bandmaster Stephen Cobb led the ISB with his customary skill and sensitivity as the band presented two significant works. The first was a composition of Dudley Bright, entitled ‘Fantasia On Glory To
NEWS FEATURE The International Staff Songsters
Andrew Blyth conducting the divisional youth bands
His Name’, a celebration of the music of LieutColonel Ray Steadman-Allen OF, referring to many of his works, but centring on his beautiful melodies, ‘Blacklands’ and ‘Remember Me’. The screened picture montage was both interesting and helpful, although personally I would have valued a brief explanation beforehand – seated back in the audience you couldn’t read the programme notes with the lights down! The ISB also presented ‘Mission Force’, a challenging work by Stephen Bulla that speaks of the vision needed to move the mission of the church forward. It featured ‘Breathe On Me, Breath Of God’ and ‘Be Thou My Vision’. One of the accolades of the evening must go to the 130 young musicians who formed the united divisional youth bands. (What an array of percussionists!) The staff bandmaster conducted the young people in an excellent presentation of ‘Kerygma’ by Stephen Ponsford, not easy music, and the results were totally authentic – the full ensemble sound being a very mature one. In the second half, conducted by Andrew Blyth, they offered a beautifully restful version of ‘Lord, How I Love You’, Keith Banks’ choice chorus arranged by Leslie Condon, and the rhythmic, driving Martin Cordner setting, ‘Round Up’. Soloists and ensemble are to be congratulated. A congregational setting of ‘Christ For The World We Sing’ and a finale from the two staff songster groups and the ISB of Handel’s ‘Hallelujah’ chorus, conducted by Songster Leader Neil Smith, completed the evening. In his welcome note in the programme, the Territorial Music Director said: ‘Putting together the programme for an event such as this evening’s concert represents something of a challenge, but I do hope that there will be something for everybody during the course of the evening.’ If there wasn’t, they must be pretty hard to please! – T. D. See Gospel Arts photo feature on pages 12 and 13
Music – the Army’s pulse WILLIAM BOOTH COLLEGE FOLLOWING the Gospel Arts Concert, the sense of fellowship, mutual support and respect that exists between music leaders continued during Music Leaders Councils the following day. Under the ministry of territorial leaders Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams, the day afforded a welcome break from the weekly demands of leadership, giving opportunity for worship, reflection and refocus. In her prayer, Songster Leader Sonia Huke (Hemel Hempstead) thanked God for ‘space to pray’. In his testimony, Territorial Music Secretary Neil Smith (USA Western) thanked God for the opportunities to encourage those in local leadership. Worship included songs destined to be included in the new songbook, and helpful contributions from the ISS and ISB preceded the message by the Territorial Commander. Referring to himself as a ‘cricket-loving but failed musician’, he apologised to music leaders on behalf of those who struggle to attain any semblance of musical proficiency, but thanked those who had! That said, the commissioner acknowledged that life often resembles an ‘internal cadence’ and that the ‘rhythm of life’ is an apt description of discipleship. He encouraged the congregation to remember that music isn’t an end in itself; rather that it is to the Army what a pulse is to a patient. Using word examples from General Albert Orsborn and Ruth Tracey, the commissioner reminded the music leaders that it is important for Salvationist musicians to ‘know and tell the story of Jesus’ and that creative communication through music should be of mutual benefit to those of faith and those of none. He suggested that the experience of the ‘glory of God’ inside the hall should then be proclaimed outside the
hall, using appropriate and relevant music. Listeners were challenged to consider the context of Salvation Army music, its content and its character. In moments of reflection many went forward to the mercy seat. Lunchtime concerts by the staff sections preceded an afternoon meeting that also featured the USA Western Territory Staff Songsters and Kathryn Ballantine. In his opening prayer, Bandmaster Alan Kershaw (Rochdale) acknowledged the ‘buzz’ in the Assembly Hall, referring to expectancy that God wanted to bless his Army. The USA Western Territory Staff Songsters maintained their emerging reputation as excellent communicators of the Christian faith as they sang ‘O Clap Your Hands’, ‘Bow The Knee’, ‘How Sweet The Sound’ and ‘Boundless!’ Their singing demonstrated versatility and the ability to use different styles and communication techniques to engage with an appreciative audience. Kathryn delighted with her beautiful interpretation of ‘Don’t Pass Me By’ and ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’, accompanied by pianist Nicholas King (THQ). The ISB and ISS featured music especially written for them – ‘Thro’ The Fair’ (flugelhorn soloist, Richard Woodrow), ‘Grace’, ‘Anastasis’ and ‘A Light Came Out Of Darkness’ – before Commissioner Marianne Adams suggested that The Salvation Army revels in the concept of celebration, albeit through different forms and culture. She said: ‘Music helps us to remember truths, to speak of Jesus and to teach theology.’ She encouraged everyone to play their part in ‘God’s symphony orchestra’. As Lieut-Colonel Norman Bearcroft was unable to attend the weekend, Lieut-Colonel Trevor Davis, remarked that, after 40 years of attendance, he was now old enough to lead the assembly in the traditional benediction ‘Eternal God’ with the triumphant coda: ‘Christ has overcome the world’. – J. M. Salvationist 22 June 2013
NEWS Memorable anniversary weekend SUNDERLAND MILLFIELD MORE than 300 people gathered at Durham’s Gala Theatre to commence 123rd corps anniversary celebrations with guests Backworth Male Voice Choir, Sheffield Citadel Band and LieutColonels Eddie and Kathy Hobgood (IHQ). The choir’s poignant singing of ‘The Collier’s Requiem’ reflected its roots in the once-thriving mining industry. The band presented soprano and trombone solos and the cornet duet ‘Quicksilver’. A highlight for many was Lieut-Colonel Kathy Hobgood’s singing of ‘He’s Always Been Faithful’, enhanced by her husband’s piano accompaniment and Ellie Mackereth (Sheffield Citadel) on the cello. On Sunday Lieut-Colonel Eddie Hobgood presented a scene from his musical Brengle: My Life’s Ambition, before urging the congregation to be more like Jesus. In the afternoon the congregation was urged to stay true to their heritage by preaching the message of God’s love. A memorable weekend ended with a glory march. – R. B.
Monday 24 June John 13 – Jesus washes his disciples’ feet and predicts his betrayal and denial OHow literally should we take the command from Jesus in v14? OWho do you think this disciple (v23) could be? Tuesday 25 June John 14 – Jesus claims to be the Way, the Truth and the Life, and promises the Holy Spirit O vv1–3 are sometimes used by proponents of the Rapture – the belief that Jesus is preparing a place for us in Heaven, and that he will come and take believers to be with him, prior to his second coming. Could there be an alternative interpretation? Or is it logical to interpret these verses in this way? OIs there any room in v6 for allowing the possibility that other religions may also lead to God and salvation?
Dedicated Divas deliver inspiring message SHERINGHAM THE Dedicated Divas led a Saturday evening concert, interspersing songs with humour and an inspiring message. Many
people in the audience attended the Army for the first time. The group also led the Sunday meetings, using their intricate vocal harmonies to make God’s presence very real. The weekend concluded with ‘Divas’ Benediction’, written by Pauline Emeny, a member of the group. – J. C.
Wednesday 26 June John 15 – Jesus teaches about attitudes to each other, to God and the world OIn what ways has Jesus loved his disciples (and us)? How can we repeat this loving behaviour towards one another? Thursday 27 June John 16 – The work of the Holy Spirit is summarised and the disciples understand more OIf the Holy Spirit had not yet been sent, what would those early gatherings of believers have been like without his presence? Friday 28 June John 17 – Jesus prays for himself, his disciples and all believers OJesus prays for you and me (v20) OWhat exactly is Jesus saying (v24)?
The Wee Care parent-and-toddler group at Inverness, with helpers Cath Fernie and Major Roma Brownsmead, enjoyed a sponsored toddle to Bellfield Park; they had a snack and fun together, raising money for their funds 8
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WORTHING: Lieut-Colonels Christine and Ian Barr (THQ) led Pentecost meetings. Singing Company Member Joseph Greenwood presented the colonels with a picture of Worthing Pier as a memento of their visit. Corps folk have made their witness at the pier over the last century. – S. H.
KETTERING CITADEL: Kettering Citadel Band and Harborough Band provided an inspiring and enjoyable evening of music, raising more than £650 for Cransley Hospice. The bands performed their own programmes, before uniting to play the final piece. – B. H.
NEWS New partnership announced UKT A PARTNERSHIP has been announced between The Salvation Army and the growing Fresh Expressions movement, which encourages and resources new ways of being church. Fresh Expressions works with Christians from a broad range of denominations and traditions and, since the initiative started in 2004, has seen thousands of new congregations being formed alongside more traditional churches. Major Drew McCombe (THQ) commented: ‘We are really pleased to be joining Fresh Expressions. We believe we can bring a valuable contribution to the movement, and it will help The Salvation Army to reach more people in future.’ Bishop Graham Cray, Archbishops’ Missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team, added: ‘The Fresh Expressions movement has proved to be an unexpected ecumenical gift. We are partnering one another as we learn how to plant fresh expressions of church to reach those whom we are not reaching through our existing work. To have The Salvation Army in this movement can only enrich it.’ – A. R. SKEWEN: Corps officer Major Gordon Atter led the Churches Together in Wales Pentecost Praise In The Park. The band accompanied the singing. Other church members contributed with Bible readings and later shared in fellowship with people visiting the park. – S. L.
Retired Corps Sergeant-Major Bill Burridge greets the TC at Ringwood Corps; Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams and divisional leaders Lieut-Colonels Graham and Kirsten Owen visited the corps before the divisional celebration
Ecumenical Christian Aid events WELWYN GARDEN CITY COVENTRY City Band set off for a weekend of ministry in Welwyn Garden City to launch Christian Aid week. Saturday night’s concert in the United Reformed church included soloists Catherine Wallis (tenor horn) with ‘He Loves Me’, Gemma Potter (bass trombone) with ‘This Is My Story’ and Huw Ellis (cornet) who played ‘Caprice – Zelda’. A highlight was ‘The Two Imps’ xylophone duet, played by Sebastian Farrel and Samuel
Ellis. Later, the message encouraged people to think about how they could best use their gifts to spread God’s word. On Sunday the band split into three groups to aid worship. At Woodhall Lane church Major Adrian Maddern (THQ) reignited the congregation’s passion
Abertillery Band accompanies hymns in a Tesco car park for a Whitsun gathering of churches
to proclaim God’s message and help the church to grow, not to close. At Welwyn Garden City Corps, Captain Maureen Bain (Coventry City) delivered the message. People committed to return to the corps and become more involved. At the Welwyn Garden City Free church, there were members of the congregation who had not attended for some time. On Sunday afternoon the band presented a programme outside the Howard Centre (see picture), raising £100 for Christian Aid. The musicians returned home feeling they had been used by God and that three churches were on fire with excitement for the future. – J. F. Salvationist 22 June 2013
COMPETITION RESULTS IN the 20 April edition of Salvationist we invited readers to have a go at writing for the paper and to submit pictures. We thank everyone who responded and are now pleased to announce the winners for each category
GET WRITING MY STORY OChristine Barrett, Pokesdown (page 11) VIEWPOINT OKarl Allison, Worthing (page 14)
IN THE PICTURE PEOPLE A ‘Just William’ Keith Bird, Belper O
‘Market seller in Laos’ Nicholas Anderson, Cardiff (runner-up) PLACES B ‘Dail Beag beach, Isle of Lewis’ Robert O Turley, Preston ‘Reflection in a puddle, Kos’ Keith Bird, Belper (runner-up) NATURE C ‘Passion flower’ Harry Dobbs, Sale O ‘Robin’ Fred Selby, Rhyl (runner-up)
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A strange feeling by Christine Barrett
The winning article in the My Story category
HEN did the story begin? Perhaps it was with dear old Canon Price coming into my Church of England primary school to tell us Bible stories. Or perhaps it was praying ‘Lord keep us safe this night’ at the end of a school day and feeling wonderfully secure. There was one defining moment that stands out in my memory. I was seven or eight years old, on a hillside in Gloucestershire with the countryside spread below me and larks singing high above. I knew, just knew that God had made everything I could see. Fast-forward ten years and it was Freshers Weekend for the University of Wales at Aberystwyth. We were encouraged to take part in a treasure hunt, which introduced us to the town. It was a hot day and Aberystwyth is hilly. We straggled towards the finishing line at the Student Union Building and discovered that the university Christian Union – as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves – had laid on free refreshments. Most of the freshers hurriedly downed a glass of orange juice and disappeared before the ‘God botherers’ could talk to them. I lingered. I was homesick and hadn’t any idea how I was going to spend the next day as no official events were lined up for us. It didn’t take too much persuasion before I agreed to accompany an older student to church. And it didn’t take long before I became a Christian. Student life as a new Christian was fun – a little too much head knowledge, perhaps, and not enough practical outworking of my faith. But the
foundations of my beliefs were solidly laid and the teaching I received has stood me in good stead ever since. Fast-forward another three years and it was a different story. I was a librarian and a Londoner. I went to church, of course, but somehow it was different. I didn’t belong to the student group any more, but neither was I a ‘young married’. There didn’t seem to be a group for people like me. My Christian university friends were scattered far and wide and my new friends and colleagues weren’t Christians. It was the classic scenario that the Christian Union leadership team had warned us about so earnestly. Then the final straw. Upstairs, Downstairs moved to a Sunday evening viewing slot and my landlady
I CAME FACE TO FACE WITH MY REAL SELF
invited me to watch it on her television set. That was the end of Sunday evening church! New Year’s Day found me in my rented room alone. I’d planned to meet one of my university friends, but both of us were unwell. In the silence of the day I came face to face with my real self and didn’t much like what I saw. Then I had the strange feeling that I should find out where the nearest Salvation Army church was. That was odd. I remembered the Salvation Army band coming round the roads at Christmas time when I was a child.
I remembered occasionally attending a beach Sunday school run by The Salvation Army. I loved sitting on the warm sand singing ‘the wise man built his house upon the rock’. But that was all. I’d had no other contact with The Salvation Army. I’d been curious though. I remember looking for The War Cry in Smiths, not realising you had to go into a pub to get it. Having located my nearest Salvation Army hall (not very near!) I walked there the next Sunday morning. There were no convenient buses and it was bitterly cold. The doorway to the hall was covered by a thick blue curtain and I can remember the wind blowing it in my face as I struggled to enter. I almost turned tail and went back the way I’d come. But I didn’t and I was astonished at the warmth of the welcome I received from the small, elderly congregation. I had come home. There have been many ups and downs since that day, of course. But everything I do as a Salvationist is coloured by the conviction that God called me into The Salvation Army all those years ago – and he hasn’t yet given me permission to leave!
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PHOTO FEATURE Pictured clockwise from top left: a view from the Royal Albert Hall stage, the USA Western Territory Staff Songsters, the congregation, International Staff Songster Leader Dorothy Nancekievill, the united divisional youth bands, Territorial Commander Commissioner Clive Adams, Kyle Higgins and Kathryn Ballantine and Territorial Music Director Stephen Cobb
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Pictures: PAUL HARMER
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Whosoever will may come! Do we still sing it and do we still mean it? asks Karl Allison The winning article in the Viewpoint category
HE old chorus probably isn’t sung so much these days as it was when I was growing up. I’m pretty sure we used to really mean it back then and I cling to the hope that, deep down in our grace-filled, mission-led bones, we still mean it today. Or do we? Would it not be more honest to admit that we have succumbed to the hardened reality of what an older saint of a large corps said to me 20 years ago: ‘The Army’s not for everyone, my dear.’ Perhaps the ‘whosoever’ used to be easier to define. We used it to mean the drunkard and the fallen woman and the man who’d gambled the shirts off the backs of his children. We’d draw them in, win them over, lead them to Christ and witness their glorious conversion to a better way of life. Nowadays, things aren’t always so clear. Now we have the person suffering from substance abuse, the sex worker and the family that social services should have intervened with so much sooner. We have the person of another faith, the person with a different lifestyle, the people who choose to define themselves by the degree of their social nonconformity. We used to talk about saving the lost and going for the worst soul, but now most of the people we would love to lead to Christ do not see themselves as lost or broken or in need of much change. They may still be curious about Jesus, but they are far more likely to reject our idea of a proper Christian behavioural code and tell us that ‘this is who I am’ and that ‘you should accept me as me’. This is not a 14
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challenge to be shirked. However much we may yearn to teach biblical morality, it would be a strange social gospel that did not recognise a greater acceptance as a greater good. Discrimination has hurt far too many for far too long. This is the age of equality. Inclusion is the battle of our times. When future
THIS IS THE AGE OF EQUALITY. INCLUSION IS THE BATTLE OF OUR TIMES
generations look back at us, I believe they’ll applaud us for the slow and painful advances we’re making in finally working out that absolutely everyone should be considered with the same degree of dignity and respect. Religious organisations will be judged largely on the extent to which they contributed to this progress without losing sight of their own beliefs. All too often, it can look as if Christians are bringing up the rear in matters of equality. We can’t keep on appearing to be the last to accept the colour or the gender or the age or the sexuality or the disability or the belief system of the person who wants to sit down next to us and learn about Jesus. And it does not matter one jot if this is sometimes uncomfortable; our congregations are unlikely to ever
become more disreputable than the bunch of social misfits Jesus used to hang out with. A judgmental attitude should be challenged wherever we encounter it – on the internet, in our community, in our congregation or in our church leadership. We should speak truth to power as readily as we explain the wide open doors of grace to an uncomfortable membership. Our powerful collective identity, so often a positive, cannot be allowed to turn in on itself and be used to exclude those who seem that little bit too different. We are not free to demand that someone quickly changes in order to fit in with our established routines. It may take some time. It may take many years. It may even be that someone is never fully convinced of the need to change every aspect of their lives in order to exist within the will of God. It is imperative that such a person can still feel fully part of The Salvation Army – still wanted, still cherished, still resourced and empowered, still able to play an active role in the ever-developing mission of the organisation. It is the braver path. ‘The Army’s not for everyone’? If that’s true, then it’s not for me.
KARL LIVES IN WORTHING
Jacob’s dream at Bethel In the first of a four-part series entitled Dreams And Visions, by four different writers, Captain Scott Linnett focuses on Jacob STUDY PASSAGE GENESIS 28:10–22
ACOB’S dream follows the deception of his father Isaac, through which he seized the blessing Isaac intended to give his first-born son, Esau. Jacob is now fleeing from his elder twin in fear of his life, and heading to Haran where his uncle, Laban, lives. Isaac graciously blessed the younger twin once more as he departed, and – with those last words fresh in his mind – Jacob’s first night as a fugitive was spent under the stars with a stone for his pillow. Deceit and haste have rendered Jacob vulnerable; relationships and reputation are in tatters and the future appears uncertain. In the midst of this precarious predicament, he dreams of ‘a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to Heaven’ (Genesis 28:12 all quotations from New Revised Standard Version). This initiative of the Lord elegantly indicates the divine quality of grace: undeserved merit, unearned favour. Whilst Esau desired vengeance, the Lord sought reconciliation as he spoke to Jacob, and even ‘stood beside him’ (Genesis 28:13). In the words of Albert Orsborn, ‘He came right down to me, to condescend to be my friend’ (SASB 398), and that tender celebration of God’s gracious reaching out to undeserving humanity was Jacob’s surprising experience too. His encounter with God came only when he was finally still and silent, where no distractions remained, and when the Lord’s words would be heard with clarity. For the first time Jacob hears for himself the covenant that God made with Abraham. Verses 13 to 15 affirm the relationship between the Lord,
Abraham and Jacob: ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac…’ Such covenant echoes must have resonated strongly, reminding Jacob of God’s presence with, and provision for, Abraham during his journeying. The Lord promised to remain with Jacob wherever he went and confirmed that one day he would even return to his household. This assurance of covenant faithfulness and divine accompaniment not only broke Jacob’s sleep, but also broke into any sense of painful personal disorientation – offering hope for a promise-filled and purposeful pilgrimage. Here the white noise of panic during the darkness of night has been replaced in silence by the illuminating light of God. Jacob’s awe-filled response combines words, actions and promises. At dawn an altar was constructed and anointed with oil, after which Jacob renamed the place ‘Bethel’, meaning ‘house of God’. He then made a conditional vow to the Lord, promising to offer a tithe of all his possessions if he was indeed safely returned to his father’s house. The gentle calling of the covenantmaking God, of our relationship-forming Lord, is often recognised most clearly when distractions are intentionally silenced. Such distractions might be fruitless busyness for busyness’ sake, idle observation of broadcast media, indiscriminate internet surfing or mindless monitoring of social media – all of which can fill eyes, ears and hours. The deliberate muting of or fasting from such distractions can allow us to discern the most important voice of all: that of our loving Creator, who calls us to follow him.
Even at moments of self-induced trauma, God offers a way back and a way forward. Instead of fleeing to a new place, real strength and solace are found when the question, ‘To whom shall I flee?’ is answered with a heartfelt ‘Jesus’! Two decades later Jacob did indeed return safely to Bethel, together with a large family, great wealth and his large household. There, at the ‘house of God’, Jacob declared his compelling testimony for all to hear about the Lord who ‘answered me in my day of distress and has been with me wherever I have gone’ (Genesis 35:3). FOR REFLECTION OWhich distractions would best be addressed to help discern the Lord’s calling upon your life? OHow might your life as a promise-filled purposeful pilgrimage look? OWhat poor choices that could cause self-induced trauma and make for an uncertain future should you cease immediately? OTake a moment to remind yourself of answered prayers and testify openly to God’s faithfulness. NEXT WEEK: EZEKIEL’S VISION
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1. SAREN ROBERTS, CATHERINE ROBERTS Soldiers KNOTTINGLEY CATHERINE and Saren’s children, Lauren and Niall, went to the parent-and-toddler group and the family first started attending Sunday meetings in January 2012. Church is now a big part of their lives; Catherine helps with the children’s activities and Saren helps with the weekly youth group. The Roberts family are pictured with corps officer Lieutenant Sandra Chamberlain. – M. T.
7. LESLEY ROBERTSON Adherent member DONCASTER LESLEY invited the Lord back into her life at Easter last year. Former corps officer Captain Stuart Crane helped her realise that God had led her back to the corps. She now attends a house group and is a Street Pastor. Lesley (pictured fifth from left with friends from her house group) was welcomed by corps officer Major Jane Cowell. – C. W.
2. – 6. LAURA CHIRNSIDE, JULIE-ANN MOORE, DANNY BRYDON Adherent members ADAM NEWMAN, CATHERINE ANDERSON Junior soldiers CROOK LAURA, Danny and Julie-Ann became part of the fellowship as volunteers. Through conversations with corps folk Laura started wondering about Christianity. She decided to follow Jesus and now helps lead activities at the corps. Danny didn’t know God when he began attending youth club but started to find out more about faith. He wants to follow Jesus and decided to make The Salvation Army his church. Former junior soldier Julie-Ann felt welcome and decided to make an important step in her faith. Adam attends the youth club and found his faith in God when he went to Sunday meetings. He co-ordinates prayer and fundraising events at the corps. Corps officers Lieutenants Dawn and Mark Anderson welcomed Laura, Danny and Julie-Ann as adherent members and enrolled Adam as a junior soldier. Catherine is the daughter of the corps officers. She has waited all her life to become a junior soldier because she knows Jesus. She was enrolled by Lieutenants Debbie and Dominic Eaton (Ireland DHQ). – D. A.
8. CLAIRE FORWARD Adherent member PONTYPOOL CAPTAIN David Williamson (DHQ) welcomed Claire as an adherent member. Claire came to the corps through the community drop-in and soon became involved as a volunteer. She has a strong desire to go deeper in her relationship with Jesus. She is pictured with corps leader Territorial Envoy Sara Browning and Captain Williamson. – I. B.
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9. GILL JONES Soldier SHEFFIELD CITADEL CORPS folk gladly welcomed a new soldier to the fellowship when Gill was enrolled by corps officers Majors Liliane and Paul Westlake. Gill was brought up as an Anglican but in 2001 she needed to extend her Christian experience and visited The Salvation Army. She became an adherent member in 2004 and since then has felt called to be a soldier. – G. B. GRAHAM FREEMAN Soldier STAPLE HILL (not pictured) GRAHAM became a Christian and found the Lord when working in Africa. He met Salvationist Michelle Jefferies, who is now his wife, and became a member of the corps. He testified that his life is not about himself, but what Jesus wants. Graham was enrolled by corps officer Major Ian Urmston. – V. W.
10. JANET KILBEY Adherent member MIDSOMER NORTON JANET was led to the corps through the Cameo club. She started to feel unsettled in her own church and made the decision to try The Salvation Army, finding a warm and friendly environment. Janet was welcomed as an adherent member by corps officer Major Sharon Robinson. – S. R. 11. BARBARA KING Soldier MALDON CORPS officers Majors Margaret and Stephen Huyton enrolled Barbara as a soldier and shared a prayer of blessing with her husband Fred (pictured) after a three-year journey of faith. Barbara had been YPSM at Brightlingsea more than 30 years ago and subsequently attended other churches. Meeting and marrying Fred in 2009 led to them attending a number of churches within Maldon before they both felt led by God to the Army. – S. H. 12. SHEILA THOMAS Adherent member OLDHAM ROUNDTHORN SHEILA spoke of the unstoppable calling of God on her heart and testified that she was proud to commit her life to Christ and be a part of The Salvation Army. She thanked corps members and her close friend Pat Wilde for a warm welcome, friendship, prayers and support. Corps officers Lieutenants Ian and Wendy Hall welcomed Sheila as an adherent member. – I. H. 13. JULIA HILL, ANN MEE-BISHOP Adherent members LONG EATON CORPS folk were delighted to welcome Julia and Ann into the fellowship. They felt supported by the corps through difficult times. They were welcomed by corps officer Major Rebecca Wilson. – R. W.
14. KELLY ALDER Adherent member LEWIS ALDER, PATIENCE CHIKOWORE, NANA DARKWA OSAA POKU, MANUELA ANTWI, PHILIPPA ANTWI, BRIGHT ANTWI, OLIVIA McGOWAN Junior soldiers READING CENTRAL KELLY was welcomed as an adherent member by corps officer Major Iain Hudson and her brother Lewis was enrolled as a junior soldier the same day. Patience, Nana, Olivia and siblings Manuela, Philippa and Bright were also enrolled as junior soldiers. They all attend the corps with their families. – P. B. 15. & 16. CHEONG OWENS, MARJORIE JENKINS Adherent members READING CENTRAL CHEONG established friendships with corps members and accepted an invitation to the Walking Fellowship and other corps activities. She began to attend worship and was drawn to the mercy seat. She was welcomed as an adherent member by corps officer Major Alison Hudson. Marjorie started worshipping at the corps after a friend, corps member Harry Walmsley was promoted to Glory. She was welcomed as an adherent member by Major Iain Hudson. 17. KATH SCOTT Adherent member LEICESTER SOUTH FOR many years Kath’s husband was the hall cleaner at Leicester Castle Corps. With the change of venue, Kath volunteered to take on the work, even though she attended very rarely. Over time, she became more involved and was welcomed by corps officer Major Chris Herbert, to the delight of all those who have come to love her and appreciate the excellent work she invested in the new hall. – B. B.
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CHARITY SHOPS REALLY AID MISSION I WAS encouraged by the article (Salvationist 8 June) on charity shops in East Scotland and would endorse fully the thinking and initiative shown. I have found that corps charity shops are not only a successful means of raising funds but also a way of reaching out to people in our community and are a big part of our mission. My wife and I have been fortunate to have been able to start shops at three different corps and in each case they have made a significant difference to our mission, bringing in new people, giving a real presence in our community and resourcing our mission with funds. At our present corps our shop, which opened five years ago, has transformed so much of our mission. Not only has it taken our corps out of mission support, but also has enabled us to refurbish our hall, helped us with funding to build a new youth centre and to employ a youth and children’s worker. Also a number of volunteers have joined us in worship over the last few years. The key ingredients to success are to have the right premises/location and the right manager, and if these two vital ingredients are found then, with God’s help, a charity shop can be a fantastic mission tool. I noticed in the same issue of Salvationist a letter asking what to do with used uniforms. After consultation with our local officers, we have agreed that we will set up a used-uniform bank in Bourne and hope to offer a service to 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 email@example.com
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supply, for a small charge, second-hand uniforms for those who may struggle to buy new ones. We would like to help people for whom finance might be an obstacle to taking the step to become a uniformed Salvationist. If anyone has any uniforms they wish to donate to this bank please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01778 421916. Richard Durrant, Major, Bourne
PEOPLE NEED TO SEE CHRIST IN US I WRITE in response to the letter from Melvyn Owen, ‘The silver needs polishing’ (Salvationist 1 June), where he writes about decreasing numbers – but it need not be so if the closed mind concept to which he refers could be replaced with something positive. When the Fry brothers started what was to become the first Salvation Army band, William Booth was not impressed, but then he realised that it was a ‘portable organ’ and could reach the parts that church organs couldn’t. So he stuck his neck out and look where our bands get us now – the Royal Albert Hall and Buckingham Palace! A few years ago I was asked to help out at a small outreach. The average number attending was around six, including my wife and myself. Last Sunday we had 34 in the congregation, and that includes those in the band and singing group that both now exist. Everyone is welcomed into our congregation and no rules are set other than that we are a Christian church and expect people to accept that – and they do. So if you can play you are given something to play, if you sing you get to sing and if you want to help behind the scenes then you shall indeed. The hall is open every day. The leader is committed, and so is the congregation, to welcoming people of all classes and abilities and offering as much help in whatever way we possibly can. Many people just need to feel valued. We have a range of people with different, special needs taking part; the youngest musician is just a teen and the eldest is in their eighties! At Christmas we
carol anywhere and everywhere from village green to parish church and take part in anything that, as a Christian church, we could reasonably be expected to take part in. We do not push people into uniform to get them into the sections, but encourage them to take part as a means of worship; in time the decision to take on the responsibility of soldiership or adherency often follows. This is not a prerequisite to being ‘allowed’ the privilege of using one’s musical (or other) talent as an aid to worship or in general corps activities. If people see even a little of Christ in us, they will decide for themselves whether or not to become a Christian and Salvationist. Give them a job (whatever it be), show them Christian love and the response will often follow. When my mother died someone wrote: ‘She was the reason I became a Christian, not because of anything she said but because of the way she led her life.’ To go forward as an Army, we must first live the Christian life so that it becomes an attractive goal that others wish to achieve for themselves and at their own pace. It requires faith and is the challenge that our Army faces today. To avoid any possible embarrassment I am asking that my details be withheld from publication, but if anyone genuinely wishes to contact me, please do so through Salvationist. Name and address withheld
WE NEED TIMBRELS/ TAMBOURINES AFTER the overwhelming success of our timbrel group of one (!) when Chatham Band came to St Mary Magdalene church recently, we have had a demand for tuition from others who were inspired. Does anyone have an old Salvation Army tambourine/timbrel (now there’s a debate!) so that we can form a slightly larger group? We will collect or refund postage within reason. We need ten. Barbara Steadman-Allen South Holmwood
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ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMY PEOPLE APPOINTED Effective 6 June: OTerritorial Envoy Raymond Baynes, Chesterfield OTerritorial Envoy Edward Dean, Enniskillen Effective 11 July: OMajors Paula and Stuart Ashman, additional appointment, Briston Effective 18 July to 30 September: OMajors Peter and Dawn Disney, Divisional Programme Support Officers, West Midlands Effective 18 July: OTerritorial Envoy Fiona McKinstry, Dundee Menzieshill OTerritorial Envoy Stephanie Ruddy, Ripon OMajor Christopher Sandford, Spiritual Director, Booth House Lifehouse, London OMajor Karen Sandford, Associate Officer, Penge OMajor Liliane Westlake, additional appointment, Candidates Officer, Southern Effective 15 August: OMajors Peter and Pat Exon, Blackpool South Effective 5 September: OTerritorial Envoy Don Hall, Associate Officer, Croydon Citadel with responsibility for Caterham
MARRIAGES OChristopher Bolton (Loughborough) to Georgina Clancy at Minster by Captain Bryn Hargreaves OBandsman Tim Bessex (Staple Hill) to Sarah Swallow at St Saviour’s church by the Rev Colin Lunt and Major Janet Thompson DEDICATED TO GOD May, daughter of BM Nathan and Bandswoman Rachel James, at Staple Hill by Lieutenant Nicola Brooksbank OFrancesco Roy, son of Chris and Jane Lamberti, at Wickford by Major Jill Miller OMia Adelaide and Rowan David, children of Miranda Keene, at Minster by Captain Lyn Hargreaves OJessica Louise Ann, daughter of Bandsman Nigel and Bandswoman Karen Barnes, at Dereham by Major Loes Palmer OPaige, Trent-Lee and Shiloh Rose, children of Perry Marcham and Becci Brennan; Poppy Pearl and Frankie David, children of Dave Alexander and Lorna Hooper, all at Staines by Major Christine Perkins OSerena Louise, daughter of Bandsman Steve and Melanie Hawkins, at Leigh-on-Sea by Major Teresa Carmichael OPoppy
BEREAVED Ade Huntley (née Fashade) of her mother Grace Adedugbe OGrenville Burn, Upper Norwood, of his brother Bramwell OCaptain
LOCAL OFFICERS APPOINTED Elizabeth Ellison, Jarrow OCS Arnie Jones, Minster OCSM
ENGAGEMENTS THE CHIEF OF THE STAFF (COMMISSIONER ANDRÉ COX) AND COMMISSIONER SILVIA COX: OFrance and Belgium, Sat Sun 7 Jul OSenior Leaders’ Day, Th 11 OICO, Th 18 THE TERRITORIAL COMMANDER (COMMISSIONER CLIVE ADAMS) AND COMMISSIONER MARIANNE ADAMS: OIreland, Fri 21 Jun - Mon 24 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, Boscombe, Sun 23 Jun OUK, Market Rasen, Sat Sun 7 Jul COMMISSIONERS TORBEN AND DEISE ELIASEN: OCaribbean, Wed 26 Jun - Tu 2 Jul 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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BM David Flett, Wick, of his wife Rtd CS Wilma Flett OHLS Joan Green, South Shields, of her mother Mary Randall ODivisional Envoy Kevin Wibberley, Ripley, of his wife Lorraine, Ruth O’Neill and Helen Jarvis, Leicester South, of their mother, Margaret Burkiss of her sister PROMOTED TO GLORY Lawrence Moretz from USA Eastern on 16 May. Larry Moretz was born to officer parents and entered training from Sunbury, USA, in 1962. He married Lieutenant Nancy Burke in 1965. They served in corps, divisional, territorial and youth ministry in USA Eastern prior to becoming regional leaders of Puerto Rico. They then returned to further appointments in USA Eastern. While he was the territory’s Programme Secretary from 1993 to 1997, Lieut-Colonel Larry Moretz also served as Executive Officer of the New York Staff Band. Appointments as territorial leaders followed, of South America West in 1997 and USA Central in 2000. They then returned to their home territory for their final appointment as territorial leaders of USA Eastern in 2002. They entered retirement in 2010. A faithful, dynamic and pace-setting leader, Commissioner Larry Moretz was humbly grateful for every God-given opportunity to contribute to the many ministries of The Salvation Army. He is survived by Commissioner Nancy Moretz, sons Larry and Tom Moretz and daughter Cadet Christine Moretz Baker.
Grace Garner from Hassocks on 11 June OCSM Malcolm Pilling, Morecambe OKathleen Marshall, Doncaster OFFICIAL GAZETTE UK Territory LONG SERVICE 30 years – OMajor Margaret Stredwick, IHQ CLIVE ADAMS, Commissioner, Territorial Commander
TRIBUTES BILL LAIRD, CLYDEBANK BORN in 1917, Bill was converted as a teenager in a local mission. In his twenties he transferred to Partick Corps, where he met Ethel. Their marriage in 1945 began a 43-year partnership, providing a secure, loving home for their four children. A songster and bandsman, Bill served as corps secretary and corps treasurer for more than 30 years. Partick merged with Whiteinch to become Glasgow West in 2001 and Bill later transferred to Clydebank to join his family, who he loved to have around him. Bill was never comfortable in the limelight, but lived out his strong faith quietly and faithfully, giving encouragement and prayersupport where he saw the need. – A. L.
RETIRED BANDMASTER JOHN STEADY, HILLINGDON UPRIGHT and gracious, John was a true Christian gentleman with great integrity, generosity and sense of humour. His life was full of compassion and love. Growing up at Maldon, he served as YP band leader and bandmaster. He married Heather in 1958. Their children, Clive and Sharon – and later their four grandchildren – brought immense happiness. After moving to Buckinghamshire in 1970 the family settled at Hillingdon, where John served in several local officer roles. In retirement he resumed leadership of the YP band. John played tenor horn with the Central South Area Fellowship Band, the British Association of Christian Brass Bands and also at the Easter Music Course. He is now reunited with his daughter Sharon, who died in 2010. – H. S.
MRS MARJORIE WENHAM, NEWCASTLE CITY TEMPLE MARJORIE was born in Hastings, where she met her husband Denis towards the end of the war. Both played in the band, and Marjorie – a talented pianist – was also a songster at Hastings, Gosport and Portsmouth.
When her husband was stationed in Singapore she and two of their children joined him for 18 months and attended the Army there. Following retirement in 1986 they moved to Newcastle City Temple, becoming luncheon club treasurers and over-60 club members. Marjorie also ran a singers’ group well into her late 70s, and sang at care homes. She nursed Denis until his death in 2001, and continued to attend the corps until shortly before her promotion to Glory. – B. I.
JIM BOWERS, SALE JIM was born into a Salvationist family from Higher Openshaw in 1916. It was there that he met and married Gladys. Jim was an engineer and became involved in the trade union movement. A man of strong principles – which he adhered to with passion all his life – in the 1960s he took part in the nuclear disarmament campaign march from Aldermaston to London. He was a hospital volunteer in retirement and, after transferring to Sale in 1991, helped with the Young in Heart Club. Jim was a people person and a passionate prayer warrior. Just before his promotion to Glory he prayed with his daughter Maureen, who had lovingly cared for him during his latter days. – A. C./E. Y.
MRS DOROTHY HENSHAW, STAPLEFORD DOROTHY was born in 1926 at Beeston to Salvationist parents. She attended the corps until moving to Stapleford after her marriage to John in 1952. Dorothy held many local officer positions, including company guard, songster, over-60 club tea sergeant, herald and recruiting sergeant. The role that she enjoyed most was that of corps cadet guardian, where she was affectionately known by the many corps cadets as ‘Auntie Dorothy Mary’. Remembered for her faithfulness in service, Dorothy leaves a daughter, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. – F. T.
MRS KATHLEEN CORK, RAMSGATE KATH was born in 1920 and spent her whole life in the Ramsgate area. After a period away from the corps, Kath – then widowed – returned in 1988 and renewed her
commitment to the Lord. She again became a songster and was home league fellowship secretary for many years. Kath had a down-to-earth manner and a heart of gold. Her love for people and the Lord was evident in her caring for others and in the generosity of time she gave to hospital visitation and the elderly. She also prepared many meals for corps events. Kath was promoted to Glory in her 93rd year, in the sure and certain knowledge she was at last meeting the Lord. – M. C.
MRS ELSIE CONEY, ASHFORD ELSIE, who was born in 1920, was the first person to meet Lieutenant Buist when he arrived to begin a new corps in South Willesborough. He asked Elsie – then aged 16 – to help him, so she and her sister Sybil attended the first meetings. Elsie also helped to raise funds to purchase a hall. She met her husband Reg at the corps. They married in 1940 and had three children – Alan, Adrian and Lynne. In the early 1960s poor Sunday attendances led to talk of closure, but Elsie – the home league secretary – boosted numbers so that closure was no longer an option. She is remembered for her sunny smile and cheerful disposition. – R. C.
MRS BETTY WILEMAN, SHEFFIELD CITADEL BETTY was born into a Salvationist family at Sheffield Citadel in 1929. She met her husband Alf when she was 8 and he was 10. Eventually marrying in 1949, their partnership lasted almost 64 years. Betty cared passionately for their three sons and six grandchildren and was soon to be a great-grandmother. A primary school teacher for many years, she had a special heart for all young people. An active local officer, she served as singing company leader, recruiting sergeant and home league and over-60 club pianist. A great encourager and listener, Betty was also active in often unseen pastoral ministries. Promoted to Glory at 84, her life was a beautiful and powerful witness for Christ. – C. W. Salvationist 22 June 2013
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Through the week with ‘Salvationist’ – a devotional thought for each day Saturday ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.’ ( Jeremiah 32:17)
Sunday All things are possible to him That can in Jesus’ name believe; Lord, I no more thy truth blaspheme, Thy truth I lovingly receive; I can, I do believe in thee; All things are possible to me. (SASB 407)
Monday Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’
Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.’ ( John 6:28 and 29)
Tuesday The most impossible of all Is that I e’er from sin should cease; Yet shall it be; I know it shall; Jesus, look to thy faithfulness! If nothing is too hard for thee, All things are possible to me. (SASB 407)
Wednesday Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20 and 21)
Thursday All things are possible to God, To Christ, the power of God in man, To me, when I am all renewed, When I in Christ am formed again, And witness, from all sin set free, All things are possible to me. (SASB 407)
Friday Lord Christ, help me to live this day for you, Accomplishing each task that I must do. Help me to face with faith each new demand Assured that you are always near to hand. And help me, Lord, to live within your care, Each moment knowing you are answering prayer. Thank you Lord.
Praying around the world… Liberia Command The Army opened fire in Liberia in 1988 after IHQ received letters from church pastors for ten years requesting the Army’s presence in the country. Work started in neighbouring Sierra Leone in 2010. The command, led by Lieut-Colonel Festus Oloruntoba, comprises 56 officers, 224 employees, 23 corps, 21 outposts, 12 schools, 2,372 soldiers, 86 adherent members and 424 junior soldiers. Prayers are requested for the stability of the nation and for the 25th anniversary celebrations in December.
Aberdaron church at evening. Picture: GARETH DICKENS