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Denmark PAGE 5
Celebrations include first appointment to Greenland
Leaders like the local look Scotland PAGE 20
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PAPERS FIGHTING FOR HEARTS AND SOULS
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Q CELEBRATING THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE
War Cr y Est 1879
DEFENDER OF O F THE THE FAITH
Q THE QUEEN AND THE SALVATION ARMY
Q KA! JAM STEPHEN’S STORY
Q CHRISTIANS DON’T WANT A THEOCRACY – COMMENT
Q ‘JOURNEY 2’ DVDs TO WIN!
Comment AMID the red-white-and-blue bunting, the commemorative street parties and the documentaries celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, it is possible that one aspect of her sovereignty might go unnoticed. In the announcement of her accession in The London Gazette of 6 February 1952, the Queen was styled as ‘Queen Elizabeth the
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Q THE MONARCH BROADCASTS HER CHRISTIAN FAITH
Q PATCH’S PALS WITH ROBBIE’S ROBOT
THIS WEEK’S QUOTES FROM THE PAPERS iGRIEVE
Sir, At funerals, it is not uncommon for relatives speaking about a deceased lovedone to be overcome by emotion and hand over to the minister. Recently, however, a tearful young man passed me not the standard piece of paper but his smartphone. Defeated by technology,
I needed his prolonged assistance in summoning up the script, and amid the laughter occasioned by my haplessness, the grieving relative regained his composure and was able to complete the task himself unaided. God works in mysterious ways. The Rev Claire Wilson in a letter to The Times
One challenge is that the language the Church uses is not the language the secular world uses. Anna Drew, writing in Third Sector
ONE MAN AND HIS DOG
While walking in the hills of southern Spain some years ago, I encountered a shepherd, who was quietly walking in front of his flock. When I commented on the fact that he had no dog, he replied laconically: ‘Other shepherds
have dogs. The sheep have a stronger relationship with the dog than with the shepherd. It’s a relationship of fear, not of love… ‘I know my sheep, and they know me. When I take a step, they take a step.’ Father Dominic Milroy in a letter to The Tablet
A MOST APPEALING ENGLISH SOUND
It will be impossible to escape the sound of church bells this summer, for they will play a major part in both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Games. The artist Martin Creed is encouraging everyone to participate in his latest work, All the Bells in a Country Rung as Quickly and as Loudly as Possible for Three Minutes, at the ungodly hour of 8 am on the day the Games begin. Charles Spencer in The Daily Telegraph
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A wing and a prayer
‘The language of love speaks louder and clearer than any other. Sympathy in the hour of sorrow, a willingness to listen to a heart overﬂowing with doubt, enthusiasm for another’s ability, all speak of understanding.’ (Mrs General Janet Wiseman)
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IpswichCitadelSunderlandMonkwearmouth IHQDenmarkEasternEuropeSouthportShaw L’IsletCradleyHeathChathamSouthsea WestScotlandScarboroughSherburnHill BelfastCitadelMiddlesbroughWestCentral HendonStapleHillExeterStHelier PortsmouthCitadelAberystwythKnottingley NortonWoodhouseBrighouseBridgwater Wigan
HEN I was but a lad of eight summers, the Poxons upped sticks and swapped the leafy scenery of King’s Lynn for the less verdant pastures of Manchester. Mum and Dad had been appointed to Higher Openshaw, so we arrived in Dad’s Morris 1100 with our cat, Arthur, in the boot – thus giving a new twist to a wellknown fairytale that I’ll let you ﬁgure out for yourselves! I was enlisted at school and pounced upon by my new classmates, eager to know if I was ‘blue or red’. I hadn’t a clue what they meant, which obviously registered on my face. They were patient enough to explain that I was expected to pledge allegiance to either Manchester City or Manchester United. There being wisdom in many
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Leaders like the local look
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counsellors, I asked which team they supported and learnt that they – with the exception of a stray Everton fan – were ardent Blues (City). So began almost four decades of an ongoing love affair, sparked by my ﬁrst visit, with my YP band leader, Bob Allcock, to watch City play live. So, also, began the best part of 40 years of hurt as Manchester City lurched from one tragicomic mishap to another. The expression ‘humbled for a season’ took on an entirely new meaning. However, in the words of another Bob, the times they are a-changin’. City have just been crowned champions of England. The future’s bright – the future’s sky blue. This will illustrate the fact that life is a series of ups and downs. I do not believe human existence to be an exact science – nor, for the record, do I believe that ‘every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before’. One minute, we can be on cloud nine; the next, we can descend into horrible circumstances. To that end, I commend this week’s feature on the ministry of Commissioner Keith Banks. He is one of the greatest living exponents I know of demonstrating Christlikeness in the face of turbulence that might threaten to ground even strong belief. I wrote a song for Commissioners Keith and Pauline Banks once – not long before Pauline was set free from crippling illness by her promotion to Glory – and was so impressed by their serenity under extreme pressure that I included the line ‘Grace to compensate when faith’s not there’. I do not imply that the commissioners lacked faith – far from it – but simply that they had admirably blended a colossal dependence upon the grace of God into their theological framework for living. The man who is now an airport chaplain allowed that grace and prayer to lift him – and his wife – to highest Heaven, from earth’s confusion to Jesus’ breast.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS Army people, engagements, tributes and caption competition results Pages 18 & 19
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NEWS The General dedicates new mercy seat to God IHQ WHEN dedicating a new mercy seat to God, General Linda Bond restated the importance of the mercy seat to The Salvation Army. The new mercy seat (see picture) was given to IHQ by General Shaw Clifton (Retired) and his family in memory of Commissioner Helen Clifton, the former World President of Women’s Ministries who was promoted to Glory last year. The mercy seat will be used as a special place of prayer in the main meeting room – the venue for weekly prayers. There is already a mercy seat in the smaller International Chapel. The Chief of the Staff (Commissioner Barry Swanson) led the short meeting, attended by IHQ officers and staff, and visitors including General Clifton, members of Commissioner Clifton’s family and Ray and Christine Hedley – Salvationists from Chesterle-Street who made the mercy seat. World President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Sue Swanson prayed that the mercy seat would serve as a reminder that ‘we are not a business – we are a people of God’. The General told the congregation that, to Salvationists, the mercy seat is a place of prayer and also a meeting place. She continued: ‘It is a place of prayer for sinners... and a place of prayer for saints – a place of rededication.’ She spoke about the mercy seat being a place to make vows, sharing that she had recently witnessed junior soldiers signing their promises at a mercy seat in Moldova – just as the new territorial leaders in the United Kingdom will make vows at a mercy seat when they are officially installed. Paying tribute to Commissioner Helen Clifton, the General said that it was easy to make a link between a mercy seat and the commissioner who, she explained, ‘knew how to meet with God’. – K. S.
Dedication, discipline and determination Ipswich Citadel DIVISIONAL Children’s Officer Major Michelle Woodhouse and corps folk greeted the young people as they followed the flag into the hall for the YP anniversary meeting. The major used the Olympics as her theme, insisting that dedication, discipline and determination were necessary to stay on track and follow Jesus. The junior music sections contributed throughout the day. Major Woodhouse enrolled two new soldiers. Max Bushell was commissioned as a junior
musician and Rochelle Meers was awarded the shield for her progress on the cornet.
After a barbecue lunch, the YP prizegiving continued in the afternoon meeting. – D. S.
Sunderland Monkwearmouth corps folk enjoy a retreat at the Youth Village in Consett for spiritual refreshment, encouragement and inspiration, as well as fun and fellowship
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NEWS Celebrations include ﬁrst appointment to Greenland Denmark CONGRESS celebrations held at Sankt Annae Gymnasium included the historic appointment by General Linda Bond of officers to ‘open fire’ in Greenland. Lieutenants Magnus and Petura Haraldsen – who had been in training in Norway – were commissioned as Salvation Army officers in the presence of their sons Daniel and Andrias (see picture) before being presented with a Greenland flag. The General told the lieutenants: ‘The next flag you receive will be the Salvation Army flag.’ The family will move to Greenland in time to begin work there in August. Also commissioned was Lieutenant Maria Larsen (below), who had been trained in London. In taking up her appointment as corps officer in Nyborg, she became the youngest officer in the Denmark Territory – representing the growing influence of young people, as reflected in the Congress and also in the territory’s recent past. The General encouraged the congregation to recognise the great work God is doing in Denmark and described the young people as a ‘revival generation’. The General’s words were given greater meaning during the last meeting of the Congress when she challenged the young people present, who were willing to serve God unconditionally, to move to the platform – and a large crowd responded. The event, which celebrated 125 years of Salvation Army ministry in Denmark, was characterised by hopefulness and openness to the word of God. The International Vision: One
Army, One Mission, One Message was shared in an accessible way by the General. Mannssambandet, a Norwegian male voice choir, rounded off the Saturday evening meeting with contemporary songs of praise. Participation from the public and representatives from other churches – particularly at openair meetings and a march through central Copenhagen – ensured the historic mile-
stone was not a private party. Ole Birch, a pastor in the Methodist Church and member of the National Council of Churches in Denmark, brought greetings from the wider Body of Christ; Peter Skov-Jakobsen, a bishop from the state church in Copenhagen, pronounced the benediction; and former Prime Minister of Denmark Poul Nyrup Rasmussen shared warm childhood memories of when he
Flood response begins with basics Eastern Europe THE Salvation Army has provided assistance to families in Georgia affected by floods. At least 350 families around Lagodekhi – near the country’s eastern border – lost crops and livestock after torrential rain. Floods in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, also brought devastation, with five people known to have lost their lives. Conditions mean transporting heavy goods is very difficult, so the Army will provide small food packages of basic products such as rice, sugar and oil. Captain Oleg Murzanov has worked with the
and his family attended The Salvation Army. With three brass bands in central Copenhagen, the anniversary celebrations attracted attention on a sunny Saturday morning. Many people were given a little bag with a leaflet headed ‘soup, soap, salvation’, a reminder of The Salvation Army’s principles over the past 125 years – and over the next 125! – L. G.
Government in Lagodekhi to identify the worst-hit families in order to direct the response. Salvation Army team members have also visited the site to assess the need. In Tbilisi, team members are providing ongoing support – including food and bottled water – to 30 families affected by flash floods. Rubber boots and plastic containers for water were purchased so people could begin to clean their flood-hit apartments. One person commented: ‘The Salvation Army really is a salvation army!’ An initial sum of $8,000 has been sent to Georgia from The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services. – A. R.
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NEWS Seaside engagement Southport KETTERING Band visited for a brass and praise weekend as part of a yearlong programme of special events following the opening of Southport’s new worship and community centre. The weekend got off to a spectacular start with the band marching along Lord Street, thrilling shoppers and holidaymakers with its deportment and stimulating music. Having attracted a substantial crowd, the band presented a programme in the Town Hall Gardens, supported by a Salvation Army emergency relief vehicle distributing free tea and coffee to listeners. Action then transferred to the
Hall creates new opportunities Shaw MAJORS Ian and Yvonne Field, who started the project before retiring, led a service of thanks for the refurbished community hall. In his address the major told guests about new opportunities in the hall and Major Yvonne Field led a prayer of dedication. The band and songsters took part and Alan Taylor (flugelhorn) played a solo. Chairman of Shaw and Crompton Parish Council (Councillor John Hall) was delighted with the new building, recognising that there was a great need for such facilities in the town, while Annie Farrell, who runs a counselling service for disabled people, was impressed with the new facilities. Councillor Hall is pictured with Majors Yvonne Field, Alison Thompson (DHQ) and Ian Field. – H. G.
new hall where the band presented an evening of brass and vocal music to a packed audience. Lieut-Colonel Geoff
Blurton compèred the programme. The colonel also conducted the Sunday morning worship
Guests share their testimonies L’Islet LIEUTENANTS Mel and Steve Scoulding (St Helier) led candidates weekend, starting with a fellowship meal. After the meal they shared powerful testimonies, telling the corps folk how God broke into their lives just when they needed him most and how Alpha began to answer their questions and lead them on a journey of adventure and faith, eventually leading them to the training college and ministry in Jersey. On Sunday they led times of worship that caused the congregations to consider God’s call and the individual’s willingness to respond to God’s purpose for mission and ministry. In both meetings people knelt at the mercy seat. – J. H.
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before the band gave another excellent festival culminating in a period of reflection and devotion. – G. M.
Praise-ﬁlled rally Cradley Heath CORPS officer Captain Liz Hancock welcomed the congregation to the annual home league rally, with a special welcome to guests Territorial Lay Evangelists Jenny and Mike Clark. Rallygoers rejoiced in old and new songs during the praise-filled weekend, including the final song, ‘What A Wonderful Change In My Life’. Ann Slack and Betty Walker are pictured with Jenny and Mike. – V. F. Former YPSM Cyril Adams is surrounded by past and present YP workers as he cuts the celebration cake in honour of the 100th anniversary of Chatham’s YP hall; in June the hall will be demolished to make way for a new two-storey structure to enable the corps to develop its outreach and community ministry
NEWS Vocal group inspires Southsea A CAPACITY congregation – including some people attending for the first time – warmly welcomed vocal group Salvacosta to a café-church evening. The group brought a wonderful balance of inspiration and reflection with their powerful and sensitive singing of ‘Shine’ and ‘David Danced’, while the haunting melodies of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘Shenandoah’ were thoughtprovoking. Darren Shaw spoke on God’s blessing of song and Darren Bartlett, Julie Wheeler, Ian French and Tracey Jones all offered solos. The evening concluded with an exhilarating selection from Jesus Christ Superstar. – J. B./T. M.
West Scotland: Majors Julie and Paul Johnson (Winton) led the adult and family ministries rally – Growing Gracefully – with their mixture of humour, music and strong message about growing in the Lord. Jamie Stewart, 91, author of A Glasgow Bible, proved that age is no limit to God’s grace as he presented passages of Scripture that enthralled the congregation. Great fun and fellowship were shared and many people were helped spiritually. – R. W.
Lights of Christ shine through Maesteg MAJORS Steve and Kim Wilson (Abergavenny) – accompanied by the corps worship group – led YP annual and prizegiving meetings. The morning meeting was themed On Your Marks. During the singing of ‘Shine Jesus Shine’, an Olympic torch was passed around the congregation, symbolising each person as lights of Christ, passing on the good news to the people they meet. The Bible message described the people Jesus chose as his disciples – one or two prominent people but mostly just ordinary people. The evening meeting, themed Get Set… Go! began with worship songs encouraging those present to persevere in their Christian walk through reading the Bible and prayer. – J. P.
District Scout Commissioner Bonnie Purchon welcomes Scarborough corps ofﬁcer Major Paul Robinson as the district scout chaplain
Uplifting songster visit Sherburn Hill STOCKTON Songsters visited the corps for an uplifting and encouraging evening, attended by people new to the Army. The songsters sang ‘God Of My Praise’, ‘Shine On Us’ and ‘Somebody Prayed For Me’. Personal testimony and a mono logue were used to good effect, as was the Scripture message from Beverly Appleby. During the festival corps officer Major Howard Evans presented a certificate of appreciation to host Songster Leader David Smith (see picture) for his 40 years of leadership. – D. E. Belfast Citadel enjoys a Global Praise Night, featuring international cuisine, Zimbabwean poetry, Nigerian praise and Irish dancing
Teesside Apollo Male Voice Choir performs at Middlesbrough West Central offering a variety of show tunes and traditional items
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NEWS Denominations unite for music event
On a visit to St Helier, Central Southern Area Fellowship Band plays at Liberation Square
Hendon A MIXED audience of Jews, Muslims and Christians enjoyed a Friday evening of music at a new acoustic event, at which the corps intends to bring people together in a relaxed gathering to listen to various artists. Julia Pascoe, a missionary from Jews for Jesus, presented the story of her spiritual struggles before coming to faith, interspersed with a selection of songs. The gentle but persistent presentation of the gospel was warmly received. The evening culminated in the Shema (the set morning and evening prayer of Judaism). – P. H.
Visitors bring challenge and inspiration Staple Hill FESTIVAL Brass and Everblessed Youth Choir visited for a weekend. The band opened with ‘Come Follow The Band’ followed by ‘Ask!’ The choir presented a variety of songs including ‘Everywhere’ and ‘King Of Kings’. Sue Avison (piano) and Martin Blessett (tuba) presented solo items. Sunday began with Festival Brass playing ‘Begin The Day With God’ and the YP band and singing company took part. Further items from the choir included ‘O Happy Day’. People were blessed, challenged and inspired by the visit of both groups. – V. W.
New-look café reopened Portsmouth Citadel GUEST of honour Portsmouth City Councillor Steven Wylie formally reopened the new-look Haven Café. The band played and customers old and new joined with staff, volunteers and corps members for a ceremony of dedication.
Sherburn Hill: Majors Malcolm and Margaret Watkins conducted home and family meetings. Home and family members took part with readings, prayers and testimonies. On Monday evening the corps welcomed many people from neighbouring corps and churches to a rally, featuring Sherburn Hill Male Voice Chorus. – H. E. Exeter Band plays at an open-air meeting in the heart of Taunton, where many shoppers stopped to listen to the gospel message
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The corps and community facilities have undergone extensive refurbishment and the café has been transformed with new furnishings, logos and evangelical artwork. Haven Community Director David Scarborough introduced Vince Mitchell, the new café manager, and thanked staff and volunteers for their support. – C. H.
Major Ray Hobbins
Sea cadet chaplain honoured Aberystwyth CORPS officer Major Ray Hobbins’ long and dedicated service as a sea cadet chaplain was recognised during the annual sea cadets’ presentation evening. He was presented with a certificate by sea cadet commanding officer Kelvin Jones for his 14 years’ loyal service. – R. H.
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Former ofﬁcers visit for anniversary Knottingley THE 125th corps anniversary got off to a good start with more than a hundred people enjoying tea together, followed by a programme by Bradford Citadel Band and Songsters. Items included ‘His Guardian Care’, ‘The Awakeners’ and ‘I’ll Fight’. The band also played the march ‘Knottingley’, composed by George Heath more than fifty years ago and conducted by him at the band’s invitation. Former corps officers Majors David and Margaret Bailey (Rugby) led Sunday meetings using humour and personal anecdotes to illustrate their thought-provoking messages on Walking With God. Photos and greetings from former officers, soldiers and friends were displayed around the hall and people were invited to add names to the photographs, which will be kept for posterity. Corps member Brenda Faiers also displayed a tablecloth (see picture) on which she embroidered the names of everyone connected with the corps. – M. T.
Visitors afﬁrm God’s love Woodhouse THE fellowship welcomed back former corps officers Majors Mark and Andrea Sawyer (THQ) to lead a Saturday evening gathering that included fun and thought-provoking activities and a buffet. During the meeting Major Mark Sawyer discussed the theme We Are Family. Through visual means, music, worship songs and Major Andrea Sawyer’s words, the corps was reassured of God’s love and care. It was also a special moment for the young people because, for the first time in several years, a group of them sang, which was a source of encouragement to the congregation. – T. G.
The children at Bridgwater’s preschool have fun getting their hands dirty in their new garden area; they are growing fruit and vegetables to learn about healthy eating
Brighouse AS part of the 125th celebration year, home and family weekend began with a Saturday evening programme by Yorkshire Fellowship Band. The band gave a comprehensive, well-balanced programme that allowed individual talents as well as combinations to excel. The ‘Torchbearers’ march opened the programme, followed by a variety of popular pieces enjoyed by the appreciative audience. David Hardcastle’s trombone solo ‘Panis Angelicus’ and David Hay wood’s euphonium solo ‘Annie Laurie’ received rapturous applause. Major Peter Kendall’s vocal solo ‘Share My Yoke’ was preceded by a short comic drama called ‘Army Blue’ which caused much merriment. After the programme, bandsmen, friends and guests enjoyed a supper provided by home league members. Majors John and Lorna Smith (THQ) led Sunday worship with meetings themed Grace and Running The Race. The choir sang ‘We Have Peace’, bringing the weekend of thoughtprovoking messages, enjoyment and fellowship to a close. – A. S. Wigan: The 125th corps anniversary year continued with the visit of Liverpool Walton Songsters who offered a varied programme, including ‘Breathe’, ‘This Little Light Of Mine’ and ‘His Strength Is Perfect’. The evening ended with the songsters surrounding the congregation to sing the benediction ‘May The Lord Go With You’. – A. P-B.
The midweek Sunday school children at Norton show their ‘lost sheep’ sock puppets before receiving their Sunday school prizes
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Q Are you in the picture? WE have been running a series of ‘This Is My Story’ at Reading Central on Sunday evenings recently and as part of an interview I was doing with Dennis Butcher, we talked about his landing in Normandy on D-Day. Dennis paid tribute to the fact that the Salvation Army Red Shield Club was always present in any location almost as soon as the troops arrived. The
Q Volunteers needed I AM a young Salvationist from Switzerland. In November 2011, I heard about More than Gold and the engagement of The Salvation Army during the London Olympics. I love sport and this project immediately motivated me! I could leave my school for four months so have been working at THQ as a volunteer since April. I know that God wants to use the Games to impact all the people who are travelling to London this summer, to share with them all his love and his joy. I think he would love using most people to accomplish his plans and I’m so glad to be part of these. My job in the Sports Ministry Team consists of two main things: administration and looking for volunteers. We need people to be involved for this crazy period! The
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interview was supported by a number of his photographs, which included red shield bands in cities such as Amsterdam, Hamburg and Hanover. We have seen a series of such bands featured in Salvationist over a number of months now, but the one I have included here is not only the largest but contains many Army personalities. No doubt some readers will be able to identify themselves or their relatives. Apart from Dennis, we have been able to identify Ken Kew, Reg Rodgers, Frederick Peagam and about 16 or 17 ofﬁcers including E. Saywell, A. Lockyer,
Games are not only a sports event, but also an international event, which means that we can reach the whole world in a short period. I’m impressed by the number of projects organised by More than Gold and The Salvation Army to encourage Christians to share their faith during the Games. Please email sportsministry@ salvationarmy.org.uk or write to us at THQ if you want to be involved. Valentine Simonin, THQ
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G. Church, Ebbs, Kieft, Levene and Robinson. One of the interesting things that Dennis remembers is their arrival at Hanover where local Salvationists joined in with the red shield band to hold an open-air meeting. Good old Army! David Mortlock, Reading
Q Tokens in the attic REGARDING the letter ‘Let’s go digging!’ (Salvationist 19 May), I think readers would be interested to know that the new International Heritage Centre’s museum at William Booth College features a collection of Hadleigh Farm currency tokens as well as other small items from the farm colony. The heritage centre is often offered items for its collection. About ﬁve years ago it received an email from a man who lived near Eastbourne. He had two very large and heavy Hadleigh Farm Colony ledgers. They had been found in the roof of a house in North London that was undergoing renovation. In the ledgers there are receipts, Salvation Army cheques that had been returned to the colony from the Army’s bank and other fascinating material about the day-to-day running of the colony. Stephen Grinsted, Major, International Heritage Centre
COMMITMENT SUNDAY FEATURE
Worship 24-7 Continuing the occasional series of articles on Commitment Sunday’s Fit 4 Life theme, Major Richard Borrett finds God in the every day
LITTLE boy walked up to the primary sergeant clutching his ‘star card’, excited at getting a mark in that week’s tick box, moving towards that ever elusive 104 out of 104. I never reached that incredible number (attendance twice weekly for a year) but it did instil in me, and others, the discipline of attending worship. Many of the songs sung then and now focus our attention on what happens when we gather for worship; that time familiar to us when we are in one place together, usually on the Lord’s Day and usually following some sort of familiar pattern. Meeting together has been central to the Christian expression of faith since Bible times. Romans 12:1 and 2 help broaden our understanding of all that worship can be. Not that Sunday worship is unimportant, but that it is not the sum total of what God wants from his people. Paul urges us to place not just a day of the week before God but our whole lives. ‘So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering’ (all quotations from The Message unless otherwise stated).
Society is comfortable with the sacredsecular divide – the notion that faith is a private thing, churchgoing is a leisure activity and God is mainly interested in the traits this produces: prayer, devotion, right living, social action and so on. The Bible, though, gives a different picture. Our offering to God is to involve the things we do all the time: sleeping, eating, going to work and walking around. The point isn’t to make a list of the activities that
is too strong, it can unwittingly seduce God’s people into anonymity. ‘Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking,’ he says. Here’s a challenge as we continually seek to shape church in a changing culture. God’s wants us to think; to be wise in how we reveal him; to be relevant yet distinct. Acts 2 offers a picture of the earliest Christians rooted in the world yet far from anonymous. They played their part in society but their lives were distinctive. They lived joyfully and thankfully, they were known for their fellowship and worship – ‘praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people… the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved’ (Acts 2:47 New International Version). How quickly the part about ‘enjoying the favour of all the people’ was to change! The mark of those who have followed since has been of being joyfully different. Paul continues his theme (Romans 12:1 and 2): ‘Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognise what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you.’ Our inner transformation is God’s starting point for the transformation of the whole world. When our attention is on God rather than the world we’ll respond in the way he wants, making our very presence an act of worship, wherever we are. God’s methods are always instructive. If our transformation is to be from the inside out then it follows that the transformation of the culture around us might also take place from the inside out. God’s people should expect to find themselves deeply embedded in all that is going on locally, working away like the yeast Jesus spoke of in Luke 13:20 and 21. So it is that our whole-life worship brings us in line with God’s will: ‘God brings the best out of you, develops wellformed maturity in you.’ His transforming power within us makes us Fit 4 Life. Q
‘There are ways to draw people close and ways to push them away’
can be offered to the Lord, but to remind us that to the person of God, all is sacred. There is no divide. As human beings it is natural for us to want to fit in. From childhood our experiences teach us there are ways to draw people close and ways to push them away. But not everybody can fit in all the time. Paul rings out a warning we need to listen to. If our desire to be ‘round pegs’
Q Major Borrett is Divisional Director for Evangelism, Yorkshire
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Jaelithe Leigh-Brown meets airport chaplain Commissioner Keith Banks
17-year-old son as he left for military duty in Afghanistan and helped people who have heard that the very person they were on their way to meet had suddenly died. ‘I make it my job to be there for the more than 4,000 airport staff who, like everyone else, have their share of problems. I’ve even been asked to conduct an employee’s wedding, which is a real honour.’
ITH a gun to his head and knife to his throat, he was held down by four men who robbed the centre in Papua New Guinea where he was leading a conference. Life for Glasgow International Airport Chaplain Commissioner Keith Banks has seen its fair share of turbulence and he draws upon his many experiences to help passengers and staff. Landing the role just a year after losing his wife Pauline, Keith has been airport chaplain for two and a half years. He says: ‘I’ve comforted a mother saying goodbye to her
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A significant memory for Keith was being called in to meet a woman on a return flight from Heathrow whose husband had died suddenly on a flight from Sydney. ‘I spent over an hour with a woman
who was meant to be flying home with her husband from Heathrow. I walked her from the plane as we carried two pieces of hand luggage together, knowing that her husband wasn’t coming back. That was tough. I was recently bereaved and could understand what she was going through. I collected the couple’s suitcases and, with the support of the airline, made sure someone was waiting at home for her. ‘Another person received a phone call to say that her son-in-law had died and she was waiting for a flight to go and see her daughter. I explained that I had noticed she was in distress and asked if I could help. No one has ever told me to go away – people open up.’ Keith is there to offer support to the 30,000 passengers who pass through the airport every day. He can be seen walking around the terminal or visiting the prayer room at the international arrivals area. The airport has a number of areas dedicated to multi-faith prayer;
writing letters and cards to people who need support. Keith makes it his mission to be there for anyone who needs him and he sees his role as being the face of the Church or a visible chaplain for people who Pictures courtesy of Scotland on Sunday
as well as the room on the ground floor beside international arrivals, there are two small areas at gates 26 and 29. Chaplaincy is Keith’s dream, something he always wanted to do in retirement, and his eyes sparkle as he describes his day-to-day routine. He is part of the airport’s crisis management team – there to help deal with any major incident as well as offering assistance to passengers in distress and to support family members. He helped to keep hundreds of passengers calm when volcanic ash caused long delays and cancellations. He welcomes all faiths to the prayer room, including 25 Buddhists who wanted a space to pray before they embarked upon a pilgrimage. One of the group sent Buddhist prayer beads as a thank-you. Keith has a list that he works his way through, offering prayers to all who ask, and spends a great deal of time
would not normally go to church. He seeks to build warm relationships with those he comes into contact with and enjoys chatting to young people who may usually communicate via texts or through social media. He organised and led the Christmas carol concert for the general public and staff. Travel is a topic close to Keith’s heart. He served in Papua New
Guinea and Japan, as well as at International Headquarters in a post that took him all over the world. He says: ‘I find airports fascinating and have always loved to travel. People are usually positive – even if they have been delayed and are running out of patience. I’ve had some very happy times abroad and despite my ordeal in Papua New Guinea, we stayed there for four years. I recently returned to donate £8,000 to the officer training college.’ This was half the profit raised from the sale of a CD his wife had made shortly before she died. ‘My present role is the best yet and I love being with people and being there for everyone at the airport – even if it’s sometimes simply letting people know where the toilets are! The arrivals area can be a highly emotional place and I often see people holding banners and flowers while waiting for loved ones. ‘There is a super team in place here and I have made many friends. The management at Glasgow airport give me superb support. My daily task is to help everyone I can and I will do this job for as long as my legs can cope with all the walking!’ Q Q Jaelithe works in the Media Office at THQ
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Darkest England and the way in Commissioner Wesley Harris considers the modern outworking of an old Army classic
S we commemorate the passing of a century since the Founder was promoted to Glory, it is perhaps timely to revisit what is arguably the most influential book in the history of The Salvation Army – In Darkest England And The Way Out. There is no doubt this book has served well as a template for the Army’s holistic mission. William Booth’s touch upon this historic, ground-breaking publication is clearly evident throughout. Even if he didn’t actually write every word of it himself, one can easily sense his towering influence on every page. It may be the case that Salvationists living, working and witnessing in the land where the Army began would feel that the greatest challenge of 2012 could reasonably be headed ‘In darkest England and the way in’ – or even, ‘the way back in’ – in terms of relevant outreach and evangelism. As in much of the Western world, materialism, secularism, atheism and apathy all combine to make the spread of the gospel increasingly difficult (in ways that could barely have been encountered or envisaged in Booth’s day, when, at the very least, churchgoing was the norm).
From many years’ experience as a corps officer in the United Kingdom, I know personally ‘how hardly souls are wooed and won’ (SASB 564). In some ways, things may be easier now than they were in the early days of our Movement, but in other ways, they are much harder. People support much of what we do and opposition is considerably less violent, but – generally speaking – we struggle to
Salvationism. I enjoy reading about new ideas and challenging initiatives in mission. The faithfulness of those who maintain a strong witness against an increasingly secular tide is to be applauded. So much of the Army’s salt-of-the-earth influence may be far greater than we realise and should not be underestimated. We would do well to realise the assets we already have. One of the many encouraging features we may almost take for granted is the modern increase of what is largely corpsbased community service, involving Salvationists who volunteer their time, talents and energy. Some readers will remember the days when some of our corps engaged in little or no midweek activity save that of ‘internal’ rehearsals, practices and the like, aimed largely at existing memberships – all good and worthy in themselves, but not particularly effective in reaching non-Army communities. In 2012, corps programmes almost always include activities that act successfully – and innovatively – as ‘bridges’ by which non-churched friends of all ages may be won to the corps and to the Kingdom. If we are to succeed further in reaching back in to our given localities and districts, then it can only be a good thing when corps respond to local needs with creativity and a love for souls. There is also a need for ‘intentionality’ – if there is such a term. That is to say, our core intention should always be to get people saved – bottom line. To that end, we need to be sensitive to God-given opportunities for meaningful conversations and brave enough to share a word in season. Sometimes – human nature being what it is – we fail to say the right thing at the right time. In doing so, we miss the point of what The Salvation Army is all about. When the Army began, it had ‘Made in Britain’ stamped all over it! These days, our work has expanded internationally and adapted well to different cultures and conditions. However, it probably remains the case that what happens – or doesn’t happen – in the land of the Army’s birth can influence what happens – or doesn’t happen! – elsewhere. Q
‘We need to be sensitive to God-given opportunities for meaningful conversations and brave enough to share a word in season’
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persuade members of the public to join our ranks. They don’t mind giving their money and even their time, but are often reluctant to give themselves. How come? What’s the problem? What can we do about it? As an eager reader of Army periodicals from the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland, I admire the reports of what I call entrepreneurial
Q Commissioner Harris lives in retirement in Australia
Attack of the killer lettuce The first of two studies by Major Tim Johnson
T is a long-held opinion: I don’t like lettuce. What I didn’t realise was that the feeling was mutual. I discovered this while eating a chicken salad sandwich. A vindictive fragment of lettuce lodged in my airway and after a long minute of frantic, eye-watering gasping and coughing, I was able to breathe again; I could breathe – and so my life could continue. Right at the start of the Bible (Genesis 2:4–7), this equation is made: breath = life. On a chemical level, the Genesis 2:7 account is accurate. The human body has the same composition – the same elements, in the same proportions – as the clay of the earth, but it breathes. It has life. This verse also gives us another biblical truth; life is the gift of God. He breathes life into us. Breathing has a spiritual meaning as well as a literal one. Breathing is therefore also a metaphor for spiritual life – being aware of God, being alive in him. Let’s look at three things that stop us breathing well: stinks, blocks and chokes. STINKS ‘Lord… he stinketh’ (John 11:39 King James Version).
Sometimes the smell around us is so thick and powerful we don’t want to breathe. It’s so bad we feel we can taste it, so we breathe shallowly – using as little tainted air as possible. In the case of a stink, there is a choice to be made: get out or get the stink out! A judgment call can be made. Is this something I can tackle, or do I just back away quickly? Spiritually, the same choice needs to be made. Am I holding my nose on a situation? What causes a spiritual ‘stink’? Hypocrisy? Prejudice? Lies? Gossip? Even a little of these can cause a stink (see Ecclesiastes 10:1). This can be challenged by opening a window of truth; naming what’s going on and challenging what is being said. BLOCKS A blockage is anything that gets into our airway and hinders our breathing – a glass of water inhaled rather than drunk, for example, or a fragment of food, such as lettuce! Blocks call for first aid. A slap on the back can help – the Heimlich procedure might work, or anything that shifts the blockage and opens the airway. Grief and worry can act as blockages. So can fear, anger, grudges or unhealthy
fixations. Selfishness – and, by definition, sins of all types – are also blockages. The penitential psalms (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130 and 143) are like spiritual menthol – great for unblocking the tubes! A friend in Christ can also help immensely, pointing to the truth, then gently but firmly helping – with confession before God and accountability afterwards. CHOKES A choke is always something imposed on us. Spiritually, it’s the restriction of breath through oppression, emotional, physical or sexual abuse or a toxic relationship. Stinks can be put up with for a while and blocks call for first aid, but chokes need to be fought against or run from: fight or flight! A biblical image is found in the parable of the sower (Luke 8:5–8), where the thorns choke the seedlings. Sometimes the choke is an historic injury such as childhood abuse, which can damage one’s ability to trust and may bring unnecessary guilt, anger or other emotional after-effects. All of these stymie the breathing-in of God’s presence. If you are being choked by an individual, the right thing to do is to create boundaries establishing your God-given worth and dignity. If boundaries are not respected, then the right thing is to put space between you and them. Get out and away, through whatever means necessary to create that space. Breathe – and make the decision to live un-choked. Forgiveness is a vital part of this breathing process, but forgetting is not. Forgiveness means you can be free, but the offence needs to be remembered as a foundation to the respect framework that is key to maintaining that relationship. (See Matthew 18 for the importance of being proactive in forgiveness.) If the choke is historical – an effect of previous events – then first understand the effect it has had on you. Secondly, pray for release and healing and for God’s Spirit to help you to breathe more freely. These three categories – stinks, blocks and chokes – are the start of recognising things that impede our spiritual breathing: our life with God. Q Q Major Johnson is corps officer at Hemel Hempstead
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Colin Pidgley Adherent member BOSCOMBE WHEN Colin was welcomed as an adherent member by corps officer Major Peter Mylechreest, he gave a moving and inspirational testimony, referring to the years he spent in foster care and children’s homes. Later he attended church and the Bible stories he learnt remained with him. He became involved with the corps after an invitation from a member of the new community project. Colin has found fulfilment in this area of service and renewed his belief in the words of John 3:16, his favourite text. – R. C.
Mandy Radmore-Mann Soldier
Ray Slater Nicky Slater
Sam Russell Adherent members
Gemma Hayter Soldier
Hayley Chillingworth Vanessa Chillingworth Adherent members
STROOD MANDY had been away from the Army for many years and she testified to how God opened doors and showed her the way back again. She now helps at the corps community café. Sam has attended meetings for just over a year. Her children are junior soldiers and Sam now helps in the café, parent-and-toddler group and the Friday night children’s club. Ray and Nicky were first introduced to the Army through the parent-and-toddler group. Their son is a junior soldier and their daughter goes to the parent-and-toddler group and Sunday school. They feel God has led them to the Army and they are now part of the corps family. Nicky helps at the café. Corps officer Captain Jane-Marie Cook enrolled Mandy as a soldier and welcomed Sam, Ray and Nicky as adherent members. – J-M. C.
Victoria Hayter Reuben Wade
Holly O’Reilly Thompson Jasmine O’Reilly Thompson Junior soldiers HOVE CORPS officers Captains Doug and Michelle Hayter had the pleasure of enrolling their daughter, Gemma, as a soldier. Captain Michelle Hayter reminded Gemma of the need to ‘obey the commanding officers’! Hayley went to the corps after her grandmother spotted an advert in Salvationist welcoming students to the area. She quickly became one of the family, joining the youth fellowship and playing with the band, and encouraged her mum, Vanessa, to join. The officers welcomed Vanessa and Hayley as adherent members and Jean Wolstencroft prayed for God’s blessing on all three. Victoria eagerly takes invitations to school whenever anything exciting is going on at the corps. Her friend Holly responded to an invitation to Holiday Club several summers ago and brought her sister, Jasmine, and parents along to Sunday worship. Reuben and Victoria come from Salvationist families. All four are active members of the recently formed music club incorporating singing and playing. Captains Doug and Michelle Hayter enrolled the new junior soldiers, who knelt at the mercy seat to sign their junior soldier’s promise. – M. H.
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Jackie Hunt Adherent member DROITWICH SPA AFTER worshipping at the corps for several years, Jackie wanted to recognise The Salvation Army as her place of worship by becoming an adherent member. She is a valuable member of the charity shop team. Corps officer Captain Jenny Forman welcomed Jackie. – S. F.
Pat Dalzell Soldier Alan Lynch Adherent member LONDONDERRY PAT has been very much a part of the corps for most of her life, having been enrolled as a soldier as a teenager, but stopped wearing her uniform many years ago. She continued to worship and be involved at the corps, and after being challenged by God through the corps officers about being obedient in all things, she made the decision to rededicate herself to God. She wanted to show this publicly through becoming a soldier once again and she was enrolled by corps officer Lieutenant Dominic Eaton. Alan has been a Christian for many years and went to other churches, but he remembered family links with the corps and started to attend meetings. Alan has already begun using his gifts in serving God at the Army. He was welcomed as an adherent member by Lieutenant Debbie Eaton. – D. E.
David Stanley Adherent member LEIGH-ON-SEA DAVID was an organist at an Anglican church. He met Sarah, a Salvationist, at a community carol service. A friendship developed into marriage and David became an occasional visitor to the corps. After the arrival of baby Adam, David decided to become a permanent member of the worshipping congregation. He was welcomed as an adherent member by corps officer Major John Carmichael. – P. J.
Neal Barber Adherent member LEICESTER SOUTH NEAL has been a willing volunteer in the restaurant part of the complex at the corps, overcoming health problems to lend a hand over a period of several years. His help has been much appreciated. In the presence of his parents and friends, he was welcomed as an adherent member by corps officer Major Chris Herbert. – B. B.
David Davies Adherent member L’ISLET DAVID has been a junior soldier for a number of years and made the decision to become an adherent member and trust the Lord with his future. As he takes his GCSEs this year and hopes to continue in fulltime education, he testifies to the fact that he knows the Lord has helped him and will help him in the future. David also testified that he became aware of the Lord in his life when he attended a divisional camp. Corps officer Major Jamie Hill welcomed David. – J. H.
Andrew Harrison Adherent member NELSON ANDREW became interested in The Salvation Army after discussions with a corps member. He began to attend morning meetings with his father and later became part of the men’s fellowship. After attending soldiership classes, Andrew had the desire to deepen his commitment. Corps officer Captain Janice Lahouel welcomed Andrew as an adherent member. – J. L.
Brian Reynolds Adherent member GRANTHAM BRIAN first went to the corps when he volunteered to help at the weekly meal for homeless people. He was impressed with the friendship offered and started to attend Sunday worship. Feeling at home and very comfortable within the corps fellowship, Brian continued to grow in faith and testifies to the presence of God’s Spirit within. Several of Brian’s family, friends and colleagues attended the corps for the first time to support him in his commitment. Corps officer Major Marta Ager welcomed Brian as an adherent member. – B. S.
David French Shirley Mortimer Adherent members CARNFORTH DAVID, a former Salvationist who played in contesting bands such as Brighouse and Rastrick, helped the Fellowship Band at the request of leader John Kirkby. He was warmly welcomed to the band and his expertise on the euphonium is a source of inspiration. He began to attend on Sundays for special occasions and lately felt the conviction that God wanted him to become an adherent member. At his enrolment he played ‘Let The Lower Lights Be Burning’ as his testimony. Shirley attends the corps regularly, joining in the coffee morning and other activities. She had a deep feeling that she was being called to become an adherent member. Concerned that her health restrictions would hamper her, she still felt a strong desire to serve God in this way. She has pledged herself to serve God in any way she can, helping with the corps teenage programme. David and Shirley were welcomed as adherent members by corps officer Captain Angela Tucker. – A. T.
Kevin Chiocchi Adherent member PRESCOT KEVIN has attended meetings and other activities with fellow Salvationist Claire Underwood since the beginning of their friendship. At that time Kevin was attending his family church and just coming to know Jesus. However, not only has Kevin and Claire’s friendship blossomed (they are now engaged to be married) but they have also encouraged each other in their faith and spiritual development. Corps officer Lieutenant Annette Booth welcomed Kevin as an adherent member. – A. B.
Norma Hadlington Soldier WINTON NORMA was enrolled as a soldier, surprising her 90-year-old mother who soldiers at Rushden. Norma’s journey to soldiership in The Salvation Army has been a long, considered decision resulting in her return after many years. Norma testified to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the influence of Christian friends leading her back to full commitment. Corps officer Major Paul Johnson enrolled Norma. – G. T. PLEASE note when submitting pictures: they can be posted to the Salvationist ofﬁce as photographs to be scanned, or emailed to email@example.com as digital images with a resolution of at least 200 dpi. Please send images as jpg or tiff attachments and avoid including embedded images in Word documents or within email messages. Please do not send paper printouts of digital pictures.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMY PEOPLE ELECTED Lieutenant Peter Clark, Salisbury, as Chairman of Salisbury Churches Together. LOCAL OFFICERS APPOINTED CS Jo Peacock, Harpenden; YPSM Stephanie Romeril, L’Islet; SCL Anna Shelley, Cannock. MARRIAGES Bandsman Chris Painter to Sarah-Jane Braybrooke at Staple Hill by Captain Helen Urmston; Bandsman David Mercer (Winton) to Asst CS Leanne Highmore (Poole) at Boscombe by Majors Noreen and Roger Batt; Djamel Nekrouf to Primary Sgt Sara Case at Bristol Bedminster by Captain Annette Guest; CT Stuart Wallace to Songster Julie Hanvey at Belfast North by Captain Colin Hylton-Jones; William Mingay to Gloria Garret at Lowestoft South by Captain Christine Campbell. WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES Golden: Melvyn and Mrs Yvonne Wood, Ipswich Citadel (2 June); Rtd CSM Philip and Mrs Jean Gibbs, York (16 June); Gordon and Mrs Jean Benson, Liverpool Walton (16 June); David and Mrs Averil Wade, Cardiff Ely (16 June).
at Reading Lower Earley by Captain Sue Betts; Brigid Evelyn and Poppy Gladys, daughters of Tony and Samantha Wickstead, at Grantham by Major Marta Ager; Ceyris Emma, daughter of Paul and Lyn Shelton, at Stapleford by Major Richard Crowe; Jonah, son of Bandsman Christian and Bandswoman Victoria Lewis, at Sheffield Citadel by Majors Liliane and Paul Westlake. BEREAVED Major Lesley Pilsel, Dudley, of her mother Lena Williams; Diana Robinson, Stapleford, of her father Reginald Dring; Hilary Dyer and Gill Worthington, both Blackpool Citadel, of their mother Mona Kirkham; Jackie Clarke, Winton, of her brother Jim; Derek Toase, Stockton, of his wife Songster Margaret Toase. RETIRED OFFICERS Birthday congratulations: Mrs Major Joyce Bentley, Norwich (85 on 6 June); Major Julia Sinclair, Thurso (80 on 12 June); Major Elizabeth Wall, Barkingside (80 on 12 June). PROMOTED TO GLORY Elsie Wyatt, Bristol Bedminster; Bandsman Aubrey Uren, Camborne.
DEDICATED TO GOD Nellie Florence, daughter of Lee and Teresa Stokes, Micah William Edward, son of Tim and Esther Hall, both at Cannock by Major Nigel Govier; Isabella Sophia, daughter of Steven Atkinson and Jo-Anne Moult, at Bourne by Majors Heather and Richard Durrant; Daniel Robert, son of Barry and Mary Dawson, at Lurgan by Major Graham Wood; Ellie Grace, daughter of Michael and Christina Reynolds, at Wellingborough by Major Paul Church; Isobel Lucy, daughter of Marc and Amanda Bates,
fellowship), Mon 18*; Swanwick (Women Of Worth Adult and Family Ministries Conference), Fri 22 Sun 24**; Hadleigh (opening of Park Farm House), Fri 29*
GENERAL LINDA BOND: USA Western, Fri 1 Jun - Mon 11; Mexico, Tu 12 Mon 18; Sunbury Court (Senior Leaders Day), Th 28 THE CHIEF OF THE STAFF (COMMISSIONER BARRY SWANSON) AND COMMISSIONER SUE SWANSON: Norway, Iceland and The Faeroes, Th 21 Jun Mon 25; Sunbury Court (Senior Leaders Day), Th 28 THE TERRITORIAL COMMANDER (COMMISSIONER ANDRÉ COX) AND COMMISSIONER SILVIA COX William Booth College, Fri 22 Jun (morn); Swanwick (Women Of Worth Adult and Family Ministries Conference), Fri 22 (eve), Sun 24; Milton Keynes, Sat 23; Westminster (Parliamentary prayer breakfast), Tu 26; Ireland, Th 28 THE CHIEF SECRETARY (COLONEL DAVID HINTON) AND COLONEL SYLVIA HINTON: Halifax, Sat Sun 17 Jun*; Yorkshire (retired officers
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Captain Stephen Brevitt, Poole. Captain Fiona Broom, Bolton Citadel. Captain David Burns, West Scotland DHQ. Captain Gillian Burns, Rutherglen. Captain Elaine Eardley, Anglia DHQ. Captain Fred Eardley, Anglia DHQ. Captain Alan Frederiksen, Ipswich Bramford Road. Captain Haris Giannaros, Gillingham. Captain Anna Giannarou, Gillingham. Captain Eleanor Haddick, Caribbean Territory. Captain Colin Hylton-Jones, Ireland DHQ. Captain Nicola Hylton-Jones, Ireland DHQ. Captain David Kinsey, William Booth College. Captain Diane Kinsey, William Booth College. Captain Alison Lewis, Lye. Captain Deborah Nield, Histon. Captain Philip Nield, Histon. Captain Pauline O’Driscoll, Colchester Mount Zion. Captain Gary Rockey-Clewlow, Leicester South. Captain Barrie Sampson, Letchworth. Captain Maria Sampson, Letchworth. Captain David Stephenson, Hereford. Captain Joy Stephenson, Hereford. Captain Ann Stewart, East Kilbride. Captain Iain Stewart, East Kilbride. Captain Elizabeth Turner, Hawick. Captain Steven Turner, Hawick. Captain Helen Urmston, Staple Hill. Captain Ian Urmston, Staple Hill. Captain Mark Wolstenholme, Oxford.
UK Territory LONG SERVICE 45 years – Major Melvyn Ackroyd, Heathrow Airport Chaplaincy. Major Bryan Snell, Birmingham Airport Chaplaincy.
PROMOTIONS To major – Captain Alison Anderson, Middlesbrough Pallister Park. Captain James Anderson, Middlesbrough Pallister Park. Captain Lindsay Brevitt, Poole.
Commissioners Alistair and Astrid Herring: Japan, Mon 28 May - Mon 4 Jun; East Timor, Tu Wed 6; Solomon Islands, Th 7 - Mon 11 Commissioners Kenneth and Jolene Hodder: USA Western (congress), Wed 6 Jun - Mon 11 Commissioners Robert and Janet Street: Sweden and Latvia, Tu 12 Jun - Th 14; Latvia (Congress), Fri 15 - Sun 17 *wife will not accompany **husband will not accompany
ON THE AIR BBC Radio Scotland (92–95 FM and online for seven days at bbc.co.uk/iplayer): New Every Morning Sunday worship (6.30 am) from Stirling will be broadcast on Sundays 3 and 10 June. The programmes, recorded by John and Heather Coutts, are exploring the Psalms.
40 years – Lieut-Colonel Ian Barr, Programme Service, THQ. Major Anthony Button, East Ham. Major Jean Button, East Ham. Major Lorna Doust, Kettering. Major Ruth Evans, Wigan. Major Angela Irving, Personnel Service, THQ. Major Peter Leech, Worthing. Major Frieda Pailthorpe, Counselling Service, THQ. Lieut-Colonel George Pilkington, Personnel Service, THQ. Major John Warner, Business Administration Service, THQ. Major Sylvia Watts, Swindon Citadel. Major James Williams, Personnel Service, THQ. 25 years – Major Neville Andrews, Chaplain, Hadleigh Employment Training Centre. Major Yvonne Andrews, Southend Southchurch. Major Gary Chatburn, Münster Red Shield Centre, Germany. Major Rosemary Chatburn, Münster Red Shield Centre, Germany. Major Edwina Cussen, Andover. Major Cheryl Davies, Bridgwater. Major Neil Davies, Bridgwater. Major Julie Forrest, IHQ and Counselling Service, THQ.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Major Paul Hardy, Business Adminstration Service, THQ. Major Dawn Harris, Leeds West Hunslet. Major Linda Herbert, William Booth College. Major Terri Holdroyd, Dumfries. Major David Howarth, East Midlands DHQ, William Booth College and Nottingham Arnold. Major Janet Howarth, East Midlands DHQ and Nottingham Arnold. Major Ian Kerrison, Maltby. Major Irene Kerrison, Maltby. Major Graham Longmore, Ireland DHQ. Major Inga Longmore, William Booth College. Major David Ludditt, Cirencester. Major Beth Maddern, Peterborough Citadel. Major Sally McBride, Norwich Citadel. Major Sarah Murray, Norwich Mile Cross. Major Valerie Mylechreest, Boscombe. Major Leiby Pinner, Swanton Morley Red Shield Centre, Dereham. Major Kevin Pooley, International Heritage Centre. Major James Prescott, Lockerbie. Major Margaret Prescott, Lockerbie. Major Paul Scott, Notting Hill. Major Gill Stacey, Chester. Major Diane Watson, Longton and West Midlands DHQ. Major Alan Watters, Ireland DHQ. Major Linda Watters, Ireland DHQ. Major Kerry Whatling, Personnel Service, THQ. Major Stephen White, Birmingham Citadel. Major David Wing, Kilbirnie and Chaplain, George Steven Centre for Adults, Kilbirnie. Major Helen Wolstenholme, Oxford. Major Graham Wood, Lurgan. Major Neil Woollacott, Alton. Major Rena Young, Hucknall. ANDRÉ COX, Commissioner, Territorial Commander
TRIBUTES EMLYN TIDBALL, FALMOUTH EMLYN grew up in the Army, taking part in the YP sections before moving into senior activities. He was very keen to support young people and helped in Sunday school. For many years he also carried out the responsibilities of band sergeant, sharing thought-provoking weekly devotions. His deep singing voice was appreciated in the songsters, and often used in solos. Emlyn knew his Bible and led many study groups, sharing his strong faith with everyone he met. He was a ‘huge character in a small frame’ and knew the God he served. He was a true family man. He and his wife Christine, who was promoted to Glory in 1999, had four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. – C. G./M. P. MRS ROSEMARY MOYE, STOWMARKET BORN into a Salvationist family in Chelmsford, Rosemary entered into corps life from a young age. She worked with the cubs and became a songster. She met her husband Bernard at a rally at Ipswich Citadel. They were married for almost 60 years and blessed with six children – two of whom died at an early age. Devoted to the Lord, Rosemary served in the songsters and as home league treasurer. For many years she also supported Bernard in his over-60 club leadership. She is remembered for her fundraising
exploits, as a great encourager to young and old and for her constant, faithful witness, which touched many people. In latter days she was still able to sing, ‘I do believe, I will believe’. – P. L. MRS OLIVE STRAW, THORNTON HEATH THE daughter of assurance officers, Olive was born in Belfast in 1934 and – after attending schools in Scotland, Nottingham and Hounslow – settled at Thornton Heath. Work for the Bank of England and London County Council as a childcare officer preceded marriage to Jeff in 1960. They had four children – Carla, Madeline, Gavin and Maria – and eight grandchildren. Olive’s lifelong love of acting brought active membership of a drama group, of which she was secretary for more than 35 years. As a mature student she successfully gained a Bachelor of Arts honours degree. Her courage and dignity were inspirational after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. Her family greatly miss Olive’s positive, giving and loving personality. – G. S.
PLEASE note that pressure for space means tributes have to be edited. This has caused pain to some family members when tributes have appeared in shortened form. To avoid such distress it is requested that soldiers’ tributes submitted for publication should be no longer than 120 words. We will then make as few changes as possible. Good quality pictures will be included with tributes.
PICTURE CAPTION COMPETITION On 12 May Salvationist asked readers for captions for this picture of Ukraine officers dropping in at William Booth College to catch up with the Founder during a visit to Winton. Here is a selection of the best suggestions: QI think I’ve founder nose! – Colleen Carpenter, Luton QOfficer: Give me a clue. Staff member: He’s no longer with us and is remembered for a movement. Officer: Is it Michael Jackson? – Stephen Reeve, Barnoldswick QFunny place to have a doorknocker… – Caroline Standeven, Fife QA visitor to William Booth College causes a major security alert when she discovers how to open the safe! – Amy Thompson, Liverpool
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NEWS FEATURE Leaders like the local look TERRITORIAL COMMANDER Commissioner André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox attended their first meeting of the Scotland Council, held at Aberdeen Citadel. The Territorial Commander spoke refreshingly about the reality that individual corps and centres are the places where mission happens and said: ‘Denominational administrative machines have their place in resourcing and supporting the UK Army, but the mission is primarily delivered at the front line in local settings.’ He expressed his own conviction that local people in local situations will lead the Army forward in spiritual renewal and effective mission. Mission Scotland is a mission-led initiative that focuses on five main priority areas of Salvation Army ministry: Q Pioneering Mission Q Disciple-Making Inherited Corps Q Transforming Communities Q Children’s And Youth Mission Q Life-Changing Social Ministry Project groups are working creatively in each of these areas of mission focus and progress continues to be made. For example, under the banner of the Transforming Communities group – which focuses on the engagement of corps in their respective communities – a Commu-
nity Awareness Day is being run at Perth. People from corps all across Scotland will consider how community programmes can be even more effective in winning people for Christ. ‘Thousands of people enter our buildings every week. Our task is to introduce them to Jesus,’ says Major David Burns (Divisional Director for Community Services, West Scotland). The Pioneering Mission Group, working on the paradigm that mission does not start with the Church – it starts where there is no church – is trying to identify people God may be calling to plant new expressions of The Salvation Army in previously untried places.
The group plans to gather people from around Scotland for a Planting Awareness Day at Falkirk in October. ‘We are keen to discover who God is speaking to regarding church-planting in Scotland,’ says Scotland Secretary Lieut-Colonel Alan Burns, stressing: ‘We invite people whom God is calling to come to Falkirk where together we will begin to detect the way forward for pioneering expressions of mission in new locations across the nation.’
Along with his wife, LieutColonel Alison Burns, the colonel will co-ordinate these endeavours from the newly formed Scotland Office, where the task of promoting Mission Scotland across the three Scottish divisions will be the priority. There is a strong commitment to gain traction for mission at local level deriving from an understanding that the fire of renewal will burn most fiercely at the grass roots of the Army. – A. R.
If you would like to know more about the Mission Scotland initiative, or feel you would like to support the venture, please email Scotland Secretary Lieut-Colonel Alan Burns at alan.burns@salvationarmy .org.uk for further information
2 June 2012 SALVATIONIST
SALVATIONIST 2 JUNE 2012
BOOK REVIEW Lieut-Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen OF reviews The Musical Salvationist: The World Of Richard Slater (1854-1939) by Gordon Cox THIS book is about a man supremely influential in the development of the worldwide phenomenon known as Salvation Army music. However, it is more than just an account of Richard Slater’s life. The author, an experienced historian, overviews the musical and social climate in which the Army’s musical life evolved. Richard Slater was a key figure in the evolution of music in the Army. The 1945 biography, Father Of Salvation Army Music, concerns itself with Slater in an Army context, giving minimal attention to the wider context of 19th and early 20th-century British working-class music. Gordon Cox’s approach, placing Slater’s strong influence on organisational and cultural development in the context of national grassroots music, is a valuable contribution from a different viewpoint. Much that is new has come to light through access to Slater’s diaries. The book leads by surveying the Army’s Victorian origins and its musical world. The British brass band movement and church bands were the stimulus for Army emulation. There was a sense of mission for Salvationists transforming society and the lives of the poor, but differing opinions as to the appropriateness of the use of music in religion. Cox says: ‘Forging a distinctive Salvationist musical world was largely due to one man, Richard Slater.’ Slater’s personal life and career make for fascinating reading. Growing up poor in the St Pancras area of London, he was a self-taught intellectual with an appetite for study. He entered the worlds of philosophy, phrenology and music, making a meagre living lecturing. A Wagner devotee, he made operatic analyses which he unsuccessfully sought to have published. Encountering the Army, he was converted and William Booth recruited him. Inspired by the Fry family quartet, brass bands sprang up, together with strange assortments of ad hoc groups, in response to Booth’s suggestion that anyone who could produce sounds, should! Slater – a trained musician with a tidy mind – was put in charge (under Herbert Booth) of a team producing tune arrangements. Organisation, publication, regulation of bands, and later choirs, were uphill assignments about which Gordon Cox has unearthed a good deal of intriguing material. Hacking out a workable policy, battling with authority and decisions on suitable music are representative of teething troubles encountered and which led to burnout and early retirement. His return to work brought late recognition of his tremendous creative and organisational achievements, which had set in place a structure in a vacuum of uncharted territory. The diaries give valuable, behind-the-scenes illumination to official records. A chapter is devoted to the First World War, in which Salvation Army bands played a surprisingly active part. In 1915, General Bramwell Booth set up a commission ‘to consider how far the development of the Army’s vocal and instrumental music had been of advantage’ to its purposes. Executive ability, the character of the music, regulations restricting the use of music to that published by the Army, all came under scrutiny. Cox’s survey makes challenging reading in the light of today’s more liberal practices.
Under the heading ‘Towards The Golden Age Of Salvation Army Music’, the penultimate chapter scans the life and work of Eric Ball and looks at the Army’s publishing programme, broadcasting and recording. Ball was influentially innovative as a composer and public figure. Joining the Music Editorial Department in 1920, his apprenticeship under Frederick Hawkes, Slater’s immediate successor (1913-1936), places him squarely in what was going on between world wars. Hawkes was a strong editor-in-chief and has been referred to as the ‘architect of Army music’. Numerical strength and the level and volume of creativity was on a high, hence the ‘golden’ appellation. Ball, like a number of other, later ‘stars’, left the Army (on doctrinal grounds) and was a powerful figure in the non-Army band world. His links, never really broken, recommenced and he stands as an icon. There is a summary of Slater’s ‘legacy’ with observations on the present scene. This book brings to notice the man who was central to the shaping of so much that Salvationists take for granted and the evolution of what was shaped. It provides an informed study of aspects of British working-class music which was the cradle of those who enlisted that art in the service of the Movement, expressing their faith in a vibrant and compelling way. It can be stated that the book brilliantly keeps to its main ground of grassroots music with scholarship and a refreshing understanding that bangs no drum. It is an excellent reference work. I cannot commend it too highly. QThe Musical Salvationist: The World Of Richard Slater (1854-1939) by Gordon Cox is published in the UK by Boydell Press, priced £50, and is available from www.amazon.co.uk
Published on Jan 6, 2014