Page 1



Disability justice campaign launch Palace of Westminster PAGE 5

Footballer discusses his faith St Helier PAGE 9


PAGES 12 & 13



Est 1879

No 7071


30 June 2012

Page 4

20p/25c Warner Bros

Divinity Church Choir make a joyful noise



IT’S time to stretch those vocal cords, and get ready to sing along. Toe-tapping film Joyful Noise is now on general release. The Divinity Church Choir have always been the heart of the community in Pacashau, in the US state Turn to page 3




It’s got crime, mystery and religion – and a plot so unlikely that even Dan Brown would not have dared to serve it up. Six small bones were said to be the remains of John the Baptist when they were found… in Bulgaria, leading to laughter, ridicule and claims of a scam… A team of carbon daters… agreed to date a knuckle bone… to their surprise, the bones dated from the correct period… There was little that could prove beyond doubt that the bones were, indeed, those of John the Baptist – but it remains a distinct possibility.

The Vatican has come under fire after launching a newspaper supplement for women, despite staunchly opposing the idea of female priests. The glossy monthly insert called Donne, Chiesa, Mondo (Women, Church, World) will appear in L’Osservatore Romano, the 150-year-old daily paper of the Holy See.

The Times




An atheist is facing jail for putting an antireligious sign in his window… The note… reads: ‘Religions are fairy stories for adults.’

Just as post offices are closing and banks amalgamating, churches too are under financial pressure with the threat of closure… So what’s the problem? In today’s secular and multifaith society, isn’t this just natural selection at work? Haven’t we got better charitable causes to support than crumbling church buildings?... Churches, chapels and meeting houses bring a wide range of other benefits to our society… Places of worship are often the last place where charities can hire a room… at an affordable price… Nearly 80 per cent of church buildings are also used for purposes… such as providing nursery and playgroup education… places where communities are being built [and] the vulnerable supported.


The Right Rev Nicholas Holtam, writing in The Times

TERRITORIAL HEADQUARTERS Tel: 0845 634 0101 SALVATIONIST 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN Tel: 020 7367 4890 Fax: 020 7367 4691 Email: Web: A registered newspaper published weekly by The Salvation Army (United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland) on behalf of the General of The Salvation Army and printed by benhamgoodheadprint Limited, Bicester, Oxon. © Linda Bond, General of The Salvation Army, 2012. The Salvation Army Trust is a registered charity. The charity number in England and Wales is 214779, in Scotland SC009359 and in the Republic of Ireland CHY6399. EDITOR Major Stephen Poxon Tel: 020 7367 4901 MANAGING EDITOR Stephen Pearson Tel: 020 7367 4891 ASSISTANT EDITOR Major Jane Kimberley Tel: 020 7367 4892 ASSISTANT EDITOR Claire Anderson Tel: 020 7367 4894 EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Laura Barker Tel: 020 7367 4893 DTP DESIGNER Colin Potter Tel: 020 7367 4895 DTP OPERATOR Denise D’Souza Tel: 020 7367 4896 GRAPHIC DESIGNER Jonathan Carmichael Tel: 020 7367 4883 ADMINISTRATOR Stella Merino Tel: 020 7367 4881 ADVERTISING Tel: 020 7367 4883 Email: DISTRIBUTION Salvationist Publishing and Supplies (Periodicals), 66-78 Denington Road, Denington Industrial Estate, Wellingborough NN8 2QH Tel: 01933 445451 Fax: 01933 445415 Email: THE SALVATION ARMY FOUNDER William Booth GENERAL Linda Bond TERRITORIAL COMMANDER Commissioner André Cox EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND PUBLISHING SECRETARY Major Leanne Ruthven




An Englishman abroad A

‘When we visited the society with the Territorial Commander, six giraffes blocked the road! There were three seekers at the mercy seat from the Masai tribe when we paid our quarterly visit: they were completely transformed. They are now anxious to become Salvationists.’ (Brigadier Peter McFarlane, writing in Vanguard)

NEWS Pages 4 – 9

WilliamBoothCollegeHeathrowNigeria AbertilleryThePhilippinesPalaceofWestminster WilliamstownWintonBrightonCongressHall RhylFelixstowePlymouthDoncasterSleaford TorquayStaveleySwanseaNorthern WoodGreenLondonSouth-EastStHelier HullCitadelBoltonCitadelNorwichMileCross PortGlasgowBelfastSydenham

S part of the exercise in grace that is otherwise referred to as moving house – also known as living by faith and not by sight – my wife, Heather, and I have been clearing out. Among the lots currently up for grabs (eBay, charity shop or skip) is a Teach Yourself Urdu kit – Urdu as in the lingua franca of Pakistan, that is, not as in Cilla Black describing her coiffure. We were, you see, a few years ago, gearing up to move to Pakistan, so Heather thought it prudent for us to learn the lingo by understanding Urdu. Like a lot of best-laid plans, though, it never happened, but Heather can at least now offer the man in the post office a cheery ‘Salam, aap kaise kaari hai?’ as we queue to post the things we have sold over the internet. (Which means –





Achievement beyond adversity

Pages 16 & 17

Keeping the gospel… messy

Page 14


Page 11


Army people, engagements and tributes


Pages 18 & 19


Page 15


From fear to freedom through faith

Page 10

Pages 12 & 13

I think – ‘Hello, how are you?’ but I haven’t the courage to ask after anything much more exotic than a dozen second-class stamps.) Anyway, this week’s centre pages focus on Pakistan and I can but marvel at the dedication of the likes of Major Colin Cowdery, who really has put his life on the line for the sake of the Kingdom. Colin is a man who writes from the heart and I am delighted to commend his work to you for your prayers and interest. Whether or not Heather and I ever move overseas remains to be seen. I’m not all that bothered as I rarely venture much beyond Whitby anyway, but I stand in awe of people who put the words ‘where he sends we will go’ (SASB 397) into practice. I once found – in the bowels of the training college – one of the white caps sometimes worn by Salvationists overseas, and tried it on, but that’s the closest I’ve ever come to winning the world for Jesus. I think, for example, of Heather’s parents, Majors Ena and Paul Latham, who traded officership in Scotland and England, respectively, for years of service in Africa and were abundantly rewarded with a rich store of friendships, experiences, memories – and wooden animals! They wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that God is no one’s debtor and that Matthew 19:29 holds fast. With that in mind, something compels me this week to ‘go fishing’ and ask if someone ‘out there’ is called to overseas service, be it in Pakistan or Africa or somewhere else. It’s none of my business, really. I’m not the international secretary for anything at all so I shouldn’t be poking my nose in. However, I can’t help feeling… And, in case the Lord is leading you to Lahore, the language course is all yours!

ADVERTS Pages 20 – 23




NEWS Army provides refreshments at crash site Nigeria THE Salvation Army responded after a plane crashed into a residential area near Murtala Muhammed airport in Lagos. All 153 passengers were killed, along with an unknown number of casualties on the ground. A team of officers was despatched to the evacuation site. They spoke with representatives from the National Emergency Management Agency and others who were at the site dealing with the aftermath of the accident. It quickly became clear that the most urgent need was for food and drink for the workers who were clearing wreckage and searching for bodies. Three teams distributed snacks and drinks while the recovery work took place. – A. R.

Intercessors reunite William Booth College MEMBERS of the 1952 Intercessors Session held their reunion at the college, where, after dinner, Lieut-Colonel Maurice Cooper expertly played the keyboard and Lieut-Colonel Stephen Pallant, who organised the event, introduced the session. They watched the iconic Battle School film and a fascinating home video of the 1992 reunion with pictures and testimonies of fellow cadets. Majors Alan and Betty Bennett led the evening prayers, which included the song ‘Wounded Lord, For My Transgressions’. The theme was Communication, and the continuing need for and value of intercession. In the morning the group visited the International Heritage Centre and met the Principal, Major Norman Ord, who explained the new college training programme and activities. The officers noted how the curriculum had evolved, making the course more practical with its focus on political and social issues. Before leaving, the officers shared testimonies and their varied experiences during officership, and thanked God for the good influences in their lives. The session is pictured with its flag, which Major Alan Bennett commented was ‘showing its age, like all of us’, before its members said their farewells. – A. R.


Abertillery: Corps officer Captain Bev Womersley and corps member Sue Morgan took part in a 140-minute Zumbathon, raising more than £200 for the Annual Appeal. – D. W. Divisional leaders Majors Darrell and Katrina Thomas lead 90th anniversary celebrations at Sherburn Hill; they are pictured cutting the cake with corps officer Major Dawn Evans (second left), No 1 on the roll Matt Gibbon and junior soldiers Joseph Raine and Micah Evans

Flight crew joins band Heathrow ON the first day of direct flights by China Southern Airlines from Terminal 4, Maidenhead Band played in the Arrivals Hall at the request of BAA. Airport Chaplain Major Melvyn Ackroyd is pictured with members of the flight crew who also assisted the cornet section. – M. A.


NEWS Commissioners share fun and faith at anniversary celebrations The Philippines THE tourism slogan ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines!’ was appropriate for the 75th anniversary celebrations of The Salvation Army in the country, led by Chief of the Staff Commissioner Barry Swanson and World President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Sue Swanson. The celebrations commenced with a youth congress – set in lush, tropical surroundings about two hours from the capital city, Manila – attended by approximately five hundred young people. The delegates responded wholeheartedly to the messages of the international visitors that ‘now’ is the time to engage in the fight for Jesus Christ. The mercy seat was lined time and time again, including 57 people who committed themselves to officership. A similar energy marked the officers councils, which included enthusiastic singing, the presentation of long-service awards and stirring testimonies. There was a sensitivity to the Spirit of God and a willing response to the call for recommitment. The Salvation Army invaded Manila’s Luneta Park on a hot Saturday afternoon for a praise party. Before the praise party began, medical mission teams moved through the park, dispensing medication and free professional health advice. The gathering was richly Filipinoflavoured – full of colour, joy and booming music. The international leaders easily engaged the large crowd. The Sunday morning meeting in the Cuneta Astrodome included the memorable enrolment of 150 soldiers. The new soldiers came from a variety of the numerous and often isolated islands around the territory. Highlights included a cultural welcome dance by residents of Bethany Children’s Home; 75 officers using 6 Filipino languages to present the Scriptures; and a dance item,

‘Heartbeat Of Our Mission’ – movingly presented by young delegates from Davao Corps – which preceded the Chief of the Staff’s Bible message. The Chief spoke of the place of grace in sanctification as well as salvation. ‘Have more faith in God’s grace!’ he told the congregation. During a sacred time of prayer, hundreds of people flocked to the mercy seat. A young Salvationist doing a

backflip on stage set a high level of excitement for the Sunday afternoon celebration meeting. The smoke and glitter machines worked overtime as brilliant dancing and heartfelt worship brought the place alive. Many recommitments to God and the work of The Salvation Army were made following Commissioner Sue Swanson’s powerful Bible message. Territorial leaders Colonels Lalzam-

lova and Nui Nemkhanching were surrounded by Salvationists as the basketball stadium became a sacred place, with people committing to be the ‘tabernacle’ in their communities. As the celebrations concluded, there was a sense of confidence in the future of the Army’s mission in the Philippines. The anniversary slogan said it all: ‘From Strength To Strength We Grow!’ – R. C.

Disability justice campaign launch Palace of Westminster TERRITORIAL leaders Commissioners André and Silvia Cox (pictured) attended the launch of Undefeated – a video resource campaigning for disability justice. It was produced for churches by the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) World Mission around the Olympics and Paralympics. (For more information visit The launch, attended by MPs, representatives of Christian charities and disability campaigners, included short screenings from the video and speeches by Gary Streeter MP (Chair of Christians in Parliament), David Kerrigan (BMS General Director) and David Willson (Chief Executive, More Than Gold). – A. R.




Singing for the Lord Plaques unveiled Williamstown DURING the Jubilee celebrations Leanne Wood AM (Leader of Plaid Cymru) unveiled three wall plaques at Ysgol yr Eos School, Penygraig. The schoolchildren had chosen designs of places that were important to them. These included the Salvation Army hall where many attend the children’s activities. Corps officer Major David Wise is pictured standing by the plaque at the school with Leanne, artist Jan Poultny Maddy and head teacher Marilyn Borland. – D. W.

Winton BOBBY IRVINE (Ayr) contributed to a Saturday evening festival in aid of the corps mission to Ukraine. The programme included various songs by Bobby (pictured) accompanied at the piano by Robert Dibden. Bobby stressed that his faith meant everything to him and that he sang for the Lord. The songsters and men’s voices also contributed to the evening, which concluded with Bobby singing ‘Holy Ground’ backed by the songsters. On Sunday, Bobby and Robert participated in the evening café church, which attracted several people who were attending for the first time. – G. T.

Children reminded that Jesus loves them Brighton Congress Hall CHILDREN and young people enjoyed a retreat weekend in rural Sussex. Children’s ministries co-ordinator Les Heal led the weekend, themed Champions. The young people, aged from 7 to 17 years old, explored Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension. The five sessions were titled Direction, Distraction, Dedication, Determination and Decoration, highlighting the characteristics needed to be a successful athlete, and included puppets, crafts, a mini-Olympics and DVD clips. Each young person received a medal in the closing session, reminding them that Jesus loves each of them. – E. H.


Canterbury YP Band and Singing Company visit Rhyl for a Saturday evening festival and a Sunday music celebration


NEWS Musicians prove to be worthy ambassadors Felixstowe STOCKHOLM South Band witnessed in the open air and marched to the town hall where host corps officer Captain Allister Versfeld introduced the guest musicians to the Mayor (Councillor Mike Deacon). The band commenced its evening programme with the festival prelude ‘Festivitas’, followed by two seldom-heard items, ‘The King’s Command’ and the cornet solo ‘Glory To His Name’, played by Göran Lundberg. Cadet Daniel Viklund’s fine baritone voice brought blessing and challenge, particularly in his choice of Salvation Army songs of yesteryear. One listener was so challenged by God through Daniel’s singing that he declared his intention to return to his church and serve the Lord Jesus. Other pieces included ‘The Snowstorm’ and contemporary music by Scandinavian composer Anders Beijer. The effective partnership of Bandmaster Torgny Hansen and Commissioner Hasse Kjellgren greatly added to the audience’s experience. Kenneth Downie’s festival march ‘Winchester Revival’ commenced the second part of the concert followed by Richard Kendrick’s euphonium solo ‘Journey Into Peace’. Former Stockholm 7 Band cornetist Ove Ericson displayed beautiful artistry in the solo ‘Like A Child Coming Home’. The visitors’ final item – a superb performance of the demanding yet uplifting ‘Romans 8’ – revealed why they are such worthy ambassadors of their country. – B. R.

Foyer residents encouraged Doncaster THE corps hosted a Foyer’s Got Talent Night after realising the many hidden talents of

Corps officer Major Pam Smith and her team from Liskeard join with other churches to serve free cream teas – as the Olympic flame passes through Plymouth – attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the most cream teas served in one day

Foyer residents – the Foyer, managed by the Salvation Army Housing Association, provides affordable accommodation and training for young people. The corps has developed a close relationship with the Foyer

through the weekly drop-in at the hall. Housing project managers, 30 homeless young people and 60 corps folk supported the performers. Acts included a rapper, a poet who wrote about her experiences of being homeless, a violinist and a beat box/ drummer. A buffet was arranged afterwards where the audience and performers mingled and cemented relationships. The young people have now been offered an open-mike night at the village hall to further develop their talents. – C. W. Sleaford: Majors Carol and Doug Back (Ipswich Citadel) led challenging Trinity Sunday meetings, resulting in a seeker kneeling at the mercy seat in rededication. – N. M.




Relationships rekindled at celebration Torquay THE hall was packed for the 130th corps anniversary celebration festival – led by Plymouth Exeter Hall Whitleigh Band – where new friendships were made and old ones rekindled. A memory wall displayed photographs, including newspaper reports of pioneers who were imprisoned for playing music and processing through the streets of Torquay. Captain Nigel Byrne (Lewisham), who entered training from the corps, led the morning meeting and ‘free and easy’ in the afternoon. Doris Luscombe, No 1 on the roll, cut the anniversary cake with junior soldier Liam Sweet. – B. S.

Small corps with big ideas Staveley THE corps celebrated Pentecost Sunday through watching the ‘I’ll Fight’ Congress online. As seekers knelt at the cross in the Albert Hall, corps folk knelt at the mercy seat in Staveley. Divisional Envoy Pam Ripper felt challenged by God to broadcast the event as many corps folk have not attended larger Salvation Army events and have not heard General Linda Bond preach. – S. R.

At Swansea, Families@Four attendees decorated cakes, made party hats and added leaves to a ‘tree’ before hearing the story of Zacchaeus; around fifty people – many of whom were new to worship at The Salvation Army – attended the Messy Church-style initiative

Ready, steady, go! Northern READY, Steady, Go... was the theme of the divisional adult and family ministries rally, attended by 600 eager delegates. In discussing the theme, Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries Major Katrina Thomas encouraged the delegates to be ready to hear God speaking to them, steady in their Saviour Jesus on whom they can always depend and to go in his love. The day included presentations from parent-and-toddler groups, offerings from the fellowship band and armchair keep-fit with Major Meshiel Brown (Langley Moor and Brandon). Major Thomas presented the President’s Award to Brenda Brown (West Cornforth). Brenda is pictured with Major Thomas (left) and Major Kim Gotobed (centre, DHQ). Blessings were received from vocal soloist Major Christine Comely (THQ) and Captain Andrea Cooper (THQ) brought great challenge through a presentation about human trafficking and the history of The Salvation Army. – R. W.

Swansea: One hundred and forty people from different groups across Swansea attended the adult and family rally, led by corps officers Captains Ali and Andrew Stone. The rally, themed Everyone Has Beauty Within, featured Abertillery’s Male Voice Choir, which sang a selection of spiritual songs, and concluded with a tea for everyone present. – A. S.



Congregation encouraged to engage Wood Green FOR Go Sunday, members of the congregation were encouraged to go out together in mission and engage with their community. The Park Life missional community – a group of people with a shared passion for a neighbourhood, network of relationship or situation where they can serve others – decided to transform the front gardens of people living on their estate. It was a great opportunity to meet new people and demonstrate the good news about God’s Kingdom. The gardening was followed by a street barbecue. – D. Y. Young adults from the London South-East Division enjoy the Boundless weekend at Carroty Wood outdoor pursuits centre, near Tonbridge; the weekend challenged the young people to consider what it means to live freely in the boundless love of God and was a great opportunity to get muddy and have a really good laugh with new friends

NEWS Footballer discusses his faith St Helier A FULL hall welcomed Sammy Lee, the former England and Liverpool footballer, who visited the corps to discuss how his faith had influenced his career. Tim Pryor, a BBC sports presenter, conducted the interview as Sammy revealed that his Christian faith had always been uppermost in his dealings with success or disappointment. He said his faith was particularly tested when, after working with Liverpool FC for more than 30 years, he was suddenly sacked and was unemployed for 7 months. Sammy signed 12 Salvation

Army footballs which were snapped up during an auction, raising funds for the Army’s work in Jersey. – L. W.

Captain David Williamson (South and Mid Wales DHQ) leads music ministries weekend at his home corps, Port Glasgow; a capacity congregation appreciated the music programme by the augmented songsters and band

Children receive prizes and certificates Norwich Mile Cross CHILDREN at the annual prizegiving celebration are pictured with Bandsman Ryan Meekins (left) and Singing Company Leader Kirsty Little (right) as they display their prizes and certificates.

Band reunion

Sammy Lee signs a football for Barbara Short to give to her son, Andrew

On Sunday morning the meeting followed an Olympic theme and the children participated in a treasure hunt for medals hidden around the hall which were then given to members of the congregation. Lost And Found was the theme for the evening meeting, led by the youth cell group, which included a quiz and testimony time. – K. L.

Bolton Citadel: Major Gwen Cox (Chaplain, Gatwick) led home and family weekend themed around Ecclesiastes 3, ‘A time to...’ The weekend included a time to talk and a time to listen as Major Cox discussed her chaplaincy role. During the home league rally on Monday, Major Cox reflected on Ecclesiastes 3:11: ‘[God] has made everything beautiful in its time’ (NIV). – G. F. Tunstall: A Cakes For Kenya event organised by the young people included a cake demonstration. More than £200 was raised for Mombasa Children’s Home (Kenya East). – M. H.

Hull Citadel THE band reunion weekend, which brought together current and former members of Hull East and Hull Central Corps, started with a prayer meeting, followed by a rehearsal led by former bandsman Robert Foster (Leighton Buzzard). A capacity congregation enjoyed the varied Saturday evening programme, which commenced with ‘Hull Citadel’, a specially commissioned march by Dean Jones. The band played ‘Blessing And Honour’, ‘Ein Feste Burg’ and ‘The Light Of The World’. Cornet soloist James Kerridge’s family have long associations with the corps. His lively ‘Fiesta Mexicana’ was balanced with ‘Share My Yoke’ and ‘I’d Rather Have Jesus’. Memories were shared and friendships renewed during the interval. Former corps officer Captain Ian Davis (Mirfield) presented the Bible reading and words of challenge. On Sunday morning longservice certificates were presented to Bandsmen Malcolm Pearson and Graham Mackinder for 52 and 53 years’ service, respectively. James Kerridge and Robert Foster (flugelhorn) contributed solos, and the band played a stirring corporate testimony to their personal faith with ‘I Know Thou Art Mine’. – C. D.

Police chief discusses her faith Belfast Sydenham EIGHTY members of the ladies’ fellowship and friends from local churches were enthralled and blessed when Judith Gillespie (Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland) was guest speaker at a fellowship meeting. The Deputy Chief Constable (pictured with corps officer Captain Leanne Cordner) had many amazing stories to tell from her 30 years’ service. She talked about the importance of her faith in Christ and how this has sustained her through many difficult circumstances. – R. P.




Q Don’t give up on youth RECENTLY we started a Youth Alpha course at Failsworth Corps. Just before our launch party a member of the congregation stood up and addressed the room saying that she was worried for the future of the Army and expressed a deep concern about the numbers of young people we have in the church on a Sunday. She also spoke of how grateful she was that three colleagues and I had decided to come along and try again with the Alpha course. This to me cemented the fact that a year ago when I had the initial idea, even though I was very new to all things Christian, God was using me. It appears to happen a lot. God calls us to do things we’re not too confident about at the time. I wasn’t sure the captains would allow someone who is incredibly new to faith to lead a team of people who actually understand their faith more. It all seemed crazy. But here

Q Museum houses Catherine’s flag WITH regard to the article ‘Rich in symbolism’ (Salvationist 9 June) by Commissioner Wesley Harris, I thought readers might be interested to know that Catherine Hine’s flag is a significant exhibit in our Save The World museum at William Booth College. I have often taken Catherine’s flag to corps and told her amazing story. Anyone who has read about her will know that she was a strong fighter for social justice. The social conditions in the Pennyfields area of East London were dire. Through her persistent lobbying things were improved. Significantly, at the 1914 Congress 30 Chinese converts took part in the grand march past. Stephen Grinsted, Major, International Heritage Centre



we are, a few weeks into the course, and we are going strong. The young people are engaged with the topics and some seem genuinely excited to be part of the course. I know there may only be a few of these young people who actually decide that Jesus is the way to go, but we are beginning to break down the barriers between the Sunday church and the Friday night youth group. We are hoping to build on this

over the coming weeks but I would challenge every person reading this to try something new. If you have done it before and failed, don’t be discouraged. There are young people all around us who are happy to listen to what we have to say – you just need to get out there and do it! I would like to thank everybody at Failsworth for their support, encouragement and commitment. Mikey Power, Chester

Q My father was in the picture

Q Date and location, please?

I WAS interested to read the letter in 2 June issue of Salvationist with a picture of the red shield band (above). The trombonist fourth from left on the front row is my father, Vernon (Len) Roberts, who served with special operations in Germany during and after the war. After the war he returned to Andover, where he served as corps sergeantmajor for more than 25 years, before moving back to Weymouth 20 years ago. He also served as CSM there. While serving in Germany after the war he met up with Territorial Commander Lieut-Commissioner Carvosso Gauntlett. In 1970 I married the commissioner’s grandson, so there is a real family connection there. Although 87 years old, and despite failing eyesight, my father is still playing trombone in Weymouth Band. Stephanie Gauntlett, Sale

I WAS interested to see the photograph of the red shield band published in 2 June issue of Salvationist. I am able to identify my father, Fred Gravett, on the second row from the back, extreme left, wearing a peaked Salvation Army cap. He actually played bass but it looks as though he was filling in the gap just in front of the back row. My father was not a serviceman (he had served in the First World War) but volunteered with the red shield together with my mother. The photograph is of real interest to me, as I was in the WRNS and often visited the nearest red shield club, where I met my husband, Bram Baird. I would be grateful if someone could suggest an approximate date and location for this photograph. Rita Baird, Mrs Colonel, Wakefield

Q Write to Salvationist (Letters), 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN or email


Keeping the gospel… messy! Major Cheryl Davies introduces Bridgwater’s Messy Church venture


HE second Saturday of every month is lively, noisy, fun, entertaining, crazy and exhausting – above all, it’s a blessing! That’s because it’s when our Messy Church takes place. Two weeks before my husband – Major Neil Davies – and I were due to take up our appointments at Bridgwater, I heard about Messy Church for the first time. It looked like a brilliant venture, but I didn’t then know very much about Bridgwater, its programme or needs. However, arriving at our new appointments, I saw Messy Church could be great there. The corps was very busy with preschool, Children’s Club, parent and toddlers, Babysong and brownies – all of which reached out into the community, though it is often difficult to link these families into church. Six months later, Erica Elson, the Children’s Club leader, asked if we knew anything about Messy Church, saying it would work well at the corps. I agreed. In 2011 we had a meeting for all those interested in finding out more about Messy Church. About ten people of all abilities came – some with very fixed ideas about what they could or couldn’t do, with most happiest to work in the background. We asked parents who already attended activities what day and time would suit them the best and, after thought and prayer, chose Saturday afternoons. Our first Messy Church took place in September 2011. We shared the vision with the corps and asked for prayer. Funding the venture was an initial concern. We were given a very generous donation to be used in the

community and the donors were happy for it to be used for Messy Church. We distributed flyers, put up notices and talked about what we were doing. Although at times it seemed quite daunting, we knew God would bless our venture. September arrived. Team members decided on the crafts they would each lead and the cook selected a menu. We chose a Harvest theme, and crafts and worship reflected this. Families would take part in crafts, then worship and share a meal, before those whose birthday fell before the

next Messy Church would receive a card. At the end of the evening, all the children would receive a handout highlighting the week’s story, complete with puzzles. Everything was ready; we just needed people to come. Our first Messy Church attracted more than 80 people – some already connected to the corps, but many coming to our church for the first time. It was amazing to see so many people enjoying themselves at church! We sang a song together, shared the parable of the sower and even had a prayer time where

everyone was invited to write down what they were thankful for. Plans were made for October and we wondered if people would return – some eighty people came, many for the first time. Messy Church is now a fixed date in our corps diary. It has been great to see how it has grown and developed in just a few months. Some of our adult helpers, who wished to remain in the background, now plan and lead crafts each month. Teenagers happily come along to help in whatever way they can. Others assist by washing up or moving tables. Towards Easter, we felt led to hold two events, which our volunteers were very enthusiastic about. We had Good Friday Messy Church with crafts centred on the cross. Erica led worship, explaining why Jesus died. She laid a cardboard cross on the floor and invited people to stand or sit around it. There were very special moments as the children came and sat quietly around the cross. On Easter Saturday, worship centred on the Resurrection and explained why Jesus died and rose again. It was exhausting, but we felt blessed to be able to share the gospel in this way. Over the past eight months, we have had families worshipping with us in this special way. Asked why they attend, responses vary from, ‘I like the way you teach Bible stories’ to ‘my son has made real friends here’. We don’t know what the future holds, but it would seem Messy Church is here to stay. Q Q Major Davies is corps officer, Bridgwater



From fear

to freedom through faith


Major Colin Cowdery profiles Pakistan


HILE studying for my counselling qualifications some years ago, I had no idea that the studious consideration of the word ‘diversity’ would feature in my life and ministry in such extremes as I find in my present appointment. I can go weeks without seeing or conversing with another person from the Western world except for my wife, Rosemary. This brings its own demands in having adequately to quantify my ministry as I perceive it in such a widely diverse society. In order to do that – to help myself understand my role here and also to help prepare cadets for leadership – I felt a major swing in the training curriculum was necessary. To that end, every Wednesday here, an emphasis is placed on community development. My wife and I, in all our previous appointments, have lived and breathed ‘community first’, realising the importance of knitting together a team and establishing a happy, functional, working community that excludes no one. Reference books tell me that community is all about intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs and risks. What does this look like here in the heart of Pakistan, where The Salvation Army ministers against an incredibly diverse backdrop of beliefs? How are people unified when all kinds of divisions often prevail? How do all those factors combine to produce community, based upon tolerance? Our intent is to bring together the dysfunctional community in which we live, work and have our being as Salvationists – a community of people who live not just in fear of each other but also in fear of what implementations might come their way or be inflicted upon them by many other sources within this country. Building community and bringing together peoples with strongly held, widely differing ideologies can be a precarious exercise! Recently we held a prayer walk just outside the college perimeter. This is something that others, elsewhere, might do regularly without much thought

regarding matters such as personal safety – something, perhaps, to be taken for granted. We, however, had to consider very carefully whether this was a wise thing to do in the present climate, especially in the wake of another bomb explosion that had taken lives at the railway station in town. We expected the cadets to go out in twos and threes and be back within the Army compound in ten minutes. However, their return was delayed – by divine appointment? – because they were busy praying with many members of the community, Christians and Muslims. The plan was to pray as they walked, but the cadets and college officers took it a step further. Initial hesitation was overcome as the cadets reached out with the common language of prayer, building bridges of trust and mutual respect – no small feat! A building site was visited and the foreman there agreed the cadets could pray for the workmen. A shopkeeper was visited and his business was prayed for. The baker who makes naan for the college received prayer. A group of children playing cricket were gathered together for prayer. A man herding goats was prayed for – not sure about the goats! Each of these stories may seem simple, but in this part of the world it is quite a miracle this happened at all. The bravery of those involved should not be underestimated. Our cadets felt very happy about the opportunity to discover they could deal with their fear and then, in that freedom of ministry, see their faith rewarded. Beliefs are so far apart in Pakistan. Islam and Christianity here represent not just a difference of opinion but a great religious diversity. However, when we meet at the college with Muslims from the community we arrange the meeting around our evening prayer time and the Muslims’ prayer time so that we can all sit down together and discuss the needs of the community, what resources are available and what we can tap into to try and meet the ever-increasing needs of the people living around us. The cadets have carried out a needs assessment and have prioritised issues needing to be addressed. In order for this to happen we open the college every other Wednesday evening to invited members of the community – all male to

date, but we are looking at how we can integrate women too. Cadets are also present at these gatherings, on a rota system, so that they learn how to lead and manage such a group of people. Some weeks we welcome three people, sometimes nine, but we are gradually endeavouring, through the process of community development, to make the college a ray of hope in these troubled days. Sometimes it’s like walking on eggshells, mainly because of culture but also because religion can – sadly – become, at times, a very contentious issue. The natural preference of one person, for example, was to simply beat into submission those who did not do what we as a community were wanting. Some quick thinking and wellchosen words brought the temperature back down! The risk factors here are immense as you might imagine, so daily risk assessments regarding security need to be well maintained – on the college gates, protection for officers, cadets, employees and also workmen coming and going – this alongside the need to arrange safe travelling without taking unnecessary risks. We live by faith and in the belief that we are called by God to proclaim his Kingdom to all people. As Jesus preached to both Jew and Gentile, we include both Muslim and Christian in our community outreach and prayer ministry. Regardless of an individual’s culture or even a lack of belief in God, we step out daily in faith knowing that our loving God cares for us and protects us as we strive for his Kingdom. Q Q Major Cowdery is Training Principal, Pakistan

Major Colin Cowdery




Achievement beyond adversity Despite almost total paralysis, Clarence Adoo enjoys a successful music career; he talks to Claire Anderson about music and being appointed MBE


USIC was very much my life before the car accident,’ Clarence Adoo reflects. Seventeen years ago, life was busy and fulfilling for Clarence, a professional trumpeter, playing with the Northern Sinfonia, touring the world with ensembles and playing in the West End. But how can you continue this career when your body cannot move a muscle? After the accident, the Northern Sinfonia Chief Executive learnt that Clarence, although paralysed from the neck down, would be able to operate a computer. The Sinfonia found Clarence a role as Orchestral Manager. ‘To have that lifeline was amazing!’ Clarence recalls. However, the role required meeting musicians at various venues – not all of which were wheelchair-friendly. Passionate about music education, Clarence requested a role in this area. ‘I was always interested in working with younger people and have been involved in music schools since my twenties. I really like the enthusiasm, thirst and passion that young people have. When I went to work with the orchestra, I was keen to become involved in education work – which I’m still doing,’ he says. The Sinfonia created the role of



Orchestra Animateur, giving Clarence the opportunity to create projects involving members of the orchestra in the community. ‘It’s a bit like open-air work,’ he jokes. ‘We could take four musicians to a home, a school, to anywhere and I’d think about how to best connect them to a programme. Musicians aren’t necessarily trained to teach in certain environments so I sometimes present the lesson myself.’ Additionally, Clarence teaches university students to play brass instruments – ‘I don’t think it’s good for somebody to come to me for their very first lesson. Previously, I would have them copy me and, as such, they would do 25 things out of 30 correctly. Now, I can’t do that. University students are more advanced so they can understand where I’m coming from in my teaching.’ Clarence also teaches people to play in brass ensembles and conducts brass bands and amateur orchestras. Although unable to play a traditional instrument, he ‘plays’ using Headspace – a software program that combines subtle head movements with small, delicate but precise breaths to create sound. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has asked him to help them consider how to adapt Headspace for other people with

disabilities. He adds: ‘This is an exciting year because a group of us have been invited as the Headspace ensemble for the 50th anniversary City of London concert; a composer is going to write music for us.’ The ensemble is working towards additional concerts. Meanwhile, Clarence is busy with biennial engagements with the Clarence Adoo Band – which raise funds for his care – as well as specialling at corps and releasing his first DVD, The Sound Of Hope, featuring interviews with well-known musicians, including Jools Holland, Sir Cliff Richard and Sting, who are asked to consider what music means to them. Answering this question, Clarence says: ‘After the accident, music was a form of counselling. I didn’t receive formal counselling but visitors brought me discs and tapes that I could play. Music played a very important part in levelling me off. I couldn’t think of the words to talk to people about my feelings but music seemed to soothe me. Food, faith and music feed me.’ Clarence’s contributions to music despite physical limitations have been noted – through his appointment as MBE for services to music. He admits thinking it was a hoax when he was first notified and says: ‘I don’t feel worthy and I keep wondering how I am going to live up to this.’ But, as with everything he has accepted already, Clarence knows this is part of God’s plan to be used for his glory. He casts his mind back to hearing God’s voice after a near-death experience in hospital: ‘God had a plan and purpose for my life and I didn’t need to worry about anything… my life was going to be more fulfilled than it was before.’ He says this gives him the confidence to accept the accolade, while keeping firmly grounded! While the award is a fantastic recognition of his contributions regardless of adversity, Clarence declares: ‘I try and keep focused on God. He’s helped me so much and I can’t do anything without him.’ Q For more information visit Clarence’s website ( or to purchase The Sound Of Hope, priced £17.95, with a bonus CD Q Clarence worships at Newcastle City Temple


Soul-itude Captain Annette Allen writes about finding soul time in a busy world



WANT to be alone,’ the actress Greta Garbo famously quipped. We can all empathise with that desperate plea. Parents among you may well have discovered the story Five Minutes’ Peace, in which one of Jill Murphy’s characters, Mrs Large – an elephant mum – hides upstairs in the bath to escape her energetic children’s demands and snatch some precious moments for herself with a cup of tea. Sadly, although many say we would welcome personal space, few of us maximise its potential when we get the opportunity. Silent space sometimes proves challenging and awkward. Deprived of our mobile phones, emails and social networking, and driven by the need to feel ‘in community’, we often are uncomfortable in an empty house – or during a 20-second silence in prayer meetings! And so others shape our spiritual agenda rather than God. Students of the Myers-Briggs personality test will recognise that while we each display introvert or extrovert tendencies – that is to say, our energies are predominantly elevated either in community or in isolation – we are essentially a mixture of both. We all need a healthy dose of community; equally, solitude is vital in rediscovering who we

are and, more importantly, who God is. Unhappily, it appears that we are reluctant to ‘find ourselves’. Perhaps we fear what we might find. This drives us to noise and momentum, instead of peace and stillness. Christian reformer Teresa of Ávila gives a timely reminder: ‘Settle yourself in solitude, and you will come upon [God] in yourself.’ Scriptural giant David encourages us regarding the importance of ‘soul time’ in his oft-quoted Psalm 23. He points to the inward work that is quietly undertaken by God for us: ‘He restores my soul’ (v3 New King James Version). It is tempting to view this psalm from the shepherd’s perspective, rather than that of the sheep for whom it was intended. David reminds us of God’s provision for his flock – part of which is restoration for the soul. The shepherd rejuvenates, but our availability is needed for restoration to happen. Spiritual solitude – separation from others for spiritual rest and recuperation – is an opportunity to refuel inner resources. The dictionary defines ‘restore’ as ‘a way of ‘returning [someone] to a former condition, place or position’. Consciously or otherwise, the world steals our moral fabric, destroying the innermost part of

our being. Spending time alone with God, in his thoughts – not our own – through Scripture, or simply being absorbed in his presence, restores our sacred core and enables new life, energy and purpose to be breathed back into our souls. Verse 2 shares the secret of finding restoration: ‘He leads me beside the quiet waters’ (New International Version). The Authorised Version uses the phrase ‘still waters’. Stillness is a key ingredient to restoration, for it is in times of inactivity that we make sense of our activity. Anyone who played ‘musical statues’ as a child will recall that the tiniest movements were magnified when the music stopped. Similarly, when we pause to listen, things that are seemingly insignificant find new meaning and purpose. Interestingly, busy, energetic people do not always provide the most gracious and serene company – whereas spending time with someone who has spent time in stillness with God leaves a great impression on our lives. Once we make ourselves available to being refreshed, we in turn refresh others. Scripture records how Jesus spent time alone restoring his soul before he appointed his disciples (Mark 1:35), after feeding the five thousand (Luke 6:12) and in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:34 and 35). Jesus invited his disciples to do the same (Mark 6:31) because he knew it was essential. One question remains: What can I use to find stillness and solitude in my personal circumstance? I recommend the excellent Daily Office by Peter Scazzero, a devotional book with a difference, which encompasses guided pauses for encouraging silence and stillness. The author talks about intentionally stopping in order to practise the presence of God. The key word is ‘intentionally’. Unless we deliberately step aside from our daily routine – however unnatural and inconvenient it might be to do so – to centre ourselves upon God, our internal spiritual life will remain chaotic. John Oxenham prays: Come, occupy my silent place, And make thy dwelling there! More grace is wrought in quietness Than any is aware. (SASB 615) May that be our prayer too. Q Q Captain Allen is corps officer, Milton Keynes




Kevin Cole Mary Harris

Annette Hickman John Miles Adherent members SOMERCOTES HAVING recently retired as a principal lecturer in nursing, Kevin found an avenue of service in the corps as an administrator and deliverer of food parcels to nearby residents. He finds his role very rewarding. He has worshipped at The Salvation Army for 22 years. Kevin said that becoming an adherent member has given him a ‘sense of belonging’. Having attended the Roman Catholic Church for many years, Mary decided to make the Army her spiritual home. Her decision to become an adherent member confirms her commitment to find more challenging ways in which to serve the Lord. Annette, a Christian for 40 years, has worshipped at a number of churches, mainly the Pentecostal Church. However, Annette felt led to attend the corps, and has a desire to serve the Lord. She regularly attends Messy Church with her grandson. Annette, along with Mary, participated in a soldier recruitment course and decided formally to commit herself to the corps as an adherent member. John has family links with the corps and has attended the Friends and Fellowship and Sunday worship for a year. He feels at home and part of God’s family and wears his adherent badge with pride. He loves the Lord and has found faith and an extended family since attending the corps. The new adherent members were welcomed by corps leader Territorial Envoy Terence Carpenter. – T. C.

Ian Inglis Moira Inglis Adherent members EDINBURGH GORGIE IAN and Moira were members of the Baptist Church. Their first link with the Army was through a concert. Because they lived only 500 yards from the corps, they decided to attend a morning meeting. They were overwhelmed by the warm, friendly welcome and decided to become regular worshippers. Ian and Moira were welcomed as adherent members by corps officer Major Mikael Ljungholm. – L. C.

Joe Rogers Pauline Williams Adherent members BOSCOMBE ‘JOE is a true Christian gentleman,’ said corps officer Major Peter Mylechreest, welcoming him as an adherent member. Joe cared for his wife through her many years of illness and, since her passing, has joined his daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as a regular worshipper at the corps. After the death of her husband, Pauline was in need of spiritual guidance and friendship. She found both during an open-air meeting a few years ago conducted by Pasadena Tabernacle Songsters and Boscombe Band. She readily accepted a friend’s invitation to attend meetings and continues to enjoy fellowship at the corps and the home league. Major Mylechreest welcomed Joe and Pauline as adherent members. – R. C.

Marion Clements Soldier Josh Richardson Soldier LEICESTER SOUTH JOSH, a third-generation Salvationist, testified through a Scripture reading and by playing the piano, much to the delight of his assembled family and friends. Josh will be a valuable addition to the senior band on cornet. He was enrolled as a soldier by associate officer Major Gary Rockey-Clewlow. – B. B.

WORTHING MARION moved to Worthing after her husband died. She had always wanted to live near the sea. Having been a member of the Church of England for most of her life, she had not really linked up with a church in the area and a Salvationist neighbour invited her to the Army. Marion loved the warmth of the welcome at the corps and enjoyed the worship. Becoming a soldier has been another important landmark in her life. Corps officers Majors Iris and Peter Leech conducted the enrolment ceremony. – S. H.

Vera Revell Soldier MALDON HAVING previously enjoyed membership of another church, Vera discovered that her mother had been a uniformed Salvationist in her youth. This developed Vera’s interest in the corps and she occasionally attended coffee mornings and special events. She enjoyed the warm fellowship and made many new friends. She attended more regularly and decided to become a soldier. She testified to the overwhelming sense of peace that she has recently discovered. She was enrolled by corps officers Majors Margaret and Stephen Huyton. – S. H.



Lori Edwards Adherent member PENGE LORI has regularly attended the corps for the past year and decided that she would like to become an adherent member. In her testimony she stated that she was thankful to her family and to God for all he had done for her and believed that this was the right step for her spiritual journey. Family members and friends were present to support Lori as Cadet Andy Toby welcomed her as an adherent member. – A. G.

NEW COMMITMENTS Susan Wallbridge Soldier Jenni Barker Soldier

Grace Barker Leo Barker Junior soldiers FAILSWORTH JENNI has been in the Army most of her life and said she has always been very proud of the Army’s ‘heart to God, hand to man’ message, but never really connected with it until the Self-Denial Appeal, when she was influenced by the Compelled By Love theme. The following week corps officer Captain Stephen Oliver discussed God’s love and Jenni felt God was challenging her to do something. She testified: ‘To me, becoming a soldier is making that commitment to God that I will make his difference where I am, where he needs me.’ She was enrolled by Captain Oliver. Jenni’s children, Grace and Leo, wanted to become junior soldiers and were enrolled by Captain Lynley Oliver. – I. A.

Rory Graham Peter Bennett Adherent members CHALK FARM RORY has attended the corps for three years and felt the time was right to make a commitment. Peter recently returned to the corps after some time away. Corps folk shared prayers for Rory and Peter as corps officer Lieutenant Ian Standley welcomed them as adherent members. – I. S.

Molly Chaundy Junior soldier ESTON MOLLY was enrolled by her parents, corps officers Captains Gary and Lorraine Chaundy, during a family service. Interviewed by her mum, Molly talked about ‘being strong in God’ and also how seeing an older friend being enrolled as a senior soldier made her sure she wanted to be a junior soldier. – G. C./L. C.

Peter Mason Junior soldier SHEFFIELD CITADEL PETER, who attends the Army with his mother, read aloud the junior soldier’s promise as corps officer Major Paul Westlake enrolled him. He received a new Bible and an original painting of the sinking of RMS Titanic. Peter has a detailed knowledge of the Titanic’s story and will always remember he was enrolled in the centenary year of the liner’s demise. – G. B.

Jo Lawrence Adherent member CHATHAM SUSAN grew up in a Christian family, but felt her Christian experience was incomplete. At 18 years old she finally understood Jesus’ death and resurrection and decided to dedicate her life to God. God led Jo to the corps in 2001 and she attended an Alpha course, where she learnt more about Jesus. She is now more aware of the Holy Spirit, who led her to make The Salvation Army her church. Corps officer Major Alec Still enrolled Susan as a soldier and welcomed Jo as an adherent member. – M. S.

Sylvie Bull Joshua Allan Junior soldiers IPSWICH CITADEL SYLVIE attends the Army with her family and wanted to become a junior soldier like her two sisters. She loves the friendship of the young people and learning about Jesus. Joshua moved from South Africa to Ipswich with his family as a baby and has attended the corps since he was a toddler. He enjoys singing with the singing company. Major Michelle Woodhouse (DHQ) enrolled Joshua and Sylvie during the YP anniversary meeting. – D. S.


34 Soldiers 71 Adherent members 22 Junior soldiers Totals for this year so far: Soldiers: 191 Adherent members: 272 Junior soldiers: 132 Out of 127 new commitments reported in Salvationist in June, 17 were invited by a friend; 6 are volunteer workers; 5 received support from the corps fellowship; 5 are married to Salvationists; 1 is engaged to a Salvationist; 2 were married in the corps hall; 4 joined a parent-and-toddler club; 3 joined a children’s club; 3 were coffee shop customers; 2 volunteered to help at a homelessness project; 2 read information about family meetings; 2 came to a concert; 2 came to a Christmas Eve meeting; 1 saw an advertisement welcoming students to the area; 1 was a charity shop customer; 1 attended an Alpha course; 1 began attending after the corps officer conducted a family funeral; 1 joined the men’s fellowship



ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMY PEOPLE APPOINTED Effective 1 May: Captain Paula Carré, Programme Support Officer, Personnel Service, THQ. Effective 21 June: Captains Karen and Phil Layton, additional appointment, Associate Candidates Officers, London South-East Division; Captains Louise and Paul Wood, additional appointment, Associate Candidates Officers, London SouthEast Division. Effective 19 July: Territorial Envoys Andrea and David Robinson, Driffield. Effective 26 July: Captain Barry Ashton, associate officer, Southampton Shirley; Captains Barrie and Cheryle Cox, Alderney; Major Andrew Gaudion, Wickford and Programme Support Officer, London North-East Division; Majors Lynda and Maurice Hunt, Jarrow; Majors Bert and Nancy Roper, Plymouth Congress Hall; Major Stephen Whittingham, change of designation, Chaplain, HMP Dorchester and HMP/YOI Portland. Effective 4 September: Major Angela Irving, Senior Personnel Assistant, Personnel Service, THQ. Effective 6 September: Major Doreen Bland, Assistant Director Older People’s Services (Practice Development), Programme Service, THQ; Major David Ryder, Pastoral Support Officer, Central North, North-Western, South and Mid Wales and West Midlands, Personnel Service, THQ. Effective 13 September: Major Suzanne Lowe, Spiritual Programme Director, Eva Burrows Lifehouse and Older People’s Services Day Centre, Glasgow.

ENGAGEMENTS GENERAL LINDA BOND: Canada (International Conference of Leaders), Sat 7 Jul - Sat 14; USA Eastern, Th 26 - Mon 30 THE CHIEF OF THE STAFF (COMMISSIONER BARRY SWANSON) AND COMMISSIONER SUE SWANSON: Canada (International Conference of Leaders), Sat 7 Jul - Sun 15; ICO, Tu 24 THE TERRITORIAL COMMANDER (COMMISSIONER ANDRÉ COX) AND COMMISSIONER SILVIA COX William Booth College (Covenant Day), Wed 4 Jul; Westminster Central Hall (Commissioning), Sat 7; Canada (International Conference of Leaders), Sun 8 - Sat 14; Sunbury Court (Territorial Music School), Sun 22 THE CHIEF SECRETARY (COLONEL DAVID HINTON) AND COLONEL SYLVIA HINTON: William Booth College (Covenant Day), Wed 4 Jul; Westminster Central Hall (Commissioning), Sat 7; William Booth College (Farewell Sunday), Sun 8; The Hexagon, Reading (Territorial Music



Effective 25 October: Majors Barbara and Harry Wilson, Plymouth Congress Hall. Effective 24 January 2013: Majors Derek and Helen Tyrrell, Plymouth Congress Hall. Effective 25 April 2013: Colonels Anne and Graeme Harding, Plymouth Congress Hall.

BEREAVED Esther Pitt, Southsea, of her son Roger; Joyce Russell, Hadleigh Temple, of her husband Songster Ray Russell, Howard Russell, Norwich Citadel, and Martin Russell of their father; Olive Rodgers, Sale, of her husband Reg. RETIRED OFFICERS Birthday congratulations: Mrs Commissioner Hilda Cox, Southampton (85 on 9 July).

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS Rtd CT Ken Bovey, Exeter, received the British Empire Medal for charitable services through The Salvation Army.

PROMOTED TO GLORY Vi Doorbar, Macclesfield.

LOCAL OFFICERS APPOINTED CSM Russell Chalmers, Parkhead; SL Jan Zidani, Risca; SCL Alison Quick, Leighton Buzzard; HLS Patricia Hall, Horsham.

CORRECTION The retirement notice for Major Colin Edwin published in 16 June issue should have given his last appointment as Chaplain, Harnall Lifehouse, Coventry, and Eden Villa Lifehouse, Leamington Spa.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES Golden: Commissioners Arthur and Karen Thompson (14 July); Majors Paul and Ena Latham (14 July); BM Royston and Mrs Betty Hartley, Sheffield Citadel (14 July); Don and Mrs Ann Lewis, Skewen (14 July); Fred and Mrs Kath Housley, Hull Citadel (14 July).


DEDICATED TO GOD Noah Christopher, son of James and Clair Thomas, at Worthing by Majors Iris and Peter Leech; Luca Jack and Francesca Grace, children of Tom and Katie Selwood, at Norwich Dussindale by Territorial Envoy Kerry Giles; Kieren Alexander, son of Kevin Holmes and Helen Aistrop, at Scarborough by Major Paul Robinson; Clodagh Ruby, daughter of Bandsman Stuart and Claire Leathem, at Bangor by Captain Gordon Tucker.

School final festival), Sat 28; London South-East (installation of divisional leaders), Sun 29 Commissioner William Cochrane: Canada (International Conference of Leaders), Fri 6 Jul Sun 15 Commissioners Alistair and Astrid Herring: Canada (International Conference of Leaders), Fri 6 Jul - Sun 15 Commissioners Kenneth and Jolene Hodder: Canada (International Conference of Leaders), Fri 6 Jul - Sun 15 Commissioners Amos and Rosemary Makina: Canada (International Conference of Leaders), Fri 6 Jul - Th 12 Commissioners Robert and Janet Street: UK, Margate, Sat 30 Jun Sun 1 Jul; Canada (International Conference of Leaders), Sat 7 Sun 15 International Staff Band: Westminster Central Hall (Commissioning), Sat 7 Jul

MAJOR RITA MULLETT IN 1958 Cadet Rita Hewitt left her home corps at Leeds Burley to join other members of the Pioneers Session at the training college. She was commissioned the following year and appointed to Maryport, followed by appointments at Lamberhead Green, Millom, Penrith, Blackburn Furthergate, Birmingham Stirchley and Denaby Main. Life changed in 1965 while at Downham Market, with marriage to Lieutenant John Mullett. Together they served in the Eastern Counties and Hull and Lincs Divisions. Pearl and Alan were additions to the family. After Rita helped John through his Open University degree and teacher training, in 1977 the Mulletts were appointed to the Howard Institute in Zimbabwe. It was the time of the uprisings and they had to move into the town, serving on THQ. The couple returned to the UK in 1981 to corps ministry at Shaw before further overseas service in Zaire in 1983, where John became financial secretary. Back in the UK, Rita worked in the Africa Department at IHQ while her husband was an international auditor before moving to the Finance Department at THQ. They settled at Milton Keynes in 1990, where Rita was appointed home league secretary on arrival. Until her promotion to Glory she worked steadfastly in the home league and later the Cameo club – also cooking for the day centre and for homeless people. Although suffering from cancer she continued to the end. The last Cameo programme was the Easter Celebrations. Her funeral featured those Easter songs, with the theme of celebrating a valiant life. The major never, never gave up. – J. M.

ANNOUNCEMENTS MRS LIEUT-COLONEL ELIZABETH (BETTY) TRIBBLE IN 1944 – at the height of the Blitz – 17-year-old Betty Vallely left Bradninch and rural Devon for London and the training college, one of only 18 women cadets in the Fearless 2 Session. Betty was commissioned a Salvation Army officer six days after her eighteenth birthday. Several appointments in southern England preceded marriage to Lieutenant Derrik Tribble in 1949. He had just returned from Czechoslovakia following the Communist takeover, and it was intended they would have a pro tem UK appointment before service in mainland Europe – but the pro tem was extended and Europe had to wait another 40 years for the Tribbles. Instead, the couple served in corps and training college appointments before a transfer to Men’s Social Work in 1958, at hostels in Bermondsey, Blackburn and Cardiff. In 1962 they were appointed to House o’ the Trees – an approved probation home in South Wales – where they stayed for nine years. During this time they became synonymous with the home. Betty was known as ‘Mum’ to the boys, young men and staff, as well as to many who attended House o’ the Trees Corps – the only one in Men’s Social Work – boasting one of the biggest Sunday schools and home leagues in the division. Some ‘old boys’ and corps folk still refer to her as ‘Mum’. The majors were then appointed back to their first social appointment at Spa Road – this time with Derrik as complex director. Ever the evangelist, Betty used the weekly clothing sale to start a home league. The daughter of one of those members recently walked into a corps and told how the challenge of that meeting had caused her mother to change her life and that of her family. Appointments as provincial officers in Bristol, Western, Lancashire, Central and North London preceded others at Social Service Headquarters, with Derrik as Secretary for Personnel and Training and then Chaplain for Social Services in the UK. The Tribbles retired in 1990, and almost immediately went to Czechoslovakia to recommence The Salvation Army’s work following the Communist collapse. After their return they became chaplains to the British Field. Betty’s pastoral character was truly shown in this role, when one February she set out to write to all single corps officers who had to collect house-tohouse during the Self-Denial Appeal. Every letter was personal and handwritten. Betty was a passionate and eloquent preacher, a gifted pianist and a loving example as wife and mother. She knew what things really mattered – once telling her daughters: ‘I don’t care if you dye your hair green, as long as you love the Lord!’ If her session was justifiably called ‘Fear-

less’, she could, with equal justification, be called ‘fuss-less’. She never made a scene, but dealt with all challenges with the same iron determination and stoicism with which she had faced the doodlebugs. This resolve extended to her last illness, which was vicious and degenerative. When her speech was reduced to three words, she would answer health inquiries from family with, ‘All right’ – no fuss, no complaint – and then, ‘Love you’. When even these three words were taken from her and independent movement reduced to one hand, she held in that hand a palm cross. That her last days were spent holding on to a cross typified her life; holding up the cross to others, and holding on to the cross herself when she could do no other. – D. T.

MRS OLIVE WRIGHT, HATFIELD PEVEREL OLIVE was born at Sheringham in 1927. Her family moved to Chelmsford during the war and Olive stayed there when her parents moved to Dorset. She later settled in Hatfield Peverel, where she joined in corps activities. She served as singing company leader and later as home league treasurer and a songster. Olive married Peter in 1954 and they have two loyal sons, Malcolm and Derek. She loved needlework and made many of her own dresses and carried out alterations for family and friends. Olive is missed by her family and by all who knew her. – S. D.

BANDMASTER DAVID WARD, WOODHOUSE DESCENDED from an early convert of The Christian Mission in Hartlepool, David was a fourth-generation Salvationist. Born at Chatham in 1952, he studied at the Royal College of Music. Completing studies in Sheffield, he continued service as a songster and YP band leader at Langsett Road before moving to Woodhouse, where he was bandmaster, acting songster leader and worship team leader. For ten years he was also divisional youth bandmaster. David blessed many through his ministry, on and off the platform, as shown through many tributes from Salvationists, corps officers and work colleagues. He is greatly missed by his wife, Margaret, and three children, the wider family and corps members. All thank God for the privilege of knowing him. – H. W./A. W.

MRS WINIFRED STUBBINGS, RINGWOOD ‘AUNTIE WIN’ was born in Dover in 1917. The family moved to Ringwood, where in 1941 she married Eric and raised their four children: John, Judith, Gillian and Michael. Winnie held several local officer appointments before she and Eric became full-time employees of Cambridge Citadel Corps in Massachusetts, USA, in 1968. There she managed, with great success, the extensive programme for senior citizens. The 15 years the couple spent in Cambridge were a time of considerable personal fulfilment and blessing. In 1983 they returned to Ringwood, where in retirement Winnie served as over-60 club secretary. She is greatly missed and remembered with much affection by her children, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and the many people whose lives she touched. – J. S.

SONGSTER MRS GLYNIS WOODARD, RAMSGATE WHEN her daughter joined the Girls’ Brigade at the Baptist Church and had to attend Sunday school, Glynis decided to stay for the service. Her husband, David, also started to attend and they became active church members. After it closed they looked for another church and settled at the corps. They soon became active soldiers. Glynis was a songster, worked with children and often wrote poems for special occasions. In recent years she kept the over-60 club register and sent cards to members. Despite health problems for some years, she managed to attend until four months ago when she was admitted to hospital, where she witnessed to other patients, visitors and staff. Glynis is remembered for her courage and cheerfulness. – J. W.

MRS IRENE SANDFORD, BEXLEYHEATH GROWING up at Carlisle Citadel, Irene Taylor entered the 1947 King’s Messengers Session and became a sergeant for the Peacemakers Session. Irene met her husband Charles in college and they married in 1952. They relinquished officership through ill-health in the early 1960s. The family moved to Doncaster and then to Northampton Citadel, where Irene became primary sergeant; a further move to Bexleyheath in 1973 brought service as songster sergeant. Irene later took responsibility for the over-60 club – a position she held diligently for 16 years. A strong woman of faith and prayer, she remained a witness to everyone in her care home despite her final difficult years. She was a loving wife and mother and proud grandma to nine grandsons. – K. S.






BOOK OF THE WEEK Major Philippa Smale reviews Army On Its Knees – The Dynamics Of Great Commission Prayer by Janet Munn and Stephen Court In their foreword to Army On Its Knees, General Paul Rader (Retired) and Commissioner Kay Rader write: ‘There is across the world a growing awareness that prayer – urgent, persistent and believing prayer – is at the heart of the Great Salvation War.’ A spiritual Army cannot prevail without prayer but with prayer can defeat demons and sin and the dark forces of this world. In this book Lieut-Colonel Janet Munn and Major Stephen Court describe the fundamentals of prayer – from private intercession to non-stop, 24-7 prayer. They look at expectations in prayer, at how God works through prayer, why people need to persist in prayer. They talk about Christians waging warfare on their knees and examine the power of fasting in prayer. There is a chapter on the rhythms of prayer, praying the Bible and the Lectio Divina (‘Sacred Reading’),

which also incorporates prayer-walking and listening prayer. They maintain that the Christian disciplines of abstinence such as solitude, chastity, frugality and simplicity, improve with practice and they also look at the disciplines of engagement – for example, study, worship, celebration and fellowship. The penultimate chapter looks at the Global Call to 24-7 Prayer – A Day And Night Call For Justice. The authors say: ‘The purpose of the Global Call is to motivate and focus attention on prayer throughout The Salvation Army’s international family, with a united purpose in intercession – the need for justice for the oppressed.’ The final chapter focuses on the need for Christians to be a place where God dwells. The authors sum it up: ‘How far will God go to make his home with us? All the way to death, even death on a cross.’ Army On Its Knees aims to equip Jesus’ followers to win the world for him – and this is a work that can be undertaken only from a basis of believing prayer. Q Army On Its Knees is published by Salvation Books and is available from SP&S, priced £3.95 (plus £4.95 postage and packing), and from



Imagine an army on its knees: an army of dedicated, disciplined warriors advancing in humble, God-honouring obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ; an army determined to prevail against sin, the Devil and despair; an army determined to win the world for Jesus. Taken from Army On Its Knees

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38 and 39 New International Version)


Portsmouth Harbour. Picture: GILBERT ELLIS

Slowly sinks the reign of darkness, Yielding to the Saviour’s day, When the slaves of sinful bondage Cast their evil chains away. Upward, Christward, homeward, Godward! Millions who are now afar Shall be brought into the Kingdom, Where the Father’s children are. Albert Orsborn (SASB 776)

Salvationist 30 jun 2012