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to pray prayers of intercession for corps members, friends and family. Peter Scazzero explains how, before he began to observe the Daily Office, after his morning devotions, within a couple of hours he would forget God was at work in his day. By lunchtime he would be grumpy and short with people. By mid-afternoon he had forgotten God’s presence altogether and by night-time he would be wondering if he’d lost his Christianity. Those who know me well might well think the same of me! The Daily Office has allowed me to extend my awareness of the presence of God throughout my day, and I believe it prepares me for the blizzard of competing demands and the things I must accomplish in my day. Most days, I try to attend any activity happening at the corps. Hednesford Corps has a busy weekly programme for its size, including two sessions of parentand-toddler club, CAMEO, fellowship groups, Bible study, a junior club, lunch club, a teenage drop-in and music section rehearsals. The community activities give tremendous opportunities to reach out to people in our town and I try to be there to talk to those who come in. My days as a student have equipped me with toast-making skills, which have come in handy at parent-and-toddlers! I see part of my role as a corps leader as being a ‘cheerleader’ for the incredible soldiers, adherents and friends who lead and assist with these activities. They are the lifeblood of Hednesford Corps and I am constantly amazed by the sacrifices they are prepared to make for the mission of The Salvation Army. I have seen this work with new eyes since becoming a territorial envoy. I am constantly reminded of Paul’s words to the Ephesians: ‘So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors

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and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4: 11-13 TNIV). I have learned that I am called to equip the members of my corps for the works of service God has called them to do. Hopefully, my encouragement will go some way to achieving this. What I am hoping to learn this year is how to bridge the gap from these

I have learned that I am called to equip the members of my corps for the works of service God has called them to do ‘entry points’ to a commitment to God. One bridge that was already in place was a monthly family service, which we have now branded Messy Church. One surprising thing I have discovered is that I can actually remember the actions to children’s worship songs, if I practise them enough beforehand! Perhaps being married to a YPSM has prepared me for this line of ministry after all! On at least one day a week I try to visit corps members and those who attend our activities. When I was going through the assessment process for territorial envoy, this was perhaps the area of ministry I was most concerned about. I did not consider myself a ‘people person’ – I am introvert by temperament and too task-oriented for my own good! But God was insistent in his calling, and I have learned that those whom he calls, he equips. I am indebted to my divisional

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