Christmas Day Meals
Nearly 50 meals were served once again as guests from the communities within Hythe and Romney
Marsh came on Christmas Day for food, friendship and some fun as well! With a Christmas Day service at 11am, attended by Mayor Wendy Harris,
the guests, volunteers and other attendees got well into the meaning of the occasion before being sat down for a 4-course dinner, followed by
entertainment, and then transported home along with a bag of goodies. Captain Phil would like to thank everyone who made this day possible
and so successful - you know who you are! - and wishes God's blessings upon you in 2006!
Carols at Appledore
For the first time we have photos of our annual outdoor carols at Appledore! This is held very close to Christmas day, with over 100 in attendance,
with many carols, jokes, a Christmas message and prayers, and supported well by our own Corps folk too.
Christmas Carols in a Stable
The annual Christmas Carols led by The Salvation Army band from Hythe Corps at the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch, went extremely well once
again this year. Yet again hundreds of parents and children braved the cold, draughty stable to sing and hear carols, enjoy timbrel displays (as well as have
a go!), and put up with jokes which had been rejected by festive cracker producers.
Christmas Spectacular 2005
Hythe Corps moved their indoor service out into the High Street for a second consecutive year
by invitation of the Hythe Chamber of Commerce who were hosting a Family Fun Day. The bold move has caused other local churches to consider how they
impact the local community too, and it is just amazing to consider what an opportunity God had presented before us.
The Songsters were in great form, singing an arrangement by SL Wes Carroll of 'Joy to the world', and then later on a very sensitive and
effective 'Come to the Cradle' as members of the Corps KidZone club came to the foreground to reenact the nativity scene.
BM Richard Carroll led the band as they played some swinging and attractive pieces as well as accompanying favourite carols, while Captain Karen Layton
provided a short thought for the youngsters and Captain Phil Layton used a short parable by Soren Kierkegaard to challenge the adults.
The whole event was truly a team effort by all involved, and was well supported by the Corps congregation, who braved the cold, and in turn
attracted many other shoppers and bystanders, estimated to total around 250.
The morning was an incredible opportunity through which the Christmas message was presented clearly and attractively, and is a continuation
of the Corps' desire to be efficient risk-takers in Jesus' name.
KidZone Carol Service (Sunday School)
One of the many blessings of having a growing Sunday School is that there is inevitably
a larger attendance to support their annual carol service due to more families being represented.
It is no surprise, then, that with a KidZone of 18 members over 80 people supported the children as they took part in a nativity play,
timbrel items, Junior Singers, instrumental skills, carols played on glasses, and much, much more. Orchestrated by our Young People's Leader,
Wendy Margott, the evening consisted of one item after another as Corps folk and families watched and enjoyed the performance which culminated
with a message that there is no greater thing than knowing Jesus.
Full House for Toddler Christmas Carol Service
Children running about, with shouts, laughter, uncertainty, a nativity scene with 5
month old baby Luke as Jesus, a story, present, many carols and a challenging Christmas message with mince pies and drinks to follow all
came within the Toddler Christmas Carol Service led by Captain Karen Layton, and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The hall was simply packed (see photo) and, as usual, the atmosphere was terrific!
When Anne Goodfield responded to an invitation to the Corps BBQ in 2004, her son, Sam, was
too afraid to come into our hall. Eighteen months later, and Sam is a regular in our growing KidZone
Sunday School, Anne's mother, Brenda, is a regular at our Wednesday Fellowship, and Anne has started attending when she can too, to the
degree that she wanted her new son, Luke, to be dedicated in The Salvation Army, and to double-up the ceremony by having 10 year old Sam
dedicated too. The Corps showed its love and support for this family - praying that these valuable children may be brought up to know Jesus intimately.
New found faith, new friendships, new Adherent!
When Keith Deary decided to become an Adherent at Hythe Corps, it marked a milestone in
his spiritual life which has been quite dramatic. Keith testified to the patience and faithfulness of God during his gradual and careful
steps toward faith in Christ over the past year. He first became comfortable with The Salvation Army through Bandmaster Richard
Carroll's friendship which was 'instrumental' in his journey of faith, and then attended various Corps musical events. Hythe Corps band have
been strengthening links with the Town Concert band over recent years, of which Keith is a prominent part. After some months Keith began attending
Sunday services, and very thoughtfully asking questions about our faith in Christ, about The Salvation Army, and about the Bible.
Having placed His trust in Jesus Christ, he is very aware of his need to continue developing as a Christian, and the Corps celebrated his place in
this spiritual family, looking forward to what God has in store for him. In typically apt fashion the songsters sang 'It Is Well With My Soul' and the band
played 'Help us build a loving world' to mark the occasion. The photo, taken by Richard, shows some members of the Corps with Keith, who is holding his
certificate and shaking hands with Captain Phil Layton, with Recruiting Sergeant Robert Washford to the right.
3 more reasons to celebrate
2 new Junior Soldiers and a new Adherent were presented as Hythe Corps celebrated the faithfulness of God in answering the Corps Prayer. YPSM
Wendy Margott (right) and JS Sergeant Shauna Carroll are pictured with Emilie and Charlotte in their new JS uniforms and badges, while
Adherent Helen Goddard is in the centre. Helen came to the Corps in recent months and has since placed her trust in Jesus Christ as her
Lord and Saviour, and testified to the fact, whilst also now being prepared to start Recruits Classes. All this has come during a shake-up
of the Sunday programme in order to hone its efficiency, and so merely adds to the excitement in the air!
Hythe Corps Band in the Park & Harvest Celebrations
As the Corps celebrated Harvest in a very reverent, yet friendly and traditional
style in the morning service, children brought food parcels to be distributed, Harvest songs were sung thanking God for our food, and
Captain Karen reminded the full hall of the need to have each of the fruit of the Spirit developing in our lives.(See Galatians 5v22-23)
Then, in the afternoon, Bandmaster Richard Carroll compered a musical treat as the band performed on the local park's bandstand for the last
live outdoor concert of the season. Requests from the receptive crowd were played, solos performed, with Ashley Found making an outstanding
bandstand debut on percussion, and the good music was matched by the Bandmaster's humour!
Hythe Corps 3rd Annual BBQ
For the third year running Hythe Corps held an open-house BBQ where anyone could join
in, children played, friendships were encouraged, and good food eaten! The successful evening included the return of youngsters prior to the
recommencement of KidZone in September, and the enjoyment of parents and others who came but are not officially linked to the Corps.
Such times of social interaction and discussion is proving very beneficial for Hythe Corps and community.
Drumming up support for Serbian School
The Stevan Mokranjac School, Kraljevo, in Serbia, specialises in music studies but because of the recent troubles they
have very little equipment. A member of the Salvation Army, Mike Rowley, who lives in the Medway
area, was visiting Karljevo when he helped deliver a consignment of aid to the Red Cross centre there on behalf of the Blythswood Charity.
was invited to see the school across the road and a plea for help was born. On his return to the UK Mike telephoned bandmaster Richard Carroll of
Hythe Corps to seek help and ended up with the big bass drum. Richard said The school has very little in the way of any equipment
or instruments, which makes teaching music somewhat difficult! Captain Karen Layton said We have two drums, and don't need them both so I was
delighted to agree to Richard's request that we donate one of them to Kraljevo, where it will be used to make music once again. The Blythswood Charity aims
to provide Christian care for body and soul and is Christain based, which is another reason for us to help them out. June Tottman of the Blythswood
Charity said You have no idea how much this drum will be appreciated, and we are very grateful to the Hythe Salvation Army for their kindness.
Wednesday fellowship 2005 Garden Party
As the Wednesday Fellowship drew to a close for the month of August, members met for a
cream tea in the Captains' garden. Talented bakers made scones for the occasion, and the weather teased us before turning into a perfect day
for the garden party, which has now become an annual tradition. The club restarts from the first Wednesday in September, 2:30pm at the hall.
Hythe Corps Band At Walmer Castle
On a warmy sunny evening, the turrets of Walmer Castle resounded to music when the Admiral, Lord Boyce, Lord
Warden of the Cinque Ports invited Hythe Salvation Army band to play at a reception for all the civic dignitaries of the Cinque Ports, their Limbs and
former Speakers of the Confederation of Cinque Ports. The band played a wide variety of music including Tomado de la mano; Southern New England; Gospel
Songs sing-along along with various solo items. These easy-listening pieces were interspersed with items from the tunebook.The Lord Warden was most
gracious in thanking the band for its fine performance and then conducted the band in the march "Fill the world with music". The band-members
enjoyed the experience, with plenty of fun including sheet music floating off stands and into the moat, Corps Officer Captain Phil having a sword put to
his throat by one of the official guardsmen, as well as the usual chit-chat in between pieces..
London Terrorist Attacks
Following the atrocities of the London bombings, The Salvation Army were on the scene immediately, providing counselling, befriending, refreshments,
temporary accommodation, mortuary duties, and help with implementing the London Major Incident Plan.
The photo shows Hythe Corps Officer Captain Phil Layton, along with Captains Richard & Joan Thompson from Twickenham Corps,
on a night shift with policemen in the inner crime scene cordon of Russell Square.
Wednesday Fellowship Rally 2005
65 local folk from various clubs, groups, and fellowships came and joined the Hythe Corps Wednesday Fellowship for their Annual Rally with guest
speaker Divisional Family Officer Maureen Hood. It was a terrific turnout, the best for some years, and the hall was packed with friendly faces and
Chatham Citadel Salvation Army Brass Band
As a "Thank You" to the community of Hythe and the surrounding districts Bandmaster (Councillor) Richard Carroll organised the visit of the 28-strong
brass band from The Salvation Army at Chatham Corps. This annual event is held to thank all those within the local community for their generous support
for Hythe Corps and its work over the course of a year, as well as to provide good music, inspiring messages, and opportunities to engage with the good
folk who come to listen. The weather for the weekend was simply superb, enabling unhindered parades throughout the High Street and among the houses, 2
bandstand events, and a mini-concert outside the Town Hall. At each of these outreach events many people lined the streets and around 300 came to
the Sunday bandstand. In addition the band performed a Saturday night festival at the Methodist Church and led the morning service at the Hythe Corps,
Portland Road. The Chairman of the Hythe Chamber of Commerce, Reg Belcourt, provided a civic welcome in which the mutual understanding and bond between the
local Corps and the community was emphasised. A great deal of work and preparation went into the event both at Chatham and at Hythe
(with the Captain's sincere thanks to all involved), but the result was a God-glorifying weekend of fine music and evangelistic opportunities...which were taken!
Music Weekend At Glasgow West Corps
What a fantastic weekend! When Captains Mark & Dawn Sellers (Glasgow West) invited the senior band and songsters of Hythe Corps to lead a weekend of music
ministry we could never have predicted it would have been so much fun, fellowship, mutual encouragement and blessings besides....
In a 9-day period of experimentation, outreach, evangelism, and specially adapted Bible Studies, services, football training, tournaments, and even
open-door music practices, Hythe Corps played a high profile, integral part in Spring 05 - a week of Mission in Hythe and Saltwood.
At the finale of the week, several very good contacts were made linking children and adults alike to the Corps, and we pray for these over the
coming weeks as they come under the influence of the Gospel.
Day of Celebration and Promises at Hythe Corps
Hythe Corps was buzzing with encouragement and celebration as Pauline signed her soldier's covenant to be enrolled as a senior soldier of The Salvation
Army, and the Junior Soldiers renewed the promises which they hold before God. Pauline testified that she was attracted to the Corps after
searching for a place of worship which honours God, preaches the Gospel and has warm Christian friendship. The Corps folk were keen to let her
and the children know how grateful we are to have them in our fellowship.
Salvation Army & Town Bands United Concert
The bands belonging to Hythe Corps and Hythe Town united for a 3rd annual fundraising concert in an event attracting several hundred folk from the community,
all of whom were given a musical treat in 3 parts. The Salvation Army band started the evening, under the leadership of Bandmaster Richard Carroll,
who carefully introduced the faith behind the music. This opening third was attended by both the Mayor of Hythe and the Shepway MP Michael Howard, who,
after hearing a splendid yet heartfelt performance, initiated a standing ovation. Solo items came from Songster Leader Wes Carroll in lively form on
piano, Captain Phil Layton on cornet, and a well received arrangement of 'The Old Rugged Cross' on cornet by Terry Jackson. In the second third the
bands swapped places, and then finally combined, demonstrating their increasing friendship. During the evening Mr Howard and Mayor Harris presented a plaque
on behalf of Hythe Corps to the Town Band as they are celebrating their 125th year.
Visit of Canterbury Band
A truly lovely and warm day of Christian fellowship was enjoyed by Hythe Corps when Canterbury Band came and led the worship in the morning service, and a
praise meeting in the afternoon. The friendship was evident as dinner was eaten together following a stroll along the banks of the canal. The
purpose of the day was not only to encourage one another in worship and praise, but to strengthen links between the Corps, and this was most
Young People's Annual Prize-giving
On this wonderful morning the Corps was packed with supporters of our young folk, encouraging them and celebrating what God is doing for and through
their lives. "Prizes" were given to the children such as Christian books, puzzles and DVDs which we hope will be refered to time and time
again as they grow in the faith of Jesus Christ.
Following the Boxing Day 2004 earthquake and subsequent Tsunami across South Asia, The Salvation Army in the region was at the scene
immediately (indeed some Salvationists were the victims of the disaster) while across the world The Salvation Army has been mobilised to help in the
relief work with prayer, organisation, counselling, and finances. Here in Hythe Bandmaster Richard Carroll organised a very successful appeal within
the town centre. Corps folk rallied while the band played and buckets were filled with donations.
Over £720 was raised....and the next day this was increased by the giving of our own Corps congregation in our Sunday services making a total of over £1750.