Return of the New Year Social & Watchnight Service
>To end 2007 a New Year's Eve social event was organised by Songster Leader Wes Carroll with games, quizzes, food, karaoke and great company. The evening was packed
with fun and laughter, as well as being an opportunity to encourage local folk to sample our church on a very informal basis. As midnight crept up, a Watchnight Service
was held, and this spiritual family saw in the New Year with a prayer of thanks for God's faithfulness, and praise for whatever He has in store for 2008!
Christmas Day 2007
This year over 60 meals were served as guests from the communities within Hythe, Dymchurch and Romney Marsh came on Christmas Day for
food, friendship and some fun as well! The hall was full, adding to the festive atmosphere, and the small kitchen was humming with activity. The day started with a
service of Christmas Praise at 11am, wherein the meaning of the occasion was emphasised before those staying for the day sat down for a 4-course dinner, followed by
'breath-taking' entertainment, and then transported home along with a bag of goodies. Captains Phil & Karen would like to thank everyone who made this day possible
and so successful - you know who you are!- and we pray for God's blessings upon you in 2008!
Christmas in a Stable!
Once again the band were presented with an opportunity to share the Christmas message from within a stable at the Rare Breeds Centre, with
carols, jokes, a Christmas thought, and the customary animal noises and smells too!
Traditional Christmas Services!
This year Captain Karen Layton introduced the Christingle to our growing number of children within our services. She spoke from Isaiah's prophecy (9:6) regarding
Jesus' names; Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, and how the red ribbon around the orange signifies that Jesus died for
the whole world, the candle demonstrating that He is therefore the only Light of the world, through whom we have salvation. Then, in the evening, Bandmaster Richard
Carroll led our annual traditional Town Carol Service, featuring the Shepway Gospel Choir, and including many of our much loved Christmas carols. The hall was filled
and the response was superb, with full-throttle singing, good music, and a short message from Captain Phil Layton emphasising that God kept His promise by sending Jesus.
The Christmas Season is in Full Swing!
As a part of the Christmas season the brass band from the Salvation Army at Hythe undertakes many caroling engagements. A selection of these have been included here,
with photos from Christmas caroling in Canterbury, Saltwood and Dover Town hall. On each occasion, our hope and prayer is that the music will bring to mind well known
words which depict the true meaning of Christmas - that God came in the flesh, born as a baby, to reconcile us to Him. In addition, of course, we enjoy plenty of fun,
laughter, fundraising opportunities, and moments for seasonal Gospel thoughts too.
Christmas Spectacular 2007
Despite some extremely wet, cold, and windy conditions, the annual Christmas Family Funday hosted by the Chamber of Commerce went ahead as planned, and, somewhat
bravely, the band from The Salvation Army, Hythe Corps led the outdoor community carol singing beneath the Town Hall in the High Street. While much of the planned
open-air programme had to be put aside due to the wild weather, the band, led by Bandmaster Richard Carroll, provided plenty of festive cheer to passers-by under their
umbrellas and, hopefully, a reminder of the meaning for the season. Amazingly, the turnout was very encouraging, especially from our own church, signifying the
importance of the event and the family-fellowship which we share. Both the local MP, Michael Howard, and the Mayor of Hythe, Alan Ewart-James, joined in the event and
stayed for mince pies afterwards!
KidZone Christmas Carol Service 2007
The KidZone (Sunday school) continues to grow and strengthen, and this year we have seen a few more helpers come forward which has been vital and much appreciated.
Young People's Leader Wendy Margott organised yet another wonderful carol service in which these older children (3-12yrs) performed Christmas songs, and tunes, as well
as a nativity play in full costume. The event was well supported by the church and parents as we continue to thank God for the children at Hythe Corps!
Toddler Christmas Carol Service 2007
The only people with room to move seemed to be the little people running in and out of chairs and legs! The laughter, singing, wonder, and anticipation of the
children as the Christmas story was told in engaging fashion by Captain Karen Layton, also had the effect of reaching out to the grown-ups. This service is held
specifically with the Parent and Toddler groups in mind, and we thoroughly enjoying having them as a part of our church. As usual, a traditional nativity scene was
created as the children dressed according to the Bible story we celebrate.
Christmas Sale 2007
The Christmas season has arrived at The Salvation Army in Hythe as the decorative lights are up and the first festive event of the year, the Christmas Sale, got
under way. The turnout from a supportive community willing to spend a bit of cash was very encouraging, and certainly most of the stalls were selling well. These
included the ever-popular home made cakes, second hand gifts, brand new items and ornaments, gift donations from High Street shops, competitions to guess the sweets and
teddy names, hot snacks as well as a limited stock of unique Hythe Bay Sand-Globes! On top of this, church members Richard and Anne Carroll had secured
several generous financial donations from the local businesses which brought the total funds raised by this event to nearly £800. As a fundraiser, then, the event was a
huge success. However, as anyone present will testify, it was the atmosphere and good humour which made this event a social gathering too, demonstrating the warm
fellowship that exists within the church.
Another Posh Corps Social Event at The Grand Hotel
"We are in danger of setting a new 'tradition'!" That was one sentiment, shared by many who came along to this social event for friends and members of Hythe Corps,
held within the very elegant surroundings of the Grand Hotel, Folkestone. Tea, coffee, handmade scones and biscuits were savoured while the atmosphere and terrific
company was amazing, with everyone relaxed after another very busy year. 2007 has been another exciting year for the church, seeing new people come into fellowship,
new ideas tried and tested, whilst making good use of the old, established styles and methods of getting the Gospel message heard.For a great year - we thank you Lord!
Hythe Corps Band in the Park & Harvest Celebrations
In the morning the church celebrated Harvest with its traditional service, including a display of thanksgiving to God for His provision, food baskets brought
and decorated by the children, traditional harvest hymns for the occasion, as well as a message for young and old alike to consider, taking the Bible character Daniel
as the theme. Then, after football club and a bite to eat, the Corps met in the local park where many others gathered also for the last live outdoor concert of the
bandstand season. Bandmaster Richard Carroll compered a carefully selected programme that had everything in it, soul-stirring music, classics, soloists, feet-tapping
numbers, and traditional hymns too. The Bandmaster's humour, along with the joyful spirit of the band itself, was contagious, and even as the weather grew chilly the
warmth of the occasion was evident through the smiles on people's faces.
2 more Adherents find a spiritual home at Hythe Salvation Army
Celebrations were in order at Hythe Corps when 2 more Adherents were enrolled, Len and Brenda, and praise and thanks was given for God's faithfulness toward the
Corps Prayer. Brenda has been coming to the Corps for a few months, and testified that the moment she walked into The Salvation Army at Hythe, she felt she was a member
of our spiritual family. She confirmed that the warmth of welcome and the Spirit-filled atmosphere were like powerful magnets to her. Len has been coming to the services
for over 18 months, and in his testimony he thanked God for His provision of a spiritual home, for the support he has received, and the way in which this church has
helped him to understand God's intimate love for him personally. During Len's witness he spoke of darker days, through which God has led him to the light which is Jesus
Christ, and how his whole life has been, and continues to be, transformed by God's work and through His timing. Corps Officer Captain Karen Layton led the service which
as aptly themed 'Seasons of Life', while Captain Phil led the enrolments, and Recruiting Sergeant Robert Washford will now be guiding Len through classes toward
Hythe Corps Annual BBQ
For a 5th successive year members and friends of Hythe Corps had an evening of family fun and friendship as well as BBQ food in what has become a traditional social
event at which everyone (except the cook) can relax. The weather was cloudy but dry, enabling a very good attendance with plenty of children enjoying the games,
including the newly formed football club. Most folk just turned up and enjoyed each other's company, with lots of laughter, chatter, and friendship resonating around
that corner of the recreation park. The social event complemented the morning worship which was reverent, Bible-centred, yet also relaxed, and the day as a whole was
an indication of the spiritual and social health of the church.
Wednesday Club 2007 Garden Party
As the Wednesday Club drew to a close for the month of August, its members met for a cream tea in the Captains' garden. Delicious scones were made by one of the
members for the occasion, and in an incredibly wet summer the weather was very kind indeed! It was a perfect day for the Captains' garden party, which is an annual
tradition for the club.
8 Lake Challenge 2007
Captain Phil is no stranger to a challenge, and this year he came up with another one of his fundraising ideas, this time to try and raise sponsorship for attempting
to swim across 8 of the largest Lakes in England's Lake District within just 3 days. While money was being raised, so were many eyebrows as the seriousness of the task
was becoming understood. However, through strict training, a typically stubborn determination, a willing support crew, good advice, and of course, the incentive provided
by many people's generosity, the Salvation Army Captain found himself at the shoreline of his first Lake, Windermere, with only one thing left to do - swim! The water
for each of the 8 Lakes varied in temperature, from cold to extremely cold, but while the weather was overcast with some rain, and some stiff breezes, the truth is that
in terms of weather, accessibility, planning, injuries, and timing everything went extraordinarily well. Even when one of the oars broke the crew were able, through a
series of incredibly unlikely occurrences, to replace the affected part, and without cost. All of which, having finished by crossing Lake Ullswater, led Captain Phil to
believe that God had been keeping a close eye on the event the whole time. The challenge has raise a little over £1100 for the local work and ministry of The Salvation
Army in Hythe, Dymchurch, and Romney Marsh, and for which Captain Phil said; "I am so very grateful for the prayers that have accompanied us, for the crew who came and
supported me, and for the kindness shown by all who offered to help in many other ways, including the direct donations of sponsorship from our members, our friends, and
local businesses and individuals. This whole event, whilst enjoyable, was intended to let folk know that such kindness is not taken for granted, and we are willing to
work for it, and trying hard to help ourselves fund the work we do." Special thanks go to the support crew, Richard Carroll, Gemma Found, and Brian Rayner, and also to
the Calvert Trust charity at Bassenthwaite, and to the Waterside Hotel at Grasmere.
Maidstone Salvation Army Brass Band
As a "Thank You" to the community of Hythe and the surrounding districts Bandmasters Richard Carroll and Keith Thomas organised the visit of the brass band from The
Salvation Army at Maidstone Corps. As well as an event to show gratitude, the weekend brought good music, strengthened friendships between corps, and opportunities to
engage with the good folk who came to listen. After weeks of rain and cloud, 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 in Hythe High Street (see photo). At each of these outreach events many
people lined the streets and well over 200 came to the Sunday bandstand. In addition the band performed a Saturday night festival at the Methodist Church and led the
morning service at our own church in Portland Road. The Deputy Mayor 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 Maidstone 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!
Wednesday Club Rally '07
Once again a delightful afternoon was enjoyed by everyone at our Wednesday Fellowship, joined by various members of other local groups for the annual Rally, this year
led by The Salvation Army's Divisional Family Officer, Maureen Ross. While the heatwave of July 2006 deterred the vast majority of members last year, this year we had to
contend with unseasonal thunder storms and showers...but the atmosphere inside was warm and light, as Maureen described life's journey in practical ways, going on to
relate how in our spiritual lives, too, we sometimes need to assess the 'baggage' we might be carrying around unnecessarily. As usual, the rally ended with superb
homecooked refreshments and tea.
Churches Unite for 800th Anniversary Celebrations
As a continuation of the special relationship between The Salvation Army at Hythe Corps and the Church of England's Saltwood Parish, salvationists played a prominent
part in the 800th Anniversary celebrations of St Peter and St Paul's church, Saltwood. The celebrations took place over a weekend, reaching a climax with a united
churches service held in the open grounds of Saltwood Castle, where, accompanied by numerous peacocks and surrounded by magnificent scenery, The Salvation Army joined in
with the estimated 500 worshippers and contributed through song, brass, and Bible reading. After the service the Hythe Corps band held a concert in the grounds to the
delight of the attendees who had brought picnics and refreshments, and played a variety of pieces including 'Tomado de la mano', an arrangement of 'Fewster', and 'Battle
Cry'. The newly appointed Right Reverend John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford, gave the message and afterward enjoyed another new 'appointment' as he conducted the band
while they played 'Sword and Shield'.
UK Earthquake Response 2007
Following an earthquake which awoke Kent, shook Hythe, and damaged areas in Folkestone, the Salvation Army, Folkestone Corps, was quick to respond to requests from
the emergency services to use its hall as a base of operations, and as a relief centre for those who had been displaced and unable to return to unstable houses. Captain
Mark Rose, of Folkestone Corps led the relief team which acted as a vital source of refreshment, shelter, and a listening ear for around 400 local residents as well as
to other rescue personnel. The response continued throughout the night, and Hythe Corps were asked to supply help in the form of 3 volunteers to run the kitchens.
Songster Leader Wes Carroll and Bandmaster Richard Carroll responded immediately to Hythe Corps officer, Captain Phil Layton's request for help, and the three of them
were briefed by the Folkestone crew before engaging in service. Despite the local situation, those in need of refreshment and a listening ear voiced appreciation for
the 'unusual' way in which the 3 volunteers set about their task - raising the spirits of those who had been helping all day.
The Easter Message is simply too good to keep to ourselves!
There was yet another effective and encouraging outdoor service in the High Street on Good Friday, led by the Churches Together in Hythe and Saltwood. The theme was
on Jesus' words, 'It is finished!', with an emphasis on our belief that salvation (being made right with God) is a gift that He has given us, made possible through
Jesus' death, and attainable only through faith alone. Then the Methodist and URC congregations came back to our hall in Portland Road to join us for our usual Good
Friday time of reflection, a powerful hour of song, contemplation, and reaction to what Jesus Christ went through on our behalf. But that was only half the story...
Just as the message of Good Friday was too powerful to keep indoors, so on Easter Sunday we flung the doors open so that all passers-by could hear the songs of praise
and celebration that thundered from our worship as we gloried in the risen Christ! Thanks to a superb last-minute suggestion by one of our members, we even went out to
the canal bank and sang the Easter hymn ('Christ the Lord is risen today') accompanied by our versatile band. What a perfect Easter; time for reflection, time for praise,
and a time to demonstrate that we're not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ!
Setting the example on Mothering Sunday
This year's Mothers' Day at Hythe Salvation Army saw over 100 people of all ages join together for a service which included songs of celebration and thanksgiving,
participation from the many youngsters who read poems, and thought of words to describe their mothers, before handing out beautiful flowers in pots to all mothers in the
congregation. The Kidzone (Sunday school) members then sang two songs with great enthusiasm and actions, before the Bible message was delievered which encouraged all
adults to be good examples in every walk of life, including our spiritual walk, because the children are observing us... Similarly young and old alike were encouraged to
honour and respect one another, before a time of remembrance and honour was held for those mothers who were not with us. The service ended with the dedication to God of
baby Grant Rudge, whose parents wanted the ceremony as a demonstration of their desire to set a good example to their little boy. As usual, people stayed and chatted
during refreshments afterwards.
6 new Adherents at Hythe Salvation Army
Our church is growing....and we Praise the Lord for answering our prayers by sending people into our fellowship, and preparing us to be blessed as a
spiritual family here in Hythe. While everyone who worships with us is truly cherished and already clearly 'belongs', it is never-the-less a cause for celebration
when folk decide to formally adhere to The Salvation Army's mission and local worship. In declaring their faith in Jesus Christ, 6 new Adherents were publicly
enrolled; Hannah Simms, Barry Allen, Joanna Simms, Anne Goodfield, Heather Knivett and Ted Knivett. Recruiting Sergeant Robert Washford and Captain Phil Layton are also
pictured. Joanna and Heather testified to God's leading in their lives, to the Spirit filled worship they enjoy at Hythe Corps, and to the friendship they have received
here. Thank You God for what You're doing among us....continue to shape us, direct us, protect us and bless us we pray....in Jesus' name Amen!
Music with a Message
The 5th Annual Concert featuring the Hythe Band of the Salvation Army, and the Hythe Town Concert Band was played to a packed "standing room only" audience at the
local Parish church which typically holds around 200. In the first half of the programme, the Salvation Army band, led by Richard Carroll, gave a sparkling performance
which included "Just a piece of Music?", composed by Songster Leader Wes Carroll and based on the song, 'Gentle Jesus'.. Richard also compered the programme, suitably
revealing the message behind the music. Then, following an excellent French Horn solo by special guest David Simms, a Salvationist from Southwark Corps, the band led the
audience in a "Last Night of the Proms" item that featured cornet soloists Wendy Margott, Terry Jackson, and Wes Carroll on euphonium, along with lots of flag waving!
The first half closed with a rousing rendition of the Finale of the Carnival of the Animals. Last year's concert included the first performance of the Shepway Gospel
Youth Choir, who made a return appearance this year, and once again "stole the show" with an energetic and polished performance. Following the interval, the Hythe Town
Concert Band performed music from blockbuster films and West End/Broadway shows. Their set also include a masterly performance by David Simms. The curtain came down with
both bands uniting to play Eric Ball's march "Star Lake" The Gospel Choir included the song "Give God the Glory" and in asking God to bless the audience the
Salvationists present did just that - hallelujah!
Young People's Annual Prize-giving
Once again The Salvation Army at Hythe Corps enjoyed a cosily packed hall as family members came to support the young folk who are a part of the KidZone, a thriving
Sunday school for 3-12yrs led by YPSM Wendy Margott. Youth Leaders Steve and Karen Chambers (Llanelli Corps) came especially to lead the service which was full of
appealing worship songs and illustrations for the younger generation who are such an important and valued part of the spiritual family here. In a 'banana challenge',
Steve asked volunteers to peel, slice, and then fully repair bananas, illustrating the main theme which was that Jesus Christ is the great healer, able to heal our
emotional and spiritual hurts. "Prizes" were given to the children such as Christian books, puzzles and DVDs which we hope will be referred to time and time again as they
grow in the faith of Jesus Christ. After the service KidZone stayed for games.
United Churches Service
Hythe Corps of The Salvation Army were the hosts for this year's united service for the Churches Together in Hythe and Saltwood. Captain Phil Layton is the current
Chair of the local council of churches, which comprises of leaders and representatives from the 6 churches (The Salvation Army, 2x Church of Church, United Reformed
Church, and South Kent Community Church). The service was a celebration of the common mission 'to know Christ, and to make Christ known', and included a message by the
Captain regarding the blessing of diversity and a challenge to resist distractions from proclaiming the salvation which is found only in Jesus (John 14:6).
1 Corinthians 12:4-27 was read by representative ministers. Highlights of the service included inspirational performances by the Shepway Gospel Youth Choir, the
Salvation Army songsters and brass band, a farewell to the CTHS youth worker, complimented by the marvellous volume as the capacity congregation sang both devotional
and toe-tapping songs.