New Year's Eve 08
Once again members of the church and community gathered for a some fun, food, friendship and prayer in the hours leading up to the
New Year. Wes Carroll organised the evening with quizzes, music, food and a short time of contemplation of God's faithfulness in the past and into future, before
those able to face the cold breeze went for a stroll on the seafront and sang 'Auld Lang Syne' (or similar words) accompanied by Eric Godden on his accordian.
Christmas Day Praise and Meal
Our worship hall was transfromed as the Christmas dinner preparations were finalised, ready for our guests from Hythe, Saltwood,
Dymchurch, Cheriton, and Romney Marsh who would otherwise have spent this special day either on their own or else unable to provide for themselves. This day,
generously supported financially by friends and supporters of The Salvation Army, provided food, comfort and good company, beginning with a short service of
Christmas Praise, followed by a 4 course meal, and ending with wonderful entertainment. An 'army' of volunteers made the day possible, including transporters
for those who needed it...and Captain Phil & Karen are immensely grateful to everyone who helped make the day such a success.
The season of carolling engagements came to a close on Christmas Eve. While the hall was being carefully cleaned and prepared for the following day, members of
the band and singing group sang and played carols at The Hythe Imperial Hotel, marking the end of a season which has seen them take the Christmas message into
residential care homes, nursing houses, the High Street, hotels, barns, public greens, town halls, and...of course...our very own church services. Together with
the feedback received from our website's advent calendar we give God the glory in knowing that it has been a very effective time of the year which we sincerely
hope and pray will produce further spiritual fruit.
Christmas Carol Service At The Rare Breeds Centre, Kent
The barn may have been smelly and rather noisy with animals surrounding us, but it was also full of children and grown-ups who had come to sing carols and hear
the Christmas message through word and music. Bandmaster Richard Carroll led the service with humour and interaction, providing the premise for the message that
our enthusiasm is based on wanting to share the news of why Jesus came.
Traditional Carol Service
This year's Traditional Town Carol Service at The Salvation Army was a capacity event, featuring the Shepway Gospel Choir, and attended by the Mayor of Hythe
Alan Ewart-James, and long-time friend and supporter Michael Howard MP. But among the usual humour, carolling favourites, Christmas message from Captain Phil and
presentation by Bandmaster Richard Carroll, was an unusual appeal for funds to buy a cow! The Salvation Army's International Development Project aims to provide
self-help farmers in Africa with livestock with which they can earn a living, and eventually repay The SA in order for other farmers to be helped in a similar way.
It had previously been decided by our church council that this was an excellent way of asking the people of Hythe to look beyond their immediate district and to
contribute to the help which is provided for those who are struggling to live. One cow costs £170....and so it is with glory to God, and with immense satisfaction
and appreciation to the community of Hythe to announce that 3 cows were 'bought' as a result of this appeal. Furthermore, friends attending this service also
donated generously to our local work too!
Christmas Christingle Service
Once again Captain Karen Layton led the church through the Gospel through the illustration of the Christingle, which she arranged for the
children to make at suitable times within the service. The climax of the service was the lighting of the Christingles as Captain Karen led the carol 'Who is He?'
and then announced that He is the Light of the world.
KidZone Christmas Carol Service
Youth Team Leader Wendy Margott led an afternoon carol service featuring our KidZone (Sunday school) which is such an important part of our church. The
youngsters performed various musical items and prayers, as well as the nativity play 'The First Christmas', before launching an appeal to raise funds for kids in
less fortunate countries where many are orphaned due to the spread of AIDS. KidZone continues to be very active, well attended, and energetic whilst teaching the
children (aged 3-12) truths about God and the Bible in a fun way.
Toddler Christmas Carol Service
What a fantastic morning as our Parent and Toddler groups featured in a carol service designed specifically to appeal to the litte ones! Captain Karen Layton
provided the mixture of well known carols, children's nativity story, gifts, and a short thought for the grown-ups too, while the church thanked God for this
excellent weekday ministry, and the joy we have of sharing with them in worship.
Carolling Season gets started at Homepeak House
Christmas was brought to Homepeak House through the brass band music, the leadership and humour of Bandmaster Richard Carroll, a
short message from Captain Phil Layton, singing and tambourine playing from the youngsters, and an overall enthusiastic proclamation of the true meaning of the
Christmas Coffee Morning & Sale
Once more members and friends of our church put their efforts together to raise much needed funds by way of a Christmas coffee
morning and sale. A surprisingly high number of folk attended on a rainy day, but once inside everyone enjoyed the warmth of friendship, good humour, good
food and bargains galore!
Harrison's Good Citizen Award makes it 3/3
Students at Saltwood Church of England Primary School are given the opportunity to win a most prestigious Cup known as the Good
Citizen Award. The Award, given for consistent courtesy, kindness, integrity, hard work and thoughtfulness, is fairly rare, with only a few winners
each term out of a school of over 200 pupils. However, Harrison Carroll - a lifelong member of The Salvation Army and now aged 5, was given the honour of the Award,
making his parents, and indeed his whole church here very proud of him. Furthermore, a member of our church has now won the much sought-after Award for the past
3 years, with Anastasia Layton in 2006, Mhiari MacArthur in 2007, and now Harrison in 2008. We're proud of them all, and hope they'll continue to witness as
good adverts for kids who love Jesus!
More footballing success
Once more our young footballers were exemplary in style and deportment as they reached the final of a local 5-a-side league tournament, and then overcame
their opponents with a goal during the last few seconds of extra-time to win the trophy.
Music Weekend At St Helier Corps, Jersey
What a fantastic weekend! When the music sections band and songsters from our church were invited by The Salvation Army to lead a weekend
of music ministry on the island of Jersey we knew from the start that we would turn this into an opportunity to minister with music, teaching, encouragement and
friendship...to take a bit of Hythe to our sister church in St Helier.
A Moot Point!
Our Church Bandmaster had the privilege of playing the Hythe Moot Horn (made in 1582) on the occasion of Speakers Day, 4th October 2008. This year the
Mayor of Hythe is the Speaker for the Confederation of Cinque Ports, and the occasion was marked by a church service with music by the Princess of Wales
regimental band, and a procession of all the Cinque Port Mayors, the Lord Warden, Constable of Dover Castle, and various other dignitaries. The Mayor had asked
Bandmaster Richard Carroll to compose and play a fanfare for the event, which was performed at the start of the church service, and then taken on procession.
The Moot Horn is only played on special occasions, the last time being for the Millennium, and previous to that was back in 1975 to mark the 400th anniversary of
the charter. The pictures include the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral The Lord Boyce, the bearer of the Silver Oar and the Speaker for the confederation
of the Cinque Ports the Mayor of Hythe, Cllr Alan Ewart-James.
Harvest - Thanking God for His gifts!
This year our traditional harvest service included a sincere time of thanks for all of God's provision, and we were also given a
treat when the BBC's Choir Boy of the Year, Joel Whitewood, sang the benediction to our service, reminding us that God's gifts come in a variety of ways.
Joel's grandparents, Roy and Patricia, are members of The Salvation Army at Hythe, with Joel being a member at nearby Ashford Corps. In the afternoon we carried
on our tradition of taking the band to witness on the Oaklands Bandstand through playing easy-listening music, including music with a gospel message and times
of reflection and hymn arrangements, and once again Joel provided delightful variety through his vocal skills. The good weather contributed to a terrific
afternoon of praise, worship, and witness, as links within the community continue to be strengthened.
6th Annual Church BBQ
In traditionally dodgy weather our church held its annual BBQ out in the open fields of a recreation park surrounded by beautiful
Hythe scenery along with the company of friends, with food and drink, laughter and times of getting to know each other in this wonderfully informal setting.
Since the first corps BBQ in 2003 this event has become increasingly popular, widespread, and useful as a means of encouraging friendships.
Captains' Cream Tea
As our friendly Wednesday Club drew to a close for a brief break throughout August, the annual tradition of a Cream Tea in the garden of
Captains Karen and Phil was maintained for a 6th consecutive year. With delicious home-made scones brought in by Patricia Whitewood, and
cakes kindly donated by other members, the real trick was trying to arrange for everyone to be there at the same time! We are very grateful to Hythe Age Concern
who allow us use of their minibus, and together with fabulous weather the afternoon went perfectly.
The Gospel Choir are at it again!
Once again the Gospel Choir made friends and supporters proud as they were asked to perform a concert at St Paul's Church in Sandgate in aid of their
renovation fund. However, the audience got more than the swinging numbers we have become accustomed to enjoying, as the choir boasts several soloists and so
contributed vocal, cello, saxophone, and oboe items too!
British 10K London Run
To raise funds for the work of The Salvation Army in Hythe, Saltwood, Dymchurch and Romney Marsh, Wes Carroll, Captain Phil Layton, and his sister Christina
Layton set themselves the challenge of completing the British 10K in an average of less than 60minutes. The weather was perfect as the three achieved their
goal, which was all the harder given that this was a new distance for them, and required a great deal of preparation beforehand.
Church Unity is not an illusion!
As a part of our local Churches Together mission to help make God known within our community, Steve Price, a popular and well known
Christian Illusionist, was invited to put on a performance with a Gospel message at a local school as a part of Hope 08. The event was funded by the
local churches, with The Salvation Army at the forefront. The attendance of about 200 children and adults indicated that the event was
successful as Steve put across the message with great professionalism mixed with humour and amazement!
Wednesday Club Rally 2008
This year our Wednesday Club celebrated its annual rally by taking the topic of 'Marriage' and presenting it through many jokes, trivia,
brainteasers, songs, and identifying celebrity marriages too which were shown on the big screen at our hall. The time of fellowship was led by
Captain Phil Layton who, after recalling snippets of his own marriage to create the scene, introduced his wife, Captain Karen, who came into the
hall wearing her wedding dress! Everyone was then reminded that the Gospel of Christ is much like a marriage in that it requires a simple
'I do' to accepting God's gift of salvation...although once married it is important to still work at your relationship. The atmosphere was lovely, with a
friendliness and warmth evident from the start at what turned out to be the highest attendance at such an event for many years.
New Romney Songs of Praise 2008
After 19 years of our Salvation Army band visiting New Romney Methodist Church for a songs of praise, this event is still proving to be as enjoyable and
popular as ever. Bandmaster Richard Carroll led the singing with great enthusiasm and humour, interspersed by pieces from the band, and the singing was given
an extra boost when Wes Carroll took to the piano! The evening included perfect weather, many favourite songs as well as a short Bible thought, and the
evening was rounded-off by Richard leading everyone in a benediction which testified to the residents of New Romney with the words; "Praise God, I'm Saved!"
It was a double privilege and pleasure when Mel & Gareth Huyton asked whether their children, Zac & Kaitlin, might be dedicated within our church in front of
their spiritual family here. The ceremony, in which the parents thanked God for their children and promised to bring them up according to Christian beliefs and
principles, was the climax of the whole morning service in which the congregation were encouraged to remember the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Mel, Gareth,
Kaitlin & Zac are highly valued members of our church, and everyone stood when appropriate as a commitment to keep this family within our prayerful support network.
Consett Salvation Army Brass Band
The oldest Salvation Army corps band in the world were guests of our church here in Hythe as a "Thank You" to
the community and the surrounding districts was organised by Bandmaster Richard Carroll, along with the Corps Officer Captain Mark Sellers and Bandmaster
Jeff Baker of Consett Corps. As well as an event to show gratitude, the weekend brought with it music ministry, strengthened friendships between corps, and
many opportunities to engage with the good folk who came to listen. The busy schedule included 2 parades through the High Street, one of which a Civic Parade
with various dignitaries, 2 bandstand concerts, a mini-concert outside the Town Hall, an indoor evening festival of soul-stirring music at the Methodist church
hall, and, of course, our own Sunday morning worship too! At each of these outreach events many people lined the streets and well over 200 came to
each of the bandstands. The Mayor of Hythe, Councillor Alan Ewart-James, provided a civic welcome in which the mutual understanding and bond between our local
Corps and the community was emphasised. A great deal of work and preparation went into the event both at Consett 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!
We do like to be beside the seaside!
Our Wednesday Fellowship always likes to keep things fresh and fun, and on this occasion the weather encouraged us to take the
club out for an afternoon of people-watching, sunbathing, and ice-creams!!!
Success for the Salvation Army Football Club!
In only their second tournament since its formation 6 months ago, our football club for 10 -16yrs enjoyed a day of glory as it entered 2 teams into a
5-a-side competition held at Lympne. Both teams played their respective matches with great integrity, skill, and passion which, along with a behaviour and
deportment which represented their church beautifully, drew admiration from the organisers of the event. Competing players from the 5-team competition
apparently commented on how The Salvation Army's teams had raised the standard of more than just the football played, and on top of this we were delighted that
one of our teams made it through to the final...which at 1-1 after extra time, went to a penalty shoot-out, winning 3-0. Much needed support came from our church
members at the sidelines who made their presence known, as the 10 players made us all proud! The football club has grown over the months, and remains an
attractive way of maintaining a valuable link between the church and this age group within the community under the motto; "Pure football in a Christian
Rowathon Along Hythe's Royal Military Canal
While the London Marathon took place in our nation's capital, here at Hythe we had our own athlete, Eric Godden, who decided to row along a mile-long
section of the town's Royal Military Canal 13 times, amounting to a mammoth half-marathon in total.The weather was fantastic as church members saw Eric begin
his slog at 8am on Sunday 13th April, and after 4 hours he finally finished in front of a cheering group from our church who had stayed after the service to
encourage him, along with a specially prepared fun piece of 'water music' composed by Wes Carroll and performed by the band - naturally drawing a crowd of
passers-by to the event. Eric hopes to have raised nearly £700 in sponsorship, all of which will go toward our work within the community of Hythe, Saltwood,
Dymchurch, and Romney Marsh.
Young church member makes special promise to God
Hythe Corps celebrated the enrolment of their latest Junior Soldier with a service entitled 'I love You too!'. It focused on the Junior Soldier
Promise as a way of any Christian trying to live for God and to love Him for all that He has done in love for us. After playing on cornet her
testimony song 'Jesus loves me' , Anastasia Layton was enrolled by her uncle, Captain Kingsley Layton (Harrow), and reminded of the support she
has, and the example she will be within her spiritual family at this church in The Salvation Army. Captains Karen and Phil Layton, together with her Aunt
Karen Chambers (YPSM, Llanelli) led the service during which everyone was challenged to make the Junior Soldier Promise a personal one.
The Junior Soldier Promise
Having asked God for forgiveness,
I will be His loving and obedient child.
Because Jesus is my Saviour from sin,
I will trust Him to keep me good,
and will try to help others to follow Him.
I promise to pray,
to read my Bible and, by His help,
to lead a life that is clean in thought, word and deed.
What a wonderful celebration we had when church members Pauline Fidoe (Salvationist) and Les Ashley (Adherent) decided to get married!Instead of ringing
wedding bells to mark the happy occasion, the couple asked for the famous Salvation Army timbrelist duo to start the service and to encourage friends and
family to relax and acknowledge that this solemn ceremony would be cushioned with joy and humour.Captain Phil Layton led the service and ceremony, while
best friends Heather and Ted Knivett (Adherents) read the Bible and gave the Bride away respectively. The place of God within the marriage was emphasised,
and the exchange of vows were introduced and given with deep respect, before the pianist (Songster Leader Wes Carroll) led the congregation into a time of
rejoicing once more. This was followed by photos along the adjacent Royal Military Canal, speeches directed by Bandmaster Richard Carroll, and then Mr & Mrs
Ashley were finally given a farewell on their scooters which had been decorated appropriately!
Good Friday Outdoor/Indoor Services
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 traditional procession down the High Street, preceded by the carrying of a cross to a single drum beat, led the way to a gathering of over 250
people in the Town Square. The Salvation Army band helped create an intensely spiritual atmosphere through its sensitive playing of appropriate music prior to
the event. This year the service included some modifications including new songs, less talk, and with the various elements being interspersed with
drama surrounding the cross. The Salvation Army was well represented among the ministers, the marshalls, the congregation, and the accompaniment from the band.
Afterwards the United Reformed and Methodist churches joined with us at our hall for refreshments, and then an intimate time of worship and reflection through
Scripture and song, led by Captain Phil Layton and Songster Leader Wes Carroll. This had its highest attendance in 5 years and continues to be a powerful time
of prayer and praise. On Resurrection Sunday we all enjoyed a lively time of reverent worship together as we celebrated Christ's victory over death, and
focused on His promise that we too will be resurrected if our trust is in Him.
United Band Concert
The 6th Annual Concert performed by Hythe Salvation Army and Town Concert Bands was held at St Leonards Church, Hythe,on Saturday March 8th. There was an air
of anticipation as the Hythe Town Concert band took centre stage to perform a mixture of classical, original wind band music plus themes from blockbuster
films such as Indiana Jones. The second half of the programme featured the Salvation Army band, and got off to a great start with Righteous Peace & Joy,
with the band members making their entry to the stage as and when required. This section included two classic marches, Southern New England and Golden
Jubillee, and contrasted them with a piece written for the band by Wes Carroll. "Just a piece of music?" which takes both the performers and audience on a
journey through life based on the childrens hymn Gentle Jesus meek & mild. This piece coupled with the introduction by Captain Phil Layton left the listeners in
no doubt as to the purpose of Salvation Army banding. It has become a tradition that a "Last Night of the Proms" segment be included and the audience entered into
the spirit with enthusiasm. Our guest this year was a young brilliant Australian cornet soloist, Cameron Ivers, Chatham, who displayed great sensitivity in
"I'd Rather have Jesus" and created a happy joyous atmosphere with a jazz arrangement of "Joshua" accompanied on piano by Wes Carroll. On a blustery evening it
was great to see this event so well supported.
Mothering Sunday Dedication of baby Grace
When Alison and Stuart Rudge decided to have their son, Grant, dedicated at The Salvation Army in March 2007, they were not
anticipating making a similar promise before God a year later, this time with a baby girl, Grace. Everyone was delighted, however, that these parents
wanted the ceremony as a demonstration of their desire to set a good example to their little girl. As per last year, the ceremony was tied in with Mothers Day,
and the hall was charged with pride, excitement, and fondness toward Mothers and their God-given responsibility to influence us all in our walk with the Lord.
The Salvation Army - Hythe Football Club
During the first school holiday of the year our church entered its newly formed football club into its first ever competition, a 5-a-side
tournament at Lympne organised by an established footballing outfit which provided several of the competing teams too.
As this was the first time our players had ever played together in such an environment, the aim of entering the event was to have fun, do our
best, and demonstrate that belonging to a lively church and playing football with Christian principles is possible, enjoyable, and beneficial.
After putting on their new football shirts (purchased through kinds donations by church members) the team gathered for a team talk, followed by a prayer, and then
took to the field. As expected, the competition was well organised and had played together regularly at other events. Nevertheless, our team of 5 maintained its
composure and, despite one 0-3 loss, managed to give the other teams a series of very tight games and narrowly lost the other 4 initial games just 0-1. This
marked the halfway point of the 10-game competition, and so at this point some strategic changes were made. For the last 5 games our team excelled themselves,
drawing one game at 0-0, and winning the remaining 4 matches, 1-0, 1-0, 2-0, and 1-0 respectively.The team narrowly missed out on a place in the final, by just 3
points, but they had gained an enormous amount of confidence and experience throughout the competition. All of the other competitors were aware of our church
background and the team played exceptionally pure and clean football, making Captain Phil Layton very proud indeed from the sidelines.
Valentine's Day Musical Fundraiser
Shepway's exciting young jazz band, The Red Herrings, played to a full house for their charity concert to raise funds for the work of the
Salvation Army in Hythe and Romney Marsh. Sold out signs were up several days prior to the concert which took place on Valentines Day. The band, made up of
pupils from the Folkestone School for Girls and the Harvey Grammar School, provided a very tight set that included some well established numbers made famous by
artists such as Nat King Cole, Fats Waller and Glen Miller. However several of their numbers were arranged by members of the band themselves displaying a wide
variety of styles and a high degree of musicality. We enjoyed a fantastic evening with some lovely toe tapping music. This group of teenagers gave of their
time and talents freely, and they are a credit to themselves and their parents who so obviously encourage and support them. The event was organised by
Charlotte Watkinson, one of the musician's parents and a supporter of The Salvation Army, along with Bandmaster Richard Carroll. On behalf of all those who will
benefit from the generosity of seven teenagers and their parents and sponsors, we thank all involved for a fantastic total of £1243, more than double what we
had originally anticipated". The photo shows (from left to right); Harry Evans, Fred Smith, Danny Brookwell, Ed Watkinson, Alice Godwin, Chris Pilgrim,
Prim Briggs, and Mayor Alan Ewart-James.
Young People's Annual Prize-giving
2008 continues with plenty more for us to thank God for.... The Salvation Army at Hythe enjoyed another exciting Sunday as family members came to support the
young folk who are a part of KidZone, a thriving Sunday school for 3-12yrs led by YPSM Wendy Margott. Cadet Gavin Friday (William Booth College, London) came
especially to lead the service which had the theme "Hands", providing an opportunity to pray, clap, and consider what we can do for God. The morning provided a
special opportunity to let the younger generation know that they are such an important and valued part of the spiritual family here. "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. In addition,
there was an awards ceremony for members of the recently formed Football Club, presented with good humour and followed by an hour of sporting fun in the
local park. After the service KidZone stayed for games and a meal together.
What a start to the Year!
Barely 2 weeks into 2008 and the church was celebrating 'Commitment Sunday' with 2 good reasons to give thanks for God's
faithfulness; First of all Hythe Corps enrolled Len Redford and Les Ashley as a Salvation Army Soldier and Adherent respectively, professing their
Christian faith publically. For Len, this included making specific promises attached to becoming a Salvationist. Both of these gentlemen were drawn to the
church through its warm fellowship following spiritual awakenings in their lives over the past few years, which have led to them putting their faith in Jesus
Christ. The photo shows (from left to right) Recruiting Sergeant Robert Washford, Salvationist Len Redford, Bandmaster Richard Carroll (with flag), Adherent Les
Ashley, and Captain Phil Layton (Corps Officer). Then the church was taken through the Vision for 2008, relying once again upon the Corps Prayer which is based
upon 1 Chronicles 4:10, and asked to re-commit themselves to praying for God's continued provision throughout the year. We now wait excitedly in obedient patience
to see what the year holds!