The Christmas Day Meal At The Salvation Army
This year we were delighted to have the help of the local papers and BBC Radio Kent to get the message out that no one needs to be
on their own or struggling on Christmas Day, as again a small team were able to provide a lovely dinner in a friendly Christian environment to around
Further kind volunteers gave their time to come in and provide after-dinner entertainment, and transport to and from the hall for all those unable to get out and about.
On behalf of all the guests, and from Captains Phil and Karen personally, we would like to thank all the volunteer cooks, servers, wash up-ers, entertainers, transporters, and financial supporters for making this wonderful day possible.
When asked why we do it, we reply that we are merely putting our Christian belief into action.
Christmas at The Salvation Army!
We have had another action packed Christmas for 2010 with so many wonderful opportunities to let the community know that Jesus is
the reason for the season, and that we are the reason why He came!
Christmas is all about Jesus, and we love Jesus, and so we love Christmas!
We have had numerous carol services, from the traditional, to the fun midweek version, with carol services dedicated to children, and also one for the Parent and Toddler groups too...
...the Salvation Army band has also out carolling in different parts of the community,
...we've had the songsters singing out the Christmas message in unusual places!
...we've had a lot of fun along the way....
...but most importantly we've been trying hard to proclaim the wonderful good news that Christmas celebrates the birth of our Saviour, who died for our guarantee of eternal life....
Building up the Army! With Two New Junior Soldiers
It was another occasion for our church family to celebrate as Harrison Carroll and Libby MacArthur were enrolled as Junior Soldiers
of The Salvation Army!
The decision is a public profession of faith in which, after careful preparation classes, the children made the following 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.
The theme for worship asked the congregation to think about who Jesus is, and to recognise Him as our God, our Saviour, and our Friend.
Christmas Sale & Coffee Morning
All the preparations, decorations, and invitations paid off as our annual sale saw an increased turnout from the community who
enjoyed hot and cold refreshements, homemade baking, face-painting, toys, books, and puzzles, along with brand new Christmas gifts and clothes, a surpirse
prize, and a 'beat the goalie' competition!
It was a superb fundraising effort which is extremely beneficial to our mission and work within the community, as well as being a terrific social event where folk could mingle, chat, and enjoy each other's company.
International Theology & Ethics Symposium
Hythe Salvation Army Captain Phil Layton was privileged to be one of 50 delegates from around the world, chosen to participate at an
International Theology and Ethics Symposium at Sunbury Court, London, which focused on the doctrine of holiness.
It was extremely valuable, well planned, with opportunity for all delegates to think deeper, express themselves, worship, and to learn - both from the excellent papers and subsequent discussions, as well as from informal conversations and developing friendships.
Captain Phil reports; 'The Symposium and following Doctrine Council were absolutely excellent - thoroughly enjoyable, challenging, humbling, and very good for me. I feel I've come back a better Christian and Salvation Army Officer, made nearly 50 new friends across the Salvation Army world, and while it was extremely brain-intensive and long hours, we got a great deal accomplished.'
The Salvation Army At Saltwood CofE School
As a part of our strengthening relationship with St Peter & St Paul's Church, it was a joy and privilege for The Salvation Army to
have been asked to lead a school assembly at their school in Saltwood.
Mrs Nash took part in the illustration which helped teach the children about God's friendship, love, and forgiveness as He knows us better than even our closest friends.
Hythe Salvation Army FC
Last season (2009/2010) was the first season in which our 3-year-old football club was big enough to enter a mens football league,
and we were so proud of our team which ended the season as 2nd Division champions of the East Kent Church Football League.
This year they face a much harder challenge as they attempt to make their mark on the 1st Division, and with a significant change of personnel we were never quite sure how we'd begin the campaign.
Canterbury City Church were our first opponents of the 2010/2011 season, and following some courageous defending, intelligent goalkeeping, and wonderful finishing, the game ended in our favour 7-1.
2 more lovely people formalise their church membership!
As our church celebrated Harvest with a traditional service of thanksgiving for God's provision - along with a wonderful display of
all kinds of food, including baskets brought to the front by the children - we also celebrated Milly Jones and Audrey Allen who have decided to formalise their
membership of The Salvation Army by becoming Adherents.
An Adherent member of The Salvation Army is a person who:
- believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and seeks to follow and be like Him
- participates in the worship, fellowship, service and support of a local Salvation Army congregation
- identifies with the Salvation Army's mission statement.
This was their first public profession of their Christian faith, and they both spoke about how welcome and 'at home' they feel within our church.
Music by the Thames - London
It was a true privilege to be asked by the International HeadQuarters of The Salvation Army if our brass band could play for 3 hours
outside it's building (in between the River Thames and St Paul's Cathedral) while an open day was held, allowing members of the public unusual access within the
main building, where they could find out much more about our denomination.
The band played a selection of good music including some beautiful hymn tunes which enabled effective contacts and discussions to take place with the passers-by.
Hythe Salvation Army Band on the Oaklands Bandstand
Listeners within the Oaklands Park, (in Stade street, Hythe) gathered to hear an excellent performance of easy-listening music
played by our band, including solo performances.
The afternoon was very pleasant in every way, and was interspersed with humourous banter from Bandmaster Richard Carroll, aided by important explanations of the music which was being played, along with outlining the words attached to the music, and scattering Gospel seeds through this universal language.
Churches Together Lyminge Songs of Praise!
It was a beautiful September evening with the sun shining upon us all as our church joined with others from nearby Lyminge for an
outdoor Songs of Praise, led with good humour and friendship by Rev. Peter Ashman.
Not only did our brass band provide the musical accompaniment, but members of our church also came to join with the singers who had pre-chosen a list of favourite songs to sing.
It was such a successful event that the hope is to repeat the occasion in 2011!
Mission Accomplished! The Lands End to John O'Groats Cycling Challenge
After months of planning and training, the 876 mile fundraising cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats was completed by Captain Phil
in just 9 days...
Returning with aching muscles, blisters and other sore areas (!) Capt. Phil was nonetheless very satisfied and delighted that around £3100 will have been raised toward the work of The Salvation Army.
Churches Together for the 21st Annual Songs of Praise!
There is a strong and deep friendship between the congregations of Hythe Salvation Army and the New Romney Methodist Church, and
this is evidenced by the annual Songs of Praise events held in New Romney, which have been going non-stop for 21 years!
Usually these are held outdoors within the church gardens, but unfortunately the brief showers of rain led us to opt for an indoor service this year, and yet everyone was joyfully led by Bandmaster Richard Carroll in their singing of praises to God.
The Salvation Army band accompanied some songs, with Wes Carroll playing piano for others, plus vocal solos by Wendy Margott and Eric Godden, and a singing item from the band too!
Afterwards we enjoyed tea/coffee and biscuits with our friends from New Romney with a chance to chat.
A Trinity of Treats for the Wednesday Club
As the end of another year within the Wednesday Club comes to a close, there were a few treats in store, starting with a
spur-of-the-moment decision to make use of the fine weather we've been having and taking all the Club members to the Hythe Seafront.
Once there we were able to enjoy the warm sunshine and the cool sea breeze whilst indulging in soft-whipped ice creams with flakes and strawberry sauce!
Naughty - but nice.
The next week we welcomed other clubs and groups from the local area as we held our annual Wednesday Club rally. As usual the hall was comfortably filled with room to set up a goalnet as the theme for the rally was 'Football Fever'.
Given that the World Cup was being staged at the same time, we made use of several footballing items, and several members had a go at a 'beat the goalie' competition...
...the Wednesday Club World Cup was won by Poland!
And then for our final club we had our traditional cream tea in the Captains' garden, with delicious homemade scones and plenty of strawberry jam and cream along with excellent company.
Shepway Community Gospel Choir & Ashford Orchestral Players
Two exciting music groups led by Muscial Director Wes Carroll combined for their first ever joint concert, during which friendships
were made, new pieces performed, and a relaxed afternoon enjoyed.
Hythe Salvation Army Football Club become the Mens East Kent Church League Division 2 Champions
The annual service in our church aimed specifically toward members of the Hythe Salvation Army Football Club included the
presentation of trophies, football devotional booklets, and World Cup evangelism aids.
The awards come at the end of a highly successful 11-a-side season in which they won promotion to the 1st division of the Mens East Kent Church League.
The service was relaxed, packed with music, prayer, and Gospel proclamation, alongside recognition of the players and their value to our community, to our church, and to God.
Young at Heart
At the age of 90 Beatrice Lawman decided that it was about time she took the decision which she feels God has been leading her
toward for many years, and that she should become a Salvationist!
Beatrice has been a valuable part of the programme and worship at Hythe Corps for over 23 years, and now she testifies to the seriousness of her promises, and intends to make the most of each and every day to be a true soldier in her service for God and as a part of this church.
Hythe Salvation Army Football Club Ventures into the Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA) Cup
For the 4th consecutive year the SAHA Football Cup was organised for teams of residents and staff from the UK's Salvation Army
Lifehouses which provide high standards of support, counselling, accomodation, training, and friendship for thousands of folk who find themselves in need during
crucial times within their lives.
2010, however, was the first year that this football 5-a-side tournament was opened up to teams from Salvation Army churches too, and we simply couldn't resist the opportunity to see a wider perspective of the SA's work, to meet Lifehouse residents and staff who are equally football-minded, and to play on a pitch of the quality of MKDons stadium.
In total there were 40 teams from all countries within the UK, split into 4 divisions of 10 teams each. Hythe SAFC won their group of 9 matches without losing a game, and conceding only 1 goal, before being beaten 2-1 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the semi-finals against the eventual winners.
Our lads were superb, not only regarding their football but also their temperament, attitude, and general deportment...and we came away a tad disappointed not to go all the way, but proud of what was achieved and having enjoyed an excellent experience.
Hythe Salvation Army Band, Hythe Town Concert Band & Shepway Community Gospel Choir
What a fabulous evening of good music from all 3 of the above music groups, along with superb solo items from Cornetist Kevin Ashman,
and a duet with Alisdair Ashman.
Both bands were very well received, and Salvation Army Bandmaster Richard Carroll once again set the tone for an enjoyable evening with his light compering and good humour.
The Gospel Choir were terrific!...and they provided the perfect performance between the two bands with a series of songs.
Saltwood Cubs learn all about The Salvation Army
It was our great pleasure to host the Cubs of Saltwood for an evening presentation of what The Salvation Army is all about, during
which we were asked to outline our beliefs as a Christian church, and our work within the community as we put those beliefs into action.
There was the chance to try on a Salvation Army uniform or two, carry the flag, and hold an instrument as well as ask questions about our mission and purpose.
The cubs (and their leaders!) were extremely well behaved and before going to the local green for a kick-about they lined up for a group photo.
76 years At Welling
To celebrate the 76th Anniversary of The Salvation Army's presence in Welling our musicians were invited to lead a concert in aid
of the local Mayor's charity - Demelza House, for which over £300 was raised on this marvellous evening of singing, brass music, piano recitals, and lighthearted
compering by Hythe Bandmaster Richard Carroll.
Salvation Army Football Club Under 15's 5-a-side Tournament
Our new Under 15s team went for its second outing to a local 5-a-side tournament at Lympne, and this time they were the
runners-up...only being beaten in the final during penalties after extra time!
Well done...and what an improvement in just 2 months!
Once again their deportment and behaviour on and off the pitch was exemplary and we are truly proud to have them represent The Salvation Army of Hythe.
Easter 2010 Good Friday & Resurrection Sunday
The climax of the Easter season began with the Churches Together in Hythe joining for a procession along the High Street
culminating in an outdoor worship service. The Salvation Army provided a lone drummer to beat out the steps along the procession, while our brass band played
some hymn tunes at the Town Square to gather people in and to welcome the cross which had been carried and was then put up before us
The outdoor service was effective as an act of worship and it is hoped that it will serve as a witness too.
Around 35 folk then came back to our own hall for refreshments before Captain Phil led an indoor service with the theme 'What if Christ did not die?'...a question which helps us to consider the predicament we would be in, had it not been for Jesus' death..
On the Resurrection Sunday our focused switched from thanking Jesus for providing our salvation, to praising Him also for promising our future resurrection.
The main Bible Reading was 1 Corinthians 15 from which we asked the question 'What if Christ did not rise?'...again drawing the conclusions together of how His resurrection assures us of ours.
Music Weekend At Kirkcaldy Corps, Scotland
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 in East Scotland 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 Kirkcaldy.
Great music - great friendship - great ministry - great fun!
New Testament Bible Challenge 2010
From 1st March 2010 to 28th February 2011 we are presenting friends near and far with the opportunity to join with our church as we
read the New Testament from beginning to end within one year, reading just 5 chapters per week.
Already there are hundreds of participants all across the world, plus many other churches and Bible study groups who have joined in, and these are merely the ones we know about!
This is for you:
You do not have to be a reading fanatic, nor a theologian, and this challenge may even interest those who have yet to place their trust in Jesus Christ...because no matter who you are, no matter what age, no matter how busy, and no matter how capable you may feel...this challenge is one that you won't regret accomplishing as throughout the year you, and many others with you, will be reading through the New Testament of the Bible.
May God richly bless you through this challenge!
Music Learners Helped by Community Donation
County Councillor Chris Capon enjoys listening to music and can be seen most Sundays through the spring, summer and autumn
listening to the bands that appear on Hythe Oaklands Bandstand.
One of those bands is our very own Corps/Church brass band and when Councillor Capon heard that we also have one adult and 10 children learning to play musical instruments, and others on a waiting list, he donated £500 to the band by way of encouragement, from his Community Fund.
A grateful Bandmaster Richard Carroll attended the presentation at Hythe Youth Club, to receive the cheque along with representatives from other organisations who are involved in the community, making Hythe the unique place it is.
Salvation Army Football Club Under 16's Tournament
Our church now has a football club which has grown and is now split into two age groups!
Having been established for a little over 2 years we have found ourselves with enough over 16-year-olds to enter a team into the East Kent Church League for men.
But while that formed, we recently started again from scratch, and within the last 5 months our under 16's group has now grown to about 8 embers, giving us enough to enter them into their first 6-a-side tournament!
Unfortunately they didn't win...but it was their first time playing as a team together...and their deportment and behaviour on and off the pitch was exemplary and we are truly proud to have them represent The Salvation Army of Hythe.
KidZone Prize-Giving 2010 & Junior Soldier Enrolment
It was a day of celebration as the KidZone (Sunday School) had their annual prize-giving awards, where the children are given
Bible books to encourage their development, and the leaders are thanked publically for all their wonderful youth ministry.
The service was entitled 'Be Strong' and the Star Wars theme was used to help present the Bible message based on words God gave to the Bible character called Joshua as he became the leader of the Israelites, taking them into the promised land. The congregation were encouraged to similarly be bold and strong in our Christian faith.
During the service Joshua Layton was enrolled as a Junior Soldier by his grandma, Major Margarita Layton. The courage to 'be strong' was exemplified as Joshua then read out his promise to God before singing 'Jesus loves me' as a duet with his sister for his testimony.
After the service the KidZone played some games before having dinner together.