Christmas Day Meal & Christmas Praise
Christmas Day began at our church with a short service of worship, praise and thanks to God, sharing our faith, hope, and love.
Following the service a 4-course meal was provided for those in our community who would otherwise be either on their own or struggling to cope, and we all enjoyed each other's good company, delicious food, background music, interspersed with vocal solos to the delight of the guests.
After the meal entertainers came in to help the food digest, and then our fleet of voluntteer drivers came to take guests home, warm, happy, and with a packed tea too!
Captain Phil & Karen are ever so grateful to the army of volunteers who helped make this day possible, including sponsors, those who helped on the big day, and those who helped in the preparations beforehand - thank you!
Christmas Videos 2011
1 - Where's the line to see Jesus: A challenging song about keeping Jesus at the centre of Christmas
2 - All I want for Christmas is...: Fun song portraying our Christmas mission to tell people about their need for Jesus
3 - Christingle Service: The kids at church sing 'Away in the Manger' whilst holding their freshly made Christingles.
4 - Carols at Dover Town Hall: Funny video of an 8-year-old filiming. The Salvation Army band whilst singing along to the carols.
5 - Away in a Manger: The brass band play the well-loved carol to shoppers in a busy Canterbury City Centre
Click here to go to the play list
Hythe Salvation Army Traditional Christmas Carol Service
Our annual Christmas service with all the traditions of singing favourite carols, listening to the brass band, and hearing the
Christmas story, came with the added bonus of the Shepway Community Gospel Choir, and a musical message with photos and words identifying the reason for the
season - Jesus Christ - as the cause of our celebrations.
Bandmaster Richard Carroll organised and led the service, which included an appeal for the Paula Carr Trust, a charity which supports, screens, and cares for diabetics within the South East of England. This appeal obviously resonated with the congregation as £210 was raised, and gratefully received by the Trust's Chairman, Mr Gary Fagg.
Hythe Salvation Army urge the community to "Get in the picture" this Christmas!
The South Kent Community Church and The Salvation Army united to provide music, history, and a unique, and fun opportunity for
shoppers at the Late Night Shopping event in the Hythe High Street.
As an inter-church Christmas mission, it ticked all the boxes we had hoped for;
- with the lovely band music reminding folks of the words to well-known carols we hope and pray that a verse, a line, or even a word may resonate with someone's spirit who needed a reminder of what Christmas is really about
- with the Home Front bus being an enjoyable experience upon which folk will have received subtle, and not-so-subtle reminders of how our faith is something to be cherished today more than ever
- with the fantastically huge advert powerpoint running along the side of the bus...everyone who glanced at it will have recognised that SKCC and the SA are united in faith, united in doctrine, united in mission.
- and of course the Nativity Scene worked terrifically ...with Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds, as they sat around the new born baby Christ...the original Christmas...and professional photographer Luke Yates generously offering to take photos of the manger scene with members of the public taking turns to "get in the picture".
More importantly, we were able to use the event to talk to many people watching about what we were doing, why, and to hand out a tract.
The evening was a great success...and we give God all the glory....and pray that it will have a lasting effect upon so many people in our community.
KidZone Christmas Service
This year the KidZone (Sunday school) Christmas carol service included a musical nativity play, which was very entertaining but
with a solid message as the focus again was put onto the baby in the manger.
The video shows the end of the play as the children (aged 4-10) sang 'all 3 verses of 'Away in a Manger'
Also during the service various musical talents performed Christmas melodies, including a piano solo, a cornet duet, and a tambourine performance.
Prayers were led by the children, and a wonderful evening was enjoyed by all!
Christmas Carol Service featuring the Parent & Toddler groups
Every year this service is one of delightful noise mixed with a little mayhem, but always with a serious message as the Toddlers and
their siblings and parents from our two Parent & Toddler groups come and join us for a special carol service designed with the children in mind.
Once again we were able to feature a live baby Jesus in the manger as the children gathered round and Captain Karen Layton shared a story which brought home the simple Gospel of Christmas. The Toddlers then received gifts from under the Christmas tree and opened them while Captain Karen then delivered a short but thought-provoking message for the grown-ups too.
It really was a delightful service - as always!
Christmas Coffee Morning & Sale
The autumn sale with a Christmas flavour brought a very pleasing number of people from the community into our church hall, as we
offered brand new gifts donated by local shops, face painting, a 'beat the goalie' competition, a delicious cake stall, used toys at bargain prices, and fantastic
artwork in home-made greetings cards too!
Refreshments enabled folk to stop and rest awhile, while a rolling screen presentation and background music reminded everyone of the real meaning behind Christmas.
Thank you to everyone who put in the legwork of walking up and down the High Street collecting donations, leafleting around the houses, baking a cake, manning a stall, or coming along to support...it was a thoroughly worthwhile event, helping raise over £1400 for the ongoing work of the Salvation Army within the community.
The theme of remembrance permeated the day as at our church Captain Karen led the congregation through songs, Scripture reading,
and a message regarding the need to remember who God is, what He has done, and what He can do....while the band represented The Salvation Army at an outdoor
memorial service at Saltwood, supporting our friends from the Saltwood Parish Church of England.
The video shows highlights from the outdoor service, including the Last Post and Reveille.
Two More Soldiers of The Salvation Army
Another 2 members of our church family have decided to sign up to the 'Soldiers Covenant'* and to become uniformed Salvationists.
Gill spoke of the God's leading throughout her life up to this point, trusting Him also for what is to come, and Jan described how joyful she is to be doing what she knows God wants her to do!
The Salvation Army is a Christian church, and anyone is welcome to come and enjoy the weekly worship with us (10am each Sunday). About one third of our congregation are Salvationists, another third consists of children or other formal members of our church family who love and serve God without becoming Salvationists, and another third are folk from all denominations (or none) who simply love being here to worship God with us!
Two New Soldiers of The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a Christian church, and anyone is welcome to come and enjoy the weekly worship with us. Some decide to
formalise their membership by becoming Adherents, others decide to get enrolled as Salvationists, such as Sylvia Kitto and Nora Dawson, who have signed a covenant
made to God, including their acceptance of our doctrines.
It is all a part of our mission as a church to proclaim Jesus as 'the Way, the Truth, and the Life' (John 14:6), which was the theme for the morning service.
We now have a Cycle Club!
Another new initiative has been started at our church, for those who have outgrown the KidZone classes and are after something
a little 'different'...
The cycle club is for 10yrs and older, and consists of a 20 minute cycle ride using a variety of routes, followed by 20 minutes seated (often with a lovely view) where we eat a healthy snack and the members are encouraged to ask questions about our Christian faith, (including topics about the Bible, God, Jesus, prayer, and moral issues too), and then we cycle back to the hall for drinks and biscuits!
Karaoke Fun and Fellowship
It was about time our church had another opportunity to just gather together informally and share in laughter, singing, and good
company...and so Eric Godden came up with the idea of a karaoke evening.
There was a lovely atmosphere, the children were superb, and there were tears of laughter too!
Traditional Harvest Service of Celebration & Thanks
There was a fantastic display at the front of the church, enhanced by food baskets brought in by the children, all of which will
now be appropriately shared out and taken to those less fortunate as a reminder of the faithful provision of God, and our responsibility to look after one
The service reminded us of the need to be grateful, and to avoid taking God's provision in both material, and spiritual things, for granted.
Salvation Army take brass band to Lyminge Methodist Church
The wet and wild weather brought our annual songs of praise at Lyminge indoors...but the singing was just as strong, the band
played well, and everyone was treated to an impromptu short vocal solo from 7-year old Harrison Carroll, along with recitations from various members of the band
The evening ended with The Salvation Army being asked to pronounce a blessing, and so we shared our benediction song 'Praise God I'm saved!', which was extremely well received!
9th Annual Corps/Church BBQ
The wind and rain stopped for 2 hours enabling those nearby the chance to come along and enjoy our Annual Church BBQ.
These annual BBQ's began in 2003 and it is always so enjoyable to see the children playing, while the grown-ups chat and the food gets cooked.
The rain only stopped 20minutes beforehand and so we were really pleased to see so many folk, and some of our young footballers came along too. Then later in the evening the sun came out, and it capped a simply excellent social gathering.
Parent and Toddler Group Outing to Rare Breeds Centre
Our two parent and toddler groups, led by Captain Karen Layton, each took a day to visit the Rare Breeds Centre where the children
(and adults!) enjoyed the many animals and activities.
The event brings the groups to a close for the summer holidays and they will start again in September. The parent and toddler groups are excellent for children to learn social skills, for parents to bounce ideas off each other, and for families to be comfortable in our church as they learn more about the Christian beliefs of The Salvation Army.
Salvation Army Football Club prepares for the new season!
After a very successful season winning the East Kent Church League last year, and reaching the cup final, it is now time to start
rebuilding the team and preparing for the season ahead.
Our football team exists to create a relationship between The Salvation Army and the young men of our community, and our Christian ethos and principles guide our standards on the pitch too, regardless of the match results.
Our first pre-season game was against TriSports from Maidstone, in which we went 0-2 down and came back to win 3-2!!!
Following this, Captain Phil has recently started joining the Hythe Bay Primary School Dads as they have a kick-about on a weekday evening. When they heard about the SAFC they invited us to play a friendly match, which was very good for all of us!
SAFC came out as 4-1 winners, but something tells me that we will find things harder next time!
Cream Tea at the Captains' Quarters
The garden of Captains Karen and Phil was filled with friendly people for the annual Cream Tea which marks the end of the season for
the fun and lively Wednesday Club.
Patricia Whitewood made delicious scones which, along with cakes and biscuits, accompanied the tea and coffee, with music in the background amongst the flowers and greenery which went hand-in-hand with the good company of each other.
Another resounding Songs of Praise!
The windy and chilly British summer brought the annual Songs of Praise at New Romney
indoors, but the singing was tremendous, the laughter was contagious, and the encouragement shared between the Methodist church and ourselves
through the Gospel message and music made the evening together a resounding success.
The band were on form, as was the pianist....while Bandmaster Richard Carroll led the evening in his inimitable style with the perfect balance of songs.
We have a strong friendship with the Methodist church in New Romney,and the evening as a whole was God-glorifying, affirming, and full of purpose.
Anyone For Tennis? At The Annual Wednesday Club Rally
It was another lovely afternoon with our own Wednesday Club, joined by several other groups from the community for our annual rally which
this year was themed after the recent Wimbledon tennis championships.
Everyone had fun through the jokes, trivia, quiz, songs and good company which included a Bible message based on John 3:16, from which we were reminded, with regard to our salvation and eternal destination, that...the ball is in our court!
The afternoon ended with strawberrys and cream (of course) among tea and cakes.
A Magnificent 7 New Adherent Members of The Salvation Army, Hythe
It was another reason to celebrate as we enrolled 7 new Adherents to The Salvation Army!
Adherents are members of our church family who have decided to take things a step further and formalise The Salvation Army as their place of worship.
They must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and seek to follow and be like Him, participate in the worship, fellowship, service and support of a local Salvation Army congregation, and identify with the mission of The Salvation Army.
The Adherents enrolled were Fiona Hillyer, Maggie & Calum MacArthur, Sylvia Kitto, Janet Barman, Doris Wadmore, & Nora Dawson...4 of whom also shared their testimony during the morning service which examined what it means to be a Christian in a modern society.
When Hythe Salvationist Shauna Carroll invited Captain Phil Layton into the workplace to speak about our church and work within
he community to a nursery full of 3-4year-olds, little did we know that the resulting photo would present such a wonderful opportunity to have a bit of fun!
Captions so far submitted include:
Captain Phil describes the new building project to the Church/Corps Council
Captain Phil shows the new Bandmaster to the Corps Council for their approval...
Suffer the little childen"
Officer (with cap) interrogates Salvation Army impersonator as to why he is holding Bob the Builder to ransom
If you fit my cap you can do the sermon next sunday
As a 'Stand-up Comedian' Captain Phil was delighted to have an audience who understand and appreciate his jokes.
Perfect Sunday Afternoon of Gospel Music in Oaklands Park
After a morning's mist the sun came out with perfect timing before the start of an afternoon of Gospel music in our local
The weather also brought a very large crowd and lifted the music across the Royal Military Canal and around the surrounding residential areas, making the afternoon as a whole both effective and far-reaching too!
There were solo items from cornetists Kevin Ashman and his son Alisdair Ashman (from The Salvation Army church in Maidstone), vocal solos from Adam Hall (from The Salvation Army church in Maidenhead), plus an easy-listening selection of pieces from our own brass band, contrasted perfectly by the enthusiastic Shepway Community Gospel Choir!
Bandmaster Richard Carroll kept the event flowing with appropriate introductions, jokes, and explanations of the Gospel message behind the music...and it really was a superb outdoor event.
We are a relaxed, yet reverent, Christ-centred, Bible-believing, music-loving church...and you are most welcome to simply come and see how friendly we are each Sunday at 10am during our morning worship service at The Salvation Army hall in Portland Road, Hythe, CT21 6EG.
The Royal Hytheness
Following on from their historic visit to Hythe, the Japan Salvation Army Staff Band concluded their visit to
the UK by marching down The Mall to Buckingham Palace, where along with 7 other Salvation Army brass bands from around the world they performed
a short concert as part of the 120th anniversary celebrations of the international staff band.
A number of members of our church from Hythe travelled to London to be part of the thousands who witnessed the event, and it was a magnificent reminder of how The Salvation Army is a world-wide church (officially active in 124 countries), of which Hythe is a small, but significant, part.
It was an extra special occasion for our local bandmaster, Richard Carroll, who was asked to carry the Union Flag in front of the march. It was a real privilege and he was delighted to get the opportunity to be part of this historic parade (see photos on the left), and to symbolically and literally carry the flag for Hythe.
The Visit to Hythe by The Japan Salvation Army Staff Band
(report by Bandmaster Richard Carroll)
The Japanese, led by Bandmaster Hajime Suzuki, invaded Hythe with fantastic God glorifying results. In a packed weekend that
commenced with a live broadcast on BBC Raido kent, the band then paraded through the High Street on Saturday morning, with crowds following to the Town Hall
where the Right Worshipful Mayor of Hythe, Councillor David Owen afforded them a civic welcome. The band gave a short concert which was very enthusiastically
The magnificent SAGA Pavilion was the venue for the evening concert, where a packed crowd, extra seating had to be provided, were welcomed by a toastmaster resplendent in his scarlet uniform. The programme was packed with good music, good testimony and a good Bible message. The Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral, the Lord Boyce, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's official representative was very gracious in his welcome to the band. Contrast was provided by the colourful Shepway Community Gospel Choir who contrasted enthusiasm with sensitivity leaving the listeners in no doubt about the message behind their songs.
The evening also marked the 35th anniversary of musical leadership by bandmaster Richard Carroll, who was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Captain Phil Layton.
On Sunday morning it was standing room only. One could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as members of the Staff band testified and Commissioner Nozomi Harita delivered a challenging Bible message.
The Oakland's bandstand was the venue for the afternoon concert where another large crowd gathered to enjoy the music ministry of the band, in another excellent and varied programme.
In the evening the roles were reversed and Hythe comrades ministered to our Japanese friends, with the corps band and songsters supporting Captain Phil Layton (CO).
The spiritual impact on the community of Hythe cannot be measured, but impact there certainly was. The members of the Japan Staff band carried their programme of events through with willing enthusiasm and without question. Hythe Corps will never be the same again! People's faith has been strengthened AND decisions to follow Jesus have been made.
God bless the Japan Staff band and thank you for a fantastic weekend.
The Salvation Army Football Club become "Champions" of the East Kent Church League
It has been an absolutely amazing season, our first in the top division of the East Kent Church League.
Over the season we have used a superb and settled squad of 24 players enabling us to become the Champions for 2010/2011!
Our style of football has been very attacking, sometimes direct, and sometimes involving terrific passing moves...either way, we've been very effective, and even the games we've lost have been enjoyable.
At our annual awards service (renamed 'Football Sunday') the senior team got trophies for their accomplishment, and the youth players also received awards.
The service had a football theme throughout, and was entitled "Jesus Saves!", presenting an opportunity to consider what the phrase really means.
Salvation Army Football Club reach East Kent Church League Cup Final
What can we say, but well done for an absolutely terrific cup final against Saint Mary Bredin church from Canterbury!
It was the cup final of the inter-denominational church football league, and both teams deserved their place at the Homelands Stadium in Ashford.
Many supporters have mentioned how they thoroughly enjoyed the game, how it was end to end stuff, and how the lack of dominance from either side made it all the more fun to watch!
The result wasn't what we were looking for, we conceded the only goal of the game after 114 minutes of football, but everyone agrees that it was a fitting cup final from the two best teams in the league, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Captain Phil Layton said of his squad; "I am extremely proud of our squad, the way they played, their positive attitude and encouragement, their self-control when things didn't go our way, their language, and deportment were all just superb, and complete with good sportsmanship in ensuring the winners were applauded throughout their collection of medals."
Reaching the cup final is a difficult thing to do....and that will be an aim for next year too!
Bandmaster Richard Carroll receives Award from Hythe Civic Society
Our very own Bandmaster Richard Carroll was invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Hythe Civic Society in order to receive a
prestigious award for his services to Hythe's community through 35 years of musical leadership at The Salvation Army.
The award recognised his voluntary work, spanning not only decades of time, but also the differing types of work with the senior bands, junior bands, and teaching countless youngster to read and play music too.
Following a rapturous applause Richard accepted the award with a few words expressing his enjoyment of his service through The Salvation Army.
Well done Richard!
Youngsters at football tournament
After a gap of a few months, it was a joy to watch our youth footballers aged between 10-15 enter another 5-a-side tournament.
In recent weeks our football club has not only enjoyed success at an older level, but new members have been joining at the lower age range too!
The lads did very well indeed at their first ever tournament, which was also the first time they had played together as a team, and we look forward to them developing in character and ability as the months roll on...
The Virgin 2011 London Marathon
As promised, Wes and Phil completed this year's London Marathon, and are delighted with the funds raised as a result!
After months of training, both runners were apprehensive about what it would be like to run among 36,000 other competitors, and the weather was always going to have a huge impact on the finishing times.
Captain Phil came in at 4h23m10s....finding it more difficult than anticipated as it was a whole new challenge to run with so many others, having to slow down to pick up a drink, and then the temperature was far higher than expected imagined too....so different from the long, lonely runs in the winter with no obstacles.
Wes Carroll also finish the run well, and agreed that the heat was a significant factor, noticing that many runners had needed treatment for dehydration en route.
Both Wes and Phil are putting the whole event down to being a new, and enjoyable experience...something which a few years ago would not have seemed possible, and they agree that it was fantastic to see family members on the sidelines supporting along the way, and then meeting with them again at the end to provide some sympathy
Once again, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support in helping us achieve this challenge in aid of The Salvation Army.
Mothers Day at The Salvation Army!
On this special Sunday of the year we were thanking God for our Mums, as well as examining the huge responsibilities involved in
being a parent/grandparent/guardian or of having an influence on somebody else.
Ultimately, the greatest influence we can have on someone is to point them toward a relationship with Jesus Christ.
The children learnt what it's like to keep many plates spinning the way their mothers do, before they handed out plants to all the mums in the service, thanking them for their time, care, and love through the years.
Concert Bands and a Gospel Choir
The Salvation Army band started the evening with a selection of pieces, compered by Bandmaster Richard Carroll, which included the
march based on the chorus "I believe in the Word of God" (Bargoed), the worship song "As the deer", and the climax came following a Gospel challenge by
Captain Phil Layton, as the band played "The Light of the World", before finishing with an upbeat arrangement of "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "Stand up, stand
up for Jesus" (Golden Jubilee).
Vocal soloist Adam Hall (Maidenhead) added to the varied and high quality programme with songs which included the testimony of 'Amazing Grace'.
The Shepway Community Gospel Choir, led by Wesley Carroll, then provided a splash of colour and injected a further shot of enthusiastic joy into the proceedings. Again, the mixture of the good music, strong words, and surprising volume from this growing choir all helped to portray the joy of our faith.
In the final third of the concert the Hythe Town Concert band played some easy-listening music, all of which helped the continuing relationship-building exercise between the two bands.
New Testament Bible Challenge Completed!
Having started in March 2010, reading 1 chapter of the New Testament each day, for five days of each week, we have now completed
the challenge to read all 260 chapters of the New Testament within 1 year!
Captain Phil Layton has received many fabulous stories of encouragement, challenge, and comfort of how folk around the world have been impacted by this enjoyable discipline, and while some who started have slowed their pace and will finish in their own time, others have gone ahead and have now started to read through the Old Testament too!
Captain Phil said "Many of the benefits of this challenge will be immeasureable, such as an increase in one's faith or trust in God, but there is no doubt that it has helped hundreds of people to simply become more familiar with their Bibles, and I've been particularly delighted at how varied the uptake has been, across denominations, and across a very wide age group from under-10s to over 90's!!!"
Following a few months rest a similar optional challenge may be issued in the future.
KidZone Annual Prizes!
It was a day of celebration as the KidZone (Sunday School) had their annual prize-giving awards, where the children are given
Bible-themed books to encourage their development, and the leaders are thanked publically for all their wonderful youth ministry.
Divisional Children's Officer Kathryn Doncaster led the worship during which the youngsters helped to act out the story of the early Christians Paul & Silas being filled with a deep joy even when imprisoned, and how God used their faith to bring others to Him.