The Salvation Army
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2013 Events

Christmas Day Meal & Christmas Praise

The Salvation Army Hythe - Christmas Day Meal

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!

December 2013

Hythe Salvation Army (A sample of Christmas 2013)

A little sample of what we've been up to during this Christmas season...
I'm not sure how we found the time...but we know it was all done with one thing in mind - to tell our community why Jesus came!

December 2013

KidZone Christmas Carol Service

Salvation Army KidZone Christmas Carol Service

Our second Christmas Carol Service of the 2013 Christmas season featured the children from KidZone (ages 3-12yrs)

The Nativity play focused on the bigger picture, and how the birth of Jesus was a part of God's wider plan of salvation, prophesied hundreds of years beforehand.

From the older children's narration to the toddling sheep, it was a lovely service with a message to stir our thoughts too, along with many traditional carols too!

December 2013

The Salvation Army Band take to the streets to share the Christmas message

December 2013

Toddler Christmas Carol Service

Salvation Army Toddler Christmas Carol Service

Our first Christmas Carol Service of the 2013 Christmas season was everything we have come to expect, with another full hall of friendly parents with their nativity-dressed toddlers, singing along to the carols, listening carefully to Captain Karen's children's version of the Christmas story, as well as hearing the all-important Gospel message and reason for all the celebration!

Our sincere prayer is that anyone who has been challenged through the carols or the message to get to know Jesus better, will not delay, but will find a Bible, find a Bible-Believing Church, and make the decision to know more...salvation and the promise of heaven is free to all who ask God for forgiveness and trust in what the baby Jesus went on to do for us.

The baby in the manger on this joyful Sunday was superb, enjoying the lights, the chidlren, and the music.

There are more opportunities to hear the Christmas Message each Sunday.

December 2013

Remembrance Sunday x3

The Salvation Army Hythe - Remembrance Sunday

With our own indoor church service of worship and act of Remembrance, along with Salvation Army representatives laying a poppy wreath at the Hythe War Memorial's service, Bandmaster Richard Carroll writes the following report from the Saltwood Remembrance Service at the Memorial on the Green, where our band provided the musical accompaniment and atmosphere:

On a glorious sunny day the Band made it's way to Saltwood to provide the music for their Remembrance Service. The band provided music while the crowds, about 250 - 300 gathered and also excellent accompaniment for the hymns during the service.

Captain Phil Layton played the Last Post & Reveille.

I am so fortunate to be the bandmaster of such a great group of people. Thank you, Captain Phil, Ashley, June, Joan, Ana, Keith, Michelle, Anne, Emilie, Alyson, Wesley & Eric.

November 2013

Karaoke Time!

Salvation Army Karaoke - Social Evening

With just 7 weeks to go until Christmas, Eric Godden managed to find a slot in our busy programme to get together and relax, enjoy each other's company, chat and even sing a few favourite songs!

It was a lovely evening for everyone, with all age groups taking part and having fun.

November 2013

Salvation Army Football Double!

The Salvation Army Hythe - Art Club

Both of our Salvation Army football teams were in action on the same day:
The Senior Squad (over 16yrs) secured a 8-5 win against Gateways Ashford Church FC in the East Kent Church League,
Then a couple of hours later our Veterans Squad (over 35yrs) gained a 6-3 victory against Molesey Community Church FC in the National Church Veterans Cup!

October 2013

United Kingdom Salvation Army Leaders Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams with Divisional Leader Lt.Colonel Peter Moran becomeWednesday Club Members!

Salvation Army Leaders at Wednesday Club

It was a fantastic privilege to have our UK and Divisional Leaders drop by for a visit to Hythe Salvation Army where they became members of our Wednesday Club and joined in the fun, songs, activities and jokes and Christian message.

They impressed all the members with their friendship and relaxed nature, and were more than happy to 'volunteer' for various puzzles which needed solving!

The Wednesday Club is such a lovely group of people, extremely friendly, and great fun.

October 2013

Making Marks! Our new Army Art Club

The Salvation Army Hythe - Art Club

Local Artist Joanna Simms is a member of our church, and so it seemed natural to ask whether she would use her talent to enable others within the community to come and express themselves through Art, enjoying its social aspects as well as its therapeutic nature.

The first club met on 1st October, and it will meet each Tuesday from 2-4pm at our hall over the next 3 weeks to complete the first block of sessions. A new block of sessions will then be offered after a brief break.

If you are interested in coming along then simply get in touch for more details!

The photo on the right shows what we achieved in our first lesson. Joanna gave each of us a small card which contained light and dark areas which looked rather random.

We were asked simply to draw what we could truly see (not to try and guess what we thought it might be) using charcoal.
When we put each individual drawing together, we discovered the bigger picture!

It was great fun - is designed for beginners, and I'd recommend anyone coming along who has a good sense of humour!

October 2013

Harvest 2013

Salvation Army Harvest

There are some occasions which simply wouldn't be the same without the traditional songs, displays, and worship...and this year Bandmaster Richard Carroll led the church through a morning service which focused on the provision of God through His creation.

We have so much to thank God for, and the worship included gratitude for His spiritual gifts too, as well as time and opportunity to reflect and give in return so that those who are less fortunate may share in His provisions.

September 2013

Hythe Salvation Army Brass Band Plays to Thousands in Central london

Hythe Salvation Army Band at International headquarters, London

As the City of London held its Open Day, enabling residents and tourists alike to visit buildings and gain an insight into their use and architecture, Hythe Salvation Army Band were asked to journey up and provide the music outside the building to attract the visitors and to present the Gospel message upon which The Salvation Army is built!

The breeze carried the music even further afield, with visitors to local St Paul's Cathedral being drawn over to us and entering our International HeadQuarters, which has governance over the Salvation Army's work in 127 countires across the world.

It was an excellent day, with Hythe Band playing for 3 hours before enjoying a well-earned lunch in the Cafe 101 located inside the building.

September 2013

The 11th Traditional Hythe Salvation Army Church BBQ!

The Salvation Army Hythe - Church BBQ

Following a couple of summers which have been less-than-perfect for a church BBQ,
this year we were grateful to have no doubts about the suitability of the weather!!!

Our Chief Chef Richard Carroll donned the apron and lit the fires, along with his able assistant, Paul Marshall, helping to cook the burgers, sausages, chicken pieces and marhsmallows too!

The afternoon saw members of the church gather with their rugs and chairs to share in a time of good food and informal chatter, with plenty of space for the kids to play football, cricket, and ride their bikes along the canal pathway too.

Yes - the football did go into the canal (twice) - but thankfully the weather was such that there were frequent rowers travelling along who were able to pluck it back out again.

This proved to be an excellent event to simply chill out and relax together, with the opportunity to bring along friends and introduce them too.

It also marked the end of the summer holiday season, and as schools return over the coming week, many of our church members will return from their holidays and be able to join together again for worship with us each Sunday.

August 2013

The Virgin London Triathlon

Salvation Army Triathlon Salvation Army Triathlon Salvation Army Triathlon

All went well on Sunday 28th July in our aim to raise £1250 toward our local work and mission.

It was a challenge, but a very enjoyable one :)
1.5K Swim = 42m 07s
40K Bike = 1h 18m 55s
10K Run = 49m 33s
Transitions (1+2) = 13m 44s
Total = 3h 04m 19s

Thank you so much for all your support!

July 2013

The Wednesday Club Traditional Garden Cream Tea

The Salvation Army Wednesday Club The Salvation Army Wednesday Club

After a couple of summers with wet weather, it was fantastic to be able to bring the Wednesday Club back to the Captains' graden for their traditional Cream tea...with delicious home made scones provided by Patricia and Roy Whitewood!

It marked the end of another fun year with the Wednesday Club which has continued to grow in size...but with many chairs still available for any folk who are young at heart!

July 2013

Salvation Army FC Veterans v New Romney FC Veterans

Salvation Army Veterans Football Club

Match Report:

As my legs begin to moan about this morning, it reminds me to type out this sincere word of thanks to all our players for a fantastic game against the New Romney Veterans, who started off looking very threatening, but eventually proved unable to overwhelm us.

Dan played superbly in goal, perhaps keeping us on our toes with his Grobbelar moments, but also keeping a clean sheet which included many fine stops, and two particularly brilliant saves (and a kick in the head for his effort too!).

Our defensive back four of Rui, Andy x2, and Ian worked like a dream, talking and listening to each other to create a wall that truly frustrated the NR vets.

Then there were the work horses in Paul, Mike, and Jason in midfield who had bags of composure to match their strength and passing ability, and enabling Julian and Phil to tease the NR wingers and defense with various runs and crosses.

The big man Matt up front was his usual unplayable self...a constant thorn in the side of the opponents, and while his two very well taken goals are no less than he deserves, he would be the first to agree that today's performance was a real team effort, and it worked so well!

On a personal note, I want to add another layer of gratitude for the manner in which we all played today. Despite the heat of the day, and the lack of match practice, and the very physical nature of the no point did we lose our cool...our language and attitude toward fair play was 100%...and when the NR Veterans began to lose their cool, encouragement and solidarity, the result was never in doubt.

Thank you so much chaps...the Salvation Army was very well represented today - and it was so nice to have this win under our belts!

Final score 2-0

July 2013

Visit of Hendon Salvation Army Band for the Hythe Salvation Army Music Ministry Weekend

Hendon Salvation Army Band Visit Hythe Hendon Salvation Army Band at Hythe Hendon Salvation Army Band at Hythe Hendon Salvation Army Band at Hythe Hendon Salvation Army Band at Hythe Hendon Salvation Army Band at Hythe

"Music with a message" is a well worn phrase used when talking about Salvation Army Music events, but the visit to Hythe by Hendon band (Bandmaster Stephen Cobb) would have to be described as "Excellent Salvation Army music with a very powerful message".

The Tower Theatre proved to be an excellent venue for the Saturday evening concert which featured several of the band's soloists. The beautifully balanced programme began with our focus on heaven, and led up to a climax with "Jesus, Name above all names" before Major Judith Hilditch spoke words of comfort and challenge and introduced the band's final item ("Fire in the Blood") which gave the powerful testimony of the words, "Lord, You know that we love You".

The extremely sensitive playing of the band was a potent message on its own, before Major Hilditch spoke deeper into the theme of being in God's Presence.
Sunday afternoon provided the final event of the weekend of music ministry, with a concert on the famous Oaklands Bandstand. Though it started with drizzle, the music brought out the warm sunshine and the band again provided a superb mix of Salvation Army music that had the 300 plus crowd calling for more!

June 2013

Our Brass Band Brave the Blustery Breezes on the Bandstand!

Hythe Salvation Army Band on the Oaklands Bandstand 2013

It was a typical English summer afternoon, and we are not sure what was more amazing...the polite perseverance of the small crowd which came to support our band on this incredibly cold and windy afternoon in the Oaklands bandstand, or the determination of the band to fulfil their commitment to produce good music through band pieces, vocal solos, piano playing and cornet and euphonium solos where the music had to be pegged onto the stands, and the stands held by others to avoid it all blowing away!

Despite the weather, the quality was good, the humour was excellent, and we nevertheless expect that God will have used the afternoon to encourage any passers-by who were able to hear our message.

June 2013

Football Sunday Awards Service 2013

Salvation Army Football Club - Youth and Senior

It was terrific to see our senior Salvation Army Football Team, some members of our youth football group, and also some parents who are in the Veterans football team at our annual Football Sunday Awards service.

The service was kept simple with lively contemporary worship songs, photos from the season, a short and direct Gospel message, the traditional singing of 'Abide with me', and the presentation of the trophies.

The senior team won the East Kent Church League this year, in the longest season yet (18 matches), making them the League Champions for the second time in 3 seasons :)

But it is the way they play football which we are so impressed with,
as they always strive to play pure, clean, fair football as they represent our church.

The photo shows the team along with youth players and their trophies.

May 2013

A Friendly Visit to Minster Salvation Army

Hythe Music Sections visit Minster Salvation Army

It was a terrific opportunity to encourage and support our sister church in Minster, as our singers and brass band were invited to perform a Saturday evening concert and share refreshments, making new friends in the process.

Bandmaster Richard Carroll and Songster leader Wes Carroll chose a well-balanced selection of items, Captain Phil Layton provided a Bible message, and the theme throughout the evening was on focusing our praise on Almighty God for who he is and for what He has done.

The evening was brought to a climax in the piece of music entitled 'Reflections in Praise'.

May 2013

Ambassadors for Sport

Salvation Army FC at the London Churches 6-a-side Football Tournament 2013

After a long and successful season in the 11-a-side league, it was a privilege and a pleasure to be able to take an 8-man squad to the London Churches Football Tournament, which is held at the London Soccerdome, near the 02 arena, Greenwich.

It was quite an experience to be able to play on the artificial 3G turf and compete against 40 other church teams, but it also provided an opportunity for our team to come under the ministry of Ambassadors for Sport, and to receive a short and effective Gospel message shortly after the lunch break.

Our team did very well, eventually getting knocked out on penalties (we really ought to practice those a bit more!) in the quarter-final stage.

May 2013

Here come the girls!

The Salvation Army Junior Soldiers Grace and Kaitlin

Our church is like a spiritual family.
We all have different backgrounds, from a range of ages, different jobs, different interests, but our faith is in the same Saviour, Jesus Christ, and our services reflect the warmth of friendship, encouragement, and support with one another as we seek to deepen our relationship with God in this Bible-believing, music-loving, Christ-centred, relaxed-yet-reverent church.

Today we celebrated as Grace and Kaitlin made the following promise as they became a Junior Soldiers of The Salvation Army:
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 church promised to support the girls as a spiritual family, and we read Romans 4 and considered how God is always faithful to His promises to us!

April 2013

We Are The Champions!

Football Champions: Salvation Army FC

At the end of a long season, We are so grateful and proud of our squad not only for what they have accomplished,
but for the way they have accomplsihed it...

With fair play, a positive attitude, and pure football which has represented our church perfectly...

Thank you!

April 2013

The King of Kings!

Our Easter season had the theme of considering Jesus as the "King of Kings", from Palm Sunday, through to Resurrection Sunday,
with school services and Good Friday in between, when we were also joined by the South kent Community Church.

The video below was taken on Resurrection Sunday, when we just had to go out and proclaim the wonderful Gospel story!

March 2013

Mothers' Day At Hythe Salvation Army

Captain Karen themed the service around the definition of love as found in 1 Corinthians 13,
and then mothers within the service were presented with flowers, before everyone was given an opportunity to remember their Mums in an emotional act of thanksgiving.

As a part of the worship Joshua Layton and Emilie Margott each played instrumental solos attached to words which proclaim their faith and trust in Jesus.

March 2013

New Testament Bible Reading Challenge

March 2013

Band and Songsters Visit Ashford Salvation Army

Our band & songsters responded to an unusual request, to provide the music at a 90th birthday party. I should explain that Rita, the lady celebrating, had specifically requested a Salvation Army programme for her special treat, with an emphasis on promoting the Gospel through our music - we were happy to oblige.

Some 120 people attended, a number of who had not been to a church event for many years.
Both sections contrasted their items to provide a varied programme culminating with a short message from Captain Phil following which the band played "Reflections in Praise" and the songsters sang "Total Praise".

Songster leader Wes Carroll played a medley of tunes chosen by Rita on the spot, ending with an accompaniment of 'Happy Birthday' as she was presented with flowers from her new friends at Hythe!

March 2013

Another 2 answers to prayer!

The Salvation Army Karen Bridges and Alex Keir

Our church is like a spiritual family.
We all have different backgrounds, from a range of ages, different jobs, different interests, but our faith is in the same Saviour, Jesus Christ, and our services reflect the warmth of friendship, encouragement, and support with one another as we seek to deepen our relationship with God in this Bible-believing, music-loving, Christ-centred, relaxed-yet-reverent church.

You don't have to be a member to come along to our services - they are for absolutely anyone who enjoys our style of worship!
Each person who comes through the doors is an answer to prayer, as we have been praying as a church for God to send people in to learn more about Him, and to enrich our lives by getting to know them.

This photo shows 2 more answers to prayer, Alex Keir and his Mum Karen, who have made The Salvation Army their church!

Alex made the following promise as he became a Junior Soldier, and his Mum an Adherent of The Salvation Army:

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.

As a true Spurs fan, Alex took up the Tottenham Hotspur motto:

Audere est Facere (to dare is to do) as an encouragement to keep his promise even when life gets tough.
After the church prayed for this mother and son, Karen spoke about the warm and friendly welcome she receives here, and how after a busy week at work she looks forward to relaxing in worship each Sunday.

February 2013

February 2013

KidZone Purim, Promises, and Prizes

KidZone Sunday school Salvation Army Hythe British Purim

It was the annual KidZone Prizegiving Sunday, when the children from KidZone (Sunday school) receive gifts from the church to encourage them and let them know how loved and cherished they are as a part of our spiritual family.

The gifts tend to be books or DVDs aimed at stimulating their desire to read the Bible and think about God.

The theme of the service was on the Jewish celebration of Purim and the Bible story of Queen Esther, and the conclusion led us to consider how faithful God is in keeping every promise He has made.

The ultimate promise of eternal life is found in John 3:16, and the KidZone children brilliantly 'signed' the words to this promise with music backing:

God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever will believe in Him will have eternal life.
John 3:16

February 2013