And what a Christmas it was! The photos tell a thousand stories but this Christmas time our programme included:
- Our Christmas Day Meal for over 70 local residents who would have been otherwise on their own and who were treated to a day of entertainment and food!
- Assemblies at local schools
- The Christmas Spectacular carol concert at the Tower Theatre featuring the band, songsters, Shepway Community Choir, Ashford Sinfonia and the FHODS
- Plenty of music ministry for the band in the open air, supporting carol services and services, playing in sheltered accommodation and an outstanding event in the exclusive Lympne Castle.
- Carol Singing in Nursing Homes and with the housebound.
- Plenty of Carol Services to engage the local community including an All Age Christmas Service and a fantastic Nativity lead by our own young people.
- A Toy and Present appeal for children and families who would otherwise struggle at Christmas Time
- Christingle Service
- Food Parcels
And all of this done because of our love of the Greatest Story Ever Told... that God came in a boy at Christmas!!
A Well Earned Retirement!
This weekend we celebrated the service and retirement of Keith and June Woodcock from the band and songsters. Between them they racked over 100 years service! Well done!
Headed up by Eric Godden and Ted Knivett members of the corps rolled up their sleeves and donned their paint brushes in order to redecorate the hall. The new look hall is fresh and clean and is the fruit of the hard work of many of people over the course of a week...well done everyone!
November 2015 saw the launch of a new venture for Hythe Salvation Army: ‘connect groups’. The groups are designed to help people in their connections with God, each other, and the world and to promote discipleship within the Church.
“Raising the Bar” - Adult and Family Ministry Rally
Several members of the CAMEO club represented Hythe at the Adult and Family Ministry Rally at Royal Tonbridge Wells themed “Raising the Bar”. They even organised a very popular retro sweet stall to raise money for the Helping Hand Appeal which helps development projects around the world.
COME AND CELEBRATE WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21ST
Lead by DHQ Officers and hosted at Hythe Corps. A full hall enjoyed a friendly evening of praise and worship! Featuring the Ashford Praise group and the united Folkestone & Hythe Bands.
Monkey Business for Youth Connect Group
Members of the Youth Connect Group headed to GOAPE at Leeds Castle for an afternoon of team building. They defied the high ropes, tackled the zip wires and swung like Tarzan through the trees all in the name of overcoming fears and getting to know each other a bit better.
Time Out for the CAMEO Club!
The CAMEO Club which meets each Wednesday were treated to an afternoon tea at Dobbies Garden Centre at Ashford. As you can see from the photos the members all enjoyed themselves with piles of food and great company!
HARVEST CELEBRATIONS 19/20 September 2015
Our weekend got off to an excellent start with a Harvest Supper and Big Quiz aimed at the whole family. The hall was beautifully decorated and the response from our members was very generous. The young people brought their gifts during the opening song. Lt Berri shared the word based on Psalm 33 – “Taste and see”.
Fundraising on the High Street
Whilst Hythe baked in Mediterranean weather a team of volunteers from the Church took too the streets to raise much needed funds for our work. Well done team!
Young people from accross East Kent, including our own youth connect group, met at Hythe for a ‘sea-side’ themed afternoon of Rounders, Football and a BBQ. In true British Summer style rain didn’t deter play and Lt. Callum rounded the day of with a devotion which challenged the young people to write an encouraging ‘message in a bottle’ for a stranger which were then released on helium balloons.
Time for Tea
For the second year running, dozens of folk crammed into Berri & Callum’s garden for an afternoon cream tea with plenty of food, sunshine and smiles all round to mark the start of the summer holidays.
If You Go Down to the Woods Today...
...Well not quite the woods but the Oaklands Bandstand! To close the term our Toddler Group finished with a Teddy Bear’s picnic which included games, outdoor play and some teddy-themed snacks.
A Leap of Faith
Our very own Lilian Cardy took a leap of faith to raise funds for our work in Hythe. 78 year old Lilian completed at 12,000ft skydive and the story captured the attention of the press, a national magazine and many people on social media.
The press release said:
“Fearless Lilian Cardy – standing at the edge of her eighties - is a natural-born adrenalin-hunter, unfazed by new experiences. A lifelong lover of fairground rides, Lilian has often sought out more and more adventurous experiences – already under her belt are a helicopter trip, a glider flight and a hot-air balloon ride.
Lilian, who once persuaded a tour guide to lend her his briefcase so she could sledge down a section of the Austrian Alps, said: ‘The hot-air balloon was a little too slow for me. I’m not frightened at all about getting up to great heights and speeds.
Not satisfied with only this, and having always wanted to take part in a skydive, Lilian decided to treat herself to a tandem jump and use it as an opportunity to raise valuable funds for The Salvation Army in Hythe. Having experienced tough times during the miners’ strikes when living in Seaham Harbour – a community dependent on the coalmining industry – Lilian understands the difference made when practical compassionate support is readily offered during times when life isn’t easy.
She said: ‘I’m a lifelong member of The Salvation Army church and have supported in a number of ways from helping in the parent-and-toddler group to teaching young children in the Sunday school to writing to people who are unwell or unable to attend church so that they know they are missed.’
Lieutenant Callum McKenna (the minister coleading Hythe Salvation Army church) said: ‘Lilian is “granny” to many in the community, having taught generations of children in our Sunday school and parent-and-toddler group. Despite being almost in her eighties, Lilian wanted to do something to raise funds for The Salvation Army in its 150th year and in particular our church in Hythe, so we can ensure we continue to be there for the community.
‘As The Salvation Army celebrates its birth in the East End of London, where early Salvationists supported vulnerable people in the community and helped them to turn their lives around, we continue to work in Hythe, providing a warm welcome to everyone from our parents and toddlers to our older people’s groups, as well as meeting the needs of people in crisis situations.’
Lilian will turn 79 within weeks of her skydive and doesn’t see her age as an obstacle. She said: ‘I grew up in wartime so wasn’t able to do anything like this skydive so I’m really looking forward to getting in – and then out of – that plane for my skydive!’
As part of The Salvation Army’s 150th Celebration year, members of our corps attended and took part in the Boundless International Congress, held at the o2 arena in London. The events was attended by over 15,000 salvationists from each of the 127 countries where the Army is working and was a vibrant time of spiritual renewal and celebration.
Our own Bandmaster Richard Carroll and Lt. Callum were asked to be involved in a ‘behind the scenes’ way as hosts for visiting musical groups from around the world. Richard hosted the South America East Territorial Band whilst Callum spent the week with the Mizo Singers from the India Eastern Territory.
Lilian's Skydive Wednesday 22 July
78 Year old member of Hythe Salvation Army, Lilian Cardy, is jumping out of a plane to raise money for the work of Hythe Salvation Army. You can sponsor Lilian, or find out more, at https://www.justgiving.com/Skydiving-Lilian
Hythe International Celebration Weekend - 26th to 28th June 2015
In the lead up to Boundless Congress, Hythe corps hosted an International Celebration Weekend which aimed to give the Corps and the local community a taste of the international flavour of The Salvation Army. The celebrations commenced on the Friday evening with the visit of The New York Staff Band who presented a concert to an excited capacity crowd. The band excelled themselves both on and off the stage as they shared in a meal with the host corps sections before thrilling the audience with a programme which included two impressive works commissioned especially for the band's tour; "Americana" (Captain Martin Cordner) and "Power and the Glory" (Paul Lovatt-Cooper). The event was opened by Admiral of the Fleet Lord Michael Boyce, who takes a keen interest in The Salvation Army's work in Hythe, and who promised, 'an evening of God-glorifying music'; a promise which the band more than fulfilled. The following day the band led, and participated in, the Hythe Armed Forces Day Parade where their contribution was appreciated and recognised by the Town Mayor, Councillor Michael Lyons, who presented the band with an illuminated copy of the Town Seal.
On Sunday morning the Corps welcomed three officers from the Kenya East territory, Lt. Colonel Herman Mbakaya and Captains Moses and Mary Njeru, who inspired the congregation by sharing in testimony, song and by highlighting The Salvation Army's work in Kenya. The Holy Spirit was very much evident as the congregation worshipped together. After the morning meeting the officers were officially received and welcomed to Hythe by the Mayor at the Town Hall as part of the town's Civic Day celebrations.
Songs of Praise at Lympne Castle
Around 200 members of the community attended a 'Songs of Praise' event organised by Hythe Corps in the grounds of the historic and spectacular Lympne Castle on a June summer's evening. The evening, which began with cream teas served in the castle, featured contributions from the corps band, songsters and community choir and rousing congregational singing traditional and modern hymns accompanied by Wesley Carroll, piano. Richard Carroll and Corps Officers, Lts. Berri and Callum McKenna, compered the event which also included prayers, a thought and an invitation to attend the Corps meetings. Nearly £400 was raised for the work of The Salvation Army.
Despite many of own folk being away the hall was full for our Easter Day Celebration - a great meeting which finished on the banks of the Royal Military Canal as we proclaimed the truth of the resurrection in the community!
It was good to join with members of all the churches in Hythe for the Good Friday walk through the High Street. Paul Marshall helped to carry the cross. Following a service in the Town Square, we met for devotions and was joined by our good friends from the Community Church.
Holy Week Prayers
Throughout Holy Week 2015 our hall was transformed from its usual hub of activity and business into an oasis of peace and calm for an 'Easter Journey' prayer room. The hall was open for long hours so that members of the corps and friends from other local Churches were able to spend time in prayer using the eight interactive prayer stations which were set up and each focussed on a different event in the holy week narrative.
The scene was set by the band's prologue, "To Praise the Lord" which was followed by a great time together considering "Hosanna: A Palm Sunday Prayer". Following on the theme in Kidzone the young people enjoyed making edible Easter gardens!
Curry and Curling
Members of our newly formed youth group headed to Ramsgate Salvation Army to meet with other young people for an evening of fellowship as they played 'carpet curling' and ate curry!
Joanna and Barry Make Their Mark on the Local Community!
Throughout the month of March Joanna and Barry, two members of our congregation, used their passion for art and drawing to bring people together from a diverse spectrum of our local community. The four week fully subscribed course, called 'making marks', gave people the opportunity to try their hand at various artistic techniques and was a great way of drawing people together (pun intended!).
Women of Worth
Thursday 19th March saw the start of "Women of Worth"; a new group at Hythe Salvation Army specifically aimed at bringing together ladies from various parts of our Church and community family. The launch event, "An Evening of the Spa" brought together women from all aspects of the Corps programme; from the congregation to the parent and toddler groups and community choir represented, for an evening of fellowship. The next event is a quiz night on Thursday 30th April.
Mother's Day 2015
The hall was resplendent in colour for Mother's Day with the array of flowers ready to be presented. Lieutenants Callum & Berri guided us through times of devotion, reflection, memories and sheer joy.
Kidzone Prize Giving 2015
Sunday 8th March saw Candidate’s Jo and Steve Allcock (Sutton) lead the annual celebration of our Children and Young People through the Kidzone Prizegiving. Each young person received a book as a gift from the Church to help them in their Christian Faith and the children participated throughout the meeting. The theme for the meeting was, "Choices" which was highlighted throughout the meeting by the use of a 6ft wooden tree. At various points throughout the service the children were encouraged to choose various 'fruits' from the tree and following Steve’s message the congregation responded by sticking coloured leaves to the tree, symbolising that they were choosing to live for God.
February has been a month of launches for Hythe Salvation Army! Firstly, during our meeting on 1st February some of the young people 'launched' our new-look corps website into cyberspace. The website, a product of the hard labour of Corps member Ashley Found, aims to promote the work of The Salvation Army in Hythe to a wider audience.
Then on the 13th February we launched our 'Youth Alpha Course' to bring together the high-school aged children of the Church in an environment where they can have fun and explore the Christian faith together. And finally, we revealed the plans for our new 'Women of Worth' group specifically for the ladies of the Church to get together in Fellowship. The first event, a spa evening, is planned to happen on 19th March- See 'Upcoming events' for more information!
Dedication And Commitment Sunday
Sunday January 18 2015 was a special day for two reasons. Firstly we had the Dedication of Jonty Easdown, conducted by Lt Berri. Jonty being 3 years of age was walked round the hall by Berri to be welcomed by the entire congregation.
It was also our “My Vision, Commitment and Action for 2015” Sunday, with the prayer “Lord, in recognition of your love for me I offer myself back to you as a commitment to service in your Kingdom. May your will be done in my life and your Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven”. The special “glasses” supplied by THQ were put to good use.