Christmas Day Meal
The hall was packed for our service which preceded the Christmas Day meal for those who would otherwise spend Christmas day on their own. Our guests were treated to a delicious four course meal and were entertained by members of the Carroll family, before being taken home with a packed tea and a lovely present. A big thank you to all the generous supporters and a special thank you to the team of volunteers, under the direction of Lts Callum & Berri McKenna, who spend a couple of days preparing and making sure the day is a success
Christmas Spectacular 2016
The Tower Theatre was packed for the Christmas Spectacular, fearturing the Ashford Sinfonia, Shepway Community Choir, Hythe Salvation Army Band, Steve Hawkins and Grace Carroll, all under the direction of Songster Leader Wesley Carroll. Lts Berri & Callum McKenna gave the appeal and poignant message.
We were joined by members of other churches to sing carols in local nursing and reitirement homes.
Christmas at Lympne Castle
The Courtyard of the historic Lympne Castle was packed for a Carol Concert led by our corps band and the Saltwood Hand Bell Ringers.
The Hythe Salvation Army Band "in action" during the Christmas period in a variety of settings, including being kept on the beat by a local community policewoman, serenading shoppers at Sainsbury's,leading a carol concert on Saltwood & Appledore village greens and visiting "shut ins" on Christmas Eve.
CAMEO CLUB Christmas
The members of the CAMEO CLUB enjoyed their very own Advent experience, learning about and making their own "oranges".
Young Peoples Christmas
Following the Young Peoples Christmas Carol Service, in which many of our young people excelled with their solo items, they met for an art session and Christmas meal.
Christmas Messy Church 2016
Over 90 attended our first Christmas Messy Church. It was an excellent afternoon.
Remembrance Sunday 2016
It was a privilege for our band to accompany the Remembrance Day Service at Saltwood War Memorial. The photos show Bandsman Eric Godden laying a wreath on behalf of the Corps and junior soldier Grace Carroll laying a wreath on behalf of Saltwood School. Members of our Church also participated in acts of remembrance in Hythe, Dymchurch and in our own Sunday Worship.
Latest Addition To The Hythe Salvation Army Family
Here's the latest addition to the Hythe Salvation Army family! Baby Henry, son of Lts Berri and Callum born on Sunday morning. As you can see- he's rehearsing hard hoping he'll get a part in the toddler nativity!
HARVEST CELEBRATIONS 8/9 October 2016
What a weekend we've had celebrating harvest! It kicked off with "The Big Quiz" 2016 and continued with a great time of worship with contributions from the band and songsters and a challenging message from Lt. Berri. During Kidzone, the children thought about harvest and carved "Gospel" pumpkins.
CAMEO Club Afternoon Tea
The CAMEO Club had a lovely afternoon tea at Southern Spice ...but who ate all the cakes?!
CAMEO Club on "holiday"
Over the past few weeks the CAMEO Club have been on "holiday"... To the seaside, camping, Spain and today a 'Staycation' and all without leaving The Salvation Army Hall on a Wednesday afternoon!
Parent and Toddler Groups on Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch light railway
To mark the end of term, both toddler groups went for a picnic and trip on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch light railway.
Emilie Margott Senior Soldier Enrolment
A great day for Hythe Salvation Army as we enrolled Emilie Margott as a senior solider. There was much to celebrate, an inspiring testimony and a great cake!
Youth Connect Group had a brilliant evening baking cookies and thinking about who influences them!
Some Photos from our "Big Birthday Bash" at Oaklands Park to mark the start of our 120th Anniversary Year. Bandstand Programme Featured: St. Hilda's Ukes, South East Fellowship Band, Shepway Community Choir & Ashford Sinfonia. Plenty of other fun including inflatables, cakes, candy floss, face painting, history display and games.
Dunkirk and Calais
History was made when Hythe Band of the Salvation Army became the first Salvation Army Band to play in Bergues, France and what a splendid day we had. We had taken part in 3 mini open air meetings en route. Following tea the band then played in a migrant camp, photos not allowed but what an experience. We enjoyed a tremendous time of fellowship with the few but enthusiastic Salvationists from Dunkirk and Calais
After breakfast and the meeting some of the congregation and the band braved the elements to give this rousing rendition of "Thine is the Glory"- Sorry about the wind!!
Palm Sunday meeting with Cadet Louise Wahl who's theme was Who is your King?
Mother's Day 2016
A good Mothers Day service led by our CO's Lt Callum & Berri McKenna based on "You are a child of God".
Dedication of Esther Grace Poore
MUSICOS DIVISION DE BUENOE AIRES
Bandmaster Richard Carroll reports...
I was asked to look after the South America East Territorial Band during The Salvation Army’s “Boundless” congress and as a result of this I was invited to lead the senior band at the above music school in Argentina. However my family were concerned about an elderly, slightly eccentric Englishman wandering around a foreign country on his own! So permission was sort and granted for Lt Callum McKenna to accompany.
Our Salvationist Friends in Argentina could not have been kinder, we were treated like royalty and various people were assigned to look after us in the days before and following the CDM, which afforded us the opportunity to meet local Salvationists and see the work of the Army in Argentina and see some of the local sights in Beunos Aires.
Prior to the music school we met up with the rest of the team, including Pablo Fernandez, from Greater New York Division US Eastern, who was leading the Drama workshop, to help plan the final details for the ‘Conservatorio Divisional de Musica'. We had been warned to expect the unexpected! And we certainly had that experience. At the planning meeting someone asked who was going to lead the “leadership” sessions, one hour a day! Suddenly there was silence, then it became apparent that due to an oversight “Calloooom” (his local name!) was due to be leading but hadn’t been informed in advance. On asking how many would be there he was told 11, slight pause and a discussion in Spanish, then “No about 15”, another pause then “Well everybody so that will be 120”. So 7,000 miles from home and no material, the wonders of modern technology saved the day.
The theme for the Buenos Aires Conservatorio Divisional de Musica 2016 was based on Romans 8:37 More than victorious in Jesus Christ. The delegates entered into the various activities with great enthusiasm and sincerity, with two drama groups, two singing groups, timbrels, three bands and several excellent Worship Bands. I was assigned to lead the senior Brass Band who worked hard on challenging pieces and who I grew to have a great relationship with over the week.
Lt Callum led the entire Conservatorio in thought provoking Bible Study as well as the afore mentioned Leadership seminars, introducing them to the delights of playing a kazoo, something they had not encountered before. The result was young people wandering around playing them all the time! He also preached in the Saturday evening devotional meeting.
The response to the Saturday evening altar call was inspirational and heart warming. The devotional meeting started at 10pm, and was a particular highlight, with young people responding to the call to the Mercy Seat and then going and collecting their peers and bringing them to the Mercy Seat also. The meeting finished well after midnight.
The Central Corps Hall was packed for the final meeting, which sprang into life with the CDM Band playing our own Wesley Carroll’s “Decided”, which proved to be a “hit” with the entire congregation on their feet. The band also played Wesley’s “Reflections in Praise” conducted by Lt David Acosta, and gave a scintillating performance of “Southern New England” as well as accompanying the timbrels, Golden Jubilee. All the CDM groups took part with everyone joining in “To Praise the Lord”. A truly God Glorifying event.
Leaving for Buenos Aires Divisional CDM
Callum & Richard are en route to Buenos Aires to participate in the Summer music school there. Join us in praying for their safe travel and for their ministry over the coming days!