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2017 Events

Harvest Weekend 15th - 17th

At the start of our harvest weekend the youth connect group had a special challenge! Each team was given £5.00 and had to go food shopping with awards given to the team who could rustle up 1) the most meals, 2) the healthiest meal and 3) the most exciting meal. It was a great opportunity to reflect on the work of our foodbank and to pray for those who use it.

It's been a great weekend as we have celebrated Harvest as a Church family. On Saturday we had a Quiz Night and Harvest Supper which was very competitive but great fun. Then, this morning, Lt. Berri lead our family worship which explored the story of Ruth, Boaz and Naomi from the Old Testament. We thought about the ways in which God has been compassionate to us and how we, in turn, should show compassion even when it is difficult or it feels like we don't have to. We also brought our Harvest altar service offerings along with food donations to restock our much depleted and needed foodbank. All in all, a great weekend with much food for thought (and enjoyment!)

September 2017

Do you really know what goes on at your corps?

What about rescuing 8 foreign young people from an elderly ladies back garden on a Saturday evening? Not your corps? Well it is Hythe ....

On Saturday the Lt. Callum McKenna, Salvation Army - Hythe receives a phone call from the leader of 8 Germans who had booked accommodation but had been let down. They went to the big church and as they were camping they were told to go to West Hythe "because there are farmers there with fields". So they end up in an "elderly ladies" back garden" accompanied with torrential rain - everything soaked. Salvation Army to the rescue! I was asked to help transport some from the back garden to our hall where they had hot drinks etc. In the meantime our Captain took all their wet clothes home and dried them in their tumble drier. I know the Elderly Lady and because of this she acted more friendly towards them and allowed them to sleep in an outhouse which is brick built and dry. Later on the evening we took them back to the elderly lady. Is that the end of the story? No!...

The Elderly ladies back garden is in fact a small field, with a slight slope away from the house and having been told by the Elderly Lady to keep away from her house all their tents were pitched in very very wet patch!!! Anyway after a chat with the the Elderly Lady allowed them to put their tents nearer to the house on higher ground.

Callum & I went home safe in the knowledge that what ever else might happen the young people would at least be dry.

Nothing happened on Sunday, well not as far as the 8 German students were concerned, we still had our great time of worship and fellowship at the corps.

Move forward to Monday. Telephone call from the Elderly Lady one of the youngsters was feeling ill and could I take them to the walk in centre? Apart from the one feeling unwell the rest according to the Elderly Lady were feeling much better as she had made them a "BEAUTIFUL STEW" on Sunday evening (and now one was ill !!!!!) Callum in the meantime was at a meeting with Hythe Town Council about 2 men who have been sleeping in the Town Hall Undercroft for several days/nights. I was actually out delivering Big Collection packs when I got the call, so said I would be with them in about 20 minutes.

I then get a call to tell me that the young folk had left and were heading for the "The Castle" public house in Saltwood where they had been offered a couple of rooms at £30 a room. How on earth they got from a back garden to The Castle I'll never know. Anyway the Elderly Lady suggested that I go and meet them and direct them to Saltwood because they didn't know where it was.

Another phone call this time from Callum whose meeting was finished and while walking to meet Berri he met these young people, and he was able to point them in the right direction.

After lunch Callum popped up to The Castle, and the young folk were feeling much better including the one who was ill !! So Callum came away grateful that he had been able to help, and that the Stew probably did do them some good.

Today Tuesday I believe they are heading for Deal. I think they got a good deal at the Hythe Salvation Army.

September 2017

Sunday 10th September 2017

Our worship this morning was led by Majors Julia and Robert Jepson from our regional office who encouraged us to think about how we can be spiritually healthy as individuals and as a church.

September 2017

TREK TO TRANSFORM - Friday 28th August 2017

Next Easter, some of our Youth Group are heading off to Kenya as part of their 'Transformers' Programme where they will have the opportunity to see and join in with some of The Salvation Army's work as well as think about how they can play their part in transforming their local community. Preparations for their trip are well underway and they, along with lots of others from Hythe Salvation Army, are busy raising funds for the trip and to support The Salvation Army's incredible work in Kenya.

August 2017

Sunday 9th July 2017

Our meeting was led by Majors Robert and Julia Jepson, South East DHQ. and the introduced the "fit for Mission" programme, with a variety of illustrations etc that kept the congregation (a packed hall) engaged and interested including testing the aeronautical engineering skills of the congregation (see video below)

July 2017

Summer Concert - Saturday 8th July 2017

Summer Concert with the Shepway Community Choir and soloists, Emilie Margott, euphonium and trombone, and Wesley Carroll, piano.

The event raised £320 towards the cost of our young people 's visit to Kenya next Easter.

The choir excelled in a wide range of musical styles, Circle Of Life, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

Emilie played "Grandfather Clock" with great panache and contrasted with a soulful rendition of Joy Webb's "There will be God" which was greeted with a reverent silence. Later in the programme Emilie displayed her virtuosity in playing the trombone solo "Ochils".

Wesley who is also the choir's Musical Director and pianist and also accompanied Emilie and provided two brilliant solos, both his own arrangements of a selection of well know piano solos. Just how many notes can two hands play?

July 2017

Inspirational Testimony - 25th June

We had an inspiring time of worship together this morning which included a challenging testimony from Jane and some ladders as we considered the story of Zacchaeus.

June 2017

Emergency Response - 24th June

Last week members of the Hythe SA Family Joan Crossland-Page, Hilary and Andy Maguire went to support some of the incredible work being undertaken by the emergency services and The Salvation Army at the Grenfell Tower site.

June 2017

Civic Sunday & Corps Garden Party - 18th June

This morning we were challenged and encouraged by our Family Worship as Berri lead us around the theme of "Lost and Found" and some of the youth group contributed a drama.

Also this morning, Richard represented The Salvation Army at the Annual Civic Service at the Parish Church where he read to the mayor William Booth's "I'll Fight Speech" as a challenge for his mayoral term.

Then this afternoon we made the most of the glorious sunshine and gathered at the Quarters for a garden party- much fun, sun and laugher enjoyed by all!

June 2017

Youth Connect Group - 16th June

The Youth Connect Group made the most of the glorious weather this evening by having a BBQ and garden games- much fun and laughter all round!

June 2017

Visit of the AUS Territorial Youth Band

What a weekend it's been as we have hosted the AUS Territorial Youth Band, and their special guest singer Sylvie Paladino, at the start of their 10 day UK tour.

After arriving late on Friday evening, the band fought off jet lag for some early morning rehearsals and marching practice before heading off down a sun kissed canal bank to form up ready for the morning's events. The band marched down the High Street where crowds came out of shops to see the band as they played "God's Children" (Himes) before eventually making their way to the Town Hall where the Mayor and Mayoress, Councillors Paul and Wendy Peacock, greeted the band. After the Civic Reception, which included the exchanging of the Hythe Town Seal with a photograph of the Band from its executive officer Captain Matt Reeve, the band gave a short open air concert.

After a carvery lunch and some well deserved free time, the band went to the Tower Theatre to prepare for the evening's festival to a near capacity crowd. This included sound checking and warming up with the very special guest star of the weekend - Sylvie Paladino. Sylvie is a sought after musical theatre performer all around the world and her works include starring roles in the West End production of Les Mis and Cats, Chess, Mamma Mia, and Hair amongst others. We were so fortunate to have Sylvie with us for the weekend of ministry.

The programme for the festival was varied and included works commissioned especially for the tour including "Semper Fidelis" (M. Cordner), "Enough for Me" (S. Creamer) and "Everything" (B. Hogg). The evening was skilfully compered by the band's very creative leader Ken Waterworth and Sylvie, who shared her testimony throughout in word and in song. A particularly powerful moment was when Sylvie sang, in her words, "a love song to God" in the form of Norman Hutchins' "Jesus I Love You" accompanied sensitively by Brandon Waterworth on the Vibraphone. The culmination of the programme were some challenging words from Captain Matt and a massed item featuring Sylvie and vocals and playing from the band in Len Ballantine's arrangement of "Amazing Grace".

On Sunday morning, the band set the tone as people squeezed into the hall for a standing room only worship meeting. Members of the band inspired the congregation with their contributions of prayers, testimony and a creative children's story (that didn't quite go to plan!) Captain Matt delivered a powerful message, in a humour way, from 2 Corinthians 12 and Sylvie Sang "I give you my heart". In all that the group did, they showed us far more than just musical excellence as they constantly witnessed to the message and meaning behind the music.

Photo Credits - Collette and Matt Poore & The AUS Territorial Youth Band.

May 2017

Civic Generosity

Lt Callum McKenna and Bandmaster Richard Carroll were privileged to attend a reception in the parlour of the Right Worshipful Mayor of New Romney, Councillor Patricia Rolfe as she presented cheques to her four chosen local charities. Lt. Callum gratefully received the cheque for £1,000 and Richard discovered New Romney's historic Moot Horn...and, of course, he had to have a blow!

May 2017

Henry's Dedication Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April

Our special guests for the weekend were Lieutenants Louisa and Stephen Hollingsworth who came to conduct the dedication service of Henry, the son of our corps officers Berri and Callum on Saturday. They led an inspiring meeting on the theme of "Living Sacrifice" from Romans 12:1-2.

April 2017

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday was the jewel in our Easter Crown as we celebrated that Jesus is risen and thought about the difference the resurrection makes in our lives "Because He Lives..."

Towards the start of the meeting some of the children were invited to come to the front to open a mystery package which it was promised that some Easter treats would be inside. They were disappointed when they opened the box to find that what they were expecting wasn't there and it was explained that this was similar to the surprise of the women who went to the tomb in the first Easter. However, the women soon discovered that their disappointment was turned to surprise as something even better had happened...and the children were pleased to find a £5 note tucked away in the lid of the box! The children then helped with the Bible reading by holding up exclamation marks every time they wanted to congregation to gasp in surprise at something remarkable from the story (see video!)

Lt. Callum brought the message which explored Matthew 28:1-10 and thought about "Because he lives...the past is redeemed, the present is transformed and the future starts now!"

As is tradition, the congregation piled onto the canal bank for the final song, Thine is the Glory, to proclaim the Easter Story and as a reminder that the Resurrection sends us into our community.

April 2017

Last Supper and Good Friday

We've had a significant 24 hours as we have reflected on the last 24 hours of Jesus's life. Last night we had a meditative service based on The Lord's Supper. This morning we joined with other Churches from Hythe and Saltwood in processing through the High Street before having an open air service in the town square. Afterwards, we met with members of South Kent Community Church for a joint service called "Places of the Passion" which helped us to consider some of the significant places in the passion story, and our place in the story today.

April 2017

Sunday 9th April
Palm Sunday

We had an inspiring and uplifting time together this morning as we celebrated Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week. The celebrations started outside as the band played and the congregation waved palms to help greet Flossy the Donkey who was marching through the town up to the Parish Church. Afterwards, we packed inside for worship which included contributions from the band and songsters, prayers from the congregation, the young people and a brilliant testimony from Grace Carroll who has been away at Easter Camp this week. Following the message, many took up the challenge to take a Palm cross to give away to someone who needed encouragement and who they were going to share their faith with in the week ahead. All in all, a great morning!

April 2017

Sunday 2nd April
Meeting led by Divisional Commander Major Mark Herbert

We were blessed this morning as we met for worship under the leadership of the Divisional Commander Major Mark Herbert who is responsible for The Salvation Army's work across Kent and Sussex. Mark helped us to explore the nature of the Church from the book of Ephesians.

April 2017

Sunday 26th March 2017
Mother's Day Celebration & Youth Prizegiving

Fantastic morning in Church for our family celebration which included recognition of all the amazing female role models in our Church family as well as prize giving for the children and youth.

March 2017

Saturday 11th March 2017
South East Fellowship Band and Soloist Wesley Carroll

Thank you to the members of the SEFB for a very enjoyable concert last evening, including our two soloists, Ed Neeve and Bailey Kite, very well played guys. The programme also featured our outstanding guest soloist, Songster Leader Wes Carroll, piano. I know Wesley is my son but his performance was excellent. The bands programme was varied in content and style, from traditional marches, swing and SA classics, including Eric Ball's Pilgrim Way, and Dean Goffin's Light of the World. A collection, was taken to assist a group of Hythe Salvation Army teenagers to visit Kenya to help and observe some of the Salvation Army's work in that country and raised over £500. Thank you everyone.

March 2017

Friday 3rd March 2017

We had a great time at youth group tonight making pancakes and thinking about Lent.

March 2017

Sunday 29th January 2017
Church Health Check-Up - "Costly Calling" and Presentation of Silver Stars

We had another brilliant time of worship and fellowship this morning, as we welcomed Phil & Hannah Haines from South Kent Community Church to open the Word. We also presented Patricia and Roy Whitewood with 'Silver Stars' in recognition of their Son, Carl, becoming a Salvation Army Officer last July. Roy and Patricia also became members of "The Order of Favourite Mugs" as a mark of their retirement from serving the Teas and Coffees at the end of the meeting!

January 2017

Sunday 22nd January 2017
Church Health Check-Up - "Living Laws of Love"
Matthew 22:34-40; John 13:1-5 & 34-35.

Had a great morning at Church this morning thinking about loving one another in an overflowing and genuine kind of way. I was especially challenged by the words of this song and thought I'd share them as I don't think I've sung them too many times before.

Let Love Be Real (Tune: Londonderry Air)

Let love be real, in giving and receiving,
Without the need to manage and to own;
A haven free from posing and pretending,
Where every weakness may be safely known.
Give me your hand, along the desert pathway,
Give me your love wherever we may go:
As God loves us, so let us love each other,
With no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

Let love be real, not grasping or confining,
That strange embrace that holds yet sets us free;
That helps us face the risk of truly living,
And makes us brave to be what we might be.
Give me your strength when all my words are weakness,
Give me your love in spite of all you know:
As God loves us, so let us love each other,
With no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

Let love be real, with no manipulation,
No secret wish to harness or control;
Let us accept each other's incompleteness,
And share the joy of learning to be whole.
Give me your hope through dreams and disappointments,
Give me your trust when all my failings show:
As God loves us, so let us love each other,
With no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

Michael Forster

January 2017