The Salvation Army Letchworth Garden City NEWSLETTER June 2010 www.letchworthcorps.co.uk MAIN EVENT News from the Main Event 3-4th July 2010 The Main Event is an all age, family event run by the Salvation Army in the London North East Division. That means we at Letchworth Corps are included!! Building on the success of a previous event held in 2007 this year promises to be bigger and better with an improved programme of sports activities, more venues, more seminars, more covered space, more food (something many of you have been asking about!) and much more fun for all!! So what is the Main Event? The Main Event is a celebration of praise for our families, friends, and above all our relationship with Jesus. It promises to be a life-changing weekend. On Sunday 4th July there will be no meetings in our hall at Letchworth. We are hoping as many of you as possible will obtain tickets for the Main Event, if you need transport, please see Gerald Birkett when he returns from holiday and he will make every effort to arrange some for you. Our older young people have already made arrangements to attend and our Songsters and Young Peoples Band are taking part on Sunday. So please do come along for a chance to see The Salvation Army as it is today outside of Letchworth. Captain Barrie. Update Congratulations.... ....to Reg and Brenda Smith who will be celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary on 4 June whilst they are in Jerusalem with Andy and Gwen Cox and their Holy Land Tour, ....to Bandmaster David Fisher who celebrates his 50th birthday on the 9th, ....and to Stuart Elliott who celebrates his 50th birthday on the 17th. Long Service Award Bandmaster David Fisher has been presented with a long service award by the Salvation Army Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SASWE). As a founder member of SASWE, David has played with them for the past 17 years. Major Robinson Captain Sharon Robinson has been promoted to Major and we offer her our congratulations and good wishes in her continued ministry in Weston-super- Mare. STOP PRESS After a very long illness, David James has been promoted to glory from the Foxhill Nursing Home in Hitchin. The funeral will be in our hall on 9 June and will be conducted by Captain Barrie. What’s on this month th 6 10.30am Coffee 11am All Age Service 5.30pm Commanding Officers th 7 2.15pm Afternoon Tea and Bring & Buy Sale 7.45pm Ladies Fellowship th 8 10am Corps Bible Study th 12 10am—12 noon Messy Church th 13 10am Lt Colonel Sandy Morrice 5.30pm Lt Colonels Sandy and Maureen Morrice th 19 Songsters at Luton - 7.30pm Music for a Summer’s Evening, tenor horn soloist Philip Fisher th 20 10am Ladies Fellowship Secretary Maureen Carver 5.30pm Bandsman Nick Carver th 26 Band at All Saints Church, Sutton, Biggleswade, at 7pm th 27 10am and 5.30pm Majors Nigel and Linda Govier, THQ 30th House Group Fellowship, details to be confirmed Musical Evenings in June If you would like to hear some good music this month, both our Band and Songsters have engagements to which you are welcome to come and attend. On Saturday the 19th, our Songsters will be taking part in ‘Music for a summer’s Evening’ at the Salvation Army in Luton and the evening starts at 7.30pm. Our own Philip Fisher will be the instrumental soloist on his tenor horn, and the well known contralto singer Susan Turner from Stowmarket, will be the vocal soloist, and an instrumental quintet will perform. It promises to be a good evening. If banding is your scene, our Band will be giving a varied programme at All Saints Church in the village of Sutton, near Biggleswade on the following Saturday, the 26th. All Saints Church dates back to the 13th century, so it will make a lovely venue for the concert. I wonder if this is the first time that a Salvation Army band has played there. Come along for a good evening of Christian music-making, starting at 7pm. Going for Gold Ben Carver is preparing for his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, which will take the form of an expedition in Snowdonia in October. He has already completed training sessions on camp craft, tenting, and night navigation with very small lights. On June 26 he undertakes training at Ampthill Park in navigation without maps. All this knowledge will no doubt come in very useful for Ben when he goes with fellow students at Knights Templar School in July on an expedition to the Himalayas. More of that next month United Kingdom Territory Annual Review Lifting Lives: The Salvation Army's Annual Review 2009 'Lifting and enriching human lives is at the heart of what The Salvation Army does' Community involvement, work with young people and social action are some of the highlights in The Salvation Army's Annual Review for the financial year 2008/ 2009. Taking the theme ‘lifting lives', the 20-page A4 report features the many and varied social welfare and church activities undertaken by The Salvation Army in communities across the UK Territory with the Republic of Ireland. Lifting Lives: The Salvation Army's Annual Review reveals the church and registered charity, which is one of the largest providers of social welfare in the UK and Ireland after the government, spent £125m on social welfare and community programmes in 2008/ 2009. The report includes the creation of The Sandwich People social enterprise run from The Salvation Army's Booth House Lifehouse in Swindon, the launch of The Seeds of Exclusion research with the University of Kent and Cardiff University into social exclusion and a new emergency response vehicle donated by FedEx Corporation to serve the Heathrow and Greater London area. Lieut-Colonel Marion Drew, The Salvation Army's Secretary for Communications, says: ‘The Annual Review is a compelling presentation of what The Salvation Army is achieving in the lives of people, families and communities in the UK, Ireland and around the world. We have a tremendously diverse expression, which the report helps to capture as well as to explain our Christian motivation to lift up and to enrich lives by actively serving the community and working for social justice.' Lifting Lives: The Salvation Army's Annual Review is aimed at all stakeholders, including government departments, local authorities, ecumenical contacts, funders, staff and supporters. This review is the story of our work over the past, eventful year. It shows how we have taken our Christian faith into communities across the UK and worldwide, and turned it into action to lift and improves people's lives. NB You can download a copy of the review from www1.salvationarmy.org.uk HISTORY LESSON Who thinks history isn’t fun and isn’t interesting? Just read the following facts and make up your own mind. The next time you are washing your hands and complain that the water isn’t hot enough, think about how things used to be! Here are some facts about the 1500’s: ...Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June! However since they were staring to smell....brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. ...Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it! Hence the saying, ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water’. ...House had thatched roofs—thick straw piled high—with no wood underneath. It was a place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery, and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’. ...There was nothing to stop things falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence. ...The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, ‘Dirt poor’. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they spread more thresh until when you opened the door, it would spill outside. A piece of wood was placed across the entrance, hence ‘a threshold’. ...Most people did not get much meat to eat, but occasionally they would get some pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up the bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could ‘bring home the bacon’. They would cut off a little to share with the guests and they would all sit around and ‘chew the fat’. History Lesson—continued ...Those with money had plates of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach on to the food, causing death by lead poisoning. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous! ...Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and the guests got the top, or ‘upper crust’. ...England is old and small and the local people started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins, take the bones to a bone-house and re-use the grave. When opening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised they had been burying people alive! So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin, up through the ground, and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell. Thus, someone could be ‘saved by the bell’ or was considered to be ‘a dead ringer’. And that’s the truth. Whoever said history was boring!? Monday 7th June 2.15pm Afternoon Tea & Bring & Buy Sale In aid of the Helping Hands Appeal The Cost for this Special Afternoon will be £3.00 Everyone Welcome BE STRONG IN THE GRACE OF THE LORD Let us continue to pray for: Worship Don and Vi Stevenson, Len Cole, Jesus indicated the importance of Lily Pryke, Jared Trice. worship in his prayer for his Sam Sweetman, battling ill health disciples. “Our father in heaven, again. Captains Barrie and Maria hallowed be your name....” This Sampson; the situation in Chile, involves worship, to hallow God’s Haiti, Afghanistan. name is to honour it above all All our young people involved in other names. When done with exams, at whatever level. sincerity you will not help but to worship for what and who he is. What a wonderful privilege - we When you go to God in prayer, can actually talk with God! Think of remember you bare all in his divine it! The heavenly father has told us presence. Offer the God of all to come to him with our needs, our creation the worship he duly praise, and our heartfelt desires. deserves. Take time out to reflect Yes, we can pray to God. He is on his greatness. As you does, listening! your spirit will be uplifted and your Yet isn’t it strange that though we sense of God’s presence will have God’s gracious invitation to increase. The Lord himself will come to the ‘throne of grace’ so receive your adoration and few of us do. What’s wrong? worship. I’d like to suggest that there are (Next month: - Thanksgiving and five basic elements of prayer to Confession) help us with content, not merely contact. The five are worship, Augustine said: “We pray not in thanksgiving, confession, order that God may be instructed, petition, and intercession. I but in order that we may be would share with you some constructed. thoughts under each heading this month and in future months:- Can you help? We currently do not have enough volunteer helpers at our Care and Share shop. Can you spare a morning or an afternoon to help with this very worthwhile service? It is more than just raising much needed funds for our community work - it provides help and support to many members of the community and is an expression of The Salvation Army’s service to the local community. If you can help, or if you know someone who could, please see Captains Barrie or Maria.