Next Sunday is Fathers Day. We will be holding an outdoor meeting on the car park - Boris permitting. Pre-Registration is mandatory
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01905 794 179
Major Sandra Collins
Commumity Support Worker
To all the lovely people who meet together each Sunday at our corps, It is with deep regret but at this time the right decision that the Salvation Army leadership in the UK, has with immediate effect cancelled all Sunday Worship Services until further notice. Please pray for each other and for our country at this particulary difficult time.
May I also encourage us all to draw near to God and remember that worship is a lifestyle and to make the most of seeking God and living in His presence. May God richly bless us all. Love in Christ Carl and Bev
In line with the above decision It has also been decided to suspend all weekday activities and practises.
You can listen to your favourite Salvation Army music at www.Fortressradio.online
14th May 2020
As you will be aware, since March the way in which we 'do church' has changed beyond belief. Although how we are carrying out mission may be very different, our motives continue to be the same, to reach out to our community with the love and compassion of Jesus. Ways in which we are doing this are both seen and unseen but either way reaching out to our community is still very much on our 'radar'. Many in our community have asked how they can contribute to this work, both locally and nationally. Due to the financial pressure throughout the Salvation Army that the United Kingdom Territory now faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Corps within The Salvation Army have been encouraged by THQ to set up a Just Giving fundraising page to specifically support the work they are doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. So in line with this, we have set up a Just Giving page for Droitwich Salvation Army in order to give opportunity for people to support our work. We would really appreciate it if you could 'spread the word' where you can. We are aware of many people in our community who are grateful for what we as a Salvation Army are doing in these days and if they should wish to support us financially we would like to give them this opportunity. You can visit the Droitwich Salvation Army the JustGiving site and share the link, alternatively you can 'share' the details from The Droitwich Salvation Army facebook page.
For links to Facebook, YouTube and other web items see the links at the top of this web page.
It's good to greet you on another Sunday morning.
Today our Sunday service is online via the usual channels, but (weather permitting) our service next week (20th) will be an outdoor service in the car park. We will again be restricting the numbers to 40 just in case the weather is not favourable, and we have to move indoors. Please register if you wish to attend by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Corps Office - 01905 794179. Please again bring a picnic chair and you will be allocated a (socially distanced) place.
We await the guidance from the Government regarding the further lifting of restrictions on 21st June. If all goes to plan, we intend to be back in the hall for worship from Sunday 27th June but if limits to numbers, and restrictions to singing etc are still in force we will continue online. Watch this space!
We made small steps back to normality this week. The Parent & Toddler Group started (on a small scale) but the parents were so glad to be back. The band also had their first (socially distanced) practice on Thursday, and we give thanks to God for light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel. We hope more of our community programme will be able to restart soon.
Remembering that the hall hasn't be in regular use since March 2020 and as we have no hall cleaner and are unable to recruit at the moment, it would be good to get the hall clean and tidy for our prospective return to worship soon. If you would be happy to join a "cleaning party" please contact Carolyn by email or telephone so we can organise a (socially distanced) cleaning day.
A couple of Divisional dates for your diary (isn't it good to be able to put dates in the diary!)
Saturday 18th September - "Walk Through the Old Testament" - Oldbury Corps, Merton Close, B68 8NG.
Saturday 16th October - "Walk through the New Testament" - Cradley Heath Corps, Meredith Street Cradley Heath B64 5EP.
These events are fun and interactive walks through the Bible. You will be encouraged to relax and enjoy the journey as an experienced guide (Major Graham Mizon) encourages you to see God’s Word through the ‘Big Picture’. There is a cost of £14 per event (which includes a workbook). Both events take place between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm. A packed lunch will be required but light refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend one or both events, please register at www.Bible.org.uk or email email@example.com
Please pray for each other and keep in touch with each other if you can.
God bless you,
Good morning friends,
It’s good to greet you again today. We’ve reached the month of June. Who would have thought we’d still be sharing online services instead of face to face? We continue to hope that by the end of the month we can go back to corporate worship in our Church but until then we continually thank God for the blessing of technology that allows us to meet virtually if not physically as we await the next edict from the Government.
Today we wish Charlotte Gomersall a very happy 18th Birthday - a milestone birthday, even if her Mum and Dad are now feeling a little bit older! We pray God's blessing on Charlotte today and in the days ahead and we pray that God will continue to guide her steps as she steps out into official adulthood.
I know that with all the good weather we have had in the last week many of you have taken the chance to get out and walk – combining our daily exercise with enjoying the sunshine. The theme of our worship today is walking - not physically walking but walking with God and we will be using a character from the Old Testament, the person of Enoch, who the bible tells us walked with God all throughout his long life, a good example for us to follow.
The service will be on YouTube today from 10.00 a.m. The link is on the Corps Facebook page and the Corps website. If you are unable to link into the online service, please let me know and I will ensure you get a printed copy.
This week we will be making tentative steps to get back some of our programme. The Parent & Toddler Group will be meeting on Tuesday morning (in a limited form) and there will also be a band practice this week. (All suitably socially distanced and Risk Assessed!) The Corps Council will also be meeting (via Zoom) on Monday evening to look at other aspects of our programme and decide the next step.
Have a good week. Please remember to pray for each other and keep in touch with each other if you can.
God bless you,
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all Sunday activities are suspended until further notice
10am Church Service with cafe fellowship
11:30am - 12:30pm Sunday Live (3-12yrs and Pro Fide 13+)
5.00pm - see the Special Events section for details of our occasional Sunday Evening activities
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all weekday activities are suspended until further notice
10:00 till 12:00 Bereavement Support Group - See separate section below
19:30 till 21:30 Potting Shed gardening Club - See separate section below
09:30 till 11.30 Parent and Toddler Group (Term time only)
16:15 till 18:15 Kumon
10:30 till 12:15 Friendship Group
11:30 till 14:00 SA Community Lunch Club
20:00 till 22:00 Fellowship Band Rehearsal (3rd Wed of Month)
11:30 till 14:00 SA Community Lunch Club
19:00 till 22:00 Senior Choir and Band Rehearsals
16:15 till 18:15 Kumon
17:00 till18:30 Junior Band and Learners Rehearsals
10:00 till 14:00 The Star Project Theatre School (Term time only)
The Kumon sessions and The Star Project Theatre School are not run by the Salvation Army.
Pre School - Monday to Friday 08.45 till 14:45 (Term time only) see separate section below
Pre-School operates 5 days each week during term time. For further information phone Karen Perry (Manager) on 01905 794179
Mondays 8.45am till 2.45pm
Tuesdays 8.45am till 2.45pm
Wednesdays 8.45am till 2.45pm
Thursdays 8.45am till 2.45pm
Fridays 8.45am till 2.45pm
Each Thursday we operate a Play and Stay event at the WANDS Childrens Centre on the Westlands Estate. Please phone using the above telephone number for further details.
The club is open to all. Annual membership is £5 and the meeting fee is £2 to cover heat light refreshments etc. Visitors £3.
We meet in the main building of the Salvation Army on the second Monday of each month at 7pm for refreshments. Our meetings begin at 7:30. There are more than 40 members of the group having a wide range of experience. So if you have in interest in any aspect of gardening whether you are a novice or an expert we would welcome you to any of our evenings. For further info phone 01905 794179.
Jan 13th John and Gunha Farmer - Tree grafts and Gardening as a Therapy
Feb 10th Philip Aubury (Former director of Birmingham Botanical Garden) - House and Conservatory plants
Mar 9th Frances Carroll (Waitrose) - Gardening for Wildlife
Apr 6th Gardening Guru Reg Moule (BBC and Rowberrys's Garden Centre) answers your gardening questions
May 11th Adrian James - Folklore and more
May 16th Annual Plant Sale at 10pm
June 8th Information about Transition Towns
July 13th Members only visit to White Cottage Garden
Aug 10th Social evening
Sep 14th AGM
Oct 12th Duncan Coombs - Ponds and plants
Nov 9th Ross Barber - Getting ready for winter
Dec 14th Members Christmas meal
The Care and Share shop is now open again from Tuesdays to Saturdays. There will be a limit of 5 customers in the shop at any one time and Government rules relating to Covid-19 will be adhered to.
We have a selection of good quality clothes, briq-a-brac and furniture for sale and are always grateful for your similar surplus items. The shop is located in St Andrews Street - for location see the map at the top of the page.
Donations of good quality clothing and bric-a-brac urgently required. Please leave you donations in the wire basket outside the front of the shop between 9am and 1pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Please contact for further information.
12 St Andrews Street
Worcestershire WR9 8DY
Phone: 01905 797780
If you have recently suffered a bereavement or are finding it difficult to come to terms with your loss come and join the Bereavment Support Group, people who are in a similar situation to you. The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 10.00am in the Conference room on the first floor of the new building.
Bereavement Support Group meetings are suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Bible Study and Prayer group will meet at 7.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in the Conference Room in the new building. It will not run during school holidays or in December due to the carolling programme. It will start with a Bible Study, the content will be largely based on how we apply the Bible message to our everyday lives and time will be given for prayer at the end of the Bible Study.
Bible Study and Prayer Group meetings are suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Report by Michelle Day
Every Tuesday morning during term time we have a LARGE parent and toddler group! (It is the group that is large, not the parents).Up to 40 parents, grandparents and carers together with 40+ babies and toddlers come along each week to play, cry and laugh and that's just the parents! Seriously though, Chris, Lesley and myself along with Ann, Josie and Margaret in the kitchen build close relationships with parents and children, some of whom are vulnerable and need a shoulder to cry on or a listening ear.
We have a snack around 10 o'clock and now need to have 2 sittings as there is not enough room to sit, then we go outside to play, weather permitting. At 11.15 we tidy up and end the morning with a song time.
It is a great bridge between the Toddler group and Pre-school with several children attending the latter because of the relationships that have been built within the group. Many parents have returned to us after having more children and occasionally grandparents who use to bring their own children are now bringing their grandchildren. We do not advertise as we are recommended by parents to their friends but we do have some kind comments on the netmums.com web site which also brings new parents in.
As we are now so busy we could do with some help please. Chris and I get around as many parents as possible, especially those on their own, but sometimes we need to sit with someone for longer and others get missed out. If you could spare even an hour on a Tuesday morning we would be most grateful. The group runs from 9.30 until 11.30 every Tuesday morning.
Parent and Toddler Group meetings are suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The group meetings are open to all adults who are looking for something to do or someone to chat with. It is an informal get together. There will be activities that you can enjoy or you can just sit and chat. Tea and coffee will be provided all for a contribution of £1 to cover the expenses and heat/light etc. The meetings run from 10.30am until 12.15pm. You are free to come and go as you please.
There is no fixed plan for the group, it will develop as the members require. We are aware that there are many people in Droitwich who have little contact with other adults during a 'normal' week so if you fall into this category or just want a change of company come along and enjoy the morning.
The Friendship Group meetings are suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please check back for future dates.
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Droitwich Spa Songsters YouTube
Songsters at Staple Hill - Part 1 - YouTube
God of My praise: Praise You 3:45; Bow the Knee 21:05; Everything That Has Breath 28:25;
The Via Dolorosa - piano solo - Keith Lewis 33:40; So High The Price 28:30;
Free - vocal solo - Charlie Green 44:40; The Lord is My Strength 49:40; Total Praise 56:40
Songsters at Staple Hill - Part 2 - YouTube
Come Christians Join to Sing; Still My Soul be Still 5:55; The Rose - vocal solo - Charlie Green 11:25
Voice of Praise 16:10; Amazing God 21:15; The Recording Studio - drama item 25:10;
I Know You're There 32:25; There's Never Been a Mountain 41:45; Go in Peace 49:15
Amazing God - YouTube
Creation Sings - YouTube
Give Thanks and Glorify His Name - Facebook
I Claim the Cross - YouTube
It Is Well With My Soul - YouTube
It Must Be Love - YouTube
Jesus, What a Saviour - Facebook
Shine Down - YouTube
There's Never Been A Mountain - YouTube
Total Praise - YouTube
Written in Red - YouTube
Your love Still Amazes Me featuring Kerry Harris and Jono Stubbington - Facebook
The Senior Band
Glad Tidings - Facebook
Three Kings Swing - Facebook
While Shepherds Watched - Facebook
The YP Band
I Will Survive - YouTube
Novos Domos De Deus - YouTube
The timbrels - YouTube
Songs by Charlie Green
Because He Lives - Facebook
It's No Secret - YouTube
May the Lord Bless You - Facebook
Rejoice With Exceeding Great Joy - YouTube
What a friend we have in Jesus - Facebook
Songs written by Lee Fisher
Amazing God! - YouTube - Brindley Venables & Lily Finikin
Come Let Us Worship the Lord - Facebook - Droitwich Spa Songsters
Go In Peace - YouTube - Droitwich Spa Songsters
God Goes Before You - Facebook - Charlie Green
God Is Greater - YouTube - Droitwich Spa Songsters
We Will Sing God's Praise - Facebook - Droitwich Spa Songsters
Kerry Harris sings "Through it All" - Facebook
"Faithful God" - Facebook
"Here Again" - Facebook
Charlie Green and Jono Harris
The Lion and the Lamb - Facebook
This is Amazing Grace - YouTube
Waiting Here for You - YouTube
Charlie Green and Louise Fisher
I Dare to be Different - Facebook
What a Faithful God - Facebook
Other music sites
The work being done by Carolyn during the Covid-19 lockdown is being featured as part of this years national Christmas Appeal - click here to see it.
The final instalment of the Droitwich stories have gone out on social media and through our news centre. The story can found here:
Carolyn’s video can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/salvationarmyuk/videos/804807523415219
Thanks to all at Droitwich who made this so special and that we were able to tell the story of how we help local people, which is so important at this time. God bless you. It is so great to know that older people may begin to be able to get out again soon, with vaccination roll-outs coming through.
Communications Officer (DHQ)
More work being done to support people in lockdown due to Covid-19 - click here
Carolyn and Sandra preparing Christmas parcels - chat with Councillor Richard Morris
30th September. At the invitation of local councillor Richard Morris, Droitwich Salvation Army's Community Support Worker, Carolyn Gomersall was invited to meet with Worcestershire High Sheriff (Mark Jackson OBE) and Droitwich Town Mayor (Cllr Bill Moy) in recognition of The Salvation Army's work within our local community, particularly through the current pandemic.
A bit of artistic license but couldn't resist this for my Salvationist slimmers 😂
Was the month after Christmas and when I looked through the house,
no uniform would fit me, not even the blouse.
The stuffing I'd nibbled, the turkey I'd taste,
the yummies I'd eaten gone straight to my waist.
The schloer and the mince pies, the bread and the cheese.....
I should have just said, "no thank you, please." ...
So as I dressed Sunday in my army shirt,
I couldn't believe my bottom and belly - the.................. gi......rth!
I said to myself, as only I can,
"you can't spend the year out of uniform Oh man!"
So away with the last of the sour-cream dip,
get rid of the fruitcake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
'til all the additional ounces have vanished.
I won't have a cookie, not even a lick,
instead I'll chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have ice cream, or chocolates, or pie.....
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry:
"I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore -
but isn't that what January's for?"
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot,
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!
March twenty, twenty.......lockdown time,
The first few weeks were so sublime!
No work, no school - a time to rest,
Those carefree days were some of the best,
Time for walks and time for play,
Time to share what we wanted to say.
Quizzes and jigsaws, cooking and baking,
Loads of people their diets forsaking!
There were numerous 'phone calls to those felt abandoned,
To those who were grieving, whose hearts had been saddened!
Also, moments of joy with a special ceremony...
When two hearts were joined in blest matrimony!
Many lessons were learned during difficult days...
But, through it all, we've continued to praise!
Thankful for family and dear Christian friends,
Time to reflect and, perhaps, make amends?
But, one thing's for sure, our Lord has been there,
Filling our souls with His love and His care.
So, no matter whatever future days bring,
In our hearts let us trust, and continue to sing......
Of Him who has held us when times have been stormy,
Let's go forward and serve in our Lord's Droitwich Army!
Margaret Green, September 2020