Corps Monthly Diary
Sundays Family meeting 10.30
Gaither Homecoming 6.30
Tuesdays CARE Group 10-12
Bible Fellowship 7.15
Wednesdays Friendship Group 2 - 3.30pm
Sorted Group ( term time)
Thursday Parent & Toddlers ( term time) 1pm
Friday Gaither Night monthly 7pm
the next one is on 23 November
Saturday Coffee Morning is always the first
Saturday in month - However the Dec one
has been moved to 8 Dec and will be our
Friday Family Film Night - the next one is on
Friday 16 November
Everyone welcome to any or all of these - see dates on the dates for your diary page
23 Years ago on Sunday 4 June 1995 Divisional Envoys Billy and Beryl Cowgill were installed as Commanding Officers of the Idle Citadel Corps by Captain Betty Matear. They had been commissioned at Brighouse along with Ray and Pamela Powell of Idle on 18 May that year.
23 years! How time flies. Four months later in October Betty Basford was made a senior soldier and a month later along with her husband Jim celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary by having their marriage blessed. During that same service, C/T Brian Metcalfe was presented with a gift in recognition of 30 years service. The year ended with Billy doing his first funeral - Clara Aldous mother of our newest recruits, Brian and Shirley.
The following year 1996 we gained new soldiers, Jim Basford in February, Brian and Shirley Aldous in March, David Barratt and Sarah and Laura Bartle ( JS) in April, Anne Levitte was enrolled as H/League Sec in July. We also lost two faithful soldiers Annie Pennels in February and YPSM Bertha Dickinson in October and members Clifford Watmough in February and Ada Knipe in Nov.
In May that year our newly formed songsters (20 members) presented a concert at Burnley and in October, sang at the Inter-Corps Fellowship at Huddersfield.
It was in May that restoration work began on the main Worship hall as the walls were parting company with the balcony and we had to move our services to Stonebridge. The celebration service for the newly refurbished hall was held April 1997. Cpt Betty Matear chaired the service and Bradford Citadel band along with the Idle Songsters and Kingdom Kids provided the music.
It was at that service that Billy presented the Corps with a vision for a new extension. We’d spent all our money on the restoration and the new building was estimated at costing £160 000. God had already given us over £5000 for new chairs and provided the extra money needed to refurbish the existing hall. When asked where the money would come from for the new hall Billy said that if God wants it - he will provide - and He did.
Following those early days, God blessed us in so many ways. The church grew from a handful of soldiers to a full census board, we had a songster brigade of over 20 and a congregations of over 40.We experienced some miraculous healings and awesome financial provision that included the full cost of replacing the roof in 2014 at a cost of over £190,000.
Obviously satan could not stand ’Idly’ by and do nothing and over the last 10 years we have experienced some terrible attacks but that should only make us more determined to seek Gods will for our Corps and move forward.
Twenty years ago I had a serious cancer operation and the surgeon sent a letter to my doctor which said that 'the long term prospects for this man are very poor'. But here I am still - God isn't ready for me yet. Shortly after that, Beryl was taken ill with Alzheimers and suffered with that terrible condition for over 10 years. It wasn't easy - but she remained at home with me until the day she was promoted to Glory February 11 2014. There were ove160 friends at the celebration for her life. Tragically my ,lovely son Kevin, who had lost his baby daughter, had died two years earlier in December 2012 his promotion to Glory was held the day after Boxing Day. Life has not been easy. Thankfully the Lord is with us upholding us.
God hasn’t brought this Corps so far, provided us with a beautiful Worship and Community Halls for no reason. The buildings are fine- it’s the Body that needs restoration today. I believe that God has brought us thus far and now commands us to take an honest look at our selves.
To soldiers - are we as committed to Gods calling our lives as we were when He first called us? Have we grown spiritually - does God take first place in our lives? Do we seek Him in prayer and the reading and acting upon His word ( I promise to pray and to read my bible).
To Adherents and family members - ‘do I need to go deeper in my commitment to God and this fellowship?‘.
Just as Jesus, following His death and resurrection appeared to His disciples ( John 21) and took them back to recall their first calling those three years earlier - ( Luke 5) I believe that God is doing the same with His church in these days. The building is fine, now God is working on the Body of believers.
Echoing the words of the great William Booths song ‘Send the fire’ we could do no better than say to God ‘ See me on Thine altar lay, my life, my all this very day, to crown the offering now I pray - send the fire today‘. Don’t just sing it - mean it