Canterbury SA welcomes new Adherent

During our morning meeting, we were delighted to welcome Karen Garrould as an adherent member of The Salvation Army in Canterbury.

Karen has been coming to our services since January of this year, but has been a familiar face within The Annexe for nearly eight months after being invited along by a friend.

As part of the service, led by Corps Officer Major Mandy Sands, Karen gave a word of testimony revealing how she came to the decision to become an adherent. Before attending our church, she had tried many of the other churches within Canterbury but none of them felt right for her. She spoke of the warm welcome she received at The Salvation Army and the support from members of the Corps at a difficult time in her life. Recently, she has felt a great sense of God’s presence in her life which has given her peace, forgiveness and release. Carry on reading »

Festival of Music with BAE Systems Brass Band and Canterbury SA Songsters

A thoroughly-enjoyable festival of music was presented by the BAE Systems Brass Band and our own Songster Brigade (adult choir) from Canterbury Salvation Army. Over the years, the Band and The Salvation Army in Canterbury have established a strong bond, with many of our church members being associated with the Band in one way or another; this concert celebrated the relationship between the two groups and gave the opportunity to perform some great music together.

The Band commenced the evening with a traditional march from the Salvation Army repertoire, ‘The Red Shield’ (Henry C. Goffin). This was followed by an opportunity for everyone to join together and sing the hymn ‘Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven’. Corps Secretary Matthew Crick welcomed everyone to the event on behalf of the Corps, and handed over to Melvin White (Musical Director, BAE Systems Brass Band) who introduced and led the Band in two numbers from their recent repertoire: ‘Cortège from Mlada (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Gordon Langford) and ‘Selection from Les Misérables (Claude-Michel Schönberg). Carry on reading »

Photo of the YP Band playing at St John's school

Young People’s Band provide music for the Queen’s birthday

Members of Canterbury Salvation Army Young People’s Band (plus a couple of helpers) provided live music at St John’s Church of England Primary School during their Tea Party in honour of the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

The Band presented pieces from their own repertoire as well as several patriotic and classical favourites, including ‘I Vow To Thee, My Country’, ‘The Sailor’s Hornpipe’ and ‘Rule Britannia’ to much flag-waving and singing from the pupils, staff and visitors. Carry on reading »

Canterbury SA Songsters Celebrate 100 Years

The Salvation Army turned 150 last year, and one way that we marked it here in Canterbury was with a huge timeline banner on the outside of our building celebrating key points across that long history. As part of the research for that banner, we realised that 2016 marks 100 years since the first recorded mention of a Salvation Army choir (or Songsters!) here in the city. Naturally, we wanted to celebrate this!


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For our Saturday evening festival, we joined forces with the Songster brigade from Margate Salvation Army. Following a rehearsal in the afternoon we were able to share a tea together, with sandwiches, sausage rolls and homemade lemonade. As the image at the top of this article shows we marked the big occasion with a big cake, which Songster Leader Chris Neeve and his deputy Chris Ward cut together. Carry on reading »

Visit of Boston Salvation Army Songsters

It was many months in the planning, but the preparations for the visit of Boston Salvation Army Songsters to Canterbury were well worth the effort! Much was packed into two days, with a concert, two Sunday meetings and an open-air and much great music, inspiring testimony and helpful prayer-times.

After a long journey and a welcome meal following the arrival of the choir, it was time for the Saturday evening festival. The Songsters kicked off with the upbeat ‘There’s Never Been a Mountain, before we moved into the more peaceful ‘I Lift My Hands’ and ‘My Simple Prayer.’

Other highlights of the evening included the pieces ‘The King’s Highway,’ ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Under His Wings,’ plus a wonderful item from the Boston Timbrelists and some poetry. Canterbury’s own Young People’s Band played Dorothy Gates arrangement ‘Jesus Paid It All.’

Photo of SongstersParticularly good to hear were moments of personal testimony from Duncan and Tina, who both spoke of time spent away from God and from church. God still found ways to speak to them, however. Duncan talked about his experience going to the final festival at The Salvation Army summer camp his daughter had attended and feeling God speaking to him; Tina shared how God spoke to her and made her less cynical and got her involved in the Army once more.

Sunday morning arrived and members of the Songsters returned to our hall from their overnight hosts ready for a meeting themed around ‘Rest’ – indeed, this is the piece of music they opened with. Prayers were centred around the unknown worries of those around us.

More testimonies from the Songsters focussed on the need to make time for God, as those who spoke shared their experiences of how the day-to-day routines of life (work, hobbies, family) can get in the way of reflection, prayer and church.

Other musical highlights of the service included ‘In This Quiet Moment’ and ‘O Rest in the Lord’ (a vocal solo from Emma), whilst our Bible reading came from Luke 5.

Photo of WendyCanterbury Salvation Army holds an open-air service most Sundays in the High Street, and our visiting musical group gave an opportunity for something a little different.

Our band’s music was added to by some vocal pieces from the Songsters and leader Wendy compared Christians to a packet of M&Ms! She pointed out the marking on each (Christians are marked as saved by God’s son), the variety of colours (we are all unique) and we all have something great on the inside (Jesus is with us)!

Lunch offered a chance to get to know each other a little better, as some of Canterbury Salvation Army stayed at the hall to help with the cooking and serving of a roast dinner to the visiting Songsters. Through conversation we discovered many more links between our two churches – family, friends, former leaders and more!

Photo of Songster at open-air service

3.30pm saw the start of our final event of the weekend. Canterbury SA Band played the piece ‘Rejoice,’ and we all enjoyed a monologue from Sue entitled ‘If I Could Sing Like Katherine’! Sue used to be a member of Boston Salvation Army Songsters before moving to Canterbury recently. The Songsters featured music included ‘Everywhere’ and ‘The Wonder of his Grace,’ as well as ‘Jesus, What a Saviour.’

‘Total Praise’ was Boston’s final piece of the two days, reminding us that all of our efforts were for God. Canterbury Salvation Army is so grateful to Boston Songsters for their work in making the weekend happen – both logistical and in their preparations for our services and the Saturday concert. The theming was helpful and varied, and everybody got something from the two days.

All of the photos from the weekend are on our Facebook page
All of the videos are on our YouTube page

Banquet 2065 kicks off our future building project

A great time was had by all who attended the launch event for Project 2065, our new initiative to raise funds for a new building in a generation or two, and a good amount was raised to kick-start the coffers.

The food was excellent – soup, guacamole tortillas, beef, Italian chicken, aubergine lasagne, butterscotch bread and butter pudding and black forest gateaux were all on offer, though not intended to be consumed just by one person! As the food and drink was devoured, letters were given out to explain the purpose of and need for the Project 2065. Carry on reading »

Exhibition celebrates 150 years of the Salvation Army

2015 is a big year for The Salvation Army. Across the UK and around the world, we are marking 150 years since William Booth founded the organisation, first known as the Christian Mission, and now working in 127 countries. In Canterbury, we celebrated the occasion with an exhibition, a birthday party and stand in the High Street! Carry on reading »

Cathedral Friends enjoy the music of the band

Canterbury Salvation Army Band enjoyed bringing their latest repertoire to an audience at the garden of the Deanery of Canterbury Cathedral this afternoon.

The Friends of the Cathedral were invited to the reception following Evensong, as part of the annual Friends’ Day, and our band provided music in a variety of styles. It is the second year that the band have been involved at this event.

We were fortunate with the weather, with the sun shining down in the Cathedral Precincts. Wisely, the band sat in the shade, ensuring we did not overheat! Carry on reading »