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!
You can listen to the whole Saturday evening concert – here on the page, or by downloading it to keep forever.
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 »
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 »
Have you ever noticed how full of ordinary people the Christmas story is? For a description of the birth of a king, it has remarkably few remarkable characters.
Take Mary, for instance. She was a young girl, just starting out in life – she was probably still living with her parents when she fell pregnant with Jesus. In the gospels, her fiancé Joseph is described as a tekton – meaning carpenter or craftsman – so he was probably not of a particularly high social standing. Both live their lives in an ordinary way yet are chosen for a very specific, important purpose: to help bring God’s son into the world, and to raise him into adulthood. Carry on reading »
In 2015, The Salvation Army worldwide will be holding a special five-day celebration in London to mark 150 years since its founding by William Booth. The theme is ‘Boundless’, a word and message that has recurred throughout the Army’s history – perhaps most famously in Booth’s hymn ‘O Boundless Salvation’.
ALOVE, The Salvation Army’s national youth programme, chose Boundless as its theme for 2012 and described it as:
“… “having no boundaries” or “without limits”. It’s a powerful word that releases people from oppression, grants freedom and opens the doors to new and exciting ways of doing things. It’s also a scary word. A world without boundaries can seem like chaos to people. We recognise the need for a framework of living but we reject the needlessness of boundaries that stop creativity, that slow down movement and hamper mission.” ALOVE cell material (January 2012)
The idea of my faith having no bounds is something I’ve thought a lot about. I think I’m reluctant to tell people what I believe because I don’t like lots of the connotations that the ‘Christian’ label has. Carry on reading »
The Salvation Army in Canterbury Whitehorse Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2RU
The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom and Ireland 101 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BN