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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 »

Canterbury Salvation Army Band at 125

In the last few centuries, the city of Canterbury has heard many sounds. From Cathedral bells and the chatter of market traders and shoppers to river users and the roar of motor cars – there can surely not have been a moment of quiet in all those years. Since Victorian times, there has been one sound in particular that will be familiar to many city residents; that of Canterbury Salvation Army Band. Its music has been integral to services at the church, and it has woven its way into much of the city’s life – services in the High Street, carolling at Christmas and many civic events are all supported by it.

This year, that band becomes 125 years old. My history in the band stretches back only three years, which is almost nothing proportionally – so I was keen to find out more about the group and its past. Twelve and a half decades is a long time; what has changed, and what stays the same? What has the band done so far in its life, and why does it do what it does? Carry on reading »

Living for God – without limits

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 »