130 years since Salvation Army marched into town

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IT’S been 130 years since The Salvation Army marched into town, bringing with it a new way of ministering and reaching out to the people of Peterhead.

In more than a century since, the Christian Church and registered charity has grown and changed, but has never let go of its main focus, to serve God and the community.

In Peterhead, Officer Matthew Bennett has been trying new things and resurrecting the old in order to continue to connect with townsfolk.

“We’ve been trying some new things recently,” says Matthew.

“And we’ve also resurrected the old.”

The Kids Club, as well as the Youth Club, have proved very popular, and the year old Messy Church initiative has be a huge success with members of the community of all ages.

A variety of different groups use the church’s purpose-built Corps at the town’s Windmill Street, filling the place with chatter and laughter.

But perhaps the most exciting development of late is the Army’s new association with other religious and non-religious organisations in the town.

“I am delighted that all churches are working together,” says Matthew, who has been in the post at Peterhead for five years.

“Different organisations and agencies are pulling together and all helping to do Christ’s work.”

The Salvation Army looks forward to marking this landmark 130 year anniversary with a specially planned weekend of events and guest speakers at the Army’s Peterhead Corps.

Watch this space for further details and make sure you get your copy of this month’s Back in the Day featuring some of the history of The Army in Peterhead.