The Salvation Army Petersfield
The Salvation Army in Petersfield is a warm and inviting church catering for all ages, and where possible, serving the community in the ways that the Salvation Army have traditionally worked.
Worship is varied to enable all ages to praise God, and is based on Holiness and Salvation teaching. We also hold house groups during the week to study the bible, a family mid-week meeting and a regular weekly Coffee Mornings.
125th Anniversary Weekend 25 June
Petersfield Salvation Army celebrated their 125th Anniversary at the weekend. On Saturday, they held a free exhibition at the Swan Street Hall showing the history of the Church over the past 125 years, a picture slide show and video of many church events including Songs of Praise, the Centenary, 2004 Church re-opening and past Christmas Carol Services. There were also displays from the CAMEO (Come And Meet Each Other), Lunch Club, Coffee Morning and the Young Peoples work in the Church. Coffee & cake were available to visitors throughout the day.
The Salvation Army’s Divisional Emergency Vehicle was on display on Lloyds Bank Forecourt; this vehicle is regularly called out by the Emergency Services during fires, and other major incidents and disasters to support and provide refreshment to members of the Emergency Teams and general public.
On Saturday evening there was a free concert at the Methodist Church. The Southern Youth Chorus are a group of young people aged 13-25 from around the Southern Division who love getting together and singing in various styles and have just recorded their latest CD ‘Your Song’. The audience were inspired and blessed by the music and the group sang many songs from the CD that were a testament of their faith and trust in Jesus. Two of the group are from Petersfield Salvation Army; Lauren Cheshire and Lindsey Ventham.
On Sunday the Church services were led by Majors David & Susan Hall, who were the leaders of the Salvation Army in Petersfield from 1977 to 1979. In the morning meeting the congregation were reminded to remember the past 125 years but to look forward to the future of the church; Major David preached on 1 Chronicles 29, and specifically verse 18 (LORD, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you). In the afternoon an Open Air meeting was held on The Heath, which included a children’s story and timbrel display. The members and friends of the Church then braved the heat and marched from the Heath, through the town back to Swan Street in time for their evening service. During this service Major David Hall shared another children’s story with the youngsters called ‘Cecil the Sheep’, which depicted the Bible story of The Lost Sheep. In his sermon he spoke about loving those outside our Church family.
There were great times of fellowship over lunch and supper at the Hall, with current and former attendees getting to know each other and reminiscing on past events – often with good humour.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the public who supported our stall on Lloyds Bank Forecourt on Saturday where we raised £188, and also those who visited the Church during the weekend and were part of our special celebrations.
|The Southern Youth Chorus in the Methodist Church||Salvation Army Emergency Vehicle|
|The Open Air meeting on The Heath|
The Salvation Army in Petersfield is 125 years old in 2011
To mark this occasion in our history we are holding a series of events throughout the year.
- 31st March at 7:00 pm Red Shield Services - Major Jean McDevitte will be visiting to give an insight into the Salvation Army’s Red Shield service.
- 3rd June at 7:00 pm - Paul Ozanne from The Salvation Army Trading Company Limited will be talking about their work.
- 25th June - Anniversary Weekend - Open Day Exhibition 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Southern Youth Chorus - Methodist Church at 7:00 pm (No charge - Donations can be given)
- 29th July at 7:00 pm - International Response Major Cedric Hills will speak about his time in Haiti following the devastating earthquake there.