AFRICAN Salvation Army members from across the country flocked to Horsham last weekend to celebrate 125 years of the denomination in the town.
The snow prevented many from attending, but 95 members travelled miles to the church on Saturday for an international event highlighting the range of cultures represented at Horsham’s branch and in the Salvation Army as a whole.
The party continued on Sunday when worship was led by the church’s International Secretary for Africa Commissioner Amos Makina and Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries Commissioner Rosemary Makina.
Captain Ian Woodgate said: “There’s an African Network throughout the UK who travel from all over to attend events.
“We had invited about 300 people to come and despite the snow 95 were there on Saturday. They travelled from Leicestershire, Bournemouth, Milton Keynes - all around.
“They are so committed to this network that it didn’t put them off.
“They were here most of all to share in our (anniversary) celebration but also to celebrate the work in the African Zone.
“Forty-five per cent of Salvation Army membership is in Africa. It’s the fastest growing denomination in Africa at the moment, which is quite something.
“We have some African members here and it was particularly encouraging for them.”
The Horsham Salvation Army 125th Anniversary celebrations continue throughout the year and next month marks the branch’s birthday.
On Saturday March 3 they will hold a party at the centre on Booth Way and on Sunday March 4 at 2.30pm everyone is invited to an open air service in The Carfax followed by a parade along the Causeway to St Mary’s Parish Church.