Church’s 125th anniversary

JPCT 130112  Salvation Army Horsham launch of 125th anniversary celebrations. Captains Iand and Sue Woodgate and in front Margaret Feist, (church sectretary). photo by derek martin
JPCT 130112 Salvation Army Horsham launch of 125th anniversary celebrations. Captains Iand and Sue Woodgate and in front Margaret Feist, (church sectretary). photo by derek martin

HORSHAM town is expected to come together next weekend to mark the 125th anniversary of the Salvation Army’s branch in Horsham.

The church has a packed calendar of events to celebrate their anniversary year, but it was in March 1887 the Horsham branch was founded.

Everyone is invited to join in a weekend of celebration kicking off with a birthday party at the church’s community and worship centre in Booth Way on Saturday March 3 at 6pm.

On Sunday March 4, the morning service at the centre, will be led by Commissioners Robert and Janet Street, who are responsible for overseeing and inspiring the ministry and mission of The Salvation Army in the whole of Europe.

At 2.30pm the whole town can join an open-air service in the Carfax, followed by a “march of witness” down The Causeway to St Mary’s Church for a service of thanksgiving with representatives from all the town’s churches, as well as local dignitaries.

Horsham Salvation Army captains Ian and Sue Woodgate have been looking forward to this event.

Ian said: “An invitation is extended to everyone to come and enjoy this celebration weekend, especially those who have had links with the church over the years, and to new friends as well.

“In these days when the world is told the Christian church is dying, we can testify that the Christian Church is alive and well, and despite all that 125 years has brought its way.

“The Salvation Army in Horsham and Crawley can witness to the living reality of Jesus Christ today. We think that’s worth a celebration, and certainly plan to do so.”

The Salvation Army has been able to help hundreds of people across Horsham and Crawley with a thriving programme of activities all year round culminating with the Christmas parcel appeal supported by The County Times.

Last year it distributed over 420 gifts of food and presents to people in need across Horsham, Crawley and the surrounding areas, in response to requests from local schools and social services.