Tears as Horsham Salvation Army captains bid farewell

Salvation Army Captains Ian and Sue Woodgate mark their last service leading the the Horsham corps in Booth Way before moving to London this month

Salvation Army Captains Ian and Sue Woodgate mark their last service leading the the Horsham corps in Booth Way before moving to London this month

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Salvation Army captains Ian and Sue Woodgate sent a message of thanks to Horsham as they moved to their new roles in London last week.

The theme of the farewell service on Sunday July 8 was ‘Bringing Hope for Today’ and although there were some tears and many reflections on the growth of this church over the past three years, the atmosphere was a truly positive one, focusing on hopes for now and the future.

Among the prayers and songs, there were reflections on Hebrews 10:19-25 and Isaiah 53:7 - the same verses which the couple started their ministry in the town.

Ian said: “Horsham has been the best experience for us. We have seen the hand of God, the power of God, and the reality of God in our midst, and we will never forget all that has happened.

“If anyone ever doubted that God existed, what we’ve seen and experienced would cause anyone to reconsider.

“We cannot thank enough all the leaders, members and friends of the church, along with all the volunteers who have helped in our community services programme and at Christmas. We also want to acknowledge the support that County Times has given to our work here.

“Our last Sunday was very special, and full of all sorts of emotions. We move on now to experience what God has in store for us in London - but remembering and holding onto the blessings of Horsham.”

Corps Sgt Maj Trevor Belcher said said: “We’ve had a great time these past three years and really appreciated all you’ve done here. The way you have left us feeling this morning is that the devil doesn’t stand a chance here in Horsham.”