It is 150 years since William Booth started the work that is now known as The Salvation Army. Hadleigh Temple will be leading a three-day celebration and exhibition followed by a special family service.
The exhibition will be held from Thursday 8th October to Saturday 10th October (10am to 4pm each day) at Hadleigh Temple, 146-148 London Road, Hadleigh, SS7 2PF. Admission is free and it will showcase all that is great about The Salvation Army past and present. Exhibits will include historical artifacts, DVD footage of the work of the Army and interactive displays specifically for children. A number of school parties are already committed to visit the exhibition. I attach a copy of the publicity poster for this event which I hope you will find useful.
Our Sunday morning worship on 11th October will be a continuation of the SA150 celebration event when we will hold a community celebration for the Army’s 150th anniversary. This will be a fantastic opportunity for us to join in worship together, thanking God for the work during the last 150 years. The meeting is being led by Major Geoff Ashdown, with invited civic leaders and our own Baden-Powell sections also being in attendance.
We are also linking this community celebration to the ‘Back to Church Sunday’ (B2CS) initiative. B2CS is based on the simplest and shortest step in evangelism – that we should invite someone we already know to something we love; invite our friends, relatives, neighbours and former members of our fellowship to attend this community celebration with us. ‘Back to Church’ is also linked to our drive towards Transformational Mission, working to integrate the unchurched and meeting their needs. Equipping people in faith so that we can nurture disciples.
The vision for this ‘Back to Church Sunday’ event is for everyone within our corps to invite someone to come along to the Celebration Service. If everyone invites someone else and they come, our congregation will double! Over the next few weeks there will be opportunity for everyone in our fellowship to invite someone to attend the Celebration Service using personalized invitation cards, by mail dropping the local community and contacting former members of our fellowship.
The most important factor of the ‘Back to Church’ initiative is that an effective follow-up process is used for those who are not regular attendees of the corps. So we are looking to do a number of things: Contact cards will be used to ensure effective follow up. We will encourage members of the corps to introduce their invited friend/s to other members of our fellowship over coffee and food following the service, discussing what they thought of the service. We will also provide publicity material and invite people back for other special events at the corps.