125 years … and counting
Carbonear’s Salvation Army celebrates quasquicentennial
This year, the Salvation Army in the Town of Carbonear is celebrating 125 years of ministry. About 130 people attended a banquet at the church hall on Oct. 1 to mark the occasion.
In his opening remarks, Ches Ash, corps sergeant major and the town’s deputy mayor, noted that the corps was one of the fist four corps that were established in Newfoundland in 1886, the others being at St. John’s, Bonavista and Twillingate.
“Each is celebrating 125 years of … proclaiming the gospel of salvation, and we praise God for that,” he said.
Carbonear town councillor David Kennedy thanked the local Salvationists “ for every helping hand you have provided to our citizens.” He added that their “ hard work and determination to help others” is a trademark of “the world’s most recognizable international organization and the largest non-governmental provider of social services in Canada.”
Eleanor Ash, speaking on behalf of the Carbonear ministerial association, observed, “ You’re well-known for your dedication to the service of God’s people … You embody the face of Christ to all you meet.”
One of the best
Major Wavey Penney brought greetings on behalf of former corps officers, speaking about what she deems “one of the best corps across our territory.” She challenged Salva- tionists: “ keep the flag flying. Don’t lose sight of our goal, saving souls and growing saints.”
Major Wendy Boone who, with her husband, Captain Darin Boone, currently serve as corps officers, highlighted the importance of “prayer and praise.” She encouraged those in attendance to write on a paper leaf “something you are thankful for, that God has blessed you with, some person God has placed in your life,” and attach it to a centrepiece on each table.
Bailey Mahaney and Phyllis Ash, representing the younger and older corps members, cut the anniversary cake.
Moments of humour
The banquet was not without its humorous moments.
“ We’re not beyond having a laugh at our own expense,” Ches Ash joked.
The brass band, made up of Woodrow Snow, Wes Rowe, Ches Ash, Elsie Rowe, Peggy Conway and Laurie Baker, made a dramatic presentation. “ They Got Me Drove,” which was written by corps secretary Wes Rowe, elicited much laughter and applause.
The corps’ male singing group, “ Jubilee,” made up of Wes Rowe, Woodrow Snow, Neville Penney, Bram Pilgrim and Capt. Darin Boone, presented a vocal selection, “ The Old Army Hall.”
Special speakers Lieutenant-Colonels David and Margaret Hiscock in their devotional thoughts, “ Moments in Memory,” focused on events that transpired in the corps under their officership.
Lieutenant-Colonels David and Margaret Hiscock were the special speakers at the banquet commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Salvation Army corps in Carbonear on Oct. 1.