Salvation Army celebrates 125 years
It was an evening of friends, fellowship and celebration as the Salvation Army in Bay Roberts marked its 125th year with a weekend full of activities, June 1-3.
All celebrations kicked off with an anniversary banquet on June 1, bringing together members of the congregation and invited guests to commemorate the beginnings of the church in Bay Roberts, which put down its roots on March 15, 1887.
Memories were shared and laughs had as the congregation was treated to memories from local municipal leaders as well as a dinner theatre that entertained those in attendance, which included Port de Grave MP Glenn Littlejohn, Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood and former Liberal MP John Efford, with song and word that recounted the history of the Salvation Army in Bay Roberts.
The event also reunited older members of the church community with previous officers of the church.
As the entertainers broke into song, so did the audience, as men and women, young and old, clapped their hands and stomped their feet in time with the music.
When the spirit filled them, they all rose from their seats and delivered a rousing chorus.
Aiding in the festivities were members of the band, including Captain Morgan Hillier.
Speakers paid tribute to the original families — Dawe, Thompson, Russell, French, Boone, Fillier and Morgan — and the outstanding work the Salvation Army does in the community.
The Bay Roberts corps has been under the guidance of Captains Morgan and Lisa Hillier for the past four years and takes in parishioners from Georgetown to Spaniard’s Bay.
Preparations for the event started in January of 2011, according to Capt. Lisa Hillier.
Always intended to be a weekend long celebration of the past 125 years, Capt. Lisa said each event was a success and met with high reviews from members of the Salvation Army community, as well as special guests Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd, chief secretary and territorial secretary with women’s ministries respectively of the Salvation Army’s Canada & Bermuda Territory.
“They were very pleased to be a part of the celebrations,” she said.
Capt. Lisa said the Tidds were very pleased with all of the work put in by the various committee’s responsible for activities during the weekend. They were especially fond of the rental car given to them for the weekend.
It was a Jaguar.
Capt. Lisa was the driving force behind the weekend of celebrations. There is a certain level of stress that accompanies putting together an event of this magnitude.
“It was a little bit (stressful), getting all of the details and everything organized to make sure everything ran smoothly,” she said.
A unique aspect of the banquet was a dinner theatre-esque production that was accompanied by a slide show full of old pictures and timeless memories.
People in attendance could look on, identifying other family members and become closer to the work their family has done with the church.
During various interludes in the production, the four members of the brass band would play, sometimes with the accompaniment of singing.
A full sing-a-long would soon erupt.
It was an unusual aspect that succeeded in delivering a compelling oral history of the church, with the help of some visual aid.
“I wanted something that would be different, something that was fun and something that captured some of the history of the corps,” said Capt. Lisa.
She said she was infused with “nervous energy” in the week leading up to the anniversary weekend,
The Salvation Army Corps in Bay Roberts brought together one of its youngest members with one of the oldest for the ceremonial cake cutting at their 125th anniversary held Friday, June 1. Those involved in the cake cutting, from left, are Captains Morgan & Lisa Hillier, Samantha Yetman, Josie Roach, Colonels Tracey & Floyd Tidd.
Members of the Salvation Army brass band entertained the audience and set the soul on fire at the 125th anniversary of the Salvation Army Corps banquet, Bay Roberts, June 1.