Salvation Army Chatteris
We Welcome All for Fellowship, Prayer, Help and Worship, as well as Friendship Activities during the week.
Where we are
East Park Street
The Salvation Army works with some of the most vulnerable people in society. As we continue to face the worst public health crisis in our lifetime, people on the margins of our society need us now more than ever to be there for them.
At Chatteris, we are regularly supporting the local food bank which at the present time is only open once a week. We also continue to regularly check-up on local residents who live alone and are vulnerable. Our dedicated team of Volunteers regularly delivers food and meals to the elderly and offers support to those who we are aware of who are vulnerable. In addition to this, the Salvation Army in Chatteris has responded to many varied local needs, both from individuals and local agencies within the community, both from the local Church's and our Charity Shop free of charge, as part of our community response to this pandemic and during these difficult times. Please see the examples below:
Examples of Support:
1. One family who lives locally and who we have supported before, needed winter coats for the children and bedding. These were supplied from our Charity Shop.
2. A man referred by Probation who recently moved into the area who was homeless and has now moved in with his son, needed clothing to enable him to be presentable when applying for work.
3. Another homeless man referred to us from a Homeless Charity in London who was moving into the area, needed clothing and we were able to help again from Charity Shop.
4. A family who has moved to better accommodation within the town needed support with extra food, clothing, and bedding. We were able to supply three days of food as well as clothing and bedding, and some books for the children.
5. An elderly man referred by the local food bank needed shoes and slippers which we were able to supply, and were gratefully received.
6. Again, another homeless man who has recently been referred by the Probation Service who was housed locally needed food and clothes which we were able to supply.
7. Another man, also a Probation referral from London, who had an appointment at the Medical Centre, unfortunately, missed out on going to the local Food Bank, because by the time he got there the Food Bank was closed. He needed food for 7 days, as well as several items of clothing and boots.
8. A family of ethnic origin came for help having run out of food - the family was referred to the FoodBank for help. They also needed warm clothing for their teenagers and young children, which was supplied by the Charity Shop.
9. Received an email from a mother who was almost out of food for her children and had no electricity for warmth. Was able to speak to the family and arranged for an emergency food supply and put £20 into her electricity account. She was so grateful.
10. One of the families that we support has several children, and the mother suffers from mental illness, needed food and clothing, and some books for the children. Winter clothing was supplied for the two youngest children and coats for the teenage children. Was referred to FoodBank for emergency supplies.
11. One gentleman contacted the local Salvation Army Officers for support with food, clothing, and toys for his children. We were able to supply 5 days of food supplies for his family, clothing from the Charity Shop, and toys for the children from the Toy Appeal.
12. One lady asked for help as her regular income had been reduced by 50% and was finding it very difficult to make ends meet, and she was stressing herself out with what to do to provide much-needed clothing for her children, 3 daughters, and a small son under 5. Thanks to the Charity Shop we were able to ease the pain she was suffering, and as well supply some much-needed food.
13. Another referral came to us from the local G.P. Practice. The person being referred needed clothing and bedding. We were able to support int his way, and the GP in question was very grateful, as it helped to ease the stress on the referral.
Our work and ministry within the community are only made possible by the public's generosity and support. If you would like to support us financially during these unprecedented days, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chatteris and donate what you can. Help us to support our community and as many people as possible.
14. Early in January a mother was referred to us from our local surgery who we have had contact before for help once again with her utilities. Her Benefit was late in arriving and she needed some electricity/gas. This was given - £10 on each card.
15. Again, another mother was referred by the George Clare Surgery and the Council who recently got rehoused for medical reasons who had her bag stolen with a Food Voucher in it for the Ely Food Bank. She was requesting food for 5 days of food, clothing, and bedding which was all supplied along with some books and toys for the children.
16. A gentleman referred by the Probation Service requesting a sleeping bag and some warm clothing. Happy to help.
17. A gentleman referred by our Territorial Headquarters in London from an agency who is diabetic and has cancer who si currently isolating asking for financial support to buy food who lives in March. No money was given, by food was purchased and delivered to him in March.
18. We have been by a local furniture company if we could assist an elderly gentleman who had moved recently, and to whom they had supported, with help by providing china, towels, bedsheets, curtains, and other bric-a-brac items. These were all provided by our Charity Shop.
19. Our local Mental Health Unit telephoned us following a visit to a local family. The family had little food and in need of clothing for the children, and if possible some activities for the children - toys and books. We were able to supply 5 days of food, and children's clothes, books, and toys from the Charity Shop.
20. A local family who we help weekly with food from our local supermarket, needed some warm clothing for the children - hats, scarves, gloves. We were gladly able to help from our Charity Shop with these items which are regularly supplied to the shop from a local Knitting Club of three ladies who dedicate themselves to knitting warm clothing.
21. London Probation Service who has a client locally asked if we could support him with some warm clothes - coat, jumpers, thermal vests, socks, hat, scarf, and other items - all supplied by our Charity Shop.
22. A local boy, who has been involved and drugs over the years was brought home from another town by the Police and was in need of a change of clothing and items of bedding that his mother didn't have. We were glad to help, as the mother is known to us. All items were supplied by the Charity Shop.
23. A single parent, with mental health issues, and a family of five children requested help with a food parcel for five days and some clothing. Items supported by the Salvation Army and our Charity Shop.
24. A neighbor contacted us to report that his next-door neighbor was housebound who had no food and the food bank was closed. We were able to supply three days of food which was delivered. The Food Bank was also contacted and the Medical Centre's Social Prescriber for further assistance.
25. A lady known to us contacted us for shoes as her own shoes had fallen apart. She suffers from mental illness, which is bad at the moment and she is known to the Surgery. We were able to provide some new shoes for her from the Charity Shop.
24. A mother with a child who suffers from breathing difficulties. Her food vouchers didn't arrive, and we were able to provide three days of food and Social Services arranged for an emergency parcel to be delivered from the Food Bank in Ely, and arrange for an issue of new food vouchers.
25. A lady who as referred to the Ely Food Bank had no transport to get to Ely and had no food, requested three days supply if possible. We were able to supply the food for three days from our Charity Collections.
26. A low-income family with three children requested food and clothing. Were able to supply both requests from our Charity Shop. The family is so appreciative of the help and support.
27. A family known to us in the Town was short of food over the Easter period with no access to the Food Bank at Ely. We were able to supply a food parcel made up from our Charity Collections and to provide Easter Eggs and books for the children for Easter.
At the present time, due to the Coronavirus and Government restrictions we are unable to use our premises for any activities.
Secondly, the presmises will be undergoing some major refurbishments over the next few months, and until the work is complete and the premises cleaned and sanitized its unlikely that we will be re-starting activities until at least November.
We would like to thank everyone for their continued support during this time, which we both value and appreciate.
Our Sunday Worship is currently being shared through our Going Deeper resources which can be downloaded on this page
Happy Mothering Sunday - 14.03.2021.doc
Palm Sunday - 28.03.2021.doc
Good Friday Meditation - 02.04.2021.doc
Good Friday Meditation
Easter Sunday - 04.04.2021.doc
Prayer is the 'Backbone and Foundation' of any Spiritual Ministry and is the example that Jesus left us. Mark 11:24 records the words of Jesus when He said:
'Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.'
Please Pray for the following:
- Thank God for his leadership, love, and goodness in these unprecedented times;
- We pray for the appointment of future Leadership of the Church.
- We pray for vision for the future – not to be looking back, but looking forward with new enthusiasm, and seeing the opportunities in the community; for Ministry and Outreach;
- We pray for the Sally-Ann's Charity Shop, our Volunteers, and for the ministry of love that acts as a bridge between the Church and the Community as we reach out to meet the needs of the community;
- We pray for those within our Church, who diligently reach out regularly within the community delivering meals, food parcels, and support to those who need that little extra support during these difficult times;
- We pray for guidance and discernment to be given to our Corps Officers as they endeavor to meet the Spiritual needs of the Corps (Church) and that God will use the written Word to encourage and strengthen all who receive it;
- Lastly, we pray for the Town Council, MP, Health Centre, Care Homes, Schools, Local Businesses, Emergency Services, Church Fellowships & the Community.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make us instruments of your peace; where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.
Due to the enforced closure of the Charity Shop during this recent Lockdown, we have been unable to operate. However, I am pleased to inform you, that we will re-open on Monday 12th April and we look forward to seeing you all then. Please be aware, however, that COVID regulations will still apply - i.e. Face mask must be worn, hand sanitizing on entrance and social distancing whilst in the Shop,
Our opening times are Monday to Friday 10 am - 2.30 pm
Saturday 10am -12.30pm
Telephone: 01354 760036
Our charity shop sells a wide range of goods, including accessories, bags, books, jig-saws, clothing, crockery, games, films, jewellery, music, ornaments, paintings, shoes, and toys. More unusual items such as sports equipment, musical instruments, and small home furnishings, will also be welcomed. We are sorry that we are not able to take large items of furniture or electrical goods. Please note that items can only be accepted at the shop if in good, resellable condition.
We are sorry that all Donations at the moment can only be accepted by appointment. Please ring the Lead Volunteer on the telephone number above to book an appropriate time. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, all donations can only be accepted at the rear of the shop which can be accessed from Railway Lane. Please note, that due to local Government Regulations unattended bags and items should not now be left at the front of the shop or in the High Street which is covered by CCTV.
For a look at our shop, please click on the link below:
Chatteris Connect - 14.03.2021.doc
Chatteris Connect - 28.03.2021.doc
Chatteris Connect - 11.04.2021.doc
Chatteris Connect Special.doc
Chatteris Connect is a Newsletter that encourages and supports members of the Church and our Friendship Group.
It provides a theme with insights into current affairs, quizzes, puzzles, quotes, and a 'Pause for Thought'. Please feel free to download the latest edition, and trust you enjoy it.
Our Rough Sleepers Appeal at Christmas 2020 was a great success and because of this, it has allowed us to help many local rough sleepers and particularly some homeless people or local residents who are finding it hard to cope at this present time.
We'd like to take this opportunity to say a Big Thank You to all those who have given so generously.
As we continue through 2021, we are mindful of the needs of so many people in our community who are surviving from one day to the next, and still need our support and help. The Salvation Army is always available to help where we can, and will continue to do so.
If therefore, you would like to continue to contribute at any time, please help us, by donating to 'The Salvation Army Chatteris' by cheque or cash, or alternatively, you can donate online through our Just Giving site - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chatteris.
Richard & Pauline Cook (Majors)