The Salvation Army works with some of the most vulnerable people in society. As we face the worst public health crisis in our lifetime, people on the margins need us now more than ever.
From running food banks and checking up on people who live alone, to offering counselling and supporting NHS isolation units, Salvation Army churches all over the country are responding to the crisis in dozens of different ways.
In Horsham, the work of our food bank and our support for the homeless has continued throughout. We have given out hundreds of food parcels and 28 rough sleeper packs of a new Rucksack, Tent, Sleeping Bag, Roll Mat, Mess tins, Stove and Cutlery Set since lockdown began in March.
We'd love to say these are on, but as soon as our regular Sundays are up and running we'll let you know.
In the meantime, if you'd like to receive our weekly 'meetings' by post or email please contact us by phone on 01403 254624 or by email at email@example.com
10:30am Worship Meeting
Followed by refreshments
Kids Alive on Sunday
Christian faith during the week, when our doors are open to offer programmes and activities for the whole community.
Our regular programme of activities (below) is on hold, but we have a small prayer room available for use between 10am and 12pm, and we are open for food bank collections between 9.30am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday.
8pm Keep Fit
11:00am Time Out
Bible Study, prayer etc
2pm Craft Club
2nd in the month
4pm - 6pm Messy Church
Second Tuesday in the month
7:30pm Singing Group Practice
8:30pm Band Practice
12pm House of Prayer
1pm CAMEO (Come And Meet Each Other) starting with Light Lunch
10am Chatt-a-Box Toddler Group
2pm Craft Club
4th in the month
6pm Hope In Community Services
10am Chatt-a-Box Toddler Group
At Horsham Salvation Army we are preparing for Christmas and doing what we do every year, supporting local families for whom Christmas would be anything but merry it weren't for your generosity. This year our effort will be greater than ever - 75% more referrals than last year. We now know that we'll be helping nearly 1,400 children and adults in more than 400 families*. We're providing new toys and gifts for the children, a little something for mum and/or dad, and a voucher** to help put a special meal on the table for the whole family.
We'd love it if you can help us help others this Christmas time and we dare to offer our thanks in anticipation.
You could also use our QR Code below to share on social media and help spread the word.
If you'd like to donate a new, unwrapped toy for the appeal, our church building is open between 9.30 am and 12.30pm on weekdays. We are working to create a Covid safe environment so we would be really grateful if you would ring the bell and wait for someone to respond. Thank you.
We've now completed the vast majority of sorting, bagging and distributing toys and gifts to schools and social work teams for their distribution to the families they have referred to us. We're grateful for their help as well as yours in helping this happen, and for the messages of thanks we receive back through them.
We're really grateful for all the support we're receiving from our local communities. Individuals, schools, churches, other faith groups and companies small and larger have been tremendously generous in their giving to this year's appeal. From tiny beginnings amazing results have come as family and friends have joined in with initiators in supporting this year's appeal. Thank you all and God bless you and yours this Christmas.
Amongst others, we'd like to thank the following groups and businesses who have been collecting on our behalf:
Millais School, Cakes by Sharon Walker, Sakakini Jewellers, Rapid Relief International, Dixey CB Opticians, La Creperie at Horsham Sports Club, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association UK, Dawn Baker, Tracey Sambrook, Aplan Insurance, At Home Estates, Ironing Hands, Mayfair Hair, Morrison's Reigate, Riley & James Forson (and Romee their dog).
I'm sure the list will be longer before we're done!
* All the families we support through our Christmas Appeal are referred to us anonymously by local schools and support agencies who know their situation. This helps to ensure that we support those in the greatest need, and that their privacy is respected.
** We provide an initial £5 plus £5 per person thereafter. So a family of 3 receives a £20 voucher, a family of 6 a £35 voucher and so on. Locally, our expenditure on Christmas food vouchers for this year's appeal will be in excess of £8,000