Community invited to interactive exhibition at Sheffield Sally Army
published on 24 Oct 2018
The Salvation Army threw open its doors for an interactive exhibition for the community on 20 October 2018 as part of its 140th birthday celebrations. The all-community event was be explored by local schoolchildren on the previous two days.
The church on Psalter Lane invited people ‘behind the scenes’ of its church to visit specially created fun interactive exhibitions that explored the church’s history, music and community work, among a variety of other topics. There was also time and space for people to reflect on their own values and beliefs.
The first two days of the exhibition were tailored to young people, fitting with the relevant primary school curriculum. However, all were welcome to the 20 October event, which was relevant to all ages.
The minister in charge at Sheffield Citadel Salvation Army, Major Sue Pegram, said: “Our exhibition is a fun, interactive way of sharing the message of hope and transformation through God’s love that we’ve been bringing to the city since we arrived 140 years ago. It’s also a great opportunity for our community to be able to find out more about we’ve been doing in that time and take the opportunity to ask questions about what we do and why – from the uniforms many of us wear to the rich musical heritage for which we are known. There’s even an opportunity for people to try out a brass instrument!
“This is one of many events we have organised over the past year to celebrate our anniversary and we’re once again looking forward to our community joining us to celebrate all we have achieved together over that time and to remind people that we continue to be available to them, offering a warm welcome, friendship and practical assistance.
“Our message to the community hasn’t changed in 140 years: all we do is offered with a message of hope and transformation through God’s love for everyone.”
The interactive exhibition took place on Saturday 20 October from 10 am to 2 pm at The Salvation Army, 12 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YN. The church’s Heavenly Coffee shop was open throughout the exhibition. On Sunday 21 October, the morning church service (10.30 am) there was a community celebration and all were welcome.
The Salvation Army arrived in Sheffield 140 years ago and has been at the heart of communities in the City of Steel at a number of locations, as well as providing tailored support and accommodation to people experiencing homelessness.
Sheffield Citadel Salvation Army provides a number of community services, including support to isolated older people and young families through a lunch club, a Cameo (Come And Meet Each Other) friendship group and a toddler group. The Heavenly Coffee shop is also open Monday to Thursday and is a safe, friendly spot in the city where people can drop in, enjoy quality coffee and chat. Sunday church services are livestreamed from www.sheffieldcitadel.co.uk/livestream/