New building will boost Salvation Army's work in Govan
published on 26 May 2023
Members of the Salvation Army in Govan spanning almost 100 years have celebrated the official opening of their new community church building.
From the youngest at six months to the oldest at 98, hundreds of Salvationists and local residents marked a new chapter in the life of their congregation.
The Salvation Army has been at the heart of Govan since 1881, providing practical support to some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland.
Nowadays, church leaders Majors Tracy and Mark Bearcroft and their dedicated team of volunteers continue to provide help, especially to people affected by rising living costs.
Mark said: “The building will play an important role in the development of our mission and ministry work in the community. We already run a range of programmes to meet the needs of local people - and now we are in a strong position to develop our roots even further.”
Arron, the newest junior soldier, and Margaret, who is the longest serving soldier, cut the ribbon on the new building and reflect the diversity of ages in the congregation. Margaret said: “It’s an honour to open this wonderful new building - and we pray that it will serve the mission of the Salvation Army in Govan for many years.”
Helping lead the celebration event were Lieutenant Colonels Dean and Eirwen Pallant, alongside West Scotland divisional leaders Majors Ray and Pat Brown.