Salvation Army celebrates 140 years in Wales

published on 7 Mar 2014

The Salvation Army celebrates 140 years in Wales – and there are a number of celebrations planned to ensure the anniversary doesn’t go unrecognised.

This weekend, Territorial Leaders Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams will help celebrate the milestone with fellow Salvationists during a two-day event in Port Talbot. The Commissioners will mark the church and charity's history in Wales by remembering the work of the first corps, in Cardiff, and celebrating the progress made in the years that have followed.

Territorial Leaders Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams

The story of The Salvation Army in Wales began on November 11, 1874, at the People’s Hall on Bute Street, near the docks. The worshipping corps was started by Christian Missionary John Allen. That was followed by corps at Cardiff Stuart Hall (pictured), Cardiff 1 and Cardiff Ely. In 1877, Cardiff Roath Temple was opened before Merthyr Tydfil corps was established a year later.

Major Derek Jones, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army in South and Mid Wales, praised the heritage and history of The Salvation Army in Wales, saying: “From Tenby in the west, to Newport in the east, Rhyl on the north coast and even work in Cardiff Bay, you'll find Salvationists working and witnessing to their Saviour Jesus Christ in many ways and different times.

"Over the decades we have adapted to the changing needs of society but throughout that time we have remained dedicated to caring for people who are vulnerable or in need in every community.

“We have been active in over eighty communities in the 140 years and even now endeavour to make our places of worship environments where people can encounter kindness and a chance to meet with God.

"We are there when you need us, offering compassionate support, lively worship, a listening ear and practical help. Many people recognise The Salvation Army for our practical and social work. But our motivation is to reflect the love of God in our lives into others’ lives.

"There will be a number of events happening throughout the year, including a visit from the International Staff Songsters next weekend, and anyone visiting one of our corps or centres will receive a warm and friendly welcome."