Salvation Army youth centre hosts community day
published on 20 Jun 2022
The Salvation Army in Aston is hosting a free community event at Gladstone Street on 2 July.
The church will host the event as the backdrop to the International Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham and across the West Midlands 28 July – 8 August.
The aim is to bring children and families together for health and well-being, making sport and activity part of everyday life in Aston.
Divisional Commander of the West Midlands Salvation Army, Lieutenant-Colonel JP Ramos, said:
“We are supporting the Games across the West Midlands with special events that local people can join in with, even if they can’t get to the Commonwealth Games. This will be a moment in time to get involved, showing how, as The Salvation Army, we love God and love others. We intend for these sporting events to provide a legacy of more regular coming together in our communities”.
At its youth centre in Aston, the Christian church and charity is bringing people together in the community to showcase the service for children and young adults.
Children can take part in football, try console gaming and other activities as well as enjoying food and worship together.
The youth centre, established in 2006, runs after school drop-ins, mentoring, sports (including football), and Arts Award qualifications in music production, comic book creation, animation and more.
Aston 614 youth centre manager, Lieutenant Corinne Seabridge said: “Not only will our community event be a great opportunity to get involved in sport to celebrate the Games but we want to bring community together for a fun day, and show other families what we do here to support our children and young people.
“Every week The Salvation Army reaches out to people in need but, we also want to celebrate this momentous international sporting event, remembering that local people can join in smaller sporting events and meet with their neighbours. These sporting events provide another chance to improve our health and reduce stress and isolation. We think that is important as everyone is valued by God.”
The Community day activities include:
- 12.30 – 2pm football
- 2pm – 3.30pm console gaming
- 3.30 – 5.30pm outdoor sports
- 5.30 – 6.30pm food
- 6.30pm worship gathering