Wales Salvation Army celebrates 140th anniversary, joins in Eisteddfod festivities
published on 5 Jul 2014
The Salvation Army in Wales is this week celebrating its 140th anniversary by joining in the festivities at the National Eisteddfod.
The church and charity is looking back at its mission work in the country by staging an exhibition at the week-long Welsh language festival in Llanelli.
The exhibition will mark the history of The Salvation Army in Wales by remembering the work of the country’s first corps, in Cardiff, and celebrating the progress that has been made since.
Video (In English) of The Salvation Army's involvement at the Eisteddfod (Festival to celebrate the Welsh language)
The story of The Salvation Army in Wales began on November 11, 1874, at the People’s Hall on Bute Street, near the docks. It was started by Christian Missionary John Allen.
That was followed by corps at Cardiff Stuart Hall, Cardiff 1 and Cardiff Ely. In 1877, Cardiff Roath Temple was opened before Merthyr Tydfil corps was opened a year later.
Major Derek Jones, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army in South and Mid Wales, said he was proud of the heritage and history of The Salvation Army in Wales.
He said: “We’re delighted to be part of the National Eisteddfod and this will be another fantastic opportunity to celebrate our work in Wales.
Video (In Welsh) of The Salvation Army's involvement at the Eisteddfod (Festival to celebrate the Welsh language)
“From Tenby in the west, to Newport in the east, Rhyl on the North Wales coast and even work in the Cardiff Bay, you will find members of The Salvation Army 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 80 communities in 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.
Pictured: Personnel officer Angharad Jones talks to one visitor about The Salvation Army
"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."