Our Mission at Sale Salvation Army Church is:
To share the good news
To serve others without discrimination
To nurture disciples of Jesus
To care for creation
To seek justice and reconciliation
Where we are
27 Ashton Lane
0161 976 4380
Community Manager / Charity Shop Manager
10:30am Worship Meeting
11am Children & Youth ministry teaching
3:30pm - 5:30pm Messy Church (usually 1st Sunday in every month)
"But the time is coming-indeed it's here now - when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way" John 4:23
Come, now is the time to Worship.....
There's a lot going on at our Sunday service: Friendly, Meditative, Loud Celebrations, Testimonies, Prayer, Worship, Quiet Times, Reflection, Creative, Journey, Discussion, Exploration, Connection, Love, Meeting Place.
We welcome you and your family on Sundays to our 10.30am service. A welcoming atmosphere and child friendly - join us for coffee after the service.
COME AS YOU ARE...
You don't have to whisper in our Church!
You are very welcome to check us out, we would love to see you.
Christian faith during the week, when our doors are open to offer programmes and activities for the whole community.
11:00am Lyfe Group (A group for exploring faith together)
1:30pm Body & Soul Group A - Ladies' Keep Fit
2:30pm Body & Soul Group B - Ladies' Keep Fit
10:00 am Baby Massage and Baby Song (term time)
10:00am-1pm Pop Up Cafe / Community coffee morning
5:00pm Slimming World
10-12noon: Donation station - drop off point in the carpark (off Oakfield) for the Charity Shop
Young in Heart Day
10:00am Coffee and Chat
12pm Three course lunch
2.00pm Indoor Bowls (seasonal)
6:00pm Junior Band Rehearsal
7:15pm Songster (Church Choir) Rehearsal
8:45pm Senior Band Rehearsal
9:30am Toddlers Stay and Play Session
12noon Knit & Natter
2pm Art Class
Messy Church is a time when we invite families from our local community to come together to enjoy company, spending time with their family and also making new friends. We are busy doing crafts, painting & having fun making a lot of mess! We celebrate God together through basing our crafts on a chosen bible story and then coming together after clear up time for a brief talk about what the bible story was about and what we learnt about through our play & craft. Then we all get together for tea & pudding!
With Messy Church we are trying to be a worshipping community of all ages, centred on Christ, showing Christian hospitality - giving people a chance to express their creativity, share fellowship and have fun in a church context. At Messy Church we welcome all people of all ages, this isn't a time just for children, quite the contrary, it is a time for everyone, young and old to come together and enjoy company with each other.
Sunday school kicks off from 11am for one hour on a Sunday morning. We have lots of fun together, playing games, singing and learning about what God has to say to us about our lives. We cater for children from the age of 3 to 18yrs.
Each age group has different leaders (all DBS checked) who help the children learn more about loving God and living a Christian life. We learn in lots of different ways through craft, puzzles, reading and playing. We have a great time together, not just on Sundays as we have social times together with parties and outings.
Come down and see for yourself... we guarantee you won't be disappointed!
The Salvation Army has a wonderful musical tradition that the public greatly enjoy
Sale Salvation Army Band - About Us
Sale Salvation Army Band’s purpose is the same as any Salvation Army music group: to bring glory and honour to God. Underpinning this, our responsibility, on a week-to-week basis, is to provide accompaniment for sung worship and musical items that enhance our gatherings. The band provides music to those unable to join us for worship due to health concerns and often promotes the message of the Salvation Army on the streets of Sale. We also hold annual events, including Summer and Autumn concerts in our own church and a busy Christmas programme across Manchester playing in shops, on street corners and in magnificent buildings like Manchester Cathedral.
In addition, the band has a busy schedule supporting a variety of local events: Churches Together, Manchester Airport Remembrance Service, the Manchester full and half marathons and local charity concerts. The band is available to be booked for events from Christmas Carol concerts to charity events and Salvation Army Band festivals.
Rehearsals, under the leadership of Bandmaster Jonathan Evans, take place on Thursday evenings at 8.30pm and are held in the hall on Ashton Lane. Our rehearsals are always open and visitors are welcome to attend either to listen or play. If you would like to join us and play please try and let us know beforehand so we can prepare music for you. There is no requirement for members to be Salvation Army soldiers. Rather, as what is known as an open section within The Salvation Army, members of the band are asked to be committed to the band’s engagements and to the mission of the Salvation Army as a Christian Church.
The band has a significant ministry with students studying in the Manchester area. Many of our current membership are either current or former University students who moved to Manchester for education. Travel or travel expenses and lunch are provided each Sunday for our students whilst lifts can be organised to and from rehearsals and events.
For all band related enquiries and bookings please use the following email address:
Alternatively, you can contact us through our Facebook page, which is updated on a regular basis.
History of the Band
Sale Salvation Army Band, in one form or another, has now been proclaiming the Christian message for over 140 years. We are proud to be part of an illustrious heritage but look forward to how God will direct us to serve the present age and extend his Kingdom in the twenty-first century.
The small township of Sale had a population of under 12,000 when the Salvation Army first opened a Corps in the town in 1895. The Corps thrived. The band mainly held their open-air meetings on Sale Station Bridge, after which they would lead the march of singing and tambourine playing Salvationists down Chapel Road (paved with cobble stones) back to their hall in Egerton Street. The Corps closed sometime in 1909 and it would be 82 years before the town again had a Salvation Army Band.
Our own band can trace its history back to 1879 and the beginning of the Salvation Army’s work in Manchester. Manchester Temple Corps opened their work on Grosvenor Street that year (where Manchester Central Corps can now be found). In 1884, the third Salvation Army corps opened in Manchester - Openshaw Citadel. Manchester Openshaw’s musical sections were well known throughout the Salvation Army and in the post-war years led by musical heavyweights such as Harry Salthouse and Frank Crowhurst (a member of our current band). Numerous tours were undertaken and recordings made as well as participating in high profile events.
In 1973, Manchester Openshaw and Manchester Temple were amalgamated under the name Manchester Citadel and they occupied a new building near to the city centre. The fine tradition of music making continued and the band, still under the leadership of Harry Salthouse, continued to record with titles including Sounds Mancunian (1979) and An Evening at the Citadel (1982) with their motto of ‘To Serve the Present Age’. During the Salvation Army’s 1978 Centenary International Congress, the band were invited to open the ‘Meet the Composers’ Festival at Wembley, performing Brian Bowen’s Festival March The Southern Cross under the composer’s baton. In the same festival, the band joined in the massed bands (alongside the International Staff Band, Enfield Band, Govan Band and Upper Norwood Band) to perform The Kingdom Triumphant, led by legendary composer Eric Ball. TV appearances, UK tours (Scotland), international tours (North America) and the CD recording Praise (1991) followed under Colin Wilson before further changes in location happened.
In 1991, the corps moved again and took its new name from the area in Manchester where they settled, Sale. For the first time in 82 years, the town could boast a Salvation Army Band. In these years, the band has continued to serve its community faithfully under the diligent leadership of Bandmasters Reece, Young, Redhead, Kervin and Wilson (as well as a short time under retired BM and SL Frank Crowhurst). The band have continued to make regular local TV, radio appearances, and continue to perform at significant local events and venues whilst continuing our commitment to weekly services and maintaining our core mission: to bring glory and honour to God.
The songsters (choir) are a group of people who meet each Thursday evening to rehearse songs for worship on Sunday. The group is made up of men and women of all ages and from all walks of life - including teachers, nurses, salesmen and those who are retired. They have a common love of singing and a desire to tell others about the Lord through their music.
Although the songsters have been singing and making music in Sale for twenty years, their history goes back much further to when the church was situated in Manchester. Over the years the choir has travelled up and down the British Isles peforming in many churches and Salvation Army centres and have made a number of excellent recordings. For the past seven years the songsters have been led by Christine Wilkinson, a retired primary school teacher.
Most of the music the Songsters use is published by the Salvation Army but it includes a number of contemporary songs from well-known Christian writers as well as more “home grown” material. Although the majority of songster members are uniformed Salvationists, everyone is welcome to come along and join in with them at practices and we’d be glad to welcome you one Thursday evening at 7.15pm!
"Souled" is our worship band at Sale and help to lead the worship in our Church. Our group has evolved over the last 20 years and what started out as just a keyboard player, a bass guitarist and a vocalist huddled round the piano has now emerged into a vibrant group of Christian musicians who want to serve the Lord using the ministry of music.
There are 12 members of Souled who work together in choosing suitable music for worship, introducing new songs and arranging all the different parts.
We meet on alternate Friday evenings and Sunday mornings before our service to prepare for worship and to share together. Our mission is to bring people into the presence of God through the medium of music - we want those who sing with us in worship to catch a glimpse of the greatness of our God. Contemporary worship music has had huge impact of the members of the group and we hope that through our music others can experience the power of God too.
The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt. - Exodus 15:2
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus - Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Prayer matters! Prayer makes a difference in the lives of God’s people. Sometimes the only way we can help another person is to lift them to God in prayer. Here at Sale Salvation Army we take prayer seriously. Our prayer tree is placed at the front doors to our Church and can be seen of an evening by passers by as it is lit with beautiful tree lights. By this we hope that passers by will be inquisitive to what it is and come and take a look & hopefully place their prayer request on the tree. Prayers can be left anonymously if preferred, but all prayers after a period of time are removed from the tree and then prayed for individually by the Ladies Prayer Group.
If you have a prayer concern that we can pray for and with you, call the office on 0161 976 4380 or request your prayer below or pop by the Church and place your prayer on our Prayer Tree.
The Salvation Army's practical hands-on work is renowned. It has never been enough just to preach; the message of God's love is also demonstrated through its work particulary with marginalised and vulnerable people.
In corps and centres across the territory, people of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to discover how much he loves them and the possibilites he has for their lives.
Baby Massage was started at our Church about 6 years ago, shortly after I retired from work as a health visitor in Central Manchester. I enjoyed running the groups as part of my job so it’s great to do it in the church where I worship.
Part of our vision is that we are a church firmly rooted in the love of Jesus. Reaching out to meet the needs of all ages, at Baby Massage this is what we do.
There are also many health benefits:
Mothers who come to Baby massage are less likely to suffer from post natal depression.
It helps deal with “Evening colic”
Babies who are massaged have fewer coughs and colds and fewer upset tummies & it helps to establish a good sleep pattern for baby.
We welcome mums, (occasionally we have had Dads or Grandmothers) and babies from about 4-6weeks old until they roll over!
£10 per half term, includes coffee/tea & chat!
Baby and Toddler Song
Baby song was first set up over 7 years ago at Sale Corps. It was started with just a few Mums and babies who would meet to spend time singing nursery rhymes with their babies in a friendly, welcoming environment. Seven years on, we have grown so much that we now have three babysong classes running every Tuesday! Each class has babies that are of a similar age or stage of their growth, so we have the babies who are learning to sit up, babies who are crawling and the toddlers.
Babysong has become a real lifeline for many of the families who have attended, new friendships have been formed and a great sense of community is present amongst the groups.
So what are the benefits of song?
Music is something magical that you can share with your child and a way of communicating even before they can talk. Singing can also calm you as well as your child, if you are feeling stressed and can provide a distraction if they are crying.
Music is the perfect vehicle for learning, for instance repeating rhymes to your child can help develop their language. Research has shown that music & song can help to develop communication, listening, concentration, sharing and social skills for babies.
Please note, due to popular demand, there is a waiting list for the babysong & toddler song groups.
£10 per half term, contact Rachel on 0161 976 4380 to book your place.
Afterwards stay and join us for a chat and a brew from 11:15am to 12:15am.
Mums 'N' Tots
Hello and welcome to Mums 'n' Tots! My name is Almey Houghton and I have been running the Mums 'n' Tots group for over 10 years. I am a qualified NNEB & CRB checked.
We welcome all Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Child Minders and of course little one's 0-4yrs, to our group twice a week. Our aim is to provide a safe, happy & welcoming environment for parents & children to meet, play & hopefully make new friends. We have a great team of volunteers who are all CRB checked, that help with putting out the toys, organising crafts & singing activities, not forgetting the toast and juice time! They also provide a pastoral outlet for people who need to talk whilst they are at Mums 'n' Tots.
Everyone is welcome - we would love to see you!
But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God" - Luke 18:16
Growing Together Garden
The Growing Together Garden & Allotment is based in the grounds of The Salvation Army Church, Ashton Lane, Sale.
A new project where people from the community can get involved to help transform this land into an area where all members of the community are welcome. The purpose of having a garden & allotment is to give opportunity for people both within the church and from the community a place to go that is safe, welcoming, interesting and where they can learn about growing plants & vegetables or just sit and enjoy company!
The aim is to offer people from the local community a share in an allotment plot, free of charge, with the proviso that 30% of what they grow will be given away to a person, family or group who are in need & would benefit from fresh produce.
An exciting new venture that we believe will benefit a wide range of people. We want the allotment to be a long-term project that we will care for and use to remind people of God’s amazing creation. If you would be interested in getting involved in the community garden & allotment, please contact Rachel on 0161 976 4380 for further details.
The purpose of the art group is to enjoy art & discover your artisitc 'flair' in a christian environment with a very friendly, fun group of people who all have an interest in art. The group has been running for over 6 years and all abilities from beginners to experienced artists are welcome. All materials are provided, we ask for just a small contribution towards provision of the materials.
Come and give it a try!
Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
As the name suggests, this is a time on the first Friday evening in the month at 7:45pm for ladies to meet together in fellowship. We meet in the community hall.
A varied programme is arranged throughout the year - including craft, visiting speakers, and an annual outing - plus a Carol Service and Meal at Christmas.
It is open for ladies of any age.
Body and Soul
Body & Soul is a gentle keep fit class for ladies or men of all ages. The purpose of the group is to encourage exercise and fellowship amongst friends. There are two classes to choose from followed by a time of fellowship.
Body & Soul has been running for over 20 years and is organised by a member of our Church, Almey Houghton.
"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul" - John 1:2
Young in Heart Choir
The Young in heart choir was formed 21 years ago in 1991 when the new Church on Ashton Lane was opened as Sale Corps. We are about 30 in number with mixed voices and a wide age range from 60-90+. We rehearse for an hour on Thursday mornings before the Young in Heart lunch club, and we sing in the Sunday worship on the first Sunday of every month.
My name is Anne Crowhurst and I took over leadership in March 2007 and really enjoy sharing fellowship and fun with this lively group of 'oldies'. They just love to sing, and together we endeavour to portray the love of the Lord with our singing, our aim being to bring blessing and inspiration to those who listen.
"Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!" - Psalm 84:4
Young in Heart Day
Those who attend the Thursday 'Young in Heart' range between 60yrs - 90+yrs. The group began 20 years ago and from the very start was a big success. At the present time we have over 65 members.
The day begins at 10.30 with friends meeting in the lounge for coffee & a chat. There is also the opportunity to purchase items of clothing and books at the coffee morning. At 11am, those in the Young in Heart choir have their practice, anyone is welcome to join or to sit and listen.
At 12pm a three course home cooked meal is served followed by entertainment. A team of dedicated volunteers hold the many activities together; from transport arrangements, a welcoming coffee service, updating membership records, lunch club kitchen staff & entertainment.
For some it is the only opportunity they have to get out, meet new friends, have a good meal and enjoyable entertainment. For all, it is companionship in a caring Christian atmosphere & a fundamental service of The Salvation Army.
"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive' " - Acts 20:35
We have other 'outside' groups who rent a room from our building each week. Below is a list of groups that take place and contact details if you are interested in taking part in any of these groups.
Brooklands Probus is for men who are retired or partially retired from employment in either professions, commerce or industry. Speakers on wide range of subjects. Meeting every 2nd & 4th Tuesday in the month, 2-4pm.
CALL (Cancer Aid & Listening Line) is an organisation for people who have experienced cancer in some way, either as a patient, relative or friend.- Social group meets every 1st & 3rd Tuesday in the month, 2pm to 4pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org canceraid.co.uk
WEA Literature group - Every Tuesday 10:15am to 12:15pm.
WEA Gardening group - Every Tuesday 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
Weight Watchers - Every Monday 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
Manchester Speech & Drama Association (MSDA) To explore good literature, prose, poetry and drama. Meets second Wednesday in each month: 1:45pm to 4pm. Fee £15 members. £1.50 visitors each visit
Our charity shop is now located at: 7 Washway Road, Sale, M33 7AD
"Clothe Yourself With COMPASSION, Kindness, HUMILITY, Gentleness & PATIENCE" - Colossians 3:12
Definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to in a cause you consider good
The Community programme we hold at Sale aims to improve the quality of life for people living in the community. The generosity, kindness, time and skills of our volunteers deliver a service that is well received. Currently, we have 53 volunteers, some are church members and some are local people from the community who give of their time to help out with the Church programme, events & charity shop.
There is an increase in demand of our services and support so we are continuously looking for new volunteers to join our friendly team.
As a volunteer you will have a fulfilling experience helping our community. You could gain or build upon existing skills, friendship, confidence, work experience and team-work. The volunteer roles we offer are interesting, flexible, and worthwhile.
For futher details on volunteering opportunities please contact Community Manager Rachel Steward on 0161 976 4380.
"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in"
"Let us LOVE not in Word and Speech but in DEED and TRUTH" - John 3:17
We have various agencies and groups who rent room space at Sale Salvation Army. If you are interested in making a booking please contact Rachel Steward (Community Manager).
Please note we do not hire rooms for childrens parties.
Seats approx. 60-80 people, it can be used for conference or workshop facilities, toilets are located just outside the main doors to the hall and sufficient fire exit facilities are in place. £30/hour. Tea and Coffee can also be provided at 75p per person. We are unable to provide buffet lunch but you are welcome to bring your own.
Seats 16 at £15/hour.
Seats 30 at £20/hour.
Seats 40 at £25/hour.
The kitchen facilities are available for use if you are providing a lunch with your room hire, there is a small additional charge for use of the cooker at £10.
Additional Items for hire during your stay.
Flip Chart - £5
Overhead screen and audio/visual equipment - £10