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Establishing a Salvation Army in Port aux Basques

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In the year 1865, William and Catherine Booth founded the Booth’s Christian Mission in England.

Some 13 years later it would take a name change and become The Salvation Army.

The new church ministry spread like wild fire throughout England and many other countries such as the United States, France, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and Canada.

In 1885, Captain Emma Churchill, originally from Portugal Cove, conducted meetings and in 1886, the Salvation Army officially opened its ministry in St. John’s.

It didn’t take long before the army began to move out all over Newfoundland communities including costal locations as far as Channel Port aux Basques.

The Salvation Army was established at Channel in the year of 1893, with its first corps officer being Captain Janet Ebsary.

My parents accepted the Salvation Army as their church in the late 1940s, starting a family that would grow to a total of 14 children (seven boys and seven girls).

It was exciting times of activities growing up in the church activities. Playing our part like the rest of the families in the Christmas and Easter concerts, celebrating the birth and death of Jesus Christ.

Early on Easter morning we would go out on open-air meetings, celebrating a risen

Christ to the towns people. There would be summer outings and many other activities such as Thanksgiving dinners, etc.

As we got older and played in the band and singing groups, I can recall going on open-air meetings at Rose Blanche and neighbouring communities by schooner before they were connected with Port aux Basques by road.

There are so many activities, too many to mention, however, the communities were always so generous and helpful to the Army and the work, which still stands true today.

This year the Salvation Army will celebrate its 123 anniversary of ministry in Port aux Basques.

The first citadel was built in Channel in front of the first Salvation Army bordering on what is known today as Lillington Street. The second was built on Army Hill on a piece of land donated by Philip Skeard. The property bordered on what is known as Citadel Street and Stadium Road.

The first school was built next to this citadel during the 1920s. It was later closed and the building sold.

The third citadel was built on Main Street, the fourth on Army Hill and the fifth in

Grand Bay, where worship continues today.

In closing, there was a 100-year anniversary book printed with lots of history and pictures. Members of the church may have a copy you many want to borrow to read.

info@gulfnews.ca

Some 13 years later it would take a name change and become The Salvation Army.

The new church ministry spread like wild fire throughout England and many other countries such as the United States, France, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and Canada.

In 1885, Captain Emma Churchill, originally from Portugal Cove, conducted meetings and in 1886, the Salvation Army officially opened its ministry in St. John’s.

It didn’t take long before the army began to move out all over Newfoundland communities including costal locations as far as Channel Port aux Basques.

The Salvation Army was established at Channel in the year of 1893, with its first corps officer being Captain Janet Ebsary.

My parents accepted the Salvation Army as their church in the late 1940s, starting a family that would grow to a total of 14 children (seven boys and seven girls).

It was exciting times of activities growing up in the church activities. Playing our part like the rest of the families in the Christmas and Easter concerts, celebrating the birth and death of Jesus Christ.

Early on Easter morning we would go out on open-air meetings, celebrating a risen

Christ to the towns people. There would be summer outings and many other activities such as Thanksgiving dinners, etc.

As we got older and played in the band and singing groups, I can recall going on open-air meetings at Rose Blanche and neighbouring communities by schooner before they were connected with Port aux Basques by road.

There are so many activities, too many to mention, however, the communities were always so generous and helpful to the Army and the work, which still stands true today.

This year the Salvation Army will celebrate its 123 anniversary of ministry in Port aux Basques.

The first citadel was built in Channel in front of the first Salvation Army bordering on what is known today as Lillington Street. The second was built on Army Hill on a piece of land donated by Philip Skeard. The property bordered on what is known as Citadel Street and Stadium Road.

The first school was built next to this citadel during the 1920s. It was later closed and the building sold.

The third citadel was built on Main Street, the fourth on Army Hill and the fifth in

Grand Bay, where worship continues today.

In closing, there was a 100-year anniversary book printed with lots of history and pictures. Members of the church may have a copy you many want to borrow to read.

info@gulfnews.ca

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