Thursday, 26 November 2015
Last weekend it was celebration time at Glasgow City Centre Corps with the opening of its new community church. The oldest and youngest members of the corps cut the ribbon at a day of thanksgiving for the whole community in Anderston.
When the Salvation Army first expanded from England into Scotland the first corps was in Anderston in 1879. Now the corps enter a new chapter with the opening of their new building. The building on Houldsworth Street features a modern glass front, generous grounds for a community garden and facilities for local residents which include a cafe, a larger open plan hall and a prayer space.
Captain Matt Butler says "We are now in a great position to continue to deliver our Sunday worship and our popular God's Groovy Gang children's ministry. We are also excited to be exploring the opportunities to start new programme and activities and we have a fantastic cafe space that we are looking forward to opening in the New Year. It's been an incredible journey to get to where we are with this new building. Our thanks and blessings go to all those who worked tirelessly to bring us such an incredible space."
Majors Russell and Catherine Wyles, Divisional Leaders joined with the corps for the celebrations. Major Russell Wyles says "we recognised the needs of the community in Anderston. This new centre will give us an exciting opportunity to demonstrate our belief of changing people's lives within communities and enhance the already strong ties we have with local residents."