Salvation Army Church, Alton
The Salvation Army is an international Christian church worshipping and working in 126 countries and has more than 800 local churches and centres in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Members of The Salvation Army use many different ways to show God just how much they love him and this is known as 'worship'. Worship can take place in people's homes, at Salvation Army churches - in fact, anywhere! Worship is used to describe anything that shows affection and admiration to God.
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Meet the People
Our church leaders are committed to transforming the lives of people in their community
Major Neil Woollacott
Services (meetings) are held every Sunday and a typical congregation will be made up of a wide and diverse mix of people from all backgrounds, ages and walks of life. Church families use Sunday worship to share in fellowship with one another and God in ways that express spiritual creativity, inclusivity and love.
Children and worship
Jesus preached of how important children are within the family of God; therefore, we believe children have a lot to offer in Sunday worship.
Aside from children’s choirs and brass bands, young people are encouraged to participate in worship by praying and reading the bible; in fact, in some churches, services throughout the year are led by children and young adults.
Many churches also have Sunday Schools which are separate to the main Sunday service and provide a time for children to worship together and learn more about Jesus.
The Mercy Seat
Unique to The Salvation Army is the Mercy Seat, a consecrated place of prayer located at the front of the hall.
The Mercy Seat is open to anyone at any time, though an invitation is often given for the congregation to use this space during worship.
Prayer is simply a conversation with God, and so the Mercy Seat can be used for a variety of reasons, including personal or communal thanksgiving and reflection.
Another feature of Salvation Army worship is testimony time.
Often, the congregation is given the opportunity to share their spiritual experiences, maybe something which has challenged or encouraged them during the week.
We believe sharing faith is important because it demonstrates how church congregations are families which are interested in the personal lives of its members. In sharing testimony we reflect on our own spiritual journeys and offer a challenge, word of encouragement or prayer request with our friends who journey with us.