The leader of The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland will make his first official visit to Northern Ireland for a busy weekend of celebrations.
The highest ranking officer of the UK Salvation Army will arrive in Belfast on Friday 21 June as part of a three-day visit coinciding with the Ireland Division’s annual congress being held in the city.
Territorial Commander Commissioner Clive Adams’ visit to the Ireland Division will begin with an evening meeting for teenagers in the Dock Café, Belfast, before the weekend’s main programme of events start, giving those attending an opportunity to share food and ask the Territorial Commander questions.
Commissioner Adams will then lead a number of worship meetings across the weekend with the theme Reaching Higher, which will be attended by Salvationists and friends of The Salvation Army. There will also be an opportunity for the public to attend an open-air meeting at Victoria Square Shopping Centre in the heart of Belfast on Saturday 22 June starting at 11.30 am. There will also be a march of witness at Royal Avenue on Sunday 23 June at 2.30 pm.
Throughout the course of the weekend there will be contributions from the United Band of Bangor, Belfast North, Belfast Citadel, Belfast Sydenham; Belfast Temple Songsters, Lurgan and Portadown Band, Sydenham Songsters, Divisional Youth Chorus; United Singing Company, Belfast Temple Band and the Divisional Worship Band.
The Salvation Army’s Divisional Commander in Ireland, Major Elwyn Harries, said: “It is fantastic to have our Territorial Commander with us over the coming weekend. He will witness at first hand the valuable work our local Salvationists undertake in addressing human need in its many forms
“The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to people who are vulnerable or in need in the local community.
“We pray that God will guide and bless us as we continue to make connections with the local community and that there may be many opportunities to speak about what God is doing in our lives and how he can make an impact on theirs.”