John Burton, Corps Sergeant-Major at the Southsea Salvation Army, talks about upcoming festive events in cluding Carols at the Kings
Our Southsea Church and Community Centre resides in busy Albert Road and comprises the church, the Lighthouse charity shop, the Lighthouse Café, after-school club, parent and toddler Group, Messy Church, all-age choir, Angel Feet (for the tiny tots), and weekly fellowship groups and other groups
Our Noah’s Ark Nursery in Brookfield Road, Fratton is also part of our community outreach. We work closely with local schools, where school chidren attend and take part in many of our Sunday worship services.
Our resident children’s worker and Minister (Officer) attends school assemblies in the locality.
Each Sunday morning prior to our morning worship, the band visits local streets and provides a short gospel meeting, a practice that has been going on now for more than 130 years.
During December, the Southsea Citadel Band and collectors can be seen in the Palmerston Road precinct playing Christmas carols to the shoppers, many of whom tell us how glad they are to see the Salvation Army in it’s most traditional setting.
Carols at the Kings affords us the opportunity to thank the generous public of Southsea and Portsmouth who support the Salvation Army throughout the year and it is our great pleasure to support a local charity in it’s work in the area.
This is Southsea Salvation Army’s biggest event of the year when a capacity audience gathers to take part in our public carol service in a happy time of praise and thanksgiving
This year for our 24th Carols at the Kings we will be supporting the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association, the Sarah Duffen Centre, which provides essential support and educational services to children and their families.
On Christmas morning in Albert Road, the day commences at 10.30am with a church service which is followed in our Community Rooms by Christmas Day lunch for over 80 guests, the only qualification being that they would otherwise be alone. Carols at the Kings with the Salvation Army will take place on Sunday, November 29 at 6pm.
n Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children under 14 and are available from the the Kings Theatre on (023) 9282 8282.
The Salvation Army is based at 84 Albert Road, Southsea. Call (023) 9282 1164 for more information.