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Salvation Army celebrates 141 years in Ripley

Nowadays, in addition to Sunday church services, there is a weekly fellowship group open to all, a messy church (third Friday of the month), and a monthly community cafe and drop-in (last Friday of the month) which works in conjunction with the food bank. . The food bank operates twice a week with the help of church members and community volunteers.

The church also supports the Care in the Community group with regular food parcels and household items provided to young adults and families leaving or moving in and around the care system.

The church’s Christmas goodwill campaign provides food and toys to vulnerable families and last year 200 families and young adults received support.

Please visit www.salvationarmy.org.uk/Ripley for more information. All are welcome to attend the special service on November 20, please let the church know if you will be attending via email: ripley@salvationarmy.org.uk.

Additional notes:

The Salvation Army was founded in the East End of London in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth. Today, this Christian church and registered charity is active in 132 countries around the world. Ripley’s Church was founded around 1881, the first officer being a woman, Captain Hannah Griffiths, a 29-year-old widow from Monmouth. The military challenged the idea of ​​gender roles, with many early militants being women.

The church was not universally welcomed, with frequent assaults on church members. However, the army was growing in strength and reputation and in 1909 General Booth visited Ripley on one of his driving tours, hosted by members of the Ripley Urban District Council. Dedication stones were laid on June 10, 1911, including one dedicated by Chief Secretary and Salvation Army officer Colonel Wilson, along with other local city dignitaries, council members and leaders other churches also present.

Messy Church is a format that allows families to explore faith together in craft activities, hear Bible stories, and enjoy a meal together.