Prudence Muise, the longest serving member in Yarmouth, and Junior Soldier Amelia Rowe, cut a commemorative cake during The Salvation Army’s 125th Anniversary celebrations in Yarmouth. Also pictured, from left to right, Major Peter Rowe, Yarmouth Corps Officer, Majors Dr. Bruce Power (Rtd) and Major Judy Power (Rtd), former Corps Officers in Yarmouth, Major Wanda Vincent, Divisional Youth Secretary, Major Morris Vincent, Area Commander, and Major Janice Rowe, Corps Officer Yarmouth. The cake was made and decorated by Yarmouth member Crystle George.

The Salvation Army marked 125 years in the south-western Nova Scotia town of Yarmouth with a weekend full of celebration earlier this month.

The event featured a visit from The Salvation Army’s Canadian Staff Band under the leadership of Major Kevin Metcalf and Bandmaster John Lam. Formed in 1969, the band is comprised of Salvation Army officers and staff from the Toronto area. The band regularly tours throughout Canada and internationally, living up to its reputation as one of the finest examples of brass band playing in the country. “They held an awesome concert,” Major Janice Rowe, Corps Officer in Yarmouth, said. “It was an amazing evening, including some fun and interaction with the congregation.”

The weekend also featured a number of guests. Among them were Major Dr. Bruce Power (retired) and Major Judy Power (retired), who were stationed in Yarmouth 35 years ago. Their daughter Heather, born in Yarmouth while the pair was posted there, accompanied them. Major Morris Vincent, Area Commander, and Major Wanda Vincent, Divisional Youth Secretary, were also in attendance.

Enjoy a few photos from this historic weekend.


The Salvation Army celebrates 125 years in Yarmouth
Clockwise from top: Members of the Canadian Staff Band, guests of honour and Yarmouth Corps officers pose for a commemorative photo; Majors Peter and Janice Rowe, left, Corps Officers in Yarmouth, pose with Majors Dr. Bruce Power (Rtd) and Judy Power (Rtd), right, former Corps Officers in Yarmouth, and their daughter Heather; the Canadian Staff Band, complete with some guest members from Yarmouth, play during the celebrations.



Our Church is Not Only Friendly, But Environmentally Friendly


In August 2011, The Salvation Army Yarmouth Community Church, thanks to the Waste Check business education staff, went green by removing its Big Red Dumpster, using blue bags for recycling materials, and compost for our events.  We are down to a small garbage bag a  week!  This means a huge savings to the church, but also a greener environment.

If you want to read more on The Salvation Army’s position click here.

If you want to learn how your church can go green, call up your local Waste Check.  Someone will be glad to make a visit to your church and give you some pointers.


Back to School Program Helps 115 Children in Yarmouth

The smiles were infectious as families of 115 children arrived at The Salvation Army Yarmouth Community Church on Thursday, September 1, 2011.  “I don’t know how we could have done this otherwise.” said one mother as she collected bags of materials for her 3 children.  “I just bought some clothes to send them back with and would not have been able to get all their supplies without the help.”

Yarmouth has seen an increase in the number of students helped every year since beginning this joint partnership with Staples Business Centre 3 years ago.  This year, thanks to funds raised by Staples and private donations assistance was able to increase from the mid 80’s.

Shirley Stevens, a Soldier who volunteered to help hand out the supplies commented, “In a town the size of Yarmouth [7,000] this is extremely significant.”

“We have helped students from every school in the town and many in our county as well,” says youth pastor & Community and Family Service worker, Elliott Innes. “A lot of hours went into getting everything ready, but the opportunity to provide for families in a tangible way not only helps out but it gives families a glimpse into the heart of why we do what we do.  One parent even surprisingly commented, ‘You guys are a church?!’ upon receiving information about upcoming events at the Corps.”




Bhreagh Hannem (Yarmouth Corps) Accepted into Candidates Fellowship

On Sunday evening, June 5, 2011, Yarmouth Corps’ own Bhreagh Hannem was presented with her

Candidates Fellowship pin.  Bhreagh is now on her way to becoming an officer in the Salvation Army and her home church could not be happier.

Bhreagh graduated last week from the Dalhousie School of Nursing and will begin her new position as a full-time RN in Winnipeg, MB later this month.

Bhreagh has been a special part of our church family  and the presentation brought tears to many eyes as we celebrated the plans that God has revealed for her life.


Canadian Staff Band to Perform in Yarmouth for Yarmouth Corps 125th Anniversary

September 29-October 2, 2011

Formed in 1969, the Canadian Staff Band has established a worldwide reputation for the finest in brass band playing. Wherever the group has gone it has shown its ability to present clearly and convincingly the spirit and significance of great music.

Members are selected from officers and employees of The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters for Canada and Bermuda, or from various corps bands located within easy access of Toronto. They have a variety of occupations including sales managers, university students and teachers. <Read More>

Click Here for more on our 125th Anniversary.



General Linda Bond (Cape Breton, NS) Takes Office

It was the welcome and dedication meeting for General Linda Bond but the focus throughout was on Jesus Christ. From the opening song, led by the Chief of the Staff Commissioner Barry C. Swanson, to the closing prayer from Commissioner Freda Larsson, Jesus was lifted up.

On Sunday, April 17, the Lancaster Hotel London conference room became a place of praise, prayer, challenge and inspiration as the General urged Salvationists to eagerly accept the flow of God’s grace that leads to freedom from bondage, and to take hold of the fullness of power offered by the Holy Spirit.

After reading Jesus’ statements recorded in John 7:37-39 – ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within them. By this he meant the Spirit…’ – General Bond outlined its cultural context, dramatically reiterated Jesus’ words and rhetorically challenged the congregation. ‘Who doesn’t want this living water? We all want it don’t we? It is the Holy Spirit.’
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