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Opportunities for Worship and Fellowship

 

Sunday School


Sunday school provides participants of all ages with a weekly opportunity to learn more about God, Jesus and the Bible on Sunday mornings just prior to worship services.

The Salvation Army believes Sunday school to be a key element of a vital youth ministry, and an important tool for building strong families. Sunday School incorporates fellowship and fun along with Bible teachings to give participants a positive way to enhance their spiritual lives. It is a time for believers to gather together as God's family in mutual encouragement and support.

Adults are strengthened each week as they study through the books of the Bible and discuss Biblical topics. Subsequently, they receive support and an opportunity to incorporate the teachings of the Bible and life of Christ as inspiration and strength in their lives, and the lives of their family.

Nurseries are available for infants and preschoolers. School-age children look at the scriptures in a new and fun way that is appealing to kids.

Sunday School begins at 9:45 am, every Sunday.

Morning Worship


Having originated as an outgrowth of the Methodist tradition, The Salvation Army is a mainstream Christian church and denomination. Its traditional worship service, which centers on the love, grace and forgiveness of God through the redemptive powers of Jesus Christ, are differentiated from other denominations only by the inspirational brass instruments that accompany the music.

The Salvation Army's worship service is open to everyone. You are invited to join us Sunday mornings at 11:00 for our Morning Worship.

Junior Soldiers


Children today are facing issues a generation ago would have thought unthinkable. Recent research by George Barna has confirmed that the moral and spiritual foundation of the majority of Americans is set by age nine. The need to reach children is more urgent today perhaps more than ever before. The Salvation Army's Junior Soldier program [ages 7 to 14] is a vital tool in equipping children and teens to make better informed decisions and to understand their faith and how to apply it to their daily lives.

The aim of the Junior Soldier program is to make sure children involved in The Salvation Army have personally received Jesus Christ as their Savior and are discipled in biblical truths, life applications, and Salvation Army principles and practices. It sets the stage so that as they mature, they continue to be followers of Christ and active soldiers (members) of The Salvation Army.

Objectives:

To help junior soldiers develop spiritual awareness
To increase their knowledge of the Bible
To give them guidance in developing life-styles appropriate to their Christian faith
To offer instruction in Salvation Army history, principles and practices
To give them opportunities for leadership and participation in various aspects of Salvation Army service

Junior Soldier Promise:

Having asked God for forgiveness, I will trust Him to keep me good.
Because Jesus is my Savior from sin, I will be His loving and obedient child and will try to help others to follow Him.
I promise not to use intoxicating drink, harmful drugs and tobacco.
I promise to pray, to read my Bible, and, by His help, to lead a life that is clean in thought, word and deed.

Corps Cadets


The preteen and teenage years are complex, full of changes and questions. Young people are trying to discover who they are, where they fit in and how to make an impact on the world around them. Moral values are internalized and made their own. They're discovering what's important, who they can trust, what's worth fighting for and why they should step out of their comfort zones to take a stand.

To help adolescents [ages 13 to 18] on their journey, The Salvation Army has developed a discipleship course specifically for preteens and teens called Corps Cadets. This is one of the most vital programs in a Salvation Army corps (center for worship and service).

The main objectives of the program are:

1. To provide an atmosphere in which spiritual growth can occur through:                                                                                                                                   
Bible study
Study of Salvation Army beliefs (doctrines)
Prayer
Fellowship
Tithing
Service
Witnessing
Adult mentors

2.  To provide opportunities for development of leadership skills through:
Participation in worship meetings
Attending training conferences and seminars
Being active in various service oriented programs
Taking on leadership roles in Sunday school and other Corps programs

3.  To deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Salvation Army history, policies and procedures through:
Reading Salvation Army literature and watching videos
Taking part in other Salvation Army social service ministries in the local community

4.  To provide training and opportunities to develop soul-winning experiences through:
Planned visitation
Outdoor evangelism
Witnessing
Discipling other young people

5.  To provide an opportunity for Christian fellowship and relationship building in a safe and caring small group through activities such as:
Social gatherings
Weekend retreats
Accountability groups
Prayer partners

The overall goal is to prepare young people for a lifelong commitment to spiritual growth through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to find ways to serve God through The Salvation Army.