Major Louise Wareham has been in Lewisporte for the past 15 months. Originally from Carebonear, Wareham has ministered in Salvation Army churches for the past 23 years in Regina, Saskatchewan, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Toronto, Ontario before coming home to Newfoundland.
“There’s no place like home,” Wareham said. “I love the town (Lewisporte) it’s so beautiful and the people are so friendly.”
She is pleased to be on hand for the marking of such a significant date in the church’s history.
“We (church) have served the community well over the past 100 years,” Wareham said. “With the community’s support we’ve been able to continue to do that.”
The Salvation Army offers a variety of programs not just for people who attend the church on a regular basis, but also for everyone in the community.
The Lewisporte citadel serves the communities from Norris Arm to Birchy Bay and in between.
“We have approximately 150 people attending our morning and/or evening services,” she said.
The 100th anniversary celebrations get underway on Oct. 14 at the church with a youth event scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Lieut (s) Norm and Crystal Porter will be the special guests for the night. The event has a “Glow in the Dark” theme. On Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. there will be children’s activities held at the church with a “superhero” theme. Children can come dressed as a superhero if they wish.
The celebration banquet will take place at 5 p.m. followed by the “Celebrate with Music” concert at the Philadelphia Pentecostal Church in Lewisporte. The event is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.
Regular services will be held at the Salvation Army church on Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
“The congregation has certainly remained strong here,” Wareham said. “And we’re excited to be able to celebrate 100 years in our community.”
Programs at the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army organizes the annual Christmas hamper and Kettle campaigns. Funds raised from the kettles are used to support the hamper/toys provided to families in need at Christmas time. Last year the Salvation Army supplied 140 families in the area with the service.
With something for all ages the Salvation Army church in Lewisporte has a variety of programs open to everyone in the community including:
A youth program for children 12 years old and under that includes Bible teachings, games, activities, outings, and etcetera. Major Louise Wareham said the program also teaches children life skills and the importance of service in the community with visits to local seniors homes, Christmas plays and more. She noted that anywhere from 30-35 children take part each week.
Babies and young children age 0-4 can take part in a music-based program called Babysong every Tuesday morning at the church.
A biweekly seniors program held on Tuesdays allows seniors to connect with each other and enjoy a fun afternoon.
The Salvation Army Home League meets biweekly and hosts two ladies night out events each year. Wareham said these events are very well received and have seen over 170 women come out to participate.
The new creations group is a quilting/sewing group who often donate their finished quilts to families in need in the area.
A biweekly program held for men in the area to get together for fellowship. Wareham said this program often has the best attendance.