Ceremony of Dedication and Thanksgiving (July 2005)

30 June 2010

Commissioner Keith Banks (TC’s Representative in Scotland) was the guest of The Salvation Army (Skinnergate) forty:twenty Furniture Project as it celebrated its first anniversary with a Ceremony of Dedication and Thanksgiving. Representing the East Scotland Division, Major Bob McIntyre (DC) welcomed the guests made up of local Social Welfare providers, Housing Association Representatives, local Salvation Army staff and customers of the project.  The Major said it was good to be gathered in what was, without a doubt, a House of God, because His work was being undertaken there. Also present was Depute Provost, Councillor John Flynn, representing Perth & Kinross Council. In welcoming the Councillor, Major McIntyre said that The Salvation Army always sought to work alongside existing Social welfare providers in order to assist in bringing the best possible service for local people. Councillor Flynn responded by outlining how much the Furniture Project had assisted people referred by local Council departments and thanked The Salvation Army for their on going work in Perth.  Les Paskin (Skinnergate Centre Manager) spoke of the background of the project and how he had been involved in the original vision for this kind of work some ten years ago.

Having heard all that had been said, Commissioner Keith Banks spoke of his excitement in being a part of the celebration of this project.  He echoed Major McIntyre’s words in that he was in no doubt that God was an integral part of the very practical work of this furniture project.  With that thought in mind, the Commissioner unveiled a dedicatory plaque and prayed Gods continued blessing on the work, before leading those gathered in an appropriate song of praise – “To God be the Glory”.

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