Posts Tagged ‘The Salvation Army’

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Visit from Churches Together (Four Nations Ladies) Conference (Sept 2005)

30 June 2010

Skinnergate Resettlement Unit’s “forty:twenty” Furniture Project was visited recently by a group who came under the banner of Action for Churches Together in Scotland.  Meeting together for a Four Nations Ladies conference, the group had a day out to visit places where the Church was in action in the Community.  Major Ann Radford (CO, Govan) who was part of the group, had approached Daniel Rous (Project Manager) to see if the ladies could visit the Furniture Project as she knew of the practical ministry undertaken there.  A brief tour was provided and Daniel gave a talk on the vision for the work, what had been achieved so far and what was hoped for the future.  He spoke of the former resident who was now employed at the project; the 9 residents who had been used as volunteers; one former resident who still assisted as a volunteer; the 6 local unemployed people who had worked at the project through the New Deal Scheme; and the 7 former residents who had been assisted with furniture for their flats.  He also spoke of the fact that in the 15 months the project had been running, over 140 local families had been helped with furnishings either through discounted packages or free of charge supply, not including the countless others who had benefited through purchasing low cost furniture for their homes.

The ladies were greatly encouraged by what they had seen and were blessed to see the Church in action in this way.  They prayed Gods continued blessing on the project before continuing on their tour of the region.

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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”.