THREE DECADES: Salvation Army Batemans Bay Captains Ross and Melanie-Anne Holland are looking forward to the Eurobodalla 30th anniversary.The Salvation Army is celebrating 30 years in the Eurobodalla with a fun, free-of-charge weekend on August 5, 6 and 7.
On Friday nightit kicks off with an all-ages alcohol-free‘80s-themed disco complete with DJ atthe Batemans Bay Corps at Old Princes Highway and on Saturday there will beCorps outreach at Moruya Markets and a concert band playing at the rotunda at Russ Martin Park at 10am.
A free family barbecue and fun afternoon will be held at Corrigans Reserve atBatehaven at 1pm and theSydney Staff Songsters will perform a concert at the Batemans Bay Corps at 7pm.
Family Worship will be led by Sydney Staff Songsters and Colonels Julie and Mark Campbell at the Batemans Bay corps at 10am on Sunday and at12.30pm there will be corps family lunch, to which all are welcome
The Army may be celebrating 30 years in the shire, but the actual historygoes back further than that.
The Salvation Army’sCaptain Frances Eliza QuailandLieutenant Malvina Banksestablished the Army’s ministry in Moruya in 1892, but the corps closed in 1908.
Nearly 100 years later, Batemans Bay Salvation Army officersCaptains Ben and Emma Johnsonopened a Salvation Army Family Store in Moruya in 2004.
The Internet Café was opened a year later, and the court house ministry also began in 2005, with Salvation Army soldiersPhillip and Coral Reeks assisting.
This year the Moruya Mission Centre opened in Vulcan Street.
Although Batemans Bay is the largest Salvation Army ministry in the area, it only officially opened in 1986, under the leadership ofEnvoy Les Shaw.
Batemans Bay Corps’ Captain Melanie-Anne Holland praised the Eurobodalla community for its support of the Salvation Army, andsaid she and husband Captain Ross Holland had enjoyed their two-and-a-half years so far in the shire.
“It has gone quickly,” she said.
“A highlight has been working together with the other churches, which has had wonderful results.”
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