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Ballina Salvos call on Carindale to help celebrate 125th birthday

Ballina Salvos call on Carindale to help celebrate 125th birthday

Ballina Salvos call on Carindale to help celebrate 125th birthday

24 August 2017

The Carindale Timbrels performed with the band at a local Bunnings during the Creative Team's visit to Ballina earlier this month. 

Report by Jared Proellocks

Ballina Salvation Army’s 125th anniversary celebrations this year have climaxed with an inspiring visit from the Carindale Corps’ Creative Ministries Team over the weekend of 12-13 August.

The team from Carindale included the corps band, choir (Harmony in Song), timbrels, a music team and a dance group.

Ballina Corps Officer, Lieutenant Wes Bust, encouraged the Carindale team on arrival by saying they were “not celebrating a building, or a set of officers, but in God’s faithfulness through the years”.

A visit to the local Bunnings on the Saturday was an opportunity for the Carindale team and local corps members to connect with the public and encourage them to attend the “Saturday Night with the Salvos” concert that evening.

“The community outreach at Bunnings was well received by both the staff and the community members,” said Lieut Bust. “They enjoyed the wide variety of music that Carindale band shared during the event.”

More than 100 people attended the concert. Highlights included a stirring introduction of Coronation Fanfare from the band, a beautiful setting of I’m in His Hands by Harmony in Song, and an opportunity for the congregation to get to know Carindale team members through a segment called “The Share Chair”. There were also some powerful moments of worship as the audience joined with the entire team from Carindale in 10,000 Reasons and This is Amazing Grace.

“We always aim to connect with the audience through everything we do as a team,” said Carindale team member Jared Proellocks. “We don’t know the circumstances of everyone in the room, but we do know that we have a great variety, and that God will find a medium to speak into their lives, whether it’s through band, timbrels, drama or choir.”

On the Sunday morning, Major Michele Terracini, the Carindale Corps officer, led the congregation in worship and a powerful message of God’s mercy in our lives.

“We have been looking at God’s mercy in our sermon series at Carindale, and it was a timely reminder that because of his mercy – we matter to him! Whether we are from Carindale or Ballina, we matter to God, and he has a wonderful plan for our lives, for The Salvation Army, and for our local corps,” Jared said.

Lieut Bust said the Carindale Corps’ visit was the perfect way to end Ballina’s anniversary celebrations.

“We have been celebrating their 125th anniversary celebrations over the last year, and this came to a conclusion with the visit of Carindale Salvos,” he said. “We celebrated God’s faithfulness to his people over the last 125 years, and we look forward to all that God will do into the future.”

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