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New home to expand Ryde's ministry potential

New home to expand Ryde's ministry potential

New home to expand Ryde's ministry potential

30 May 2016

Colonel Mark Campbell cuts the ribbon to officially open the new premises which will house Ryde Corps. On his left is Salvation Army Property Manager Peter Alward, and flanked by Ryde Corps Officers, Captains Nesan and Cheryl Kistan. Photo: Parsa Jamalpour. 

By Esther Pinn

For the past 25 years Ryde Corps has ministered to their local community in and out of various school halls. Now, they finally have a place they can call home. Their new building in Macquarie Park, Sydney, was officially opened on 15 May by The Salvation Army’s Chief Secretary, Colonel Mark Campbell.

Located at Unit 5, 112 Talavera Road, the premises is a large warehouse that comfortably seats 200 people on a Sunday morning and includes office and training rooms. It will be open seven days a week to assist the community’s needs.

“We would like to offer assistance on a much broader scale,” said Captain Cheryl Kistan, Ryde Corps Officer. “[We can] meet the needs in the community where we have never been able to offer assistance because we’ve never had the space to be able to do it.”

Captain Kistan said the vision for the building is to be a place where community members can “come and get well”. “We want to create a space where people can come to Jesus, if they’re broken, sick or hurting in some way, they can get healing and they can discover life and life in abundance and we want to partner with the community in that.”

At the opening, it was announced that Salvos Counselling’s head office will also move into the new building. Ryde Corps will also continue to support the ministry work of Nathan Moulds at the Ivanhoe housing commission estate in Macquarie Park until the estate closes for redevelopment.

While the service’s main focus was to open the new building, Captain Kistan also took the opportunity to thank invited local community members for partnering with Ryde Salvation Army. Captain Kistan also thanked property group Goodman for their new building’s generous lease agreement.

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