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About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has more than 750 local Salvation Army churches, known as 'corps' in the UK. These are primarily worship centres that also play an active part in the local community. No two Salvation Army churches are the same but have features in common, such as holding weekly services and running week-day activities. Practical help may include providing the following activities: parent-and-toddler groups, playgroups, counselling services, clubs for elderly or disabled people, provision of meals for elderly or homeless people, food parcels for disadvantaged people and charity shops providing clothing and furniture for people in need.

The Salvation Army often works in partnership with local authorities and other agencies to run programmes, such as Sure Start. Local centres are also used by other local groups to hold their activities, eg. Alcoholics Anonymous.

Worship services (meetings) are held every Sunday and are attended by a cross-section of society, both in age and socio-economic groups. The style of worship has a certain degree of structure, but largely encourages freedom of expression, and regular participation by the congregation. Anyone can attend a Salvation Army service; some members wear a Salvation Army uniform but you do not have to wear a uniform to attend and be part of the activities. A typical service will include congregational singing, prayers, Bible readings and a talk or sermon.

The Salvation Army is a family church and aims to involve children and young people in its worship, so young people's groups will often also participate. Additionally, in some areas, The Salvation Army still holds outdoor services in public places. Local Salvation Army corps can vary in size from congregations of 20 to 200.

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