We have been considering our work and ministry in Guernsey and over the last three years have been looking at our resources in terms of membership, income, property and personnel.
Currently we run a Church and Community Centre in St Peter Port at Clifton Hall, a Church and Community Centre in La Route Du Picquerel, L’Islet and a Community Centre, Charity Shop and Community Café in Nocq Road, St Sampson’s.
The activities between the three centres provide a range of programmes including Christian Worship Services, Children’s and Music Groups, Parent & Toddler Groups, Luncheon Clubs, Friendship Club, After School Club and walking bus service, Interest and Social Groups, Youth Clubs. In addition to these services to the community, members of The Salvation Army respond to welfare enquiries throughout the Island, we have an emergency team and we offer Pastoral visitation and a listening ear. The Christmas Day lunches for people who would otherwise spend Christmas alone continue to be a service that we provide on an annual basis.
Looking at the work we currently do and making plans for the future, the decision has been taken that from February 2015 we will consolidate and strengthen our work with a more unified approach, thus maximising our resources.
During February and March 2015 we will be amalgamating the work we currently do so that our services and community programme will be run from our Church and Community Centre in La Route Du Picquerel and our Community Centre in Nocq Road.
In due course we will be looking to sell our Clifton Hall premises in St Peter Port. Until such time as Clifton Hall is sold and we have made alternative arrangements, the After School Club will continue to be run from this facility. The Salvation Army will come together under the name of ‘The Salvation Army – Guernsey’ (Guernsey Corps)
We have been supporting people who are vulnerable or in need in Guernsey for 133 years and we remain committed to serving the community into the future. We are currently looking at the provision of our services on the Island to ensure that we have the most practical facilities to continue to serve the people of Guernsey. We believe this is a new and exciting chapter which will enable us to continue to be relevant to this community.