Those who make Yorkminster Citadel their church home, like members of The Salvation Army around the world, are committed to following Jesus Christ, with a particular calling to assist those who are in need.
Is the Salvation Army a church?
The Salvation Army is part of the universal Christian Church.
It was founded in 1865 by William Booth, an evangelizing Methodist minister. He felt called to bring the Christian gospel of hope and deliverance to those who were beyond the reach of the traditional churches, so, together with his wife, Catherine, he commenced a public ministry in the Mile End Road of London’s East End.
Before long the Booths were moved to add to their message of spiritual salvation practical ways to improve the lives of those trapped at the bottom of rigid Victorian society, and The Salvation Army was born. Within 20 years it had spread to the United States and Canada, where it continued to grow rapidly.
In helping those in need, The Salvation Army provides its services to all without discrimination, except on the basis of need; as an evangelical Christian church, its meeting rooms and halls are open to all. Yorkminster Citadel is one of over 300 such congregations in Canada.
What about uniforms?
The Salvation Army adopted a military metaphor in Victorian times. The uniform and military terminology still speak of our passion to fight for people who are in need and to combat evil and the ills of society, just as it did in the 1870s. Today, however, many Salvationists prefer not to wear uniform, and you will find both uniformed and non-uniformed Salvationists at Yorkminster. You will also find many who have chosen to worship at Yorkminster without becoming a Salvation Army ‘soldier’.
What is Salvation Army worship like?
Salvation Army churches have different styles of worship — some are more ‘progressive’ than others. We believe our worship is a refreshing blend of contemporary and traditional, and includes brass and choral music.
What can I look forward to when I visit?
- Christian worship that is spiritually satisfying
- Encouragement for daily living
- Relevant Bible messages for the Christian journey
- Meeting a group of caring people just like you
- Enjoying a relaxed friendly atmosphere
- Discovering new friends over a cup of coffee
At Yorkminster you will be offered a hand of friendship and fellowship, as well as an opportunity for spiritual growth and Christian service.