Salvation Army brings Christmas cheer to Norwich
The Salvation Army’s busy schedule of carol services reached a festive climax yesterday (18 December) with more than 650 attending their annual Christmas Praise spectacular on St Giles Street.
Throughout December, members of Norwich Citadel Salvation Army have been spreading the joy of Christmas through a packed programme of weekly street carolling and carol services. This is all in addition to running their annual Toys & Tins Appeal for families in need and planning a Christmas Day meal for people who would otherwise be on their own.
Major Andrew Diaper-Clausen, church leader of Norwich Citadel Salvation Army, said: “Christmas is our busiest time of year. The birth of Jesus brings love and compassion and during the festive season we aim to put our faith into action by practically sharing joy and hope with the people of Norwich.”
Highlights from yesterday’s carol service included performances by Norwich Citadel’s musical sections, including the junior band and choir, and the nativity, which was performed by the children of the church.
During the concerts, a collection was taken, and £1697.90 was raised for Christian Aid.
Major Andrew added: “The generosity of the public has been overwhelming. This year’s city centre carolling raised in excess of £12,995 for our ongoing work to transform lives in this community – we are so grateful for everyone’s support.”
Throughout the year The Salvation Army in Norwich city centre runs a coffee lounge and day centre for older people on St Giles Street, a soup run and drop-in centre for people in need, as well as a charity shop on Lower Goat Lane.
To find out more about Norwich Citadel Salvation Army, visit salvationarmy.org.uk/Norwich-citadel or search for @NorwichCitadel on Facebook.