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​9:45am - 10:15am Prayer Meeting

10:30am - 12pm Family Worship Meeting

11.15am - 12pm Sunday School

Our worship meetings are a mixture of traditional and newer songs. We always have a time for open prayer and testimony to encourage each other. We end our meetings with tea/coffee and a chat in a friendly atmosphere. We always have people available to pray individually with you if you wish.


Message topics at Sunday Worship Meetings

Sunday 18.8.19 Meeting lead by Adrian Stringer

Sunday 25.8.19 Psalm 137  A Psalm of anger Lead by Malcolm Anderson

Sunday 1.9.19  Psalm 23  A Psalm of trust  Lead by Malcolm Anderson

Sunday 8.9.19  Psalm 8  A Psalm of praise  Lead by Malcolm Anderson

What was said last Sunday?

11.8.19 Malcolm Anderson looked at Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 as todays reading from Scripture. Thought to have been written by Solomon, the chapter repeats that everything is meaningless and pointless. Using his great wisdom, Solomon was finding it difficult to find any reason for celebration. Today we may say he was unmotivated. Malcolm said that to understand these verses it is useful to add one word at the end of the reading; UNLESS... Everything in this world is meaningless unless we are in that relationship with Jesus which brings sense to everything. Many people in the world will try all they can to live a lifestyle with the aim of excluding God from it; drink, drugs, gambling, but in the end these never bring contentment. This was the conclusion that Solomon came to by the end of Ecclesiastes.Contentment in life is impossible UNLESS.....

4.8.19 Malcolm Anderson took Matthew 7:13-14 as the text for the message. He also drew upon Hebrews 11 and some thoughts that the Salvation Army Founder, General William Booth, had expressed. In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus is instructing His listeners to take the narrow gate that leads to life and not the wide gate that leads to destruction. William Booth had commented on the number of people that would like to take the Middle Gate; their hope is to enjoy all the rewards of eternity in heaven without having to accept the challenges of the walk of faith. Sadly, many take this same attitude today. Examples of great men and women of faith was taken from Hebrews 11 and also from more modern days to be examples of effective Christian living and ministry. All were encouraged to seek God's will for them and then bravely and boldly say "Yes" to Jesus.

27.8.19 Malcolm Anderson looked at Paul's letter to the Philippians, chapter 1: 3-11, entitled "Partners in Faith". Malcolm said that the message was about being persistent in our faith and finishing well even when we hit obstacles on our walk of faith. Paul was in prison, but he didn't allow this to stand in the way of his certainty in Jesus. The Philippian church also continued to support and encourage Paul and each other. Across the world Christians are facing challenges;many are risking their lives for our faith, but we continue to persevere even when faced with these challenges. We were reminded that when people know we follow Jesus that they will look at us to see how we behave in every situation. We may be the only Bible that they will see. This makes it so important that we show love, compassion, hospitality, tolerance and faithfulness in all our dealings with each other as well as to our wider community. It may be the best outreach we have!

30.6.19    Malcolm Anderson started looking at Paul's letters from prison by concentrating on Ephesians 1:3-14 with particular emphasis on what was meant to Christians by predestination.He said that if it meant that the earthly and eternal lives and salvation had been previously decided by God then it would change every part of our faith. Why, for example, would we seek to live sin-free lives, why would we follow Jesus if our future was already decided? Why would we not give in to every temptation knowing that it made no difference at all? More importantly, why would Jesus have gone to the cross for us all if the future of all people was already predestined? This seemed so at odds with our knowledge of God, His sacrifice and His grace that there must be a different answer. The true answer, he said, was that it was not that everyones lives had been predestined, but the means of people being saved had been. That all people, of all generations may receive the saving grace of God and this will always and only be done through Jesus. That is what has been predestined.

23.6.19 Lin Anderson looked at 2 Chronicles 17 & 18 under the heading "choose your friends wisely". The scripture revolved around King Jehosophat of Judea and King Ahab of Israel. Jehosphat, generally a good king, allied  by marriage to the less favoured, occultist Ahab . Jehosphat unwisely entered a war alongside Ahab, as he thought he owed that much to him even thought it would lead to disaster. In doing so Jehosophat ignored the wise advice of the Prophet Micaiah and listened to Ahab's "yes men". The story is of the very different relationships the men had with God and, though he should have known better, Jehosophat was saved by God when He accepted his prayer. The conclusion was that we should all draw closer to God every day and not be sent on the wrong path by the clever talk of unbelievers.

16.6.19  Major Andrew Diaper-Clausen took 2 Samuel 23:8-12 as his text for the message on 16th June 2019. He focussed on the bravery of Eleazar, one of King David's mighty warriors. Eleazar had bravely stood alone against the attack of the Philistines and defeated them. The rest of the Israelite army had retreated, but Eleazar stood his ground. Sometimes we have to make a stand, regardless of what others do, We make a stand in keeping our Christian values and beliefs. We are to create a culture of courage in obeying and following the word of God as prompted by the Holy Spirit. 


Thought for the week ahead

`Do to others as you would have them do to you` Luke 6:31 This short, but insightful verse, came to my mind today because it was used in my Daily Reading from `Through the year with William Booth`. What is so powerful about the verse it that, in so few words, it guides and directs a decent and noble way we should relate to all our fellow people in this world. General Booth used it to highlight the plight of hungry, destitute people who were emigrating to try and achieve a better standard of living, but were not being given the necessary survival skills that they would need such as growing food. My mind, however, turned to the people today who are the victims of the grotesque evil that is human trafficking. We may have thought and hoped that slavery had ended in this country over 200 years ago when William Wilberforce and others campaigned successfully to abolish the trade in humans, but just the other day on the news was a report of a trafficker being sentenced to a prison term for enslaving two men. This is, of course, the tip of the iceberg, but let us hopes that more will follow and that this atrocity will finally end. I’m sure that we will all join in saying that this slavery has no place in our country in our time or, indeed, in any country at any time. So what would it mean to this trafficker to be treated as he treated others? That’s an interesting question! What it means for us is that we must treat all people with respect, dignity and Christian love as they are also made in the image of God. At the end of September we will be remembering and praying for victims of human trafficking, but between now and then will you join me in praying for an end to this evil?


Tuesday to Friday

10:00am Prayer Gathering

10:30am Open House - an opportunity to connect and share with others in a safe, friendly environment or have a time of quiet, personal reflection (see below for more information)

12:00pm Community Lunch - All welcome!

A shower and washing machine facilities are available

Back to Church Sunday

Back to Church Sunday will take place at the Salvation Army on Sunday 15th September 2019. You are very welcome to join us whether you haven't been to church for a long time or, indeed, never been. You will receive a warm and friendly welcome. A regular part of our meetings is sharing with each the many ways in which God is working in our lives. It may be that if you are going through a challenging time you may need to know of God's love for you and that knowing Him will make a difference in your life. So please don't be afraid; come and join us and see what a relationship with God can really mean. I look forward to meeting with you.

Cell Groups

The next Cell Group is on Tuesday 3 September 2019 1.15pm - 2.15pm. at George Street. We will be lookinfg at the important role undertaken by women in the Bible. If you think that women were second best in God's eyes and in the Church this group may be just for you. You are welcome to join us.

Our small groups are a vital part of our life as a worshipping community. Based on the idea of cells of the body (rather than a prison!), these groups are designed for spiritual growth in the context of intentional Christian community.

We currently host two cell groups, in different locations, at different times, to allow as many people as possible to fully engage with this vital expression of Christian discipleship and community. Study material often mirrors Sunday teaching, allowing us to dig deeper into God’s word and explore how we apply that to our lives.

Cell groups are great opportunities to share our lives – and sometimes cake - with each other, and God.

For more information get in touch:     Phone  01295 262 449

What is "Open House"

Open House is an invitation to our community to join us on Tuesday - Friday 10.30am - 12.00. You may wish to have a chat with someone, play dominoes, knit, colour etc etc. Whatever it is we are ready to greet you at Open House. We have a light lunch at 12.00 and tea/coffee in the morning. Please drop in and meet us.

Prayer Beacon


A Salvation Army Prayer Beacon is a corps that has chosen to make prayer the major emphasis of its community life and mission. A Christian community committed to love God in prayer and love people in practice.

  • Purposes, Principles And Practices

    • Prayerful

      • A rhythm of prayer forms the heartbeat of Prayer Beacon, with seasons of more intense mission & quieter, more reflective periods; including intercession, contemplation and Christian worship. We are committed to partnering with other churches in prayer.

    • Creativity

      • Our prayer room & multi-sensory prayer spaces allow freedom of expression in prayer and are available to resource other centres.

    • Mercy

      • We are a merciful community where local poverty is tackled practically and social justice is championed passionately. We encourage everyone to serve those in need, with every act of mercy supported by prayer.

    • Hospitablity

      • We invite pilgrims to share in community life, where all are welcome and together we develop faith & life skills. As a Prayer Beacon we host and are actively involved in local, divisional & territorial prayer events, networking with prayer centres, and equipping other congregations in prayer.

    • Mission 

      • We are a missional community, existing for the sake of those who don’t know Jesus, through Spirit-filled, prayer-soaked witness, inviting people into full life in Christ.

    • Learning

      • We are a community committed to our own discipleship, and to facilitating spiritual growth on a wider sphere. We actively seek to promote prayer and resource prayer initiatives locally & across The Salvation Army.

  • (These six practices have been taken from The Boiler Room Rule compiled by 24-7 Prayer 2005.)
  • Please see our Prayer Network Initiatives for more information The Monthly Banbury Christians Together meetings for 2019 to follow shortly  

Food Bank

The Salvation Army in Banbury provides food parcels for families and individuals experiencing food poverty.  If you need help, feel free to pop in during our SoulSpace time - Tuesday to Friday between 10.30am and 11.50pm, or contact Malcolm on 01295 262 449 or

Food Donations

We rely heavily on donations of food from individuals, churches, schools and businesses, and are in constant need of food to re-stock our cupboards.  If you would like to donate or to organise a can drive at your school or workplace, please get in touch with Malcolm: or 01295 262 449.

Food we regularly give out includes:

  • Non-perishable long-life food
  • dried pasta
  • rice
  • pasta/ curry sauces
  • breakfast cereals
  • milk
  • fruit juice
  • Canned food
  • meals
  • vegetables
  • fruit
  • potatoes
  • meat
  • tomatoes
  • tuna


The Salvation Army began its work in Banbury in 1885 although evangelistic meetings were held in the town as far back as 1880. For the first few years meetings were held at various locations. The site of our building in George Street (formerly Fish Street) was purchased in 1889 for the sum of £500, and a Fortress-style hall built, completed early the following year.  The first meeting in Banbury’s first Salvation Army hall saw Staff Captain David Lamb lead a congregation of over 400. Our Hall was renovated in 1939 and the interior was completely reconstructed in 1978/9. The founder of the Salvation Army, General William Booth, visited Banbury on two occasions and his grand-daughter, Commissioner Catherine Bramwell-Booth re-opened the Hall in 1979. This charming building in the town centre remains the base for our Worship meetings and spiritual life together, and for our community and outreach work.

In May of 2008 Banbury Salvation Army became the first corps in the world to become a ‘Prayer Beacon’ - a centre of excellence in prayer, which champions and resources prayer in our community, the local Church and the wider Salvation Army.

A rhythm of prayer underpins everything we do, and we express that rhythm through six values which form our corporate identity: Prayer, Creativity, Mission, Mercy, Hospitality and Learning.  Find out more information about our prayer beacon.

For more information on the history of The Salvation Army in Banbury, get in touch.

Meet the people

our church leaders are committed to transforming the lives of people in their community

Banbury Corps Officer

Malcolm Anderson

Territorial Envoy