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Making a difference in our Community through prayer and practical assistance   Information below on Cell Groups and Meetings & Banbury Prayer Week  

 

What's On

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Sundays

​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 16.6.19 "Fathers Day" Lead by Majors Ingrid & Andrew Diaper-Clausen

Sunday 23.6.19  King Jehoshaphat 2 Chronicles 17 & 18 lead by Lin Anderson 

Sunday 30.6.19 Ephesians 1: 3-14 Predestination  Lead by Malcolm Anderson

Sunday 7.7.19  Adrian Stringer leading the meeting

Sunday 14.7.19 Nicky Gardener leading the meeting

Sunday 21.7.19 Bram Smith leading the meeting

Sunday 28.7.19 Phillipians 1:3-11 Partners in faith  Lead by Malcolm Anderson

Thought for the week ahead

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

Do you find it easy to believe in what you don’t see? Is it easy for you to have confidence in what you hope for? If you have been able to reply yes to these questions then congratulations. This means you are one of the people in this world who does live by faith. Perhaps the biggest challenge to someone without your faith is to believe in anything that they cannot touch or see. Often this will lead people to find (false) comfort in something other than faith such as new age worship of trees or created things. Of course the solution that would help them is to see beyond the created and look to the Creator. Once we start to look at the Creator we start to believe in, and have faith in, all sorts of things that we can’t see. For example we are not able to see the air that we breathe. Air is made up of 78.09% Nitrogen,  20.95% Oxygen, 0.93% Argon and 0.04% Carbon Dioxide plus small amounts of other gases, but we don’t think of these amounts as we take a deep intake of air that sustains life and has been created to just the right levels. I once read that if one of these percentages was the smallest fraction different, we wouldn’t be able to survive on Earth. I could equally add to these amazing facts the ones about the temperature of the earth, gravity, reproduction and so much more. They all shout loudly to us that there is a Creator in whom we can have faith and confidence. Although we don’t know everything about the world that we live in, we can recognise the order that exists within creation. We can see the hand of the one who created it just as if looking at a well planted and looked after garden we can see the influence and input of the gardener; there is nothing random about it. We can also see that when people or groups of people decide to distance themselves from the Creator then the outcome is chaos. So it is possible, by faith, to see lots of things that aren’t visible. This week, why not take time to look at the wonderful things that God has created, give thanks and praise for it and share with others the tangible beauty of creation.

 

Weekdays

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

Banbury Prayer Week

The Banbury Prayer Week was held from 3 June 2019 to 9 June 2019. We took our theme from the book of Nehemiah and called  it "Prayerfully Rebuilding Banbury". All the Banbury churches and residents of Banbury were invited to come together in praying for our Town. Thank you for all who have a heart for our Community and please do remember to continue praying.

And Remember the Motto of Banbury is  'DOMINUS NOBIS SOL ET SCUTUM' - The Lord is our sun and shield. This is the Lord we are praying to for Banbury and its present and future. 

 

Cell Groups

The next Cell Group is on Tuesday 11 June 2019 1.15pm - 2.15pm. at George Street. We will be working through Revelation. 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: malcolm.anderson@salvationarmy.org.uk     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.

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  • (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 malcolm.anderson@salvationarmy.org.uk

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: malcolm.anderson@salvationarmy.org.uk 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

History

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