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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

19.1.20 Standing Firm 2 Peter 3:1-7

26.1.20 Proclaiming Jesus in our World 1 John 4:1-6

2.2.20 Courage - Joshua Joshua 1:6-9

What was said last Sunday?

12.1.20 Malcolm drew upon 1 Peter 1: 3-12 to discuss living in hope at a time when things may seem to be going all wrong in our lives. Peter assured us that our promise from God for a life into eternity is secure, but there will be trials along the way. As we face these trials let us remember that the greater gift is our promise. The message of Peter is to try to train our mind and faith so that when we do have challenges we can remember, and draw upon, those times when we have received God's answer to our prayers and felt Him particularly close.

1.12.19 Malcolm looked at the prophecies from Isaiah 2:1-5 & Matthew 24:36-44. Isaiah spoke of a time when all people would come to the Lord and past enmities would cease. People will actively search out God at this time. In the Matthew reading, however, Jesus warns us to stay vigilant. No-one knows when He will return and so we must remain focussed in our lives and walk of faith. In these times we must continue living a life that is honouring to Jesus, our Saviour.


.24.11.19 Malcolm took Romans 1 as his text to discuss the local churches response to all people including homosexuals. The role of the local church has always been to walk alongside people. God has delegated several things to His created people including being stewards of His creation. One thing He did not delicate was to be a judge of others. This wasn't the churches role it was to show love and compassion to all people.


17.11.19 Lin lead the meeting talking about temptation. She took 1 Corinthians 10:6-13 as her text. The following four steps were highlighted to resist temptation 1. Keep in touch with God - pray 2. Keep God's word in your heart - read the Bible 3. Keep good company - be accountable to someone 4. Keep away from evil - avoid compromising situations


22.9.19 Malcolm Anderson drew on Isaiah 32:16-20 as the scripture for the Harvest Festival Meeting. We are all to show compassion, caring and sharing to our fellow men. This is the requirement for seeing God's blessing upon us. So often in the Bible a famine or drought comes at the time when Israel was walking far away from God. A Harvest Time comes when that relationship is put back on the correct footing. To do so is reliant upon us doing the right thing to all people.

20.10.19 Edward talked about the need for persistency in prayer. He drew upon Luke 11 where Jesus taught His disciples to pray and also Luke 18 where in the parable of the Persistent Widow she received justice by continuing to bother the judge. If an uncaring judge would be moved by persistency then how much more will our Father in Heaven respond to our requests.

10.11.19 Malcolm lead the Remembrance Sunday Service where tribute and thanks was given to all who had given so much for all of us. The Bible verses in James 3:17-18 were taken for the message. James tells us that there are human ways to do things and Godly ways. The Godly ways lead to peace and harmony amongst the people. In remembering the bravery of so many young men and women over the years we also prayed that a lasting legacy to them would be a peaceful world. We prayed that our Political Leaders would be able to show that humility and compassion that would increase the prospect of peace.


6.10.19 Malcolm Anderson discussed the passage Ezekiel 47:1-12. He said that the book off Ezekiel was one that gave great hope for all who are trying to make a difference, in prayer, in their communities. Hope is symbolised by a flowing river that starts as a tiny drop of water, unseen, but becomes a deep, life changing sea. The smallest of prayers are never insignificant as God can use them for change; a change for good. From that one prayer whole communities and countries can be changed. Everyone was encouraged to keep praying in all circumstances and to patiently wait for the change to become visible to us all.


29.9.19 Malcolm Anderson lead the meeting remembering the victims of Human Trafficking. The story of Hagar (Genesis 16:1-10 & 21:8 - 13) was drawn upon. Hagar was enslaved out of Egypt by Abraham and Sarah. This put into motion a whole range of events that should never have taken place. God had promised them that He would ensure that their ancestors would be numerous, but, in old age, they started to doubt God and took things into their own hands. The result was that Abraham fathered Ishmael. When Sara became pregnant and gave birth to Isaac, there was a breakdown of relationship between Abraham and, in particular, Sarah and Hagar. Sarah demanded that Hagar and Ishmael be thrown out of the Community. Abraham allowed this to be done and Hagar and Ishmael were abandoned by all humans, but not by God. God understood the harshness that Hagar had faced and looked after and protected the enslaved Hagar and Ishmael. Today, God is just as aware of those who are suffering cruelty and enslavement and He will still show that loving protection. Today we join in praying for all those who are subject to this grotesque wickedness.


15.9.19 Malcolm Anderson looked at Matthew 4:18-20 and John 21: 15-17. The first covers the calling of Peter to be a disciple of Jesus. To give up his trade as a fishermen and become a "Fisher of Men", To live a life as an evangelist disciple of Jesus; bringing people to a loving knowledge of the Saviour. The second part of scripture moves on three years when Peter, racked with guilt over his denial of Jesus, has left behind his life as an evangelist and become a fisherman again. Along with other disciples, he then meets the resurrected Jesus on the beach where Jesus restores him to ministry. The step Peter had to take was to accept Jesus' love and forgiveness and to agree that he would rather fish for the souls of men than the fish in the sea. "Do you love me more than these?" On this Back to Church Sunday we all have the same promise of Jesus' love for us, His forgiveness for when we have gone astray and a new call on our lives to follow Him.

8.9..19 Malcolm Anderson discussed the Psalm of praise, Psalm 8. We are told in this Psalm how all of creation calls out in praise to God. When we see the variety and perfection of creation it points to the amazing creator. There will be some who try to persuade others that there is no such creator and that there is no God. Pointing to some oozing slimy pit out of which the tools of creation flowed. Malcolm said that all we need to do is look at the sky, the garden, the fauna and flora to prove the lie of that statement. If you see a well kept garden, you know there is a gardener. A tasty cake that there is a baker and a world that fits together that there is a creator. .....

1.9.19 Malcolm Anderson looked at the well known Psalm 23. He said that this Psalm is one of trusting in God. There is a reference to the shepherd in this Psalm and the writer, David, a former shepherd himself, draws upon his experience to describe our relationship with God. David remembers how he fought of wild animals that would attack the flock and tells us that God will look after us in a similar way. We are and will be honoured people in God's House. We are also given the wonderful promise that God will "restore our souls". What a welcome that is to all people who have gone astray; that God still loves them and will bring them back to be with Him......

25.8.19 Malcolm Anderson took Psalm 137 as the text for today's meeting. He said that this was a Psalm of anger and one where the writer was pleading with God to revenge His people who had suffered so much at the hands of the Babylonians. The graphic detail in the Psalm can almost take us aback and make us question whether we should really follow this example in our own lives of prayer and faith. Malcolm said that above all, he thought, God wanted us to be honest in our prayers and not to try and hide our true feelings under carefully thought out words of disguise. The pain of the psalm is all to clear to see, but in opening up to God and leaving the judgement to Him, this Psalm is setting us a pattern that we can follow. A pattern of being truthful with God about our pain, but then leave things with Him......

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. 

Please join us in praying to stop drug activity in Banbury

Please join us in praying for an end to the drug activities in our Town

1. Please pray for the Police, Central and Local Government plus any other agencies, to have a clear picture and understanding of the issues and to know, and be able to take action against, those who are carrying out these activities.

2. Pray that the source of drugs will be stopped.

3. Pray that the distribution network will be broken (in-town, County lines, across countries)

4. Pray for freedom for those caught up by manipulation, threats and fear from the evil hierarchy of the drug trade into carrying out activities on their behalf.

5. Pray for protection and relief of those vulnerable people whose homes are taken over to assist drug distribution (cuckooing).

6. Pray for protection for young people that are used by the drug trade in distribution. Pray also for freedom from the menace of this and of drug use for the future generations.

7. Pray that the wealthy empires created on the death and misery of others will be brought down to nothing; never to be revived.

8. Pray that all involved in this trade will feel the Lord’s presence in their lives and freely and willingly stop their activities, repent and accept the Lord’s salvation.

9. For those that won’t do this, pray that their ill-gotten gains will vanish and that the Police will have sufficient evidence to successfully prosecute them.

10. Pray that all who use illegal drugs will stop doing so now and will receive any help they need to do so and to rebuild a fulfilling life-style. These users are collectively the ones who are funding the trade.

Thought for the week ahead

17 He received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.] 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 2 Peter 1:17-18

I don’t think that many of us will doubt that there is a great need to improve our world in so many ways. The news is indeed frightening with airplanes shot down, fires, weather conditions, addictions, and stabbings. You will have heard of these horrible events on the news day by day. Many of them taking place very close to where you are reading this. We are all seeing and, no doubt, feeling the effects of all these extraordinary events. Extraordinary and also very unwelcome. I wonder if you have also noticed that these headlines continually ignore any spiritual side of human beings? We are continually told by politicians, scientists and activists the cause of our problems (usually mankind) and then their views on how things must be corrected. I suggest that very rarely, if ever, will you have heard any of our “experts” advising that we need to seek out God’s will for our world and our people. Surely the very least God deserves is the acknowledgement that He is something of an “expert” when it comes to matters of the earth and its inhabitants, but I’m afraid that this does not sit easily for the agenda, less hidden than it used to be, that God has to be excluded from all areas of anyone’s life. To follow God is to be “fundamentalist”. Well let me just say in response that if as a race we had all followed God’s ways we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in and the only way to improve matters is to start doing just that. We have an eye witness, Peter, saying in the verses above that Jesus and only Jesus is the way forward. If that makes any of us separated from the mainstream of the worlds opinions, then so be it. Our faith has always been counter-cultural in that we have always tried our best to declare the Word of God to an unlistening world. Long may that continue because it is the only sustainable way.


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

Cell Groups

The next Cell Group is on Tuesday 21st  January 2020 1.15pm - 2.15pm. at George Street. We continue looking at the life of Moses and the Exodus. 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