Our Mission


Never been to church? Never been to a Salvation Army Community Church? Been away from church for a while? No worries!
Expect a warm, friendly welcome and a worship service full of traditional and modern music that lasts about 80 minutes...depending on how the spirit moves in the service. Sermons are topical and applicable to everyday life and about 350 people attend each Sunday. We provide worship that glorifies God. We help others feel inspired and look to the future, anticipating a life that honours God. As a Bible believing Christian Church, we aim to connect people to Jesus Christ and to each other through worship, fellowship and service in our community.

Our Mission Statement
As a Bible believing Christian Church, we are called by God to connect people to Jesus Christ  and to each other through worship, fellowship and service in our community.

The Salvation Army believes there is only one God and He only should be worshipped, and that he expresses himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that God's creation of the universe was perfect but when man first deliberately disobeyed God, sin and suffering entered the world. As a result, man's relationship with God has been spoiled.

We believe that Jesus is both truly divine and human. Through his suffering and death on the cross is given the only way by which sinful people - which means all mankind - can be forgiven. When we are forgiven, our relationship with God is put right and we receive new spiritual life. Although this is God's free gift, we have a part to play in that process - we must be truly sorry for our wrongdoing and have faith in Jesus.

To maintain this new life we must continually have faith in Jesus and be obedient to him. Once we are 'saved', God gives us the help we need to live in the way He wants us to. We believe that our real selves never die but go on living beyond physical death. After this present life we will be accountable to God for how we have lived.

Changing social and economic conditions require the Salvation Army to take a critical look at, and sometimes review, parts of its structure, patterns of worship and methods of service. However, these Christian beliefs which form our doctrine are relevant to all generations and point to the unchanging answer to people's basic need of a right relationship with God.

The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church and human service agency. Its ministry is offered to all persons, regardless of race, creed, colour or gender.

The Doctrines of the Salvation Army:

We believe
 that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.

We believe that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.

We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.

We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.

We believe that our first parents were created in a state of innocency, but by their disobedience they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.

We believe that repentance towards God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, are necessary to salvation.

We believe that we are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself.

We believe that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.

We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctified, and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe in the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.

Salvation Army Helping

     Photo: Tornado Relief

Why We Do What We Do?

Isn’t it wonderful to see lives transformed, people given a second chance to live up to their potential?  For many Canadians that seems like just a dream, something impossible to attain.  The Salvation Army believes there is hope, that with a little help, anyone can turn their lives around, and dig their way out of whatever it is that holds them down.

The Salvation Army helped 1.7 million Canadians during the past year to do just that.  To see that there is hope, they can find their way in this world. We see people’s struggles and successes daily.  They are the reason we have hope and continue to do what we do.

People often ask us why we do it.  What’s in it for The Salvation Army? What motivates us?  You see, we do what we do because we are a people who have been loved by God and who love Jesus.  That means that every Salvationist, each one who wears that uniform, and many who don’t wear it, has experienced God in a personal way and has a personal relationship because of the gift of His only Son. 

God’s word says this:  “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14 NIV)

We could have continued to worship a God who was distant, fearsome and unknowable, but the world wouldn’t have changed very much.  Instead God provided a way for us to have a personal relationship with Him.  Though we are unworthy in ourselves, by the sacrifice of God’s Son, given freely to redeem us from sin, we can now know the peace of heart that can only come from a relationship with this Prince of Peace.

The passage quoted from Colossians, chapter 3, goes on to say: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

What motivates us?  That’s best summed up in one of our mottos:  “Heart to God and hand to man"  Perhaps you yourself are looking for meaning in your life.  Your successes and accomplishments have brought little joy in the end, and you wonder how can I know my life matters?

Well, it’s all about a little baby, who was born at Christmas 2000 years ago, in a humble stable, surrounded by the sounds and smells of animals and hay – a gift of love from the father above, for you, so that you could know Him, and find your meaning in Him. 
You see, Love really does change everything.

Written by: Commissioner Susan McMillan (a Salvation Army officer for 35 years)