After 15 months of operating, The Salvation Army church complex at 6a Edwards Road Nelson will be officially opened and dedicated on Saturday, April 2nd “come rain, hail or sunshine”.
A spokesperson for the Salvos in the Norwest region said: . “Neither COVID, inclement weather, or any other unforeseen eventuality will cause us to reschedule this event for the fourth time since we gained occupancy in late 2020”.
The Salvation Army’s National leaders, Commissioners Robert and Janine Donaldson will be special guests over the dedication weekend.
They will preside at the official opening ceremony on Saturday April 2nd at 10am and will be joined by The Hills Mayor Peter Gangemi, and community and Salvation Army leaders. The Donaldsons will lead a worship service at 10.30am on Sunday April 3rd and will attend the monthly AccessABLE event at the centre at 3pm for families and children living with disabilities and complex medical needs..
The formal blessing and dedication service for the Nelson Centre has been postponed three times since the keys were handed over by the builders, Reitsma Constructions, in October 2019.
Multiple ministries and community events have commenced and established in the past 15 months including Sunday services, a monthly service for families, carers and young people with special needs – AccessABLE church – a range of welfare assistance, group meetings for all gender and ages, as well as weddings and funerals.
The 2.5-hectare site is the regional base for the Salvos emergency service c (SAES) catering vehicles which are currently at the front line in the Hawkesbury flood region feeding essential workers and evacuees.
The weekly Community of Hope food pantry continues to distribute essential food items and fruit and vegetables each Friday morning to an average of 45 families.
More information on activities and how you can be involved is available by phoning 8878 0143 or visiting www.salvationarmy.org.au/sydneynorwest/.