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Church Worship

Every weekend, you’ll find Salvos gathering together across Australia to attend church services, where the message of Jesus Christ is made alive and relevant for everyone. Our doors are open to anyone who wants to see what we’re about or join us for worship.

All the elements in the church service work together and communicate the gospel in a variety of ways, including:

  • A hope-filled Bible message
  • Music (traditional and contemporary)
  • Singing 
  • Testimonies from everyday people

Salvo churches, typically known as a corps, provide an extensive range of recreational and support activities for all age groups with many designed for families or single adults, while others are specifically designed to appeal to youth, children or the elderly.

Search using your postcode below to find your local Salvo church, and add a keyword like 'youth' or 'playgroup' or 'seniors' if you're looking for something in particular.

Practices

Sacraments

Unlike most other Christian denominations, The Salvation Army does not observe the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.

The Salvation Army believes it is possible to experience the inward grace of which the sacraments are outward signs, without the need for the rituals themselves.

Christian Festivals

The Salvation Army observes the major Christian festivals of Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost, but the emphasis given to others varies from one country to another.

A notable date for the Salvos is Founder’s Day, 2 July, which marks the start of William Booth’s preaching campaign in London in 1865 which led to the formation of The Salvation Army.

Membership

Those who become soldiers (members) of The Salvation Army:

  • accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour
  • accept Salvation Army doctrines
  • abstain from things that are harmful to the body and mind 
  • and are encouraged to serve in the local church

Many people worship at the Salvos without becoming members and without wearing a uniform.

Ministry

While accepting the ‘ministry of all believers’, we believe some individuals are called by God to full-time service as His ministers. The Salvation Army makes provision for the training and commissioning of officers, who perform similar functions to ordained clergy in other churches.

Learn more about our ministry

  • The Salvation Army Red Shield logo
  • Salvos Stores logo
  • Employment Plus logo
  • Aged Care Plus logo
  • Salvos Legal logo

The Salvation Army acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.

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Gifts of $2 or more to the social work of The Salvation Army in Australia are tax deductible. Details

  • ABNs:
  • 46 891 896 885 (NSW)
  • 22 035 976 360 (QLD)
  • 52 609 689 893 (Overseas Aid)

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