Salvation Army “Sings for their Supper” in Invercargill
The Invercargill Branch in Southern New Zealand only has about 60 – 70 members attending Sacrament Meeting each week. But, in July, the Branch held a Music Soiree which saw around 250 people pack the cultural hall for an evening of musical entertainment and cultural song and dance. The purpose of the event was to raise the profile of the Church in the community, at the same time gathering much needed supplies for the Salvation Army Food Bank. “It was a chance for our Branch to be actively involved in service in the community” explained Branch President John McNab.
“The Salvation Army performs a wonderful job of assisting the less fortunate and we were glad to be able to help them. With so many people from the community in attendance, the Soiree was also a great chance to promote the Church in the area and hopefully help to open a few more doors for our Missionaries. It was an opportunity to work side by side with another denomination in a common cause for good”
The local Mayor supported the event and promoted it by appearing in newspaper photographs, although he was unable to attend on the night. Groups from local Cook Island and Maori communities performed traditional dances. They were joined by St Joseph’s School Kapa Haka group, Golden Guitar Winners, Ukulele duets, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet performances and Singers of varying ages. A local band provided polyfusion music to entertain the crowd while MC Jason Gaskill kept everyone entertained with stories and humour between acts. The Salvation Army Band performed several numbers, which was a very welcome contribution to the event.
Admission to the Soiree was the donation of non-perishable food or toiletries, and a sizeable amount of supplies was gratefully accepted by Brenda King on behalf of the Food Bank.