14 July 2023
Live updates from Friday at Together 2023
Updates from Croydon, South London, on the first day of Together 2023.
Applause filled Ashford Theatre at Fairfield Halls as the curtain went down on the first public performance of Belongings.
Territorial Leader for Leader Development Commissioner Gill Cotterill thanked the cast, crew and creative team behind the new musical, as well as all those who work or volunteer in Salvation Army charity shops.
‘These stories are all based on people’s lives and that’s why we’re all here tonight – we’re part of the Kingdom of God and can make a difference in people’s lives.’
‘This is a great start to Together 2023,’ she concluded. ‘And even it does rain this weekend, we hope there will be showers of blessing. May we have a good time and God be glorified in all we do.’
You can read more about the music and message of Belongings in this week’s Salvationist magazine with behind the scenes interviews with the cast and crew.
That's it for today. Join us in the morning for a full day of activity. Take a look at what's in store: Saturday at Together 2023.
The first full performance of Belongings, a new musical by Stephanie Lamplough and Paul Sharman (Music and Creative Arts), is now under way. It’s a full house!
It's a rainy day here in London, but that didn't stop two groups completing a prayer walk from Croydon Citadel to Fairfield Halls.
Prayers focused on:
- The community of Croydon and the ministry of The Salvation Army in South London – that people would know the love of God.
- People engaging with Together 2023 in person and online – that there would be a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
- Cadets preparing to be commissioned and their families – that God would bless them as they dedicate their lives to serving God.
Welcome to live updates from Together 2023.
I’m Beth and I’m the editor of salvationist.org.uk.
If you haven’t already, download the event guide and spend some time praying for the weekend.
The theme is Wholly Holy and the key text for our weekend is 1 Peter 1: 5 and 16:
- ‘But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy’ (New Living Translation).
Let’s pray that we will experience the holiness of God this weekend and that we will be ready to reflect this holiness within our families, friendship groups, corps and communities.
As we pray online, people have been praying at Croydon Citadel and have started a prayer walk to Fairfield Halls, the venue for the weekend.
For now, I’ll leave you with these words in the event guide from territorial leaders Commissioners Anthony and Gillian Cotterill:
‘It is our earnest hope and prayer that as we gather together, every one of us would know for certain the experience of the promise of Christ that even when two or three are gathered, he will be present.
‘Our prayer is that our holy awesome God will be pleased as we his people make ourselves wholly available to him, exploring his goodness and love in so many different expressions over this exciting and uplifting weekend.’
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