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Richmond Citadel to Hold Annual Spring Fling and Yard Sale

The Salvation Army Citadel Corps will hold its annual Spring Fling and Yard Sale event on Saturday, April 30th to benefit The Salvation Army's World Service.

This event will be held at the Richmond Citadel Corps, 5327 Orcutt Lane, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a yard sale and food, as well as music and numerous activities for children.

Various items will be available for purchase including clothing, books, and baby items.

All proceeds from this event will go directly to The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO).  SAWSO aims to help people help themselves through programs that improve living conditions, raise skill levels, increase productivity and instill self-confidence.

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For more information about the Spring Fling, please contact Captain Natalie Sayre at (804) 433-1684.


corpsRichmond Citadel Corps' Back to School Sunday Celebration

On Sunday, September 12, 2010, The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps held its annual Back to School Sunday. This program, attended by nearly 70 individuals, was themed after a typical school day; including Homeroom, Gym Class, Recess, Social Studies and Assembly; with each section featuring Bible readings; such as Ephesians 3:14-19 and John 3:16; and praise and worship songs; such as "I've Got a River of Life," and "Who's the King of the Jungle?"

Through random drawings, The Salvation Army gave out WalMart gift cards to various families in attendance. These gift cards can be used to purchase school supplies and/or clothing for school.

The children who attended the program also received a backpack filled with supplies.

For more information about The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps, please contact Captain Natalie Sayre at (804) 433-1684.


julyChristmas in July Benefits Veterans

The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps League of Mercy recently visited the McGuire Veterans Hospital, spreading Christmas cheer to thousands.

For over 30 years, the Richmond Salvation Army has held an Annual Christmas in July program, and this year eleven volunteers sang Christmas carols in the hospital cafeteria before beginning their door to door gift delivery.

These gifts, which included toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, soap and other toiletries, were given to 400 patients. These included individuals in the hospital's spinal cord injury unit, CCU/ICU, substance abuse unit, mental health unit, nursing home, and Hospice.

"I feel blessed that these wonderful volunteers from The Salvation Army asked me to tag along this year," said Jeff Baldwin, The Salvation Army's public relations director.

"The love, compassion and cheer that these volunteers showed the patients and American heroes warmed my heart, but the smiles and joyful reactions from the patients touched me just as deeply."


vbsOver 100 Youth Attend Vacation Bible School

The Salvation Army recently held its annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) at three area locations, the Richmond Citadel Corps, the Church Hill Outpost and the Petersburg Corps.

VBS, a week-long program, aims to teach young boys and girls different Bible points each day of the program and this year 105 youth from throughout Central Virginia attended.

This year's VBS theme at the Richmond Citadel and the Church Hill Outpost was, "High Sea's Expedition, All Hands on Deck Exploring the Mighty Love of God," while the Petersburg Corps' theme was "StudioGo! Go Lead, Go Risk, Go Tell, Go Obey and Go Serve."

VBS included crafts, snacks, recreational games, music and of course Bible adventures.

"I am grateful for the number of volunteers that came out faithfully and assisted with VBS this year," said Carolyn Gregory, VBS Director at the Richmond Citadel Corps.

"This year at VBS, it was evident that the lessons were having a positive effect on the children and that they were understanding that the Lord should be their guide in everything they do."

corpsThe Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps Enrolls New Junior Soldiers

The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel recently had the privilege of enrolling seven new Junior Soldiers.

"It was a wonderful day to say the least," said Captain Natalie Sayre, Richmond Citadel Officer.

"I was so proud to see all the parents of the children enrolled as Junior Soldiers were present for the enrollment including two mothers that have never been to church because they only speak Spanish."

Children who join The Salvation Army as junior soldiers make the following promise:

'Having asked God for forgiveness, I will be his loving and obedient child. Because Jesus is my Saviour from sin, I will trust him to keep me good, and will try to help others to follow him. I promise to pray, to read my Bible and, by his help, to lead a life that is clean in thought, word and deed. I will not smoke, take harmful drugs or drink alcoholic drinks.'


soldiersRichmond Citadel Corps Enrolls Soliders

In early December, the Richmond Center for Worship and Service was privileged to enroll nine Senior Soldiers and one Adherent as members of the Corps.

National Capital Bandmaster, James Anderson, conducted the enrollment ceremony and passed the Soldiers to Major Curt Sayre, Corps Officer.

During the prayer of dedication, the new Soldiers were paired with current Soldiers who stood with them to represent the welcoming into the fellowship of the Corps and to serve as a reminder that they are not alone in the spirtual walk.

The Soldiers were also presented Articles of War and a songbook.

These newest Soldiers are Kimberly Randolph, Amy Li, Judy Fleischman, Fredo Loiseau, Anthony Randolph, Tyrone Johnson, Larry Osborne, Aaron Keidel and Elvis Ingram.

vbsRichmond Center for Worship and Service Holds Vacation Bible School

In late-August, over 60 children, ages 4 to 12, attended the week-long Vacation Bible School at The Salvation Army's Richmond Center for Worship and Service.

This school, held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., aimed to teach young boys and girls different Bible points each day of the program, with a 2009 theme of "Fearless kids shine God's light."

For a good number of the youngsters in attendance, this was their first exposure to the Bible and The Salvation Army. This year's lessons focused primarily on Old Testament Scripture.

"This was the most enjoyable and successful Vacation Bible School we have had in the last four years," said Major Curtis Sayre, Corps Officer at the Richmond Center for Worship and Service.

For more information about this program, and the Richmond Center for Worship and Service, please contact Captain Natalie Sayre at (804) 433-1684.


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