Music is an integral part of Salvation Army ministry around the world, and the Canada and Bermuda Territory is no exception. The territory’s vocal ministry received a boost in the fall of 2016 with the formation of the Canadian Staff Songsters, under the leadership of Major Len Ballantine. This group of choristers will lead the territory in worship, evangelism and integrated mission through music. The Salvation Army in Canada had a staff songster brigade in its early days, but such a group has not existed for about 100 years.
“For all of us who have been involved in the formation of the new Canadian Staff Songsters it is a tremendous honour and privilege,” says Major Ballantine. “Our people come from all walks of life. Some have had musical training beyond what they learned at the corps or music camp, but the vast majority are just good musicians who can read music and sing. Our rehearsals are amazing times of ‘joy in discovery’ as we learn what we can do together.”
Through its ministry, the Canadian Staff Songsters aims to enrich the faith of Salvationists across the territory and beyond, to solidify the mission of the Army in the hearts and minds of those who hear them sing, and move the Army forward in faith.
The Canadian Staff Songsters wish our friends and followers a happy, blessed and joyous New Year!
“I’m in His hands, I’m in His hands; Whate’er the future holds, I’m in His hands; The days I cannot see have all been planned for me; His way is best, you see; I’m in his hands.”
The CSS are cheering loudly for Team Canada at the IIHF Hockey Championships. #canada #hockey #ice #hockeycanada Go 🇨🇦 Go!
The Canadian Staff Songsters wish all of our friends and followers a blessed Christmas.
May the true meaning and spirit of the season, as recorded in Luke’s Gospel, be refreshed for you this Christmas.
We wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and joyous @Salvationist
The Canadian Staff Songsters and Canadian Staff Band share the stage at #roythomson with #jackierichardson #instagood #instagram #instapic #music #toronto #life #joy #MerryChristmas
The Canadian Staff Songsters and Canadian Staff Band share the stage at Roy Thomson Hall.
CSS Leader, Major Len Ballantine, Executive Officer, Lt-Colonel Wendy Waters and CSB Bandmaster John Lam and Executive Officer, Lt-Colonel Jamie Braund. — at ￼Roy Thomson Hall.
Merry Christmas from the CSS!
Commissioner Susan McMillan is seen with Colonel Lee Graves, Chief Secretary, Canadian Staff Songster Leader, Major Len Ballantine and representative members of the CSS at CWTSA at #RoyThomsonHall
CSS is all ready for Christmas with The Salvation Army at #RoyThomsonHall sporting our new Festival Tunics!
Tomorrow is the day! Are you going? Got tix? Visit CWTSA SA.ca for details @Salvationist @roythomsonhall
Are you going? Visit CWTSA.ca for tickets. @Salvationist @roythomsonhall