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.
Please join the CSS in remembering the victims of today’s tragedy in Toronto.
Ten died and 15 remain in hospital. Please for the families and friends of the deceased and injured.
Thanks to the first responders and for their swift and compassionate response. #Toronto
The CSS is gearing up for our trip to Brantford. Details listed below. @Salvationist
#Brantford - here we come! @Salvationist
#CSS are worshiping at #Bracebridge Community Church today #Muskoka. Service is at 11:00 if your in the area - we would love to see you there! @Salvationist
We’ve arrived - #Bracebridge! @Salvationist
The CSS are visiting #Bracebridge this weekend and we can’t wait! @Salvationist
Happy Easter from the Canadian Staff Songsters! He is Risen! @Salvationist
CSS member Heather Robertson rehearses a solo in preparation for the group’s upcoming visit to #Bracebridge @Salvationist
The CSS is looking forward to visiting #Bracebridge April 7/8 #Muskoka @Salvationist