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.
It was a joy to have Commissioner Susan McMillan and Colonels Edward and Shelley Hill share in the CSS program at North Toronto Community Church this evening. Thank you for your support and encouragement! @Salvationist @tsatoronto
The CSS in ministry at North Toronto Community Church. A joy to share in ministry with the NTCC Songsters. @Salvationist
CSS weekend at NTCC starts today! Check out the poster for details. @Salvationist
“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth” - Psalm 96:1 - blessings on your day as you worship and serve Him! - The Canadian Staff Songsters @Salvationist
We’re looking forward to sharing in ministry at NTCC November 3/4 - always a joy! @Salvationist
The CSS is looking forward to our upcoming visit to NTCC. See the poster for details! @Salvationist @tsatoronto
The Canadian Staff Songsters wish all their friends and followers a lovely Thanksgiving Weekend!
“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1 @Salvationist
CSS Director, Major Len Ballantine leads Jubilee Brass in “I know thou art mine” - which was composed by Maestro Ballantine.
First ministry weekend of the new season - Woodstock Community Church. Always fun to be together and especially great today to have the Ontario Lakes Divisional Youth Chorus join us in rehearsal. — in Woodstock, Ontario. @Salvationist