Grantham Salvation Army will bid farewell to its leader Major Marta Ager who is taking up a new appointment in Loughborough this month.
Marta, who has been responsible for The Salvation Army in Grantham since 2011, said: “I have really enjoyed my time here in Grantham and thank God for all the opportunities I have had to serve this community and local people in need.
“It has been a privilege to lead this church and know that the people I leave behind will continue to show God’s love to those around them by offering compassionate support and practical help.”
The local community is invited to share in the farewell service for Marta at The Salvation Army at The Old Barracks, Sandon Road, on Sunday, July 3 at 10.30am, followed by refreshments.
During her time in Grantham, the local Salvation Army has been through big changes with the move from the Citadel on London Road, where it was based for many years, to the Old Barracks on Sandon Road. The church was unable to afford the upkeep of the Citadel.
Marta said: “When I came here I think it was a difficult time and people thought this would be the end, but we got through it and we were able to show that it does not have to be the end. You just have to find a way.”
Marta’s move to Loughborough comes as part of The Salvation Army’s periodic change of appointments for their ministers.
The church says that such an approach ensures the church and charity remain energised and open to new ideas in its effort to meet the needs of the local community and transform the lives of vulnerable people.
Marta said she was looking forward to her move to Loughborough where the Salvation Army has recently moved into a new building. “I am looking forward to it. It will certainly be very different.”
Territorial Envoys Gordon and Ann Lovie will be formally welcomed as the new leaders of Grantham Salvation Army on July 24 at 10.30am. Gordon and Ann are joining from Scotland.