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Mackay Corps celebrates 135 years of sharing the love of Jesus

Hazel Cooper (Mackay Corps’ oldest member) holds little Austin Masendu (the youngest in the corps) as his mum Abigail helps cut the anniversary cake.


Celebrating the past and embracing the future was the theme of Mackay Corps’ 135th anniversary on 12-13 August.

“Everyone had a great time and enjoyed sharing lovely memories together as well as making new connections,” said Aux-Lieutenant Belinda Dobbie, Mackay Corps Officer.

“However, the anniversary was a great opportunity to bring the community in to see what we are about.”

Over 100 corps and community members attended a Saturday night concert that featured the corps worship team, timbrel brigade and the Mackay City Band.

There was also a presentation on the corps’ history, a free barbeque and fundraising stalls for this year’s territorial Making it Happen project.

When Aux-Lieutenant David Dobbie went to the local Woolworths to pick up and pay for the barbeque supplies, the store provided them free of charge.

Mackay City Mayor Greg Williamson and two councillors came to the Sunday service led by Major Gavin Watts, Queensland Divisional Commander. Major Watts explored Joshua 4 to emphasise the importance of getting out in the community. The mayor acknowledged the importance of The Salvation Army to the community and its longevity in serving the city.

“As well as working hard to make connections in our community, we are also praying for God to reveal to us the areas where we can partner with him in his mission for Mackay,” said Aux-Lieutenant David Dobbie. “We want everyone to know that everything we do is because we love Jesus!”

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