Walking in towards the city centre, we pass this Citadel on Osmaston Road ; the headquarters of the Salvation Army in Derby. Often, the Salvation Army is perceived wholly as a charity (which it is) without the recognition that it is also a church, but this Citadel holds a full range of church services and meetings, and the Salvation Army as an organisation have a statement of belief which is fully consistent with Christian Biblical teaching. The strength of the 'Army' is in the practical outworking of Christian teaching. Many churches are heavily involved in social and political action, but the Salvation Army hold it central to all of their church and it is the principle on which it was founded by William and Catherine Booth (about whom I wrote back in January).
Interesting to note that the Salvation Army is the biggest provider of social care in the UK, after the Government.
They are also famous for their brass bands and Derby has a senior band which has been in continuous operation since 1883. In 1922, it was one of the first Salvation Army bands to travel overseas, with a 10 day tour of Sweden. They take part in church services and visit local hospitals, care homes and hospices, as well as performing to raise funds for the continuing work of the Army in Derby.