Women’s Ministries

WOMEN MINISTRIES OF THE SALVATION ARMY

The Salvation Army Women’s Ministries is an International Fellowship of Women of all ages. It was inaugurated in 1907 to provide a wide range of activities based on these fourfold aims: Worship, Education, Fellowship and Service.

The mission of Women’s Ministries is to:

  • Bring women into the knowledge of Jesus Christ
  • Encourage their full potential in influencing family, friends and community
  • Equip them for growth in personal understanding and life skills
  • Address issues which affect particularly women and their families in the world

Our motto is: ‘I will live a pure life in my house …’ (Psalm 101:2b – GNB)

In Nigeria, we have the following programs that seek to minister to different groups/grades of people in our society.

  1. The Home League: The Home League is a group of women who come together from time to time (once a week) to worship God, learn from each other, share fellowship and join hands in serving one another, their families and the community they exist. They also extend hands to others as needs arises and according to their ability.

The mission of the Home League is to provide opportunity to win women to Christ and assist in their spiritual growth, nurturing an awareness of the needs of the family, the community, the nation, and the world. We seek ways to add value to life, to encourage and equip women of all ages, class, and race to be the best they can be in life for themselves, their families, communities and the world at large. We seek avenues of making them to catch the joy of Christian faith and fellowship.  It is open to every woman – come join us.

  1. League of Mercy: League of Mercy is a Community Care Ministries made up of a group of men and women who have dedicated themselves to be the hands of Christ reaching out in service to anyone in need.

All their members are trained for the job. They must complete a membership course; it is a fellowship made up of Salvationists, both men and women, who exhibit love and compassion for people, and whom the corps officer recommends, are eligible for membership. After completion of their course they are awarded certificate.

  1. Grace Family: The membership of Grace Family Fellowship includes women from various works of life. They can be members of any denomination, or even non-church goers. These are women with one thing in common. They have lost their husbands, or been divorced by their husbands, and they now bear the responsibility of maintaining the family.

These women have started a new life, without anyone to share responsibilities with. It is a life of challenges, of decision making alone, where once they could consult.

The purpose of the club is to encourage each other:-

  • In prayer and meditation
  • To be able to share openly experiences, grief, and to receive counselling.
  • To learn new skills if need be.
  • To support each other in times of challenge
  • To help each other to keep healthy, and to avoid falling into temptation
  • To be strong in faith and to trust in God.
  1. Medical Fellowship: The Salvation Army Medical Fellowship is an international fellowship for men and women who are members of the medical profession regardless of church affiliation or nationality.

Medical personnel are people with a great privilege and many responsibilities, often working under a lot of pressure, with little time for Christian Fellowship. It is therefore felt that the Army should take this opportunity to gather these people together from time to time, perhaps once a month, or a quarter, to encourage them and to enable them to share with each other. These people are also an important asset to a corps, and their skills should be used for teaching purposes etc.

Membership is by application. Application forms are available from the Divisional Headquarters or at the Territorial Headquarters. This form, together with a registration is sent through the DDWM to the Women’s Ministries Department, who processes the application. Then, a certificate and membership card is sent back to the DDWM from THQ, who will see to it that the new member is welcomed into the fellowship in a public meeting.

  1. Young Women’s Fellowship: This is the program for Teenage girls from the age of 16 and through their youthful age with a purpose of:
  • Teaching the girls and young women Christian principles and practical life skills in order to empower and prepare them to be good home-makers, wives and mothers.
  • Develop friendship between the elderly and the young, and to accommodate the shy.
  • To prepare young girls to respect themselves, choosing their partners, choosing the right friends; and working hard in school so that they can have a bright future, good jobs and become better parents themselves.
  • Teach the dangers of drugs and other such ills. These dangers include diseases like HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) gonorrhea, syphilis and many others.

The girls are taught to be wary of men who want to exploit them. They should not be the victims of having children out of wedlock. They need to become friends with God in order for them to be strong in the Lord and also to be able to resist temptation. It is not easy, but with the support of the Young Women’s Fellowship group they can do it. We also use this opportunity to teach our young girls the wonderful joy of being a woman, and of keeping the sexual relationship within the security and mutual commitment of marriage.

Reasons for designing the Programme:

  1. Young girls do not always feel free to share in the company of adults (mothers)
  2. Christian morals and behavior patterns need to be taught to young girls early
  3. Pre-teen and teen pregnancies are a problem
  4. There is an increase of abortion and death rates among young girls and teenagers
  1. Junior Miss: This is the program for young girls from the age of 7 – 16. It is designed to help
  • Teach the girls Christian principles and practical life skills in order to empower and prepare them for the future.
  • Develop friendship between the elderly and the young, and to accommodate the shy.
  • To prepare young girls to respect themselves, choosing the right friends; and working hard in school so that they can have a bright future, good jobs and become better parents themselves.
  • Teach the dangers of drugs and other such ills. These dangers include diseases like HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) gonorrhea, syphilis and many others.

The girls are taught just like the young women to be wary of men who want to exploit them and how to stay out of dangerous zone. We encourage them to become friends with God.

  1. Fellowship of the Silver Star: Its original purpose was to provide a means whereby The Salvation Army could recognize and honor each mother whose son or daughter is commissioned as an officer in The Salvation Army. In 2006 this was extended to include fathers.

Upon admission to the Fellowship, the mother and father receive a Certificate of Membership and a Silver Star pin. The Fellowship and its symbol, the Silver Star, is a continual expression of The Salvation Army’s gratitude for their contribution in shaping the lives of the young people for whom they have been responsible.

  1. Cradle Roll: Cradle Roll is a program, which provides families with materials and resources on the development of children from birth to 3 years old.  Our informative, parent-focused resources provide ideas for age-appropriate activities to do with children, milestones to look for and celebrate, and ideas on how parents can create a God-centered home.

Babies are placed on the “cradle roll” at birth. Parents receive monthly mailings of resources until the child’s third birthday. When the child reaches the age of 3, they “graduate” and are invited to join the three year-old Sunday school class. To commemorate the transition from Cradle Roll to.