Cadets Donna & Ian Rabourn | Winter Assignment | Peterborough Temple
My husband Ian and I were assigned to PeterboroughTemple for our winter assignment. General Booth himself visited this church back in the 1800s, and it was the church home of our very own principal, Major Jamie Braund. We found pictures of Major Jamie in band pictures on the walls of the church, I wish I could include them in my article, but the pictures that I took of them did not turn out well. The stained glass window picture that you see with William and Catherine Booth in it is in the sanctuary at Peterborough Temple. A service group had the windows made for the temple in appreciation of the work of the Salvation Army.
As with other Salvationist churches, it is very busy with hampers and toys for the community at Christmas time. I was amazed at the organization of it all, and the attitude of the staff and volunteers is second to none. In the picture you see the “toy shop” set up at the Armoury in town. The parents take turns picking out toys for their children. Back at the Corps, 1700 Christmas food hampers are packed and ready for pick up and delivery.
We had the opportunity to visit senior’s homes and shut ins, as well as join the choir and band as they traveled about the hospital bringing Christmas music. The level of commitment from volunteers is amazing. One family had a beautiful funeral for their father/grandfather on Saturday, and still came out to volunteer at the senior’s residence in the afternoon, and played in the band at church the next day. Some Christmas volunteers take holidays from work just so they can help out.
I do not think I will ever forget the impact that the people of Peterborough Temple have had on me, challenging me to give my very best, with all my heart, even when it hurts or is difficult.