Amy Hunt is the latest of our young people to make the transition from Junior to Senior Soldiership. Her special day took place on Sunday 17th April 2016. Amy’s Auntie, Major Anita Purkiss led the meeting that morning and also conducted the enrolment ceremony for Amy. Looking very grown up all of a sudden, Amy wore her new Salvation Army uniform with pride as she was joined on the platform by her sister, Gemma, who held the flag during the ceremony. Her Grandmother, Major Sheila Hunt and Celia Young, who had taken Amy through her Soldiership classes over the last few months also joined her on the platform. After Amy signed her Articles of War, she gave her testimony, thanking those who had helped her in her Christian journey so far. Major Purkiss reminded the congregation that this is not the end of Amy’s journey, but the beginning in many ways and we were asked to support her as her journey continues.
During the meeting Major Anita used the illustration of three cherry blossom trees she had seen in recent days, one, having been cut back rather drastically was a bit poorly looking but still had a small amount of blossom on it, the second was a young tree and had lots of growing still to do but looked lovely, the third was quite magnificent, adorned with a huge amount of blossom. Liking this to our spiritual lives, she asked which tree our lives resembled. Music sections brought their message during the meeting and added to the special time the large congregation gathered enjoyed during the morning.