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Church ministers ready to get stuck in to their new role Haverhill




After 12 months without a minister, the Salvation Army in Haverhill now has two, after the arrival of husband and wife Russell and Alison Day.

And despite the challenges faced by not currently being able to worship in the Army’s church in Chauntry Road because of the coronavirus crisis, the couple are looking forward to fulfilling their primary calling, to get to know the community and their congregation.

“The most important things is that we find a way to interact with our congregation initially and the people in and around the town who would normally come into contact with us for whatever reason, “ said Mr Day.

Russell and Alison Day are the Salvation Army's new ministers for Haverhill. Picture by Mecha Morton
Russell and Alison Day are the Salvation Army's new ministers for Haverhill. Picture by Mecha Morton

“Our priority is the people because fundamentally they are the really important thing.”

Mr and Mrs Day, who have twin daughters aged 27, are Territorial Envoys, meaning they are non-ordained ministers that, instead of going through two-years of full-time college to qualify, learn on the job.

Haverhill is their fourth posting since becoming ministers and follows four-year stints in Cottenham, Wisbech and, most latterly, Thorpe St Andrews, near Norwich.

Russell and Alison Day at the Salvation Army's Haverhill church, where they are the new ministers. Picture by Mecha Morton
Russell and Alison Day at the Salvation Army's Haverhill church, where they are the new ministers. Picture by Mecha Morton

Both hail originally from Waterbeach and Mr Day, 57, formerly worked as an accountant for a company on the Cambridge Science Park before becoming a minister.

The couple were asked to take on the Haverhill post but, said Mr Day, the Salvation Army and themselves feel they are the right fit for the town.

He said: “They do their best to link up people with places where they think they ought to be a good fit.

“For some people that’s for geographical or familyreasons. For some it’s because they have the skill set that might suit wherethey are or it might be we need something different to happen here.

“There’s an awful lot of thought and prayer goes into working out who goes where.”

Haverhill has been without a minister since Linda Squirrel retired one year ago.

Mr Day said: “Sue Green has been doing excellent service keeping things running until new leadership could be found. It’s very exciting to come in and to build on what’s been done already.”

Mr and Mrs Day officially take up their new positions today and on Sunday there will be a ceremony held at the church to recognise their arrival.

Once settled in, they will look at how the church needs to be prepared for safe, socially distanced worship.


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