The Purpose Group for Service exists within a framework of similar groups covering various aspects of The Salvation Army s work.

The group s specific responsibility is to investigate, promote and assist in the execution of avenues of service and ministry, within its locality, to all sectors of the community.

The group is currently led by Murray Smith, the Retired Corps Sergeant Major, a post he held for 17 years relinquishing it in 1999.


Service and ministry have been features of The Salvation Army since its inception in 1865 and the Chatham Corps has been no exception to this endeavour. The group acts as a forum through which corps members can meet together.

It promotes and develops activities which further enlarge and deliver opportunities within the environment of the Corps and the wider community.The group has helped to facilitate such initiatives as food parcels for the needy, Christmas and Harvest produce distribution, fundraising for various projects, assistance to the elderly and disabled together with providing a financial counselling service.

The group is always on the lookout for new ways to be of service to those in need. If anyone reading this page feels able to be of service or has any suggestions please contact us.