COVID-19 news and updates

As the world responds to the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, The Salvation Army continues to provide news and updates. We are also providing resources.

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Latest news, photos and updates

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See our latest news stories below.

2021 Year Book Captures The Salvation Army ‘In The Midst of COVID-19'
05 February 2021
THE newest edition of the Salvation Army Year Book, a 384-page compendium capturing the movement's news and events, is now available.
The Salvation Army Works with South African Government to Support People Affected by COVID-19 Border Delays
03 February 2021
Emergency response teams in the north and east of South Africa are providing support for people stranded at the republic’s borders
UK Salvation Army Joins Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Effort
14 January 2021
Residents are being invited to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from a health team working at The Salvation Army’s building in Lower Earley, Reading
Salvation Army Sets Up Specialised COVID-19 Care Centre in Toronto
12 January 2021
With the initial provision of beds in the temporary centre already filled, expansion is underway to meet the growing need with a plan for 90 beds
General Brian Peddle's 2021 New Year Message
02 January 2021
The international leader of The Salvation Army brings his New Year message for 2021
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Caring for each other

All around the world, workplaces, restaurants, bars, clubs and many activities and events are closing down or being cancelled. This includes, in many places, Salvation Army gatherings. For many of us, this can be really difficult.

Gathering together and sharing in fellowship is usually so important. We are called to do so in the Bible – for example in Acts 2. So while we understand how important it is not to meet just now – to protect the vulnerable – we also recognise the impact that being isolated is going to have on lots of people.

We’ve put together these ideas for how we can keep on caring for each other, and keep on being people who care.

  • Phone, text or video call a friend.
  • Help with shopping and other goods.
  • Uphold a friend in prayer.
  • Give a gift of entertainment to somebody who is isolated.
  • Support a struggling local restaurant or café.
  • Open your windows and sing or make music!
  • Support food banks, pantries and community cupboards.
  • Drop cards with your contact details through your neighbours’ doors.

You can read more about our suggestions on Facebook and Instagram.

You can also download our poster with these tips:


Tips for online video

With many Salvation Army centres unable to gather together at the moment, you may be thinking about whether you could provide an online alternative. This is an exciting opportunity not only to reach regular congregations, but also those who might not normally enter our buildings.

If you are unsure how to go about providing such a service, we have put together a few tips and things to think about below.


Prayer resources

General Brian Peddle has issued a call to prayer, urging Christians to pray into the current coronavirus situation with urgency. Sunday 19 April 2020 has been set aside as a key time to do this together, initially. Your response can take many different forms, from quiet individual reflection, to family discussion and group prayer via video call.

We have put a few suggestions together to help guide you if you are not sure where to begin.


Free wordsearch download

The Salvation Army is responding to the coronavirus pandemic in 114 countries (as at 29 May 2020). Can you find them all in this free wordsearch? As you do, please pray for the response in each place.


Advice and information

The effects of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) are being felt around the world. As The Salvation Army continues in its mission to meet human needs in Christ’s name without discrimination, it is important to follow best practice to keep everybody as safe as possible.

Make use of these free downloads, containing information and advice to keep you safe.