As with many of The Salvation Army’s churches across the country and around the world, The Salvation Army Barrhaven Church enjoys a wonderful and diverse Music Ministries.

Our music groups not only participate in worship on Sunday mornings, but are also actively engaged in community-based programs that lift the spirits of those in retirement homes, excite the families that line the streets during Santa Claus parades, and bring cheer to so many during the Christmas Season.

We do this to share the love of Jesus Christ.

Senior Brass Band

The Salvation Army Barrhaven’s Senior Brass Band is a group of musicians whose purpose is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through music, word, and scripture with our congregation, our community and all who listen. It is our hope that we can witness to the joy of the Christian life through example in our everyday living and our ministry. We aim to serve God through an integral role within our church and supporting additional community ministries – from Community Care Outreach, to our Gladstone ministry, Grace Manor support as well as participating in wider community events such as the Santa Claus Parades in Ottawa and Barrhaven and the Festival of Carols during the Christmas Season.

We rehearse on Tuesday evening from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. at our Ministry Centre, and are always looking for new members to join with us in this enjoyable, effective and fulfilling ministry.

Songsters (Choir)

DSC_0015_webThe Barrhaven Salvation Army Songsters (choir) exists to support our Sunday worship services and our community outreach programmes. Through music, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is presented using a variety of genre of music. The Songsters can be heard every Sunday morning during services at St. Andrews Catholic School and regularly in Senior’s Homes, Nursing homes and other venues in the community. They also participate in the annual Salvation Army Festival of Carols at Centrepointe Theatre.

The choir sings in standard four-part harmony (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and has a repertoire ranging from simple hymn arrangements to more challenging choral arrangements produced by contemporary composers and arrangers. Membership is open to anyone in the congregation who shares a love of choral music and would like to sing with the group. Although knowing how to read music is an advantage, it is not a prerequisite for joining the choir. If you are enthusiastic about singing, can hold a tune and are willing to commit to the time required, you are welcome to join us. Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at our Ministry Centre.

If you are interested in joining the group, or just coming along for a test drive, please contact the leader, Gerry Merkel at or you can make contact through the church office.

For His Cause

Our worship team, For His Cause, exists to help to create an atmosphere of celebration and/or reflection as we lead our church family in sung worship on a Sunday morning. Piano, drums, guitars (acoustic, electric and bass) and voice help to provide a contemporary foundation on which to guide our congregation and lead them to worship and reflect on the Glory and Wonder of our God.

We select songs which are based in Scripture, familiar, simple to learn and current – such that you might hear on current contemporary Christian radio or in other churches – so that our basis is real and relevant, in keeping with our overall church mandate.

Our primary function is in leadership of music in our Sunday morning meeting with our own church family. However, once a month, we bring our music and help to lead a small service at the Salvation Army Booth Centre for the staff and clients of the Men’s shelter and Anchorage Addiction recovery program.

“I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus. I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it when it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.” – “The Heart of Worship”, Matt Redman