Strawberry Field(s) Forever

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Update February 2017 – > YouTube feature video below

Vision for Strawberry Field is to weave together educational, cultural, heritage and spiritual exploration in one bold, imaginative plan. Building on from the story of Strawberry Field, we want to create a vibrant visitor experience that inspires people today as much as the place inspired the young John Lennon. 

In 1934, an old Victorian house and estate known as ‘Strawberry Field’ was sold to The Salvation Army by the widow of a wealthy merchant. It was situated in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, England.

Two years after the sale, The Salvation Army opened a children’s home there. Then, in the 1970s, the original house was replaced with three units, each housing 12 children.

Also out of Liverpool was a musical group of four young lads who, in 1967, immortalized the estate in their song of the same name (plus an s) ‘Strawberry Fields’.

As a young boy, John Lennon lived near the estate. He remembered it with fondness as a place where he always had fun playing in the vast gardens with his friends and attending the annual garden party each summer. As soon as he heard The Salvation Army Band, he jumped up and down shouting to his aunt “Mimi, come on. We’re going to be late.”

Policies to child welfare changed and society left behind orphanages in favour of foster homes. Strawberry Field had less and less children being sent and was eventually closed in 2005. The famous gates were removed and taken into safe-keeping in 2011 with replicas being installed instead. Strawberry Field still contributes to the neighbourhood as a church and prayer centre.


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COVID 19 Update

The members of The Salvation Army Oshawa Temple want to protect you from any Covid-19 spread yet, at the same time, wish to journey life with you. 

At present, there are still reports of new strains of Covid-19 spread and, unfortunately, we are not at a level of vaccination that safely allows us to congregate. Therefore, we have initiated the following:

 In-Person Church Services are postponed until further notice, but our ONLINE SERVICES, complete with music, songs, prayer, and Biblically focused sermons can be found here. [Click to follow]

 Our CHURCH OFFICE is closed, but we are still available Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 3:00 pm).  If you have enquiries, needs, prayer requests, or simply want to discuss life, please connect with us by phone at 905-436-0011, text us at 289-768-5959, or email the office. Email address is 

 Our FOOD BANK and THRIFT STORE in downtown Oshawa are operating under COVID restrictions. If you are solely in need of food, please make an appointment at 905-723-7422 ext 221. 

 The Thrift Store is operating under COVID Restrictions. Store is closed April 12th -14th. Planned reopening Thursday April 15th. Accepting donations resumes Thursday April, 15th Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm at the back loading dock door.  Please access the Albert Street side of the building in downtown Oshawa from Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 4:30 pm) and Saturday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm).  The Thrift Store is closed on Sunday. More Thrift Store Details… [Click to follow]

 COUNSELLING SERVICES, including aid with annual TAX RETURNS, continue Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 4:30 pm),  but please call for an appointment at 905-723-7422. Registration for The Low Income Tax Clinic is online. [Click to follow]