International Headquarters announces the 150th Anniversary Congress of the founding of The Salvation Army in London, UK, 1 – 5 July, 2015. Salvationists from 126 countries will unite under the theme, BOUNDLESS: The Whole World Redeeming. This theme comes from the pen of General William Booth, who wrote the words to what we affectionately call The Founder’s Song:
O boundless salvation, deep ocean of love;
O fullness of mercy, Christ brought from above.
The whole world redeeming, so rich and so free;
Now flowing for all men, come roll over me!
Ephesians 3:8, admonishes us to 'Preach to the nations the boundless riches of Christ!' And the nations will gather from the four corners of the earth in the East End of London to observe this historic event. The 2015 International Congress will commemorate the past accomplishments of The Army, which has seen the Gospel taken to 126 countries. It will also celebrate what God is doing in and through The Salvation Army today and it will innovate for the future, spurring us on to even greater things beyond the year 2015.
While Congresses traditionally take place over the course of a weekend, the Boundless Congress will be a five-day event, which begins on Wednesday 1 July with an opening rally that will welcome the world to London, the birthplace of The Salvation Army. The Congress will conclude with a grand sending-forth service on Sunday 5 July. Every meeting is being planned to first of all, bring honour and glory to the Lord, but also to display the cultural diversity of our world-wide Army. You will not want to miss a single meeting.
July 2014 - Please download the July 2014 Territorial Update here.
July 2014 - There is a new "serviced apartment" option not far (a little over 2 miles) from the O2. Staycity London (www.staycity.com) . The price for a double room for 6 nights is £467. Cleaning is £20 per time.
Our territorial pre-registration process is continuing to allow those within the territory to indicate their interest in attending the 150th anniversary of The Salvation Army. There is still time to submit your self-nomination form found on this website. The link for the self-nomination can be found at the bottom of this column under the "Interested in Attending?" header.
1. Only those who have submitted a completed self-nomination form and have received a confirmation email indicating they have been approved as an official delegate are eligible to receive the Territorial subsidy.
2. Please do not register on the IHQ Boundless 2015 site until you receive a code and direction you can register. IHQ has provided a number of slots for our territory and complicates the process as those registering without a code are designated by IHQ as "self-paying".
The IHQ accommodation booking website is now open:
This is an external website managed by HelmsBriscoe, an accommodation provider. Individuals can use the site to purchase accommodation packages at venues throughout the London area. As standard, rooms are available from Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – Sunday, July 5, 2015. Should you wish to stay for longer or if you would like a family room please contact HelmsBriscoe directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delegates are under no obligation to use this site.
Interested in Attending?
Potential Central Territory Delegates should not register for Boundless 2015 at the Congress website until they have received notification they have approval to do so. To obtain approval to attend Boundless 2015, please fill out the self-nomination form. Also download the Territorial Information Sheet (PDF).
Those who have recently tried to reserve a hotel room have seen the hotel rooms through the IHQ site are now at the "wait list" status. We have communicated our concern to IHQ. There is another event accross the street from the O2 ending the day after Boundless 2015 begins, as well as Wimbledon Tennis tournament. Both of these events are impacting room availability. The good news is there are a number of hotel chains which are not part of the IHQ system at this point and who do not take reservations more than one year out. These will soon become available, so please be patient. Information updates and links will be sent out as information is received.
In the next two weeks, those who have who have been approved to attend Boundless 2015 will receive a registration code which will enable you to register at the IHQ registration site. IHQ will then bill us not you for your registration (your registration will be deducted from the $1000 THQ subsidy which will come to you through the commands).
We have received word from IHQ that our seating allotment for subsidized delegates to the 2015 Boundless International Congress has changed. 50% (350) of our delegation will be assigned to the lower level of the O2 arena while the other 50% (350) will be seated on the upper level. Please keep in mind that seating is assigned on a first come first served basis.
Additionally, those subsidized delegates registering with self-paying delegates will be seated in the upper level of the O2.
As a reminder, the following are described as:
Self-Paying delegates are those delegates who are taking 100% responsibility for their financial arrangements regarding attendance at the Congress.
Subsidized Delegates are those who are receiving financial assistance from THQ (will receive/have received as special code to register).