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.
May 18, 2015 - MEAL ALLOWANCE & CHILD-CARE EXPENSES
In an effort to ease the burden of keeping meal receipts and handling currency conversion, Territorial Finance Council (TFC) approved a per diem rate of £52. Rates of exchange are always fluctuating. It was determined to go with a $1.50/pound conversion rate to simplify the accounting across the territory. The approved daily meal rate will therefore convert to $78.00 per day. The typical delegate should plan on seven days of allowance ($546.00) That figure is based on one day travel each way and five days of Congress meetings. No receipts for meals, beverages or snacks will be required or accepted.** A voucher or check request will be the only needed documentation.
The attached table is provided to provide guidance for the handling of meal allowances for all delegates who are eligible to receive reimbursement for Congress expenses (Regular, THQ appointed or Participating). Please note: if you have already received all the support or reimbursement available to you from all Salvation Army sources (THQ, DHQ or Command, Corps or appointment), you are not eligible to draw meal allowance or submit reimbursements for meals, snacks or beverages. Please remember, you can only submit reimbursement requests up to limits established by your Division / Command.
Childcare Expenses for officers: All Officers attending the 2015 Boundless Congress who are not bringing their children with them and are eligible for child-care will be allowed to draw from official funds child care expenses according to Finance minute - Section 11; Minute 11; Part 2.
Questions concerning this memo should be directed to your Corps Officer or Command. If further clarification is needed contact the Program Department at THQ at USC_Program@usc.salvationarmy.org
May 13, 2015 - The refund deadline for the cancellation of tickets booked through your Boundless 2015 Registration account is May 15.
If you need to cancel tickets booked through your account, please contact the International Congress office before this date and they can process a refund for your tickets, subject to a 10% processing fee as described in the registration terms and conditions.
Attached is an advertisement for the Social Justice Seminar to be held on Friday, July 3 at 1:30pm in O2 complex in London. Admission is free but everyone needs a ticket.
General André Cox will join a panel of leaders to discuss the question: "How can people of faith better contribute to the fight for social justice in the 21st century?"
Tickets are still available - please share this information with your people attending the congress.
If you wish to personally attend this seminar, please email IHQ-ISJC@salvationarmy.org and they will send you a ticket that you can print off and bring with you.
May 2015 - We've received word that fewer and fewer locations in the UK are accepting credit cards with the magnetic strip. Many businesses in the UK are now accepting cards with an embedded microchip.
In light of this information, if you are planning to use your credit cards during your time at the International Congress it is suggested that you contact your bank to see if cards containing this chip are offered to its customers. Some banks do offer this, free of charge.
April 2015 - As the International Congress is now less than 100 days away, I want to provide some information which will be helpful to USA Central Territory delegates as you prepare for the historic gathering in London to celebrate The Salvation Army's 150th anniversary.
March 2015 - The producers of The Salvation Army International Congress are looking for up to 450 Volunteer Cast Members to play an important role in the ceremony and celebrations of the upcoming Boundless World Congress, July 1-5 in London. The Volunteer Cast will perform during the prestigious O2 Arena World Congress General Sessions. No formal performance training is needed, just a Boundless Spirit to have fun and honor Him. More information and registration.
February 2015 - Tickets for the 1:30 July 2nd CSB concert are still available by going through the "buy individual events" option (direct link: http://www.axs.com/salvationarmy)
January 2015 - We are pleased to announce that tickets to concerts, the musical and other additional events for all fully registered delegates will be available to book from 28 January 2015 at 9.00 am GMT (3:00am Central).
When these tickets become available, you will be able to book them from the Boundless Registration page on our website - www.boundless2015.org/boundless/registration. To purchase these tickets you will need to log in to your account, add the tickets you would like for each delegate you have registered and then pay for all of the tickets you have booked. If you are not yet a fully registered delegate but would like to attend the seven main sessions in The O2 arena, please register as a full delegate and complete your payment. You will then be able to add tickets to concerts, the musical and other additional events when these are available.
If you are unable to attend all seven of the main sessions, you can still purchase tickets to individual sessions, subject to availability. Tickets for those wishing to attend individual sessions will be available to book from 29 January 2015 at 9.00 am GMT. You will also be able to book tickets for concerts, the musical, and other additional events within the same booking. The process of booking these tickets will not be the same as for fully registered delegates, there will be a separate button on the Boundless Registration webpage for you to book tickets to the individual sessions.
If you have any questions, please read the Frequently Asked Questions on the Boundless Registration webpage or contact the Congress Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 2014 - The International Congress Office asked to make you aware that dialogue with the Royal Parks is continuing concerning the March down the Mall. We feel very positive about the ongoing conversation and the possibility of this happening; however, many have enquired about when this might happen and how it will impact departures from London. At this moment, we can only tell you that, if the March is approved, it appears that it will happen on Sunday, 5 July at approximately 15:00 (3 PM). Therefore, if you are interested in being part of this aspect of the Congress, we suggest that, if possible, you stay in London until Monday morning or take the absolute last flight out on Sunday night.
September 2014 - Please download the September 2014 Territorial Update here.
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: email@example.com.
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).