Communique #11 Update July 2014
Registration has been open for 3 months and delegates have been able to book tickets to attend all seven sessions at the Congress. Payment will be requested in August. We currently have reserved 11,500 tickets, meaning there are approximately 3,500 more seats available within the O2 Arena. If you have anyone in your Territory/Region/Command planning on attending the Congress for the full five days and have not registered, please encourage them to do so as these remaining seats will go quickly. For those looking for individual meeting tickets, we do believe that we will have a sufficient supply of these for sale in January. Please do not buy 5 day tickets if you are not planning on attending the full five days.
When payment is requested in August, we expect a percentage of delegates who had reserved tickets to not move forward with the purchasing aspect, so tickets that are not paid for will then be released back into the general sales pool for those who are still trying to get seats for the full five days.
If available, individual session tickets will be on sale in January and should the Arena sell out, we are working on overflow plans to accommodate approximately 2,600 people. The Congress encompasses much more than the general sessions, and while the overflow area will be a place to watch the sessions via video screens, there are a myriad of other events taking place during the five days to engage all delegates.
The schedule for all of these events will be posted in January 2015 and delegates will be able to go to their accounts and purchase tickets to any events listed therein. All tickets will be grouped together under the account holder’s name for collection at the registration point(s) in the O2 Complex. Those who are registered for the Congress will get first notification of the availability of tickets. A few days later the general public will be notified via our website and social media outlets. 2
If you have registered and not added your Congress tickets, please do so. Encourage your delegates who have registered to look at their accounts and make sure they have added a ticket package. If they do not add tickets, they have not completed the registration process, nor will they have tickets for the general sessions of the Congress. As we have reviewed the records, many have filled in their information, but have not added tickets. This is a crucial element of the total registration process.
2. BOUNDLESS: The Whole World Praying
The prayer wave will begin on the 1st July 2014 through the last day of the Congress. We encourage you to look on www.facebook.com/SA.CSLD for promotional materials that can be downloaded for your use as you prepare for the 24/7 prayer initiative.
3. SALVATION ARMY WORLD CUP
We are pleased to announce that we have been able to secure the London Soccer Dome (formerly The David Beckham Academy) and the European Sports Ministry Department under the leadership of Lt. Colonel David Bowles will be coordinating this. More information will be forthcoming, but every Territory/Command/Region is encouraged to participate in this exciting venture. There will be a ‘per person/team cost (more details to come) and the matches will take place during the off-hours of the general sessions (mornings and afternoons). There will be one team per Territory/Region/Command. We are grateful for Lt. Colonel Bowles and the Europe Zone for their support.
5. DRESS CODE
More will be said about this at a later date, but leadership has informed the Congress Office that delegates (Salvation Army officers and soldiers) are expected to wear uniform. ‘Summer uniform’ is acceptable. This consists of epaulet shirt with officer or soldier epaulets, trousers for men and skirt for women, & tie for men. Of course, full Salvation Army uniform is always acceptable. It is hoped that many will wear national uniform and that groups participating in the sessions will be in national dress or national uniform. It will be summer in London and July can be warm.
6. WOMEN’S MINISTRIES
The International Congress will be adorned with beautiful and colourful bunting supplied by Women’s Ministries from all over the world. The International Women’s Ministries Department is asking each territory/region/command to contribute by making triangles according to a pattern that will soon be distributed. It is hoped that these triangles will be representative of your county(s) and culture utilising coloured fabrics and Salvation Army designs.
We are grateful to the women of the Stepney Corps in London for volunteering to assemble these flags, thus joining women from around the world together in 2015. This ‘international’ bunting will greet Salvationists from all over the world as they move around the O2 and the streets of the East end.
Be watching for more details. 5
Encourage self-pays and subsidised delegates to register. Any unused subsidy slots will be released 01 September. Also, please remind delegates who are not coming for the full five days to not register for the five day package. If their package is not picked up by the account holder by noon on Thursday, 02 July, the tickets will be forfeited and placed back into the general sales pool. Refunds will not be given to those who have not picked up their five-day packages by noon on Thursday 2nd July.
2. The Whole World Praying:
This world-wide emphasis began 01 July, 2014. Please make sure your Territory/Region/Command is prepared to participate.
3. Mind the Gap:
Please continue to encourage people to participate at whatever level they can in the MTG initiative, as any and every amount will help us as we bring almost 1,500 delegates to the Congress. An on-line donation system will soon be available on the Boundless website.
4. Social Media:
We are just over 4,500 likes on our Facebook page. There are thousands more Salvationists on Facebook and this is a very easy way to keep people updated about special things happening at the Congress. Those who ‘like’ our page will receive updates and Congress news, so please encourage your officers and soldiers to find us and ‘like’ us!
We are also on Twitter:
7. March Down the Mall
We want to make you aware that we have submitted the application for the March down the Mall. At this point we are awaiting permission. We have given them two options – Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon. Whilst it is still too early to book flights to London, please make your delegates aware of this. We hope to have word back from the Royal Parks before airline tickets can be purchased, but just in case we don’t, we wanted people to be aware of the possibility that the March could be Sunday afternoon, which might alter travel plans should they desire to be a part of this experience.
- Registration: The Congress Office is pleased to announce the following information concerning the cost of registration for the 2015 International Congress:
WITH TRAVELCARD *
Adult (17 & up)
Child (6 months – 10 years)
Child (11 years to 16)
Senior (65 & up)
*Travelcard will allow the delegate to have unlimited use of London public transport (Underground, train, buses, etc. within Zones 1 – 6. Please visit www.tfl.gov.uk for more details about the travelcard)
~ According to TFL Guidelines, children under 11 (as of 01 August) will receive a free travelcard, therefore no change in fee structure for children under 11 years of age. The Congress Office will make arrangements to secure these for this age category.
~ Ages 11 to 16 can travel for half price according to TFL, however, the Congress Office will provide a fully registered delegate, choosing the travelcard option, with the same travelcard as adults – therefore, no extra payment will be required by the delegate when travelling on public transport.
Full registration (with or without the travelcard option) will entitle the delegate admission to all general sessions (7), delegate bag and all materials contained therein; first option to purchase tickets to all concerts in ticketed venues; discount coupons/vouchers at the O2 food establishments and a 7 day travelcard for Zones 1 – 6. (Please note that parking at the O2 is £20 per day).
Day delegates will only receive an entry ticket for the meeting(s) they have purchased and will not be entitled to any of the full delegate amenities. Day tickets will not go on sale for the Congress until 06 January, 2015. It is the desire of the Congress Office that the O2 Arena is full from the outset of the Congress and that weekend seating has not been oversold. This policy is in keeping with previous congresses.
Children’s programming (ages 5 – 12) will be available to Congress delegates Saturday morning, 4 July through Sunday morning, 5 July. The General has challenged the Congress planners to ensure that every meeting is child-friendly and will, in some way, involve them.
Please note that this will not exclude children in this age-range from attending the general sessions Wednesday through Friday.
The Congress Office will be securing the services of a certified childcare provider for children under the age of 5. If the child is a fully registered delegate, there will be no additional charge for this service. Those children not fully registered will be assessed a per session fee. Nursery services will be available during all of the general sessions, Wednesday - through Sunday, 1 - 5 July.
- Congress Planning and Advisory Council meeting in late September
- Mr. Peter Haskew, a Salvationist from the Romford, UK Corps has joined the Congress Team as the International Congress Web, Graphics and Electronic Data Coordinator.
We have recently met with the individuals from the IHQ IT Department who are overseeing the registration section of the Congress website and are pleased with the development. Please pray that all will continue according to plan.
Delegates are encouraged to:
- What we mean by pre-register is to save their place as a fully attending delegate
- Payment will not be required at that time. We are doing this because flights will not be able to be booked until eleven (11) months prior to the Congress. Once that purchase has been made, the delegate will be in a better position to commit to pay.
There are three basic categories into which delegates fall: Self-paying, Subsidised, and Sponsored.
Self-Paying Delegates and Official Delegates
Self-Paying delegates are those delegates who are taking 100% responsibility for their financial arrangements regarding attendance at the Congress. It will simply be a matter of going to the registration area of the Congress website, filling out the required information and submitting their payment details. Once payment has been approved, the delegate will receive a confirmation of acceptance The Territorial Congress Liaison Officer within the territory/region/command who monitors your delegation will be given clearance to see who has self-registered via access to the Congress Delegate Database (Read Only), in case there are any problems or issues that need to be communicated to the Congress Office.
As required by individual travellers and a personal responsibility.
The Congress website is active and has been visited by a number of people. We would appreciate your continued promotion of the website.
The Congress website is: www.boundless2015.org
The question has come into the Congress Office about advisory organisation members attending the Congress. The Congress is not an event that is exclusive to Salvationists. If there are members of advisory boards, councils, auxiliaries, volunteers, etc. who would like to attend, please direct them to the Congress website. It has been the experience in previous congresses that many friends of The Army have been keenly interested in the event and attended. This experience will surely broaden their understanding of The Army.
International Officers Councils
Please note that on the master schedule for the Congress, the International Officers Councils has been moved to Wednesday morning, 01 July at 10:00 am. This is a change from Tuesday, 30 June. We hope this change will enable more officers (active and retired) to attend.
The official accommodation booking site for Boundless 2015 is now open! You can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations at any time through this dedicated website: Accommodation Booking Site
- Accommodations: If you are in need of assistance with group reservations, please contact:
Ann McQueen, Helms-Briscoe, Director of Global Accounts
1-615-385-5366 Toll Free
- Share the registration information with your delegates. Remember, this is in Pound Sterling.
365 Boundless Prayer
Bible Challenge 2015
Under the theme 'Boundless...The whole world reading' the General challenges Salvationists and friends around the world to read through the whole of the New Testament in one year, together.
Mind The Gap
- Continue to promote this important initiative of sponsoring an individual to the Congress.
- Please let these groups know they are welcome to attend the Congress.