In the course of this topic the delegates visit London, IHQ, Nottingham and two Corps. They all aim at helping the delegates to deepen their understanding and experience of your personal mission and calling. Zonal afternoons (more about this below) serve to enhance the delegates’ global perspective for the work of the Salvation Army.
East End Walkabout
The aim of this trip is to see where The Salvation Army began. It follows the footsteps of William Booth to look at some of the places and sites where buildings used by The Christian Mission and The Salvation Army stood. Walking down Whitechapel Road, past market stalls, the first stop is The Blind Beggar public house. From there it crosses the road to Mile End Waste where there are three memorials, a stone slab and a bust and a statue of William Booth. Continuing the journey there is a visit to the Quaker Burial Ground, Professor Orson's Dancing Academy and sites including those where stood the first Rescue Home, the first Headquarters, the first Printing Works and other places where early day meetings were held.
Abney Park Cemetery
Following the East End is Abney Park Cemetery, passing on the way such places as the site of the Wool Shed, the Railway Arches, Cambridge Villas where Evangeline Booth was born, the Mother's Hospital and the Congress Hall. Many historical meetings took place here and this complex housed the International Training Garrison with accommodation for over 600 cadets.
The cemetery is a reminder of the last days and funerals of William and Catherine Booth, in seeing their graves and those of Bramwell and Florence Booth as well as those of many early day officers. These include George Scott Railton, John Lawley, Elijah Cadman, Frederick Booth-Tucker and a number of others, some of whom pioneered the work and served in many countries throughout the world.
On a morning visit to IHQ, the session leads morning prayers in the new 101 Queen Victoria Street building. The visit also provides an opportunity to spend time with zonal leaders and members of their departments.
The trip to Nottingham will be an opportunity to visit the birthplace of General William Booth, one of our founders, and to develop further insight into the conditions and influences which helped to shape his own life and mission. His home has been restored and is now an Army museum.
Coventry Cathedral was bombed in November 1940. The charred cross in the ruins, and the words ‘Father Forgive' sum up the ministry of the New Coventry Cathedral, designed by Sir Basil Spence and consecrated in 1962. The shell of the old cathedral is now a living memory of the past. There is a book and gift shop at the Cathedral.
Note: The trip to Nottingham may or may not include a trip to Coventry Cathedral and can be replaced by a trip to William Booth College with the Heritage Centre.
Heritage Centre/William Booth College
This trip gives the session the opportunity to tour the UKT College for Officer Training, interact with the cadets and staff and visit the International Heritage Centre, which tells the story of The Salvation Army from its origins in the 1860s to the present, both in the UK and internationally in artefacts, pictures, videos.