‘One Army’ at Christmas

Video contributions requested by IHQ

As Christmas approaches, The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters communications team is planning to release a video highlighting the movement’s vital and varied ministry at this important time of year. With a focus on Jesus, the video will include the popular carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” as its soundtrack.

Salvation Army music groups—including brass band, worship groups or indigenous instruments—are invited to record themselves playing this carol, the final production of which will feature parts of the tune played by a wide variety of contributors, all coming together to make a united whole.

For consistency, groups are asked to use the arrangement of the traditional tune “Forest Green” in The Salvation Army’s New Christmas Praise carol book (No. 59) or in the current Salvation Army tune book (No. 149). The carol should be performed in G flat major (A flat major for B flat instruments; E flat major for E flat instruments) and at a tempo of 90 crotchet beats per minute.

Contributions should be filmed in widescreen HD (if shot on smartphones, the device should be aligned in landscape format) and uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo, and the URL emailed to by Dec. 15. Include photo releases for anyone appearing in the video and provide details of the participants’ corps, country and territory, plus, where appropriate, the name of the group.

Contributors are also encouraged to share submissions online, with the hashtag #MetInThee (from the last line of the first verse: “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight”).

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