The Banner Parade

People carrying congregational banners into the General Session Hall at the 2015 GA.

2022 Banner Parade

The banner parade is a GA institution, and this year the tradition will be revamped for a multi-platform audience. Please bring your congregation’s banner to General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, or submit a high-resolution photo of your congregation’s banner prior to General Assembly. Banners will be displayed in the General Session Hall and the celebration will be live streamed. As there is no processional, you can pack light: No need to bring your banner poles!

Download Instructions for Making a Banner (PDF) .

Banner Dropoff will take place at the Volunteer office beginning on Tuesday, June 21 (10am – 5pm), and continue Wednesday, June 22 until 90 minutes before opening ceremony (2:00pm). Upon dropping off your banner with the Volunteer Office, you’ll receive a carbon-copy of the banner registration form attached to your banner. The form will serve as an identifier to help expedite the pickup process.

  •  Can’t make it for banner drop-off ? Submit your banner virtually, and you can still drop off your banner on Thursday to be hung that morning before the 9:30am General Session.
  • Please Note: All banners must be processed through the Volunteer Office before being hung in the General Session Hall.

Banners Pickup will commence at 11am on Sunday June 26, after Sunday Morning Worship Service. Banners will continue to be available for pickup at the back of the General Session hall until 4pm that day.

If you need to pick up your banner before Sunday at 11am, please indicate this on your banner drop-off form, and our volunteer staff will coordinate pickup details on-site.

Submitting a Virtual Banner

If you’re traveling to Portland, but want to leave your banner at home, you may submit a high-resolution photo of your banner in portrait-style (vertical) to the Virtual Banner Parade Submission Form . Supported file types include JPG or PNG (no PDF’s please). We encourage you to submit the highest resolution photo possible.

Virtual Banners will be shown as a slideshow video, accompanied by live music and closeups of the on-site banners hanging around the General Session Hall. Submitted photos will also be uploaded to the GA app.

To have your congregation's banner presented virtually, submit your banner photo by Friday, April 29, 2022.

We can’t wait to see your banners online and in-person in a new celebration of this historic tradition!

Video of the 2021 Virtual Banner Parade

Video of the 2019 Opening Celebration (Banner Parade begins six and a half minutes in).