Plans are coming together for our International Youth Gathering in two weeks’ time! We are really looking forward to welcoming our 23 visitors from South Africa, across Asia, Germany, Belarus, Poland, Georgia, the USA and the UK, for five days of learning, talking, praying and sitting around the table together. This is the stage of tackling all the fine details such as who arrives when, who eats what, and other such essentials, prior to confirming details with those poised to make the journey here very soon, so things are a little busy at the Coventry end at the moment, but that’s all good!
Overall, the youth gathering is a culmination of lots of people’s effort and investment: the German CCN particularly (to whom a very big thank you!) who have made so much of the event possible, but also all other benefactors and partners who are funding individuals to attend as well; those who have oiled the wheels in various ways to enable the logistics to work out; and those who are giving up their own time to come and speak, run a workshop, run some worship or discussion, or to otherwise offer help. … And of course all those individuals giving up time to attend.
There will be several occasions for others (of any age!) to join in with various parts of the programme if they wish: our Taizé Worship on the 1st August (to which we joyfully welcome also a large group of young people from Spain), and our Cathedral by Candlelight quiet reflective prayer evening on 2nd August, both at 7.30pm in the main Cathedral; and Bishop Peter Price’s opening talk on being a Christian peacemaker in a world of war, on 29th July at 4.45pm. Look out for more information on these on our Facebook and twitter pages (@ccncoventy) in the next two weeks, and just come along if you would like to take part.
The last youth gathering was six years ago, so most of us in the gathering team haven’t been here for one before ourselves! As our South African CCN team have said, it’s a privilege to be part of the process, and we look forward to the sharing of light and love garnered on this journey, both here in Coventry and more importantly, beyond.
Alice Farnhill, Community of the Cross of Nails Project Officer