Fr Dominic Howarth, Chair of the Flame core group, and Fr Dermott Donnelly, CYMFed Chair, have more info on Flame 2019, and why it’s going top be a great event to bring your young people to.
The CYMFed Flame Congress is now just 8 weeks away, on 2nd March 2019, at Wembley Arena. Many parishes and school groups have already booked tickets for their young people to enjoy this amazing celebration of Catholic faith, in a vibrant atmosphere, full of joy, with content presented in a way which resonates for young people.
If your parish or school has not yet booked, there is still time, and we – as organisers – will make it as easy as possible for you. We are bringing groups ourselves, and so we will hopefully offer you all the practical information you need as you prepare to travel to Wembley, and a memorable and inspiring day when you get there.
Flame2019 offers an impressive calibre and range of speakers. Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, will be giving exclusive video input. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland, will be sharing his experience of the October Synod on Youth, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Offering a very different style of input will be the rapper Guvna B, and his wife Emma, who will speak into the issue of stress, mental health and wellbeing for our young people. You will know as well as we do how much this is affecting our young people, and we hope that what they hear at Flame will set wellbeing in a context of our faith where God names them as “Beloved”; the theme for the day is “Significance.” A well known and very vibrant Arena speaker, Robert Madu, is flying in from Texas, to talk on this theme; we are sure he will offer both challenge and humour.
Using material directly from Adoremus, RISE Theatre will present the powerful drama “Jesus is here” as an introduction to Adoration, which will be led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in the presence of almost all the Bishops of England and Wales. Music throughout the day will be animated by Tim Hughes, composer of “Here I am to worship.”
Your Diocesan Youth Office or your religious congregation may have block booked tickets at the early bird price, so contact them first to see if they have any left. Otherwise, go to www.cymfed.org.uk/flame 2019. The ticket price is just £23, for a day which offers seven hours of inspirational content, lunchtime activities, and a warm up from Premier Gospel DJ and Eurovision judge Candice Mackenzie.
Now is the moment to book, to secure seats for your group – with just 200 more people from every Diocese in the country, the Arena will be full! Tickets will be posted to group leaders in mid February.
Flame is ideal for young people aged 14+ (school year 9/10+), which – for many parishes – will include your Confirmandi or older youth groups. For schools it is a magnificent “enrichment day” for groups such as liturgy prefects, or entire GCSE and A level RE classes; the input during the day, and the vision of Church offered in such a day, will illuminate classroom discussions.
Thank you for anything that you can do to bring a group to Flame2019 – we know the effort and energy this takes, and we are very grateful to you for your dedication and time in supporting the young people within your school or parish on their faith journey.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
With many prayers
Fr Dominic and Fr Dermott, on behalf of the whole Flame2019 organising team