The 2023 trip to the Taizé Community in France is an amazing opportunity for young people aged 15+. It's a week-long residential trip from Saturday 21 October until Sunday 29 October 2023 (half-term).
Taizé in France is an extraordinary place – quite different from anywhere else: it combines a monastic community with the feel of a huge youth camp! It is a place that celebrates diversity in many aspects and welcomes those who are Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, believers of other religions, and those of no faith whatsoever. Taizé is a place for searching, listening and thinking about what it means to be a human being, and how we can bring justice, peace and hope to our world.
This is no ordinary youth camp! Each day we will: gather 3 times a day as one community in the church for prayer with songs, scripture and silence; we'll take part in a workshop with one of the brothers, followed by discussion in small groups; we'll volunteer to help around the community; between meals there's free time for fun, games and even down time; in the evenings, many head to 'Oyak' where over drinks & snacks, there is singing, games and all kinds of spontaneous entertainment.
Through the Youth Ministry in Communion project we are able to offer this trip at a severely reduced cost of £250 per young person. Bursaries are available for young people who are a part of one of our network parishes - alternatively, speak to your youth leader or vicar who might be able to offer financial support.
Not yet sold? Taizé is like no other place. Whilst gathering for worship 3 times a day might sound like a lot - worship at Taizé is very different to what we're used to: simple but moving. Don't just take our word for it though, here's what two participants from last year said...