Taize youth 2014

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undefinedThe annual diocesan youth pilgrimage this summer saw young people from Bishop's Blue Coat C of E Academy, Chester, and Cre8 (a youth project from Macclesfield) travel to Taizé in Burgundy, France.

Our Youth Officer, the Revd Mark Montgomery, led the trip. Highlights included: joining with young people from 97 countries for worship; Bible teaching; and community work, involving cleaning duties and the serving of food for the Taizé community.

The youngsters were able to meet and quiz one of the brothers of the community of all aspects of his life as a monk.

They also heard a fascinating address from the Prior, Brother Alois, and they went out to the local town of Cormatin for a pizza meal.

One of the pilgrims, Olivia, 15, said: “Experiencing new cultures and new people – that’s something you can never do at home. I would go back next year.”

Another, Shannon, 16, said: “It was more amazing than last year. I’ve only been to Taize twice. Each time it gets better.”

Mark Montogery said: “It’s amazing to see how young people and school staff develop in many different ways though a week in Taizé. Living as part of an international community is truly life-changing. It’s an experience not to be missed.”

Any young people (in school years 10 to 13) who are interested in going to Taizé next year should visit www.chester.anglican.org/taize

  • Taizé is an ecumenical religious community with a distinct form of worship, using simple songs and periods of silence for reflection and prayer.

Above, the school group under the bell arch at Taizé on the last day

Below, the group eating breakfast together