Wesley Week Gathering for Young Adults in Taizé, France
Updated April 9, 2020
Good day all – prayers that you remain healthy and active during the current COVID-19 pandemic response.
As you can imagine, the brothers at Taizè are responding to COVID-19 much like the rest of the world, making plans and then altering them as governments and other groups make decisions about social and physical distancing, essential business closures, and more.
As of now, the brothers plan to still proceed with the schedule for August 2-9 as planned, but they are considering all possibilities, including cancellation of gatherings at the Monastery until the need for a pandemic response and social/physical distancing has passed.
I will work to update information as soon as possible once they make a decision. For now, I would encourage you to do the following:
If you have purchased a flight, contact your airline to learn about their cancellation/refund policies. Do not cancel flights yet, but learn about timeframes for you to do so and if you will receive a full refund, or receive flight credits with the airline.
Make sure that your passport and vaccination records are current, in case there are additional travel considerations in August.
Wait to hear from YouthSpirit about refunds for your registration, if you have registered. They are a smaller organization, and will not be able to make their decisions and act until the Monastery in Taizè has made their decision.
You can still reserve a seat on the YPM bus at no cost to you by signing up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqpWSfqXkfpiMWWc7-KtRGWvSaBKZITgybhscVAbeCnTYzlQ/viewform
If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out and I will do my best to answer. I encourage you to be in prayer for the health of our brothers and sisters, as well as all healthcare professionals working to care and cure.
Chris Wilterdink, [email protected]
Updated February 6, 2020
Free bus ride from the Lyon airport to Taizé! Click to reserve your seat by the end of February! (First Come First Served and FREE for the first 50 people!)
Wesley Week takes places August 2-9, 2020 at the Monastery in Taizé, France. Click here to register for only 22 Euros (about $25 USD) per person.
Participants will include young people from around the world. When you get to Taizé you will experience a week of intentional community, sacrificial living, and enjoy Wesleyan additions to the monastery’s normal schedule.
Young People’s Ministries, in support of YouthSpirit and the European Methodist Youth and Children’s Council, is extending an invitation to worldwide participation in the Wesley Week at Taizé, France. Young People’s Ministries is providing access to organized on-the-ground transportation for up to 100 people to encourage worldwide participation in this gathering.
I WANT TO GO ALREADY!
Me too. Register with YouthSpirit prior to April 30 and get yourself to the Monastery. Just make sure that you arrive in Taizé by dinner time on August 2 and leave the Monastery no earlier than 12:30 p.m. on August 9 as you book your own flights. Check the packing list below!
The Taizé Monastery website offers a preview of the experience, and very detailed information about how to get to their location.
You can also get a free ride to and from the Lyon Airport to Taizé on a bus sponsored by Young People’s Ministries! Click here to RSVP if interested. (First Come First Served and FREE for the first 50 people!)
Once you arrive at the Taizé Monastery, please be prepared to pay your lodging fee. (60-88 Euros for those under 30 and 112-154 Euros for adults over 30)
I’M NOT SURE YET, WHY SHOULD YOU COME?
Taizé has been a spiritual home to young pilgrims for 80 years. Based on reconciliation, Taizé draws young people toward their fullest selves through their particular worship style and teaching. Every day sees the rhythmic flow of Bible study, small group conversations, fellowship and work together steeped and surrounded in the practice of prayer. In fact, some of their prayer and worship practices have become so well-used, that you may have been a part of a Taizé style worship or prayer service in your local community.
Taizé is all at once a gentle balm for your soul, a gathering of thousands with noise and song, a place of smiles and laughter with old friends and new friends, and a challenge to your mind and heart. Peace sits in the heart of the community. And here, God challenges and changes lives. Living our fullest lives of reconciliation, forgiveness and partnership with God are the very heartbeat of the experience.
You can join in the life and rhythm of the Brothers in Taizé while also sharing fellowship and learning with Methodist and Wesleyan brothers and sisters from around the world . . . what could be better?
Find out more about TAIZE from the Taizé website.
SPECIAL GUESTS CONFIRMED SO FAR
- Barry Sloan (Germany)
- Maria Thaarup (Denmark)
- Damien Carruthers (Germany)
- Jools Hamilton (Ireland)
- Chris Wilterdink (United States)
Please be between 18-30 years of age. A limited number of adult helpers over 30 are allowed for a group of young adults traveling together, but the primary audience for this gathering is those under 30.
U.S. Citizens: Have a valid U.S. passport with more than six months left before it expires. You do not need a visa to be in France as long as you are staying less than 90 days.
Non-U.S. Citizens: Click here to determine if you need a visa to enter France. If you do need a visa, you need to apply and receive a visa on your own. Young People’s Ministries can provide a letter of support, but no financial assistance for this process.
- 22 Euro Registration Fee to YouthSpirit.
- 60-88 Euro payable to Taizé Monastery upon arrival (18-30-year-olds). 112-154 for adults over 30.
- Registration and fees include your basic food and lodging in a large group tent or wooden barrack. Remember, Taizé is about intentional community, and this simple lodging reflects that reality. You can potentially bring your own tent, but it would not reduce your cost and you would have to account for packing it in your luggage.
- Must register with YouthSpirit no later than April 2020. (Earlier if using optional bus service from Young People’s Ministries.)
- You pay for and arrange your own flights.
- Your own on-the-ground transportation to Taizé, or use the optional bus service provided by Young People’s Ministries (potentially at an additional cost)
- On the ground transportation if you do not use Young People’s Ministries free bus. You must reserve your spot on the bus by February 29, 2020.
- Money for incidentals during travel. Any extra money needed would be to spend in the very small & cheap shop on site. (hot chocolate in the evenings!) or during your travel.
- Prayer and Spiritual Formation resources from the Upper Room. It will take you a while to get to France, so do some meaningful reading on the way!
- Medical & Travel Insurance: your own and optional. Research any personal medical insurance you have. Consider adding UMVIM or World Nomads.
- PASSPORT with at least 6 months remaining before expiration.
- U.S. Citizens: Have a valid U.S. passport with more than six months left before it expires. You do not need a visa to be in France as long as you are staying less than 90 days.
- Non-U.S. Citizens: Click here to determine if you need a visa to enter France. If you do need a visa, you need to apply and receive a visa on your own. Young People’s Ministries can provide a letter of support, but no financial assistance for this process.
- Sleeping bag or small sheet set (lightweight, it is summer after all)
- Money (for registration to Taizé, paid upon arrival + for any spending you wish to do)
- Sunscreen + hat
- Reading material + Bible
- Changes of clothes + personal hygiene, etc.
- European plug adapter
- Comfortable walking shoes
- A sense of humor and adventure