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Wesley Week Gathering for Young Adults in Taizé, France

By Stuart Ervin

Gather together as young Methodists from around the world to participate in the rhythms of daily life and prayer at Taizé. Experience the teachings of the brothers of Taizé, discover shared community life and sacrificial living for a week, and enjoy special Wesleyan additions to the normal schedule at the monastery. Invited guest speakers will add to the Taizé program with several special gatherings for all Methodists present.

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

Express Interest to Young People’s Ministries using the form below.

  • This does not commit you to the trip, it simply provides us with the opportunity to email you directly so that you can commit to the trip in January 2020 and register/pay by February 2020.
  • It also gives you the potential to use on ground transportation from a major European Airport (TBD Paris, Lyon, or Frankfurt) organized by Young People’s Ministries to and from Taizé.

If using Young People’s Ministries roundtrip bus service, reserve and pay for your spot in our bus by February 2020. Wait to book flights until exact information regarding the timing of our bus service is provided to you.

If you are arranging your own arrival in Taizé, you can simply register via YouthSpirit and make your own travel arrangements, including your own flight and on-ground bus/train any time prior to April 30, 2020. Information about how to get to Taizé is available on the monastery’s website.

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)

PARTICIPATION

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.

YOUR COSTS

Required:

22 Euro Registration Fee to YouthSpirit.

60-88 Euro payable to Taizé Monastery upon arrival (18-30-year-olds). 112-154 for adult coordinators over 30. This cost includes 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. See below.)

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)

Optional:

$50-100 on ground travel to and from airport to Taizé, organized by Young People’s Ministries, (Cost and location still TBD – either Paris, Frankfurt, or Lyon. Cost only kicks in if we have over 100 people) with other Wesley Week participants from the United Methodist Church.

  • More bus information available in January 2020. Must reserve bus spot and pay by February 2020.
  • You would be responsible to arrange your own round-trip flights to the city we identify for our bus service. We would arrange on the ground transfers from the airport to Taizé and back.
  • Young People’s Ministries would reserve bus service, and require you to meet at the departure location August 2, 2020 (an airport at a specific time). We would also use that same location for return service on the departure date of August 9. You book your own flights, but at times that work for our organized bus schedule.

$50 set of spiritual discipline resources from the Upper Room to aid in preparation and reflection for the Wesley Week. More information available in January 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.

Packing list

  • Medical & Travel Insurance: your own. Research any personal medical insurance you have. Consider adding UMVIM (https://umvim.org/send_a_team/insurance-faq-updated.html) or World Nomads (https://www.worldnomads.com/)
  • 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 (lightweight, it is summer after all)
  • Towel(s)
  • 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