Anyone visiting Wembley on Saturday March 2nd 2019 would have been forgiven for thinking that they had entered an invasion of the three clans. As Tottenham Hostspur and Arsenal fans descended upon Wembley Stadium with the usual shouting and chants associated with football rivalry, in excess of 8,000 Catholic young people descended upon the SSE (Wembley) Arena for an amazing encounter with the Lord and His Church. Every two years the Catholic Church of England and Wales working with CYMFed hold a gathering for young people to explore faith int these modern times and enter into a spirit of worship and encounter. That gathering is called “FLAME”.
Flame 2019 was entitled ‘Significance’; it explored the relationship between what the world regards as signs of significance such as social media likes etc. versus the significance God has for us as His ‘Beloved’. Representatives from the Archdiocese of Cardiff were present as a number of groups travelled from around the diocese to encounter the Lord in this wonderful way.
The talks this year were particularly powerful and delivered by speakers including:
- Jean Vanier, the founder of the L’Arche movement
- Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
- Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh
- Robert Madu, American Christian Speaker
- Rap artist, Guvna B
- and ‘Girl got Faith’ blogger, Emma Borquaye
British worship leader, singer and songwriter, Timothy Hughes led the packed arena in praise and worship. And the day culminated in a personal encounter with he Lord in the Blessed Sacrament as Cardinal Vincent Nichols led the Eucharistic Adoration session.
Some of our own young people came back from Flame feeling enriched and “on the ceiling”.
Flame happens every two years … perhaps you would like to encounter in 2021?