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Hereford Diocesan Pilgrimage
11th-20th August 2012 for young adults aged 15-29
Taizé is an extraordinary place - quite different from anywhere else. It's a bit like Greenbelt but with 80 different languages and peoples, and three times a day beautiful songs accessible to everyone: songs that surround prayers, a reading and 7/8 minutes of profoundest silence shared by 5000 young people.
You arrive at Taizé behind Russian and Spanish, Norwegian and Greek, French and Irish vehicles. The languages are bewildering, but the spirit of openness and encounter overcomes any barriers you might expect.
The week we are planning at Taizé in August 2012 is for young people from all over the Diocese who want to meet with young believers and non-believers: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Reformed and Anglican from all over Europe and beyond.
The Church of Reconciliation is about searching, listening, and thinking about what it means to be a human being and how we, the people of God, can bring peace and hope to a fractured world.
We camp, we eat out of plastic bowls, and we stay up late and spend amazing amounts of time singing and talking and sharing. But few who have been to Taizé come back unchanged in some way. So why not journey with us to Taizé and see what there is to discover?
What are the meetings about?
Each day, brothers of the community introduce a Bible reflection, followed in the afternoon by a time of sharing in small groups.
Alternatively, in the afternoon, workshops help to deepen the relationship between faith and life in the areas of work, social questions, art and culture, the search for world peace....
Young people who wish can spend the week or the weekend in silence, taking time to listen to how God speaks to them in prayer, in the Bible or through the events of their life.
Between the meals and times of prayer there is plenty of free time. In the evening there is a great time of socialising at 'Oyak' where, over refreshments, there is singing, dancing and all kinds of entertaining spontaneously happening in the midst of the crowds.
However, nothing is compulsory about Taizé. The wonderful sense of freedom there makes the times of prayer and the different international groups and workshops tremendously compelling. You just want to take part in everything because there is so much to be learned and experienced there! More information
DATES: Sat 11 August - Mon 20 August 2012
TRANSPORT: Coach from and to Cathedral Close, Hereford.
(A detailed itinerary and full travel information will be sent prior to departure)
ACCOMMODATION: Camping on Taizé site
CLOSING DATE: 30 April 2012 - booking form and non-returnable deposit (£50) to be received by this date
PAYMENT DUE: Full payment and all paperwork must be received by Friday 29 June 2012
The Diocese of Hereford can accept no liability for loss of property, nor for the costs of medical treatment incurred whilst abroad (nor the cost of repatriation). Basic medical care is available to holders of a European Health Insurance Card. However all participants are very strongly advised to arrange their own travel insurance to cover loss of property, medical expenses and personal liability.
If you will be under 18 on the date of travel you will be sent a child protection information sheet and a form for your parent/guardian to sign. Please ensure that this is completed and returned by the 29 June 2012, or you will not be able to travel.
A typical day at Taizé
From Monday to Friday
8.15am Morning Prayer, then breakfast
10am Introduction to the day with a brother of the community followed by quiet reflection or small group discussion
12.20pm Midday prayer, then lunch
2pm International small groups or practical work or optional song-practice
5.45pm Theme workshops from Tuesday onwards
8.30pm Evening prayer, then vigil with songs in the church
9pm Socialising time at 'Oyak'
11pm Night silence across the camp
Evening prayer is followed by prayers around the Cross
3.15pm Themed workshops
8.30pm Evening prayer with candles to celebrate the Paschal (Easter) mystery
10am Morning Eucharist
1pm Lunch then depart
Trip details and costs
We depart from Hereford on Saturday August 11th 2012 and return on Monday morning 20th August. We will be travelling by coach, via cross channel ferry and then on through France to Burgundy.
The village and Monastery of Taizé are located north of the town of Cluny and about an hour from Macon.
Cost inclusive of travel, accommodation and food will be £200 app. In addition you will need a valid UK passport, some form of personal travel and health insurance, student card (for discounts etc) and also E111 health entitlement card.
We shall be camping at Taizé so please bring your own tents. There are shower and toilet blocks on site. It can be hot in Burgundy at that time of year, but it can also rain! Come prepared.
If you would like more information or have questions regarding Taizé or the trip, please contact:
Rev Philip Jepps on 01568 780517 or email
If you are interested in the Taizé Trip 2012 and would like to reserve a place please download the booking form and return with a £50 deposit (cheques payable to: "Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance") to:
The Revd Philip Jepps, 2 Eagle Cottages, Orleton, Ludlow SY8 4HT
Those under 18 at the time of travel will need parents'/guardians' consent.