YCW Celebrates Another Successful Flame Youth Congress

Earlier this month the YCW brought a 100 strong contingent of young people down to Wembley Arena for the 2019 Flame Youth Congress.

Flame is an event for every young person, wherever they are starting from, to help them deeply discover and rediscover Jesus Christ as their brother, friend and saviour, full of joy and mercy. It is an event for young people who are well connected to the church, and for those who think the Church has nothing to say to them.

The YCW sits as a member on the organising body, CYMFed (Catholic Youth Ministry Federation), and has attended each year with a large contingent of young leaders.

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In addressing the theme of the event - that of “signficance” - Archbishop Eamon Martin said: "You, my young friends, are in the heart of God and in the heart of the Church. You are personally called to holiness.”

The Canadian philosopher Jean Vanier and the Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols also took to the stage of Flame 2019.

Worship was led by artists including Tim Hughes and Guvna, while the line-up also included Premier Gospel's Ibe Giantkiller and Premier Praise presenter Candice McKenzie.

Reflecting on the day itself, YCW National Training and Development Worker - Marc Besford - said: “It was an inspiring day for all those who attended and truly taught us to appreciate our own significance in God’s eyes. The speakers were excellent and we all left with a profound sense of God’s love for us. Many were saying it was the best Flame yet and I’m already looking forward to the next one in two years time.”