Young people have the potential to change the world: Flame and National Youth Sunday

24 November 2019 is National Youth Sunday. Clare Lewis, Manager of Salesian Link, has talked to some of the young Catholics who attended Flame 2019.

The Feast of Christ the King is National Youth Sunday. It’s a time when our parishes and schools pay special attention to the young people in the Church, celebrating them and showing them how much we value them. This year, the resources and activities have been developed by members of the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation of England and Wales (CYMFed), so they have been produced by youth ministers for youth ministers. Our Catholic youth ministers across the nation have a youthful age profile and are very much in tune with those they minister to. CYMFed is also the organiser of the biennial ‘Flame’ event, and the theme of Flame 2019, ‘Significance’, inspired by the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, is continued for National Youth Sunday.

Catholic youth ministry workers support young people all year round, offering positive role models, organising special events and doing routine work that helps them grow in their faith and develop into confident, compassionate members of society and the leaders of the future.

On Saturday 2 March 2019, thousands of young Catholics headed for the SSE Arena at Wembley. They came on coaches and trains, and posted photos of their journeys on social media, with the hashtags #Flame2019 and #Significance. Not for the first time, this huge Catholic youth event was trending on Twitter.

The aim of the ‘Significance’ theme was to reconnect with the central truth that we are all made in God’s image and deeply loved by him, in an age when our young people are under pressure to judge their worth by Instagram and Twitter ‘likes’, and responses to their Facebook statuses.

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