On Saturday, Mr Chris Copley and I had the absolute pleasure of getting to school at 6.30am and taking 15 students from Year 10 and Year 11 to the CYMFED (Catholic Youth Ministry Federation) concert FLAME 2019.
Both Chris and I are proud to report that out of the entire Leeds Diocese, we took the most students from one school. Two coaches travelled down to Wembley to meet with 8,000+ other catholic youths, leaders, teachers, priests, nuns, chaplains from all over the UK and other parts of the world to enjoy a day of #SIGNIFICANCE. The event was absolutely fantastic! Our students were dancing, raving, listening, praying, singing, praising and generally soaking up the phenomenal atmosphere of what being together with 8,000+ like-minded Catholics, trying to make sense of their faith and experiencing what sharing a common faith feels like in a safe space.
There were inspirational speeches from Archbishop Eamon Martin who spoke about having a ‘call to holiness’, Robert Madu, an American pastor whose message was to “Stay in your lane” and “Keep your eyes on Jesus!”, performances from hip hop and rap artist GuvnaB who had the arena bouncing, drama and dance performances form RISE Theatre, a very poignant and moving adoration with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, a wonderful gospel choir and Tim Hughes and his band who got our students dancing and singing along to his songs ‘The Way’ and ‘Light of the World’ (links below if you want to have a listen). The theme of the gathering was SIGNIFICANCE and the reasons for your significance in life, which was such an inspiration for our students in the midst of juggling the pressures of today’s world and social media.
This truly was a stunning event for our students and it was a real privileged to share the experience with them. I wish I could have bottled just a spec of the atmosphere and ethos shared in the arena to bring back and share with everyone in school.
Mrs K Hoyle