‘Young people and their families are invited to this special Epiphany Mass at Poringland, which will be followed by a bonfire with fireworks and hot dogs.
Primary aged children as well as teenagers are welcome at the event, and parishes which are running confirmation groups are encouraged to bring them as part of their programme.
The celebration will run from 5pm to 7pm on Sunday January 5 at The White House, 21 Upgate, Poringland, NR14 7SH.
As part of this Epiphany event the Diocesan Youth Service is collecting gifts for children in Norwich who are refugees; the gifts should be wrapped and labelled to say what age child the gift is for, and whether for a boy or a girl.
This year Hamish McQueen, Director of the Diocesan Youth Service, asked the Red Cross if it was really useful to be collecting toys for refugee children, or whether it would be more sensible to bring things like tins of soup. The Red Cross replied that things like toys which were not a necessity were really appreciated, because they made refugee children feel significant.
“Jesus was a refugee,” commented Hamish, “so we felt that this way of collecting gifts was especially meaningful at Epiphany, when we remember the Wise Men bringing gifts to Him.”
“We have now run this candlelit Mass for several years,” he said, “and we find it is a really uplifting way to end the Christmas season – it is the best antidote to the sense of anti-climax which people sometimes feel after Christmas Day itself.”
This year the Diocese is putting on a bus and providing subsidised travel from Peterborough, Kings Lynn and Swaffham for those who would like to come. The coach leaves St Luke’s Peterborough at 1.30pm, St Oswalds, Peterborough at 1.50pm, Our Lady of the Annunciation in King’s Lynn at 3pm and Our Lady of Pity in Swaffham at 3.30pm. For tickets (£8 each) please contact Hamish MacQueen at email@example.com
On the Friday before the event (January 3) the Ignite Lite team of young volunteers will gather at Walsingham for a weekend of formation before travelling together to Poringland to help run the event. Young adults who would like to help at Epiphany are welcome to get in touch with Hamish and have the option of joining the retreat which precedes it.
The Ignite Team is also putting on three Glow days in early 2020. The aim of these is to bring something of the annual Ignite Festival to young people at a more local level.
This year Glow events will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich from 10am to 5pm on Saturday January 18; at St Peter and All Souls Church, Geneva Street, Peterborough on Saturday February 15, and in Cambridge on March 15. You can book online at www.rcdea.org.uk/youth/events.
A Glow day typically consists of worship, adoration, and a mixture of workshops, activities and talks. Members of local youth groups with musical gifts or other skills are often invited to help lead the sessions. In Norwich, the Youth for Christ group (which is linked to Couples for Christ) has provided young people able to assist in providing music and talks for these events.
Ciaran Losasso, Ignite Team Leader, said: “These Glow days are an opportunity for young people to go deeper, whether that means theologically or in their discipleship. The talks and the worship are designed to help them take that next step in their commitment. We are especially aiming at young people who have recently been through confirmation, as we find that there is often little laid on for them.”
The Ignite Team appreciates prayer for its work, and people of all ages, young or old, are welcome at Ignite Prayer Network Meeting to pray for young people in the Diocese. It will be held at the Diocesan Conference Centre, 21 Upgate, Poringland, Norwich, NR14 7SH at 10.30am on Saturday February 2. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
The pictures above show games and Eucharistic Adoration at a recent Glow day in Norwich