|The DYM Youth Pilgrimage included Eucharist with Dean Peter Elliott when youth arrived at Christ Church Cathedral|
If you had cause to be wandering past Christ Church Cathedral at 6.45am on Sunday March 2; you might have wondered why you could hear the sound of Amazing Grace being played on the bagpipes... This wake-up-call-to-end-all-wake-up-calls was one of the highlights of the Urban Pilgrimage organized by the Diocesan Youth Movement.
On March 1, a group of over 30 youth participants, volunteers and youth workers representing a dozen parishes gathered at St.
That Pilgrimage was central to many of the activities and discussions for the evening, including a vibrant group discussion with Lutheran Urban Mission Society chairman Rolly French on ways in which Christians could make a difference to the Downtown Eastside in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics, to a frantic simulation game which put participants into the shoes of the hungry and homeless.
|Registering for the youth pilgrimage. From all over the diocese, youth began their pilgrimage at St.
The opportunity to gather together and worship was a big part of the success of the weekend. The Very Rev. Peter Elliott and Cathedral music director Rupert Lang led a Eucharist service upon our arrival at the Cathedral linking each participant's experiences from the Pilgrimage with Jesus' message of justice for the poor. As well as the aforementioned bagpipes, piano, organ, harp and guitar all contributed to worship which incorporated Latin chants with Taize and praise music.
On Sunday morning, we joined the Cathedral community for Eucharist; at which our leadership team's custom-made "Anglicans Have More Fun" T-shirts came in for much admiration! The Urban Pilgrimage, as well as being a great weekend event itself, is also the starting point for a new vision of Diocesan youth ministry which will see events like this helping youth and youth workers forge relationships and share experiences which will strengthen individual parish youth ministries.