School and 6th-form college groups with students
in Years 10-13 are especially invited in June and July.
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A view of the week at Taizé in pictures (3 mins.)
What the week is about
A stay at Taizé helps young people mature in a safe but challenging environment. Each day includes biblical reflection, small international discussion groups, some practical activity and prayer with the whole community. It is a kind of slice of Christian community life which, because it is experienced rather than just talked about, is very accessible to those who do not think of themselves as religious, or who are of other faiths. All the 27 school groups that took part in the 2012 weeks included non-Christian young people. Some snapshots of their reactions can be seen on this page.
Visits to schools
Feedback from group leaders
The boys who went on the schools trip last year took a slot in one of the Friday afternoon 6th form enrichment sessions a few weeks ago, to talk about their experience and to lead Bible studies in the style of Taizé. It was extraordinary. The RE teacher gave a short introduction and then the five boys each led a different group of eight other students, having chosen Matthew 25, the sheep and the goats, as their topic.
As chaplain, I didn’t have to do anything: it was all happening from them. For three quarters of an hour, every member of our (small) 6th form was engaging fully in a shared Bible study.
I think being in the groups at Taizé last year must have taught them a lot because they all facilitated their groups brilliantly (listening carefully to people, opening out discussions not shutting them down etc.). As a chaplain, I pretty much thought I’d died and gone to heaven. It was beautiful Christian education in action, and led from below not from above.
Off the back of that session (yes, off the back of a well-led bible study!?!) we have loads of interest from the 6th formers for next year’s schools week.
Feedback from pupils: see Feedback from 2012 and 2011
Church leaders comment ...
Former Moderator of the United Reformed Church
Chairman, Church Board of Education
Archbishop of Wales