Welcome! Bienvenue! Bienvenido!
To pre-register for the gathering, please use the jot form found below. If you need further assistance, please contact our office. The online form will be live through April 26, 2018. Space is limited. If space remains, we will allow for onsite registration. Please check this website for further updates.
Upon receipt of your registration, you will be contacted directly to confirm your attendance and provide local hotel options as well as information about the possibility of staying with local host families (as requested and available). Confirmation of your attendance and housing will be given as soon as possible. Or, you are welcome to find housing on your own.
An optional donation of $25 will be requested following your accepted registration to help cover costs of two meals (a simple lunch and supper) and assist those who might not be able to pay to attend the event. These donations may be made online as will be instructed or by check. Donations are requested prior to the event if possible to assist with food purchases. If you are interested in making a larger donation to assist those who may need assistance to attend, please designate your intent to do so at the time of your donation. Any remaining funds from the event will be forwarded to our local ecumenical food pantry and emergency services provider, Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF). Approximately 40 local congregations support this effort serving Hanover County.
This gathering is specifically intended for young adults (18-30 years of age), but older adults and children may attend the common prayers as space allows. Pastors of all ages, seminarians and older adult group leaders should register if interested in attending. Please remember, priority to attend will be given to young adults and their group leaders.
Due to limited space, we regrettably cannot guarantee your ability to attend or any assistance with housing. With late registration, you might also need to provide for your own meals. We will do everything we can to accommodate and welcome you. Thanks for your understanding and your interest in joining us!
About the brothers and our gathering…
Messiah Lutheran and other area congregations will be welcoming two brothers from the Ecumenical Community of Taizé in France along with young adult (18-30 years of age) pilgrims from across the region (and perhaps beyond) on April 27-28, 2018. The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic community in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, a Reformed Protestant.
Many young people come to Taizé every year, but how can they be encouraged to pray and work with others in the places where they live? The notion of a pilgrimage of trust wants to address this concern through large and small prayer gatherings throughout the world. At these, participants are invited to encounter others, and in doing so often discover much more. The pilgrimage of trust is first of all a meeting; with the Risen Christ and with others. Thanks to the times of prayer together, we make ourselves available for God. Through sharing and hospitality, everyone agrees to overcome barriers and differences in order to welcome and enrich one another.
“As we continue the pilgrimage of trust on earth that brings together young people from many countries, we understand more and more deeply this reality: all humanity forms a single family and God lives within every human being without exception” (Brother Alois, Letter from Kolkata).
For Brother Roger, the founder, it was essential not to organize a movement around the community. On the contrary, after taking part in one of the stages of the pilgrimage of trust, each person is invited to go home and live out what he or she has grasped of the Gospel; and to do this with an increased awareness of the life that dwells within them and of the practical gestures of solidarity they can put into practice in their own immediate environment.
In many countries, young adults come together on a regular basis for prayer with songs from Taizé, while remaining in touch with the reality of the local Church. When the meetings in Taizé permit, brothers go off to visit these young people, to support them in their quest. These meetings are like small steps in the pilgrimage of trust; they make it possible to deepen our commitment together in the Church, and to visit local churches.
The brothers wish to support the search for peace and reconciliation wherever it exists, and so now they come to the Richmond metro-region, right here to our little church in Mechanicsville. Working with the Richmond Conference of ELCA Congregations, the Episcopal congregations of Hanover County and other ecumenical partners, we invite you to encounter Christ’s presence.
Friday, April 27:
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Check-in/Onsite Registration/Supper on your own
7:00 pm Introduction & Evening Prayer
Saturday, April 28:
Breakfast on your own
8:30 am – Late Check-in/Onsite Registration
9:00 am to 10:00 am – Morning Prayer
10 am to 11:00 am – Bible Reflection
11:00 am to 12:00 pm – Small Group
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Midday Prayer
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Signs of Hope in RVA (Panel Discussion)
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Small Group
5:00 pm to 5:30 pm – Song Practice
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Evening Prayer
You can get to know a bit more about the community at their website and from the introductory video below. If you would like to help with the planning, welcome during the event, or offer housing, please contact Pastor Florio directly via email at MessiahMechPR@gmail.com. Again, please use the online form below to register.