Pilgrimage for young adults
August 2020

This summer travel to Taizé in France with young adults from Berkshire and join thousands of others from around the world in community, worship and prayer.

What is it?

The Bishop of Reading is leading a pilgrimage of young adults to the Taizé Christian Community in France this August. Along with 50 other young adults (age 15 – 30) from Berkshire, you’ll join thousands of others from around the world in community, worship and prayer.

Taizé in France is an extraordinary place – quite different from anywhere else. It combines a religious monastery with the feel of a huge youth camp! Young people from many different backgrounds and denominations travel to Taizé for a unique experience openness, solidarity and encounter.

What’s it like?

Image of food bowls distribution at Taize by Maciej Biłas. Used under Creative Commons license.Meetings at Taizé are about searching, listening and thinking about what it means to be human. Discovering together how we can act to bring justice, peace and hope to our world.

You’ll camp, eat out of plastic bowls, stay up late and spend amazing amounts of time singing and talking and sharing. No one who has been to Taizé comes back unchanged. So why not join this pilgrimage and see what there is to discover?

When and where?

The pilgrimage takes place 16 – 23 August 2020. You can find everything you need to know about the trip in this leaflet. Scroll down this page for a list of frequently asked questions.

Key dates and deadlines

  • by 1 March – let us know if you’re interested in joining the pilgrimage
  • 30 April – deadline for bookings (the booking form will be sent automatically to everyone who has registered their interest and is available to download from this page from early March)
  • 12 July – 6pm: pre-trip meet up for food, time together… and tent practice!
  • 15 August – coach departs Reading for Taizé, France
  • 23 August (late) – coach arrives Reading

Got questions?

Check out the frequently asked questions below. To find out more, or to register your interest, contact Ian Macdonald on 01865 208 253 or ian.macdonald@oxford.anglican.org you can also contact Bishop Olivia’s office at bishopreading@oxford.anglican.org or 0118 984 1216

The cost for the week is just £250 per person, which includes all travel and food. But please let us know if cost or access to camping equipment is a barrier to you coming along.

You’ll need a good tent, appropriate clothing for camping, a passport and your Bible. We will issue a kit list nearer the date of travel but will include a sleeping-bag, towel, camping mat and blankets. Meanwhile, you can find further information about what to bring here on the Taizé website.

Even after Brexit, UK residents can still access the EHIC scheme until at least 31 December 2020. So it is worth making sure that you have a valid EHIC card.

The pilgrimage is open to any young adult who is aged 15 to 30 and part of a church community in Berkshire. If you’re unsure whether you qualify, or live and worship elsewhere in the Diocese of Oxford please contact the Diocesan Youth Advisor or Bishop Olivia’s office: ian.macdonald@oxford.anglican.org or bishopreading@oxford.anglican.org (phone 0118 984 1216)

Yes! Contact our Diocesan Youth Advisor to discuss this further. Contact Ian Macdonald on 01865 208 253 or ian.macdonald@oxford.anglican.org

A hardship fund is available. Please let us know if cost or access to camping equipment is a barrier to you coming along. 

In the first instance, please let us know if you are interested to find out more by sending an email to the Diocesan Youth Advisor or the Bishop of Reading’s office

To register your interest, contact Ian Macdonald on 01865 208 253 or ian.macdonald@oxford.anglican.org you can also contact Bishop Olivia’s office at bishopreading@oxford.anglican.org or 0118 984 1216

We will publish the booking form on this web page during early March. We will also send the booking form to everyone who has expressed an interest in joining the pilgrimage.

The Diocesan Youth Officer will risk asses the trip once numbers are known. He will ensure the correct ratio of DBS checked adult accompaniers to young adults below the age of 18. All adults acting in an official capacity for the Diocese are known to the Bishop of Reading and have undertaken the appropriate safeguarding checks and training.

Further information concerning safeguarding arrangements at Taizé can be found here on their website.