UK Pilgrimage of Trust

 

Since the 1980s, the Taizé Community has invited the numerous visitors to its international meetings to set out on a “pilgrimage of trust”. The fund aims to support initiatives taken in the UK to live out this pilgrimage.


The Community was founded by Br Roger in 1940. It is interdenominational. Taize is in France, in Burgundy, near the historic site of the Abbey of Cluny. It is accessible by motorway or fast train and in the summer a shuttle coach travels direct to Taize from the UK. The community also arranges other meetings around the world, mainly for younger people, especially the annual European meeting in a large city (This year Riga, Latvia) attended by many thousands across New Year.


The UK Pilgrimage of Trust Fund is working to tell more young people from Britain about Taizé, and in particular the school and college weeks programme- www.taize.fr/schools 

It has also supported “Hidden Treasure”  in  Birmingham in 2017. In cooperation with the churches of the city, the Taizé Community facilitated a young adult gathering in Birmingham, across the Early May Bank Holiday weekend. UKPT was able to to attract funding so that the costs of the meeting for the young people were kept as low as possible.


The fund has already made it possible for young, long-term volunteers at Taizé to visit UK schools in order to encourage trips to Taizé. It also makes targeted grants to schools to enable the participation of some pupils who are unable to afford the whole cost of the trip, especially if higher than usual travel costs may be involved. It can consider assisting pilot trips. If your school or college could benefit from the fund, do contact UKPT at taize@laloge.co.uk


The fund is independent of the Taizé Community but works with its full knowledge and support. The trustees are Jonathan Hewitt (Hexham), Rachel McWalter (York) and Nick Shields (Wakefield). The fund has obtained recognition  and authority from HMRC to accept Gift Aided contributions.


One Week in July is the name of a DVD, professionally produced with the aid of a charitable fund to tell young people about Taize “Schools Weeks”- with a lot of input from the young people who were there. If you would like a copy to show to schools groups, please e-mail taize@laloge.co.uk If you would like to make a donation in return, please use one of the methods below.



Contributions are very welcome. They can be made:

  1. *to the fund’s bank: for  transfer details e-mail taize@laloge.co.uk

  2. *or by sending a cheque in sterling (GBP) payable to “UK Pilgrimage of Trust” to UK Pilgrimage of Trust, 42 Blenheim Road, Wakefield WF1 3JZ.

  3. *or by using a card and/or Paypal: please click the donate button below



The pictures here are snapshots from previous Pilgrimages and the Birmingham 2017 Gathering...











Birmingham 2017- Prayer at St Martin in the Bullring



Taize: Meetings specially for UK Schools and College Groups....



One of the school groups...


Entertaining the others.... and prayer in church...


...and a chance to reflect at St Stephen’s Spring