Young People Gather at St Paul’s for Eucharist
On Mothering Sunday, 31 March, over 250 people gathered for a special Eucharist under the dome at St Paul’s cathedral. The event, organised by the residing team at St Paul’s and Capital Youth, brought a range of elements into the evening Eucharist, with young people involved in all aspects of the service.
The Bishop of London joined us to preside over communion and deliver a sermon about the love and forgiveness available to all through Christ.
A team of young people from St Eth’s Fulham formed the serving team, young people from Christ Church W4 provided the readings, a group from Intermission Youth Theatre performed an interpretation of the gospel and a number of young people from HTB Youth formed a band to lead us in sung worship. Several hymns with the organ made for a great variety of elements that made the whole experience very engaging for those who came.
At one point during their performance, Intermission called members of the congregation to come up and dance under the dome. At first I thought this was pre-planned, because a whole bunch of people got straight up and joined in, but then I realised that they were simply ready to get involved and have fun. I find myself wondering whether tourists who joined that particular service found themselves in awe not only at the building and the atmosphere, but also the number of young people involved and attending. It was a beautiful thing.
Photos provided courtesy of St Paul’s Cathedral.