Europa-Jugendtag 2009

Neuapostolische Kirche - 21. bis 24. Mai 2009 in Düsseldorf

Report added 05/28/2009

European Youth Day comes to an end

After four days the first European Youth Day of the New Apostolic Church has come to an end with a divine service on Sunday May 24th 2009 in the LTU arena. 46,000 faithful attendees listened to the sermon of Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber (we reported).

The international head of the New Apostolic Church was very impressed by the youth and said, after the service, “I am deeply moved by the devotion and sacred atmosphere which the youth have displayed in this football stadium. The joyful and enthusiastic atmosphere will remain with me and most certainly also with the youth, at least throughout the homeward journeys.”

Thanks to the helpers

District Apostle Armin Brinkmann, head of the hosting New Apostolic Church in North Rhine-Westphalia, spontaneously agreed, some years ago, to hold the European Youth Day in Düsseldorf. He was also very impressed as he said, “The many hundreds of voluntary helpers have made gigantic efforts to support this event. My thanks go to them, to the large teams of the exhibition centre and the arena and to our Chief Apostle for his wonderful display of love and attention toward each individual person”.

District Apostle Armin Brinkmann also thanked the citizens of Düsseldorf. “The New Apostolic youth felt very welcome here in Düsseldorf. We thank you very much for your hospitality!”

The European Youth Day in figures:

- 35.000 participants from 54 countries
- 2.500 voluntary helpers
- 46.000 attendees at the divine service on Sunday in the LTU arena
- more than 200 items in the exhibition centre programme
- 200,000 communion wafers were provided for the celebration of Holy Communion in the divine service at the LTU arena
- more than 100,000 meals per day were served
- 400,000 bottles of water and 250,000 bottles of Apple juice were available
- more than twelve tons of noodles were prepared and served for the warm meals
- 43,000 lunch packets were provided for the homeward journey
- more than 250 buses brought many of the youth home

Text: Frank Schuldt