Europa-Jugendtag 2009

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

Report added 09/27/2007

Fourth Meeting of the planning committee

The representatives of the European District Churches met for the fourth meeting of the planning committee for the European Youth Day on 17th and 18th September 2007 – this time in Düsseldorf. In direct neighbourhood of the LTU arena, they discussed issues about budget, general conditions, administrative processes as well as contents and music that are going to be on offer.

The remaining time until 21st May 2009, the beginning of the European Youth Day, is getting shorter and shorter – that was obvious to all participants of the meeting. In recent months the leaders of the various project groups managed to find a range of experts, and won them over to help along with their skills to support the organizers.

Since it became worldwide knowledge that there will be a European Youth Day, we have received uncountable offers from young people and adults to help along, reports Apostle Rüdiger Krause, leader of the project group Communication. We’ve even had offers of help from the USA. A year and a half prior to the European Youth Day it was once again important to meet in Düsseldorf to build on the concepts of the basic preparations of the project groups.

PG Contents

The leaders of the eight Project Groups, who informed the planning committee about the up-to-date position of the preparations, were the focal point. So Apostle Edmund Stegmaier, (District Church central Germany) referred to many colourful charts and tables, explaining the usage of the area in the exhibition halls as well as the planned program points. For the various halls, program blocks are planned and in the coming months the contents for these will be finalized. Most other fundamental dates are by now also determined. The divine services on Ascension across North Rhine Westphalia will be in the evening, so the youth who have just arrived from abroad and all over Germany can attend as well. Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber will officially open the European Youth Day on Friday, 22nd May 2009 at 11.00am in Hall 8. Then the Exhibition Program will begin.

The allocation of the halls is also arranged. Now the individual groups plan their stand/stalls and presentations. In this regard some regulations need to be adhered to – here the EYD-corporation offers support through the Project Group “Messe” (Exhibition). At present youth in all district apostle areas are planning stalls for their district churches, which are to present regional particularities and offers in a creative and authentic manner. (A report with regards to the preparations in North Rhine Westphalia will appear in the next edition of the youth magazine “Spirit”).

PG Music

Bishop Hans-Jürgen Bauer (District Church South Germany), leader of the project group Music, reported the facts regarding proceedings of planning the musical aspects. So in recent months suggestions for music were requested from all district apostle districts – without any set standards limitations regarding contents. The submitted contributions have now been put together as a rough guide to the program.

The opening performances on Friday morning, as well as the musical evening on Saturday are also put together on a rough guide. But still, this is how the PG Music plans it; there should also be room for spontaneous musical performances. Suitable concepts are still being worked upon and will be published in due time.

PG Catering

Should it be 300 or 400 grams of goulash with pasta per participant? And will it be 20,000 or 30,000 salads for lunch? These are numbers that are being discussed in the PG Catering.

Apostle Bernd Koberstein, (District Churches Hessen/Rheinland-Pfalz/Saarland) introduced the offers of various caterers to the planning committee. His main aim: All shall be satisfied. Therefore a great importance is placed on sufficient quantity of food.

PG Communication und Sponsoring

At present the project group Communication is working on various projects in connection with outreach and press support. Apostle Rüdiger Krause informed about the up-to-date position of such preparations. New additions to the work fields are youth-editorial office stalls, which will be found at ground level – Hall 7. In the fore field will also be the possibility to make contact with the youth of the New Apostolic Church via a Community-Portal.

The project group Sponsoring is currently working – apart from company contacts – full steam ahead setting up an online-shop, offering the most diverse merchandise regarding the European Youth Day. On offer: T-shirts, shirts and jackets with the official logo, bags, mugs and much more. The first choice available was introduced at the day of the youth, District Church North Germany in Hamburg.

PG Exhibition and Arena

The greatest challenges await the Project Group Arena, who has to turn the ideas and plans of the various groups into blueprint for the exhibition construction companies. Here it is of utmost importance to adhere to exhibition construction regulations. Ret. District Evangelist Wolfgang Bleutgen signed up for this task.

Hundreds of coffee tables, brand Lack from IKEA, € 16,90 pp, spread across the ranks will be used for the offering boxes during the European Youth Day. For the Project Group Arena, Bishop Manfred Bruns organises all organisational aspects around both events in the LTU arena on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. A decision of the planning committee: the altar will be assembled in the middle of the lawn area.

PG Accommodation

20,000 youth members will stay the night at the youth camp in the exhibition halls 11-17. For each participant there are 4 square meters (1.20 x 2.20 meters) allocated. The divisions in the camps will be allocated in groups, without separating sexes. As the younger youth members shall be accommodated at the exhibition site. Additional sanitary facilities will be provided, for example the concepts of the Project group headed by District Evangelist Helmut Manthey will include 250 shower cabins.

Furthermore youth will be housed in private accommodation. Currently a search for accommodation within the 18 church districts around Düsseldorf is in place. Youth can also be housed in the church buildings – supported by each congregation in line with guidelines from PG Accommodation, which will be communicated in the near future. Schools and sports halls are so far not required and will only be hired if necessary.

The project group’s tip: Each participant is welcome to organise their own personal arrangements by staying with friends or acquaintances. Also all adult members can book other accommodation at their own cost. In this case there is no need for the individual to register on the official accommodation list. There is also the additional option to park a caravan at a car park on the exhibition grounds.

Next meeting: January 2008

The project groups will now carry on working in the coming months with the decisions made by the planning committee. The next central meeting will take place in January 2008 – also in Düsseldorf.

Fourth Meeting of the planning committee

Text: Frank Schuldt
Fotos: Frank Schuldt