Europa-Jugendtag 2009

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

Report added 09/29/2008

Chief Apostle visits the event’s location

The planning heads met on 25th and 26th September for the third time before the great occasion in May 2009 in box 38 at the LTU arena, overlooking the stands and the grassed area of the stadium. “Now it’s set in concrete”, said Apostle Franz-Wilhelm Otten, the business manager of the EJT2009 Düsseldorf gGmbH, as he greeted the representatives of the European church districts. On the second day, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber was given an onsite update on the state of preparations for the European Youth Day.

Once again, important decision points were on the agenda of the seventh meeting of the planning leaders, 238 days before the European Youth Day. This time, it was necessary to agree the final plans before the great event in May 2009 so that preparations could move into the final phase.

“We need to know how many have registered”

The most important message to the members of the planning teams at the meeting: “Please get moving with the registration!” Until now, this has been going sluggishly because the youth delegates are still gathering data in the congregations. “We need the registration numbers now in order to plan the overnight accommodation and catering arrangements”, explained Apostle Franz-Wilhelm Otten. Group leaders can continue to update their data after registering in EJOS (please go to “Taking part” – “How do I register?”) until next year, but the planners need to have an idea of the volume.

On Thursday morning the project management gave an update on the current state of preparations, the budget and other organisational developments. In the afternoon, representatives from the Düsseldorf exhibition centre came to present their side of the preparations. “From our aspect this is a very exciting event”, commented Markus Demuth, responsible for the exhibition centre general planning of the European Youth Day.

Musical evening is changed

A long discussion occurred over the musical evening: on Saturday afternoon it is anticipated that a football match will take place between the third league teams of Fortuna Düsseldorf and Werder Bremen II in the LTU arena. Thus it would be practically impossible to prepare in time for the musical event in the evening. Therefore the planning heads made a majority decision to move the evening’s event forward to Friday. An alternative programme for Saturday evening will now be planned. An open air event on the banks of the river Rhine is one idea which is being considered.

Reports from the project groups was on the Friday morning’s itinerary. Here the respective open points were discussed and resolved. Apostle Hans-Jürgen Bauer (district church South Germany) and Apostle Edmund Stegmeier (district church Central Germany) spoke on the planned programme at the exhibition centre, the sequence of the opening event and of the musical evening. As a result of the change to Friday considerable changes must be made, so that a final programme is not expected until the end of this year.

Start of NACworld in November

The communication project group informed on the preparation state of the project “NACworld”, a community for the New Apostolic youth and their friends. This will allow contacts to be tied prior to the European Youth Day. Its start is planned for November 2008.

Apostle Rüdiger Krause (district church North Germany) reported on the work of the sponsoring project group, which is concentrating on donations from the public and from businesses. With joy and gratitude he announced the current state of donations: over 1.5 million Euros have been donated up to now for the European Youth Day.

Visit by Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber

Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber, the spiritual head of the New Apostolic Church, visited the planning meeting on Friday midday. Apostle Franz-Wilhelm Otten gave him, in a presentation, an overview of the programme of the event and the state of preparations. Chief Apostle Leber then expressed some desires in respect of the programme offered to the youth.

Finally the head of the international church was able to make his own impressions of the events premises by visiting the exhibition buildings and the LTU arena. He was impressed by the dimension of the European Youth Day: “I have great respect for all those who are active in the organisation and preparation and thank you most sincerely for all the effort”, said Chief Apostle Leber.

In a brief video spot, which was made in the arena, he once again invited the young New Apostolic Christians from all over Europe warmly to the Youth Day. “See you in Düsseldorf”, was his message.


Chief Apostle visits event's location

Text: Frank Schuldt
Fotos: Frank Schuldt