Europa-Jugendtag 2009

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

Report added 08/25/2006

Second preparatory meeting in Dortmund

The planning for the European Youth Day 2009 continues: 23 representatives of the nine European New Apostolic district churches met in Dortmund on August 24 and 25.

Representatives from the district church USA/Canada took part for the first time. Apostle Reinhard Hecht acted on behalf of the young people from England and Ireland. Andrea Schnizer, editor of the NAC “spirit” magazine for young people attended, too.

The project is running…

“The idea has been born, the district apostle meeting Europe has given its blessing, it’s our turn now,” district apostle Armin Brinkmann said with a smile at the beginning of the two-day meeting. His aim for the meeting was to refine the main characteristics, define the project groups and their responsibility, choose the logo and define the main points of the mega event.

First item on the agenda was to choose the type of corporation. A Private Limited Company is fully responsible for the organisation of the event, similar to the Catholic World Youth Day in 2005, mainly out of reasons of liability and financing. The costs will be shared by the young people and the district churches, which will economise on their own Youth Days 2009. Sponsoring and financing through youth activities are further possibilities.

Nine project teams

Nine project teams are responsible for the planning and organisation of the European Youth Day as well as the composition in terms of contents and music. One district church is responsible for one project team and members of all district churches will contribute in the sub-groups. The programme in particular is supposed to be composed by young people from all districts.

Apostle Edmund Stegmaier from the district church of Central Germany and his team will take care of the contents up to 2009 and the district church of Southern Germany is responsible for the music programme. The district church of North Rhine-Westphalia will lead the teams responsible for on-site organisation including the exhibition halls, the arena, accommodation, and catering. Apostle Rüdiger Krause (from the district church of Northern Germany) is responsible for public relations, sponsorship and follow-up.

Young people suggest logos

The general conditions including costs, accommodation, and arrival were on the agenda on the second day of the meeting in the boardroom of the NAC administration in Dortmund in North Rhine-Westphalia.
One of the main points was the presentation of the various designs of the logo for the European Youth Day. Young people from all over Germany had handed in designs during the last months. Twelve out of these were presented in different variations. In the following discussion, the representatives agreed on one design which will be refined and presented to the district apostles for a final decision.

Planning for 2007

The project teams will gather in the following months. The district churches will deal with the concrete planning from 2007 on. The conceptions are supposed to be ready by autumn next year. The website, a central source of information around the European Youth Day, is supposed to go on-line by spring, two years before the mega event will take place. The next meeting of the supraregional teams will take place at the end of March 2007.

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Second preparatory meeting in Dortmund

Text: Frank Schuldt
Fotos: Frank Schuldt