The theme for our day is ‘Significance’.

Significance is defined as “worthy of attention,” “with meaning,” “important.”
In terms of Scripture, it is a word which resonates deeply with God’s words from heaven at the Baptism of Jesus, and the Transfiguration, “You are my Beloved.”

We are in a world where it’s easy to feel constrained to measure self-esteem in Twitter and Instagram “likes”, responses to Facebook status updates, and Snapchat conversations.
We hope that Flame2019 offers a fresh depth of perspective for young people, centred in their creation in the image and likeness of God.

Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier is a Canadian philosopher, writer and the founder of two major international community-based organizations, L’Arche in 1964 and Faith and Light in 1971.
Jean, the son of a former Governor General of Canada, was born in Geneva when his father was on diplomatic service in Switzerland. Jean served during World War II with the Royal Navy and then with the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1950, he left the navy to study philosophy and theology, and began to teach.
In 1964, Jean became aware of the plight of thousands of people with learning disabilities who were institutionalised in France. In that same year he took the radical step of inviting two men, Raphael Simi and Philippe Seux, to leave the institution where they lived and share their lives with him. Together they began L’Arche in a small house in Trosly-Breuil, France.
In 1968 the first L’Arche community in Canada opened. Gradually, more communities were founded around the world by people inspired by Jean’s work. Jean remained the leader of the Trosly-Breuil Community until 1981 and he lives there to this day.
He has been, and remains, an inspiring teacher. His life is testament to a radically different way of living and being in the world.
Jean’s awards include the French Legion of Honour, Companion of the Order of Canada, the Rabbi Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award 2001, the International Paul VI Award, and the Templeton Prize. He has furthermore been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jean Vanier, and those who came to share his vision, learnt two important truths in the early years, which remain at the heart of L’Arche today. People with learning disabilities have a great deal to contribute to society and, by living in intentional community with people with and without learning disabilities – living with diversity and difference – we open ourselves up to be challenged and to grow.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Born in Crosby, Liverpool, on 8 November 1945, Vincent Nichols studied for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome from 1963 to 1970, gaining licences in philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University. He was ordained priest in Rome on 21 December 1969 for the Archdiocese of Liverpool. On 21 May 2009 he was installed as the 11th Archbishop of Westminster following the retirement of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor. On 22 February 2014, he was created Cardinal Priest by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. As head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Nichols, along with Bishop Ralph Heskett, Bishop for Youth
and Bishop Mark O’Toole will represent the voice for young people of England and Wales at the General Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment in October 2018 in Rome.
Cardinal Nichols will lead us in Adoration to conclude Flame 2019.

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Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. He was a Synod Father during the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment in October 2018 and acted as a ‘relator’ which is a reporter or secretary to one of the English language groups. Encouraged by the Synod, in addressing the Holy Father and the Synod Hall, Archbishop Eamon said “Young people are the agents of evangelisation to each other and, indeed, to the whole Church. During the synodal process, inspired by the Holy Spirit, we have identified the need for ‘a preferential option’ for our young people,” he said. “The Catholic Church is facing a “re-imagination of parishes and structures so that young people are heard, listened to, appreciated and encouraged.”
Archbishop Eamon was born in Derry in 1961 and attended St Patrick’s Primary School and St Columb’s College, Derry where he developed a great interest in singing and later playing the trombone! He proceeded to study for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth during which time he took degrees in Mathematical Science and Theology. His postgraduate studies were at Queen’s University Belfast, the Institute of Education in London and the University of Cambridge.
During his priesthood, Archbishop Eamon has served as a Parish Priest, teacher, Executive Secretary of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, and in 2010, he was appointed as the Chaplain to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. He was ordained Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh on 21 April 2013 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh and on the retirement of Cardinal Seán Brady, succeeded as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland on 8 September 2014.

Robert Madu

Robert Madu is an American Christian who, for 13 years has travelled the globe, preaching the Gospel and taking every opportunity to tell people about the love of Jesus Christ. He is a family man, husband to Taylor Madu, and father, to three children. Robert presents the Gospel in a unique way, as he paints he beauty of the transforming, powerful, life-giving, word of God. Robert is compelled, to make aware to every individual that God is for them and that He has a specific plan and purpose for every life.

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Guvna B

Guvna B, at 26 years of age, is a multi-award winning, record-breaking rap artist from London. He has worked with highly acclaimed artists such as Matt Redman, Hillsong Music, Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams, Jocelyn Brown and more. He has performed to thousands across the world in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australasia and North America. Guvna B’s aim is to inform, inspire and equip young people all over the world to live out their God given purpose on earth and reach their full potential. Guvna’s music addresses life issues, not through romanticising negative values or pretending hardship doesn’t exist, but by offering reasoning with an insight based upon his faith and experiences. “My upbringing helped me find my faith. The negative things I saw around me inspired me to do better and inspire people to be the best they can be instead of becoming stereotypical products of a negative environment” explains Guvna.

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Emma Borquaye

Emma is the co-founder of faith, beauty and lifestyle blog ‘Girl got Faith’. After receiving messages to her personal blog from teenage girls asking questions about faith, Emma wanted to point them in the direction of websites aimed at their age group. “There were a few websites aimed at youth leaders, and some aimed at children, but nothing aesthetically pleasing for the 21st  century teenage girl. I noticed a need, and I knew I was being called to something about it – I couldn’t just wait around for someone else to do something! So that’s how Girl Got Faith began.”
Emma is passionate about sharing her faith and helping teenage girls be confident in who God has made them to be. Emma is married to Christian rapper Guvna B who will be performing at Flame 2019.

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Tim Hughes

Timothy Hughes is a British worship leader, singer, songwriter, and Anglican priest. Formerly the Director of Worship at Holy Trinity Brompton, a large Anglican church in central London, he has since been ordained as a minister in the Church of England and appointed Vicar of St Luke’s, Gas Street Birmingham. He leads Worship Central, an international worship training and resource centre. Tim has written many amazing worship songs that are being sung by churches all over the globe, including the Dove Award-winning Here I Am to Worship, Happy Day, Beautiful One, Jesus Saves, At Your Name, and The Way. In June 2017, he was awarded the Cranmer Award for Worship by the Archbishop of Canterbury “for his outstanding contribution to contemporary worship music”.

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10.00: Outer Doors Open for toilet facilities, etc.

11.00: Arena Doors Open

11.00-12.00: Musical warm up (Premier Gospel DJs) & MCs

12.00 Morning session, including:

Guvna B
RISE Theatre
Emma Borquaye
A senior figure from the Catholic Church
Tim Hughes

13.40: Lunch (call back at 14.50) with a wide variety of lunchtime activities

15.00: Afternoon session, including:

Robert Madu
A senior figure from the Catholic Church reflecting on the Synod
Tim Hughes
Testimony from young people – “Moments of Significance”

16.20: Break

16.40: Closing Liturgy – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, with a homily from Cardinal Vincent Nichols, celebrated with virtually every Bishop from England and Wales
Music led by Tim Hughes

17.25: Liturgy concludes with “commissioning” for every young person present; practical and prayerful actions to take with them from the Arena to their homes, schools and parishes.

17.40 Tim Hughes concludes the day (music playing until 17.55)