Christmas lights reflected on the front of Birmingham’s New Street Station
3 ways of participating
1. Full weekend:
- Participation is open to those 16-35 years old. Over 35s may only register if they are leading a group of young people (typically under 18s, but also young university students).
- The meeting will be an experience of Christian community with common prayers and reflection, as well as sharing in the life of local Churches in the city. For this reason, it is not possible to register for just a part of the meeting.
- Arrival: Friday 28 April, 4:30 - 9pm (preferably by 5:30 for supper, or 7:00 for evening prayer). Those who cannot arrive in time Friday, may instead arrive on Saturday 29 April morning between 10 and 11am (indicate on your registration).
- Departure: Monday 1 May, morning/midday after the final prayer held at 10:30am in the city-centre.
- See detailed programme
2. One-day programme:
- Open to those 16-18 years old and their leaders.
- Arrival: Saturday 29 April between 9:45 and 10:45am
- Departure: 8:30pm (after evening prayer)
- See detailed programme
3. City-centre prayers: no registration needed
- Open to all. Please come preferably to the prayers on Friday, Sunday and Monday, to leave space for the 1-day participants on Saturday.
- Please do not register if you are simply coming to one or more prayers.
- More details on the venues and timing of the city-centre prayers will be published nearer the time. For now, consult the programme for approximate information.
Note: We shall not be able to organise children’s activities or a crèche during the meeting.
Several teams will be working before and during the weekend: food distribution, stewarding for workshops and places of worship, information point, music,... If you can help, please indicate this in the box provided on the registration form. If you live in the West Midlands and would like to help before the meeting, write to taizebirmingham gmail.com.
If you intend to bring a group to the meeting, please make an initial registration as soon as possible (giving just contact details and a first estimation of numbers). You will be able to update or cancel your registration at any time, using the login you receive. Registrations are definitively confirmed when the financial contribution has been made and accepted.
Registration deadline : we are unlikely to be able to accept new registrations after 31 March 2017. In the event of a large number of participants, registration may close earlier because of the limited size of the venues.
The financial contribution goes towards meals (lunch and supper), a transport pass (if needed), as well as other costs involved in preparing the meeting.
The costs of the meeting are being kept to a minimum. Many churches and other charitable organisations are supporting the meeting without making any charge. The families and local churches of the host neighbourhoods of the city are also freely offering their hospitality.
Support: The contributions below will not completely cover the costs of the meeting. If you wish to support the meeting financially, you can do so either by contributing more than the requested amount (if you are coming to the meeting), or by making a donation to The UK Pilgrimage of Trust Fund (if you are not).
Payments can be made in pounds only, by cheque, bank transfer, or by credit card/PayPal. Details will be sent to you when your registration has been accepted.
|Full weekend including transport pass||Full weekend without transport pass*||One-day programme**|
|Contributions received by 28 February 2017||£30||£20||£12|
|Contributions received on 1 March or later||£40||£30||£18|
|* e.g. for Birmingham-based participants who have their own travel pass|
** Only for 16-18 year-olds and their leaders
It will not normally be possible to make refunds. However, a person on your registration who cannot come, and for whom the contribution has been made, can be replaced by someone else.
Currency value is volatile at present. In the event of high inflation, the amount of the contribution may need to be increased.
Church of St Martin in the Bull Ring
All participants should bring a spoon and a mug to use at mealtimes.
The food (3 hot meals + 3 meal packets for the weekend; 1 hot lunch + 1 meal packet for 1-day participants) will be tasty, nutritious and vegetarian. This will keep the cost down and minimise wastage. Nearby food outlets can provide supplements for those who need. We shall not be able to provide separate meals for those with medical diets or allergies.
Breakfast: those accommodated by local host neighbourhoods will be given breakfast by their hosts. Those organising their own accommodation (e.g. groups with under 18s), need to arrange their own breakfast.
We encourage participants who are 18+ to let themselves be welcomed by local people in Birmingham. In ~8 neighbourhoods of the city, teams are looking for and preparing the hosts. The meeting with host families will be an important part of the weekend. Participants (especially those from from Britain) should bring sleeping-bags, and be prepared to sleep on a couch or the floor.
16-17 year-olds may come for the full weekend only if accompanied by an adult leader who arranges suitable accommodation for his/her group. For help finding such accommodation, contact taizebirmingham gmail.com.
People with a disability or with special accommodation needs should please register well in advance. We shall do what we can to meet these needs or at least provide help finding suitable accommodation.
The arrival point for the meeting at the Church at Carrs Lane is under 10 minutes walk from both Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street Stations, and from Birmingham Coach Station. Paying car parks are available nearby.
Travel from Birmingham airport is very simple.
Participants in the full weekend will receive a pass for local transport. All the host neighbourhoods will be accessible by a single bus ride from the city-centre.
Under-18 year olds who participate in the event do so under the responsibility of group leaders who have the necessary DBS certificate (leaders must confirm this on the registration form).
Leaders of under 18s should obtain written parental permission for their participation: you may use this form, or else make your own.
There will be a permanent information point during the meeting and a emergency 24h telephone number. The organisers, and in particular the leaders of the 1-day 16-18 year-old programme, will all have DBS certificates with their own churches or organisations. The safeguarding policy and risk assessment information for the weekend is available here.