The youth service is at the epicentre of a ticket and t-shirt vortex, as ever more young people ask if they can join the Flame 2 celebrations at Wembley this coming weekend. Nothing like leaving it late – but, as far as we are concerned, it’s never too late!!
Every morning for the last two weeks we’ve held a ‘crisis’ team meeting at the Centre for Youth Ministry; how many more tickets do we need after more overnight requests? Have we enough t-shirts left? How do we get the tickets and t-shirts to the attendees?
We have run out of t-shirts twice now but we are determined that there will be a sea of red in the arena on Saturday, so we restock as we go.
Back on 11 February, I tweeted a hope that our 700 Westminster attendees would be joined by a few more, but little did I know!
In the three weeks that have followed that tweet, the youth of Westminster have woken from their slumber and ticket sales have soared – we passed 800 on 23 February and flew through the 900 barrier a couple of days later.
More furious contact from those wishing to attend and before you know it we’ve hit the magical 1,000 – no time to celebrate as more request are coming in and we have more t-shirts to get out of the doors!!
Fr Dominic Howarth has been calmness personified as he deals with our daily requests and we are eternally grateful for his support.
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