Spiritual Reflection evenings are rooted in the belief that a deeper understanding and experience of God can manifest by sharing the gifts of the Holy Spirit through our prayers. Together we read a passage from the Bible or the words of our pope, reflect in quiet, and then share what we've experienced in our prayer. Sometimes we focus our reflections on certain themes, such as our attitude and behaviour towards a person who is HIV+, or examining the causes and our reactions to our feelings of shame.
Selection of Past YAG Events
Here are a selection of the regular monthly events organised by YAG in the past. New suggestions are always welcome.
Members of YAG organised a bingo evening to raise money for Catholics for Aids Prevention and Support (CAPS). Approximately 40 people attended, including parishoners from LGBT Catholics Westminster, and also from the wider Farm Street community.
We had numerous prizes, a feast of sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes, crisps, and nibbles, and tickets and dabbers for all. The money we raised funded CAPS peer support groups for 60 persons living with HIV.
We ventured out of London to explore some of the countryside of Kent and walk in the footsteps of mediaeval pilgrims. The Pilgrims' Way runs from Winchester in Hampshire to the shrine of St Thomas Beckett in Canterbury. We joined it for a short section between Wye and Chilham in the North Downs.
Our route took us through farms, woodland, historic churches, hilltops, country houses and horse trials. Catching a glimpse of Canterbury Cathedral from the Downs, we descended to Chilham and finished with a well-earned cream tea.
Christmas Party & Eurovision
Parties are a key part of the fellowship and friendship that we offer. A highlight is the Christmas party which has a different theme each year, including "The Nativity" and "Saints". The evening is completed with a Carol Concert and switching on of the Christmas lights.
The Eurovision Song Contest party is an annual event that brings together our diverse group from across all areas of Europe and beyond to be united by song. It is the culmination of creativity from 30 countries, and even more importantly, a chance to try food from across the globe.
Picnic in the Park
A group of 20 YAG members turned up at Primrose Hill to enjoy an afternoon relaxing and chatting on the grass. We came accompanied by a selection of food and drink from around the world, and had fun sampling the cuisine on offer.
Luckily the organisers had planned for the intervention of British Summer weather, and off we ran to the local cafe when the heavens opened!
At our theology sessions we discuss selected texts which relate to a particular theme relevant to LGBT people. At previous sessions we have looked at 'Authenticity' through the eyes of Thomas Merton and St. John Paul II, and at 'Relationships and the body' using Genesis and Deus Caritas Est. Contributions from all perspectives are welcome, whether it's your first time discussing theology or you've read the Summa Theologica from cover to cover!
At the end of June each year, YAG marches in the parade along the wider LGBT Catholics Westminster community, and other Christian organisations. We have our own t-shirts, and hand out stickers and leaflets.
Some members of our community are part of the Chrisitians Together at Pride group and help to organise the group in the parade.