We would like to thank everyone who attended this year's youth festival on Zoom and for all your questions, interaction and attentive listening. We hope that in 2022 we will again be able to meet in person, as we have done in previous years before the pandemic. For those of you who weren't able to attend this year's event for any reason, whether you registered or not, if you are interested in hearing what our amazing guests had to say, do subscibe to our YouTube channel, where we will publish the talks whose speakers gave us permission to do so.
With love in Christ,
The Festival Committee
Alexandra, Ancuta, Andreas, Alban, Alex, Alexandru and Joachim
We are a group of young adult (18-35+) Orthodox Christians who meet throughout the year for prayer and fellowship in order to better know our faith and each other. We organise different events throughout the year around the UK so that everyone can be involved.
Events are organised by the OFSJB Youth Committee, part of the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist (OFSJB), registered charity 1063713.
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When free from Covid-19 restrictions, we organise several in-person events throughout the year. These include the following:
Our main event in the year, usually happening on one of the May Bank Holiday weekends out in the countryside. The festival is 3-4 days full of interesting talks by a variety of speakers (bishops, priests, monks, nuns and accasionally academics and laity as well) based around a common theme. Some of the other activities you can expect include walks, bonfire nights, sports, games and more (and you are free to skip the ones not appealing to you)! There is also plenty of "unorganised" time for personal conversations both with the speakers and with other attendees.
Following quick on the heels of summer's end, we go for a hike in the beautiful peaks of Snowdonia and stay overnight in a cozy little cottage. It is a great opprotunity to get some exercise and breathe in some fine clean moutain air. Spaces are limited for this event because of the sleeping arrangements, so watch for the announcement if you are keen to go.
Originally conceived as the annual catch-up meeting after the year's festival, Octofest has since evolved into a proper event of its own. Everyone is welcome, whether they attended the festival or not. Often, around half of the people hadn't attented the festival, so no need to fear to be out of the loop with everyone else knowing each other. Commonly we start with a celebration of the Divine Liturgy, followed by a talk by the local priest and some food, music and games.
To stave off the winter depression, we head out to the Christmas markets to enjoy some ice-skating and a warm hearty meal (also possibly some mulled wine). Fuzzy feelings of warmth and friendship are to be expected.
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