This year’s YouthGather was held, in glorious sunshine, at St Andrew’s Catholic School in Leatherhead on Sunday 28 September. Mrs Balko, Assistant Head and Chaplain at St Andrew’s welcomed over 200 people and the day began with Mass celebrated by Fr Tony Barry.
During the Mass we listened to the Gospel story of the two disciples walking along the road to Emmaus, talking about the recent events in Jerusalem when Jesus had been crucified. When a stranger appeared and walked alongside them, they didn’t recognise that it was Jesus himself until they were sharing a meal and he broke the bread. This then set the scene perfectly for our afternoon walk, providing the opportunity to spend greater time together and the sharing of stories.
St Andrew’s School led the music at Mass and everyone was impressed by their singers and instrumentalists – drums, violin, guitars and ukuleles (even an electric acoustic one!). Thank you so much to Mrs Ridgeon, Miss Allerton and to all the students for their hard work and for sharing their gifts and talents with us.
The day was concluded with a 10k sponsored walk through beautiful nearby woodland but not before we had a barbecue to remember, with the School’s Chef serving up homemade burgers to give much needed sustenance to the walkers. We are very grateful to the School’s Caterers Pabulum who subsidised the cost to support our charities.