- Published on 29 March 2012
The recent Flame Congress at Wembley arena drew over 8000 young people from all over the country, including many coachloads from the diocese of Salford. It was a celebration of faith organised to encourage young people in the light of the 2010 papal visit.
Among the group were the young people of the SAFE project, based at Sacred Heart and St Francis, Gorton, who performed in front of the crowd. Fr Andrew Stringfellow, parish priest and founder of the project, said, "We were delighted to be asked to take part in the Flame Congress. This national recognition for our project as a credible example of engaging with young people is a real boost. The young people themselves were really inspired by the day and the constant message throughout of 'be the best you can be'.
"Performing in front of 8000 people has given them a real taste of what is possible when you work hard and give of yourself. The time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at the end of the day was an opportunity for them and everyone else to ask God, "What is your plan for me?"
"Some of them have never asked that before, and what for some started out as a day trip and chance to perform on a big stage has lead them to a deeper understanding of God's love and plan for them."
Members of the SAFE Project backstage at Wembley Arena before their performance