The Easter Vigil

One of the networks I exist in has been having a bit of a cant about Easter Vigils, specifically gleaning wisdom and ideas for said event(s). Youth work guru and all round nice guy, Nic Shepherd posted this general overview which I thought contained great wisdom (and humour), he said it was ok if I used it on the blog as an opening gambit in asking YOU to share ideas, experience and wisdom. Thank you 🙂
“The period between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. is by far the longest and requires
a pretty clever programme to retain attention.
Usually include a feature film so those that need to can dose.
Plenty of refreshment breaks and continual access to drinking water.
Insist that no-one leaves the building without prior permission.
Have a quiet room with sleeping bags available where participants can
choose to retreat, or even be sent if you consider they require sleep. Make it clear that you have this power at the start of the event.
The period between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. is easy in terms of young people
being completely compliant and agreeing to virtually anything you suggest –
handle with care.
Always recruit a fresh back-up team to arrive at 7a.m to sort out breakfast and tidy-up – because you’ll be past caring.
Remember to keep the whole of the following day free in your diary as
you will be fit for nothing and certainly shouldn’t be operating heavy machinery”

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One Reply to “The Easter Vigil”

  1. From our several years doing the vigil at St James’ I can certainly agree with all of that.
    We used to keep movies running throughout the night, although it is worth noting that officially we couldn’t have people sleep at all as we didn’t have enough rooms not to fall foul of the rules for separate sleeping arrangements for boys and girls.
    Certainly the early hours of the morning are the hardest – we used to space the programme out during the night, and generally run a series of team events every hour or so, we’d also serve pizza up at about 2am.
    We also would have a group of parents come to do the breakfast which made a big difference.

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