Youngsters ‘grill-the-bishops’

Young people are being invited to “grill-the-bishops” in a pub tonight.

About 30 people aged 18-35 will have the chance to put their burning questions about faith and church life to the Bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne, and the Bishop of Monmouth, Richard Pain.

The event, jointly organised by the dioceses of Monmouth and Llandaff, will take place at the Owain Glyndŵr Pub on St John’s Street, in the centre of Cardiff, today, Tuesday, March 6, 7-9pm.

Emma Pearson, a Junior Church leader at St Mary’s Church, Malpas, in Newport, has already booked her place. She says, “This will be a great opportunity to sit down with the bishops and to have conversations you normally wouldn’t get time to have.

“Some of the topics I would like to discuss are: how do you know if you are following the right path that God has set out for you? How do you find that work and faith balance when you work in something like retail where faith isn’t at the forefront? How can you be sure that you’re doing what God wants you to do in today’s society? We have more social media now but loneliness is a big issue for some people – how can we make a difference? Some of the main topics it would be good to explore with the bishops are looking at the relationships we build and the careers we have from a faith perspective.”

Bishop Richard says, “I am looking forward to being grilled (but not toasted!) by the young people. It is an exciting opportunity to meet them in a relaxed environment and I always find the questions asked by young people to be significant and relevant to society. I cannot guarantee that I can answer all of the questions well but what I will try to bring, as will Bishop June, is an open heart and honesty about our faith.”

The Revd Becca Stevens, young vocations advisor for Monmouth Diocese, says, ‘We are holding the event as we recognise that more work needs to be done with this age group as they have a lot to contribute and can sometimes be overlooked in the traditional events we organise. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to get to meet Bishop Richard and Bishop June in an informal setting where they will be free to ask the questions that are important to them.

“Being in that age group myself, I know that it can be rare to come across others my age in our local parishes; so our aim is to give them a chance to get to know other Christians their age, to ask the questions that are important to them about life and faith, and to have fun.

“I’m incredibly grateful to both Bishops for giving their time to come to this event and being willing to engage with no prior knowledge of what the questions will be, it shows a willingness to be vulnerable and a heart for outreach.

“Our young adults are seeking stimulating, thought provoking, relevant, life enhancing, boundary pushing, exciting and tolerant environments of faith, this is what we should be investing in.”

The photo above, by Revd Becca Stevens, show Hope Tyrell (left) and Emma Pearson

The Grill-the-Bishops event takes place at the Owain Glyndŵr Pub, Cardiff, on March 6, 7-9pm. To book a place contact the Revd Becca Stevens (rebeccaclairesteves@gmail.com)