Flame is returning to Wembley Arena on Saturday 4th March 2023.

This will be the fifth Flame Congress, and over the years thousands of young people from the Diocese have taken part in this full day event which is full of energy, prayer, joy and hope, with content that is ideal for young people from Year 10 to Year 13 (age approx. 15 – 18).  


The line-up is already looking pretty impressive. Guvna B is back, and there will be more music input than ever before, along with national and international speakers.

As youth ministry “rebuilds” after the pandemic we hope this is an exciting prospect – something to aim for, and give hope, as young people (and all of us) get used to socialising again.

The theme of Flame 2023 – which is exactly 150 days before World Youth Day in Lisbon – takes the World Youth Day Scripture

“Mary arose and went in haste”

and crystallises it into the theme,

“Rise Up!”

Rise up after the pandemic, Rise up as young Catholics, Rise up – as Mary did – for the surprising and beautiful adventure that is our Catholic faith.

Group Bookings

The event is ideal for Confirmation and post-Confirmation groups, or school groups. It is a vibrant experience of young Church, concluding with Adoration led by most of the Bishops of England and Wales; the whole day really opens the young people’s horizons about what the Church is, and their part in it.


Prices are for event passes are £24 for the day for earlybird bookings; after 31st October the price rises to £27.


To be part of the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service block booking – with seats, we hope, near to the front of the Arena, we need you to do just three things:

  1. Chat with those who could bring a group from your parish, and decide on the number of passes you want to book. You will need to arrange your own transport – we are fortunate that unlike groups from North Wales, Cornwall or Newcastle, Wembley Arena is within an hour for much of the Diocese, and at most two hours. For those within the London Boroughs you may well find that trains may be cheaper and easier than a coach. Partnering with schools and using school minibuses may also be a possibility.
  2. Email [email protected] with the name of your parish, and the number of passes.
  3. Pay a £5/pass deposit. You will be invoiced for this, and it would be refundable if Covid or other emergency situation caused the event to be cancelled. We realise there is an element of risk here, but we hope it is not too great; if you book for 25 young people you are only being asked for £125 at this stage, and full payment is not due until late October, by which time your numbers would be firmer.


The deadline to indicate numbers is TUESDAY 1ST MARCH. We will then email, with further updates, and in the meantime please do email with any questions.



Individual Bookings

If you wish to come on your own or with friends as part of the BCYS group, tickets will be available to buy here nearer the time – please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates!