Transcend will build a community of disciples and create a support network of enthusiastic leaders who can transform our communities and our Church.
Transcend aspires to create an environment of discipleship providing opportunities for inspiration, questioning, openness, learning and discovery in order to deepen our faith.
Transcend is an organic process that aims to be alive, moving, developing and changing to fit the needs of the disciples.
16 - early 20s
The Award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them.
Through the Pope John Paul II Award, young people in the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese will be enabled to take an active part in the life of their Church, in the life of their community and society, and also become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world. This will enable young people to engage at a deep level with Christ, whose body the Church is.
It will allow young people to understand that religion and faith are not just for learning, nor are they a list of rules, but that they are for living.
The Faith in Action Award, the CYMFed National Catholic Award Scheme, challenges young people in school years 6 to 11 to put their faith into action in their schools, parishes and in the wider community.
The Faith in Action Award provides a concrete way to enhance parish-school cooperation. The award presentation event will be an opportunity for the school and parish or partnership to celebrate the gifts and achievements of their children and young people.
From age Y6 - Y10, of any academic ability and from any faith background. Output is not necessarily academic.
Home of YMT
Opened by Ant & Dec, the Emmaus Village is at the heart of the North East region and is in close proximity to many famous landmarks and attractions including Durham Cathedral, Bede’s World, Holy Island, Hadrian’s Wall, Beamish Museum and the Metrocentre.
The Emmaus Village, which houses a group of Gap Year Team members living in community, provides a variety of youth ministry opportunities across schools and parishes throughout the region.
In addition to the young people who are invited to use the Emmaus Youth Village for retreats, it also offers an ideal venue for different occasions such as adult conferences and meetings.
Each summer the Emmaus Village opens its doors to more than 4,000 children, young people and adults to enjoy the Primary, Secondary and Diocesan Festivals of Faith.
The Festival Fortnight beins with the Primary Festival which, over six days, welcomes more than 3,500 Year 6 children. At the weekend the Diocesan Festival takes place and finally, the Secondary Festival gathers 600 young people and accompanying staff.
Primary Festival - 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 22 June
Diocesan Festival - 20 - 21 June
Secondary Festival - 24 - 26 June
The Primary and Secondary Festivals are booked through schools.
Booking Forms for the Diocesan Festival are usually released around Spring time, so watch this space.
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The Youth Ministry Team (YMT) gathers together young people (18-30) from all over the world, from August to July, to live a community lifestyle and work as part of a team. The Gap Year Team members are given training, ongoing formation and support while they embark as a team, planning and carrying out school missions, retreats and activities for the young people of the diocese.
Since we started in 1994, we have had members from all over the world such as the USA, Philippines, Australia, and Cameroon, to name a few. Gap Year Team Members must be willing to grow in a relationship with God, learn more about their faith and help other young people on their faith journey.
We are constantly amazed and uplifted when young people of all ages respond and receive a new vision and a new insight into themselves and the God who loves them. The work of the Gap Year Team is essential work and is a life changing experience both for them and for those to whom they minister.
On Youth Friday and Youth Sunday, the Youth Ministry Team is gave everyone in the diocese, the young people and the adults, a small gift. A gift they can take with them wherever they are and take that opportunity to connect to God. It is the gift of prayer.
The prayer is called The Examen. We didn’t invent The Examen. It's an ancient form of prayer by an order of priests called the Jesuits, the same one that Pope Francis belonged to when he joined the priesthood. What we are sharing is an adaption or version of The Examen. It may not be the one with which some of you may be familiar or one that can be found in many published prayer books. This Examen is a version, we thought, for beginners like many of us who are exploring the idea of prayer.
You may download the free version of The Examen by clicking the button below. There are several versions of The Examen which are available to download which include a male and female prayer guide, a 3-minute version which may be more suitable for the younger ones, and a YouTube version with the guided prayer on the screen too.
Download The Examen
Official YMT Merchandise
It's official, you can now order your very own Official YMT Merchandise. See the YMT Logo and other theme designs on hoodies, bags, mugs and many more.
Open an Account - to start ordering online, please email Stephanie Clift of Piranha Print to the email below and tell her you want to open a YMT Merchandise Account. This is a one-time free registration. Discounts are available for orders in bulk.
More Designs - More designs and merchandise will be added, like mission, Youth Sunday, Festivals, The Source, etc.. new designs will be
announced on social media.
In celebration of 25 years of Youth Ministry Team (YMT) and 10 years of the Emmaus Village, YMT is in search of a thousand generous people who will ensure that our ministry will continue to grow and flourish in the years ahead.
For as little as £1 a week, we could raise an additional £54,000 a year that will help fund the work of the Youth Ministry Team. If you can, you may increase the donation to £10 or £20 a month or in any amount you are able to donate. If you are a UK taxpayer, we can claim Gift Aid amounting to 25p for every £1 you give to YMT from the tax you have already paid.
It is our promise that all donations will be used to fund projects and events organised by the Youth Ministry Team (e.g. Transcend, The Source, Summer Festivals, the Gap Year Team Programme).
As way of showing our gratitude for your generous donation and to regularly update you on how your money is being used, we would like to send you regular updates via email.
All you have to do is to sign up to receive our newsletter in this website.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this extraordinary crisis. I thought it would be useful to give you an update on how COVID-19 is affecting YMT.
Here at the Emmaus Village, we have thankfully had no staff or team members with symptoms of COVID-19 and we’ve been observing all the recommended guidelines for dealing with the situation. This has allowed us to remain open for business and deliver retreats as normal in recent weeks. We are very grateful to school staff and students for their patience in carrying out the additional hygiene procedures.
Sadly, with the government decision to close schools indefinitely from 20 March as well as ongoing advice from the government, medical professionals and our diocese, we have decided to close the Emmaus Village for the foreseeable future. Our office will be open part-time and so we can be still be contacted by phone or by email (email@example.com).
The YMT community aims to maintain an online presence with live streaming of various events. Look out for forthcoming online prayers and reflections on our website.
Another implication of the current crisis is that, due to the restrictions imposed by social distancing, with heavy hearts we have had to cancel this year’s Festival Fortnight. I know this will be a big disappointment and we’ve already had requests to hold the existing bookings for next year and also some queries about refunds. We hugely value your support for events like the Festival and appreciate the financial commitments you make to YMT. Due to COVID-19, YMT is facing losses having had to cancel facilities and services booked to provide the infrastructure for the Festival Fortnight and so we would ask for your patience while we sort all of this out.
If you would like to discuss any details relating to the Festival Fortnight or rearranging retreat dates, please contact us via the YMT office either by email or phone.
Finally, may we take the opportunity once again to assure you of our prayers and support in these extremely difficult times. Stay well and stay safe - we look forward to getting back together when the crisis is over.
Tony and all at YMT
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