YOUTH MINISTRY TRUST

Youth Service of the RC Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

We aim to encourage young people into a relationship with Christ and fully into the life of the Church.

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The Examen with a Male Prayer Guide

The Examen with a Female Prayer Guide

Adapted from the Ignatian Spirituality by the Youth Ministry Team

What's on

  • The Source

    New Dates for AY 2018 - 2019

    An evening of inspiring talks, praise and worship and socialisation.

  • Flame 2019: #Significance

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    We're going back to Wembley on Saturday 2nd March 2019. W e will be travelling by coach from different points in the diocese. To book, contact your local group coordinators.

  • Youth Sunday 2018

    Resources

    This year’s Youth Sunday is on 25th November, the Feast of Christ the King. Resources are available to download or order here to make your celebration a more meaningful one.

  • Faith in Action Awards

    Various Age Groups

     

     

    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.

  • Festival Fortnight

    Photo Gallery

     

     

    Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, and Diocesan Festivals - 2 Weeks of Festivals - Reaching out to 4,170 young people and adults

  • Diocesan Festival 2018

    Photo Gallery

    Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June
    Emmaus Youth Village

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What you've been telling us

Without you we're youthless

First Summer Festival in 2001 at Ushaw College

Our story so far

The Youth Ministry Team was established in 1994 by Bishop Ambrose Griffiths to answer the call of the Second Vatican Council: ‘The young should be the first apostles of the young, in direct contact with them, exercising the apostolate by themselves, among themselves, taking account of their social environment’. (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, 12)

From the beginning, we gathered together young adults from all over the world to live in community and to give school missions. At the heart of the mission experience is the message of God’s unconditional love for each one of us. Over the last 20 years, this community has continued to be at the heart of the work of YMT providing peer ministry through the generosity of young volunteers from almost every continent.

 

We aim to help young people to discover their own unique value and to reach their full potential. We have developed a strategy of school missions, residential retreats and local area youth ministry. We supports the adults who work with young people, helping them to provide opportunities for young people to grow in faith and take their place in the Church sharing their unique gifts and taking up their responsibility in the world.

 

In 2010, the Emmaus Youth Village, formerly known as 'Youth Village', was opened, a residential centre which allowed us to offer a truly holistic experience which creates a lasting impact on those who participate and enables young people from many different backgrounds and starting points to explore faith and life issues in a relevant and interactive way.

Our Ministry

We begin the process through initial proclamation, whereby the team carry out various activities such as school missions, outreaches, and monthly events. It is in these activities that we present the Gospel in an interesting and radical way, through drama, dance, music, and multimedia – a language that is most effective and appealing in today’s youth culture.

Initial Proclamation

Retreats and Follow-up

Area Development

Each mission reflects upon the basic gospel message, presenting in a lively, modern and interesting way the God of Love whose desire is that all of us reach our full potential. We proclaim and announce God who accepts us where we are and loves us so much that he challenges us to grow and experience the fullness of life (Jn 10:10).

Recognising evangelisation as a process, we enable young people to experience a retreat and to grow in their faith in an environment where they will feel comfortable and relaxed. YMT strongly believes that retreats are a very important part of the faith journey of our young people and is essential to our work in evangelisation.

We hope that, through the support of parish or deanery area groups, young people can experience a sense of belonging and be enabled to grow as members of the Church community in faith and service. The training and support of adults is an important part of this process.

Number of young people we have encountered,

 so far, from September 2018

1210

Young People

Gap Year Programme

Get more in life. Experience a YMT Gap year.

Overview

Get a taste of a life of a Gap Year Team Member

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.

Applications to work with our Gap Year Team in August 2019 are now open.

Requirements

18-30 years old

willing to grow in a relationship with God

willing to learn more about our faith

willing to create new ways of communicating the Gospel

willing to help other young people in their relationship with God

CAFOD Partnership

Step into the Gap is an exciting new venture for CAFOD and YMT that offers a joined up programme for leadership development during a Gap Year. It consists of a rounded experience, with elements that take place both overseas and in the UK, which allows participants to explore and express their faith and develop their abilities to take a lead in bringing about a more just world. It bridges the 'gap' between the elements of adventure and service that occur in many traditional year out schemes.

UK Experience

Overseas Experience

  • Work with an international team and community with YMT
  • Receive training and formation in communicating the Gospel to young people
  • Work with young people in a variety of settings: school, parish, retreat centre
  • Bring new perspectives from your overseas placement to enrich the community
  • Bring new perspectives to the work of CAFOD in the UK
  • Discover things you didn't know about yourself as you develop new skills
  • Explore your faith
  • Take up a four to six-week work placement in Africa, South America or Asia with a CAFOD partner on grassroots community development projects with others from the UK
  • Training and preparation before you go
  • Get to know a country in a way that you never could as a backpacker
  • Get to know a community in depth - eat, drink, sleep, work, pray, celebrate, and share your life with those you meet
  • Be prepared to be changed by the encounter
  • Make new friendships
  • Discover new perspectives
  • Explore your faith
  • Reflect on your role in a global society

Team 2018-2019

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    Juliette Bone
    Dorset, United Kingdom

    A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17

    Friendly · Bilingual · Energetic

    Thursday

    Wednesday

    Bedtime

    Alarm time

    Summer

    Spring

    S-Club 7

    Baby Shark Song

    French

    Faths

    Shazam

    Twitter

    Potatoes

    Shellfish

    Live your best life.

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    Jamie Donaldson
    Durham, United Kingdom

    Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put in the armour of light; let us live honourably as in the day. Let us put on the Lord Jesus Christ. - Romans 13:11-14

    Energetic · Joyful · Short

    Saturdays
    Mondays

    9pm

    6am

    Winter
    Spring

    House
    Country

    Georgraphy
    English

    Instagram

    Clash Royal

    Mac and Cheese

    Salad

    When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. For the dark side looks back. – Yoda

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    Becca Gallagher
    Gateshead, United Kingdom

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

    Radgy · Lovable · Angel

    Sundays

    Tuesdays

    Dinner Time
    Breakfast

    Winter

    Summer

    New Monkey

    Indie

    History

    Georgraphy

    Instagram

    Santander Bank

    Mince 'n Dumplings

    Beans

    Tea's ready!

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    Andrea Hemmings
    Stanley, United Kingdom

    Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

    Psalm 119:18

    Curly · Colourful · Clumsy

    Sunday

    Tuesday

    Dessert Time

    Snooze

    Spring

    Winter

    Deep Sax

    JLS

    Georgraphy

    Maths

    Spotify
    Alarm

    Ice Cream

    Carrots

    Anyone want a cuppa?

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    Lewis Humphreys
    Newcastle. United Kingdom

    My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.

    Luke 15:31-32

    Kind · Happy · Polo

    Saturday

    Thursday

    Night

    Morning

    Autumn

    Summer

    Heavy Metal

    Bonkers

    Science
    Business

    Clash Royale
    Snapchat

    Potato

    Sprouts

    Do or do not.
    There is no try.

    - Yoda

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    Hannah 'HP' Pearson
    Stockton on Tees, United Kingdom

    In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9

    Quirky · Energetic · Tall

    Friday

    Tuesday

    Sunset

    Early Mornings

    Spring

    Summer

    Pop Punk

    Rave

    Art and Textiles

    History

    Head Space

    Twitter

    Parmo

    Marmite

    When joy is a habit, love is a reflex. - Bob Goff

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    Alex Pizzoni
    Shropshire, United Kingdom

    For when I am weak, then I a strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

    Adventurous · Sensitive · Positive

    Friday
    Monday

    9pm

    5am

    Spring

    Autumn

    Indie

    Heavy Metal

    Maths

    Art

    Wordscapes

    Facebook

    Spag Bolognese

    Olives

    You either die a hero or see yourself long enough to be the villain. - Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

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    Becca Rutland
    Gateshead, United Kingdom

    The Lord is my shepherd,

    there is nothing I shall want.
    Psalm 23

    Funny · Energetic · Confident

    Friday

    Monday

    Night

    Early mornings

    WInter

    Autumn

    STEPS
    Justin Bieber

    Religious Education

    Geograohy

    Snapchat

    Candy Crush

    Lasagne
    Olives

    We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. - Maya Angelou

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    Matthew Steen
    Lancashire, United Kingdom

    My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:12-14

    Keen · Inquisitive · Passionate

    Wednesdays
    Thursdays

    Mornings
    2pm

    Autumn
    Wet Winters

    Taylor Swift
    Jess Glynne

    Science
    Design

    Spotify
    File Manager

    Veggie Lasagne Bacon

    Courage is not the absence of fear but overcoming it. - Jocko Willink

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    Josie Shilcock
    Consett, United Kingdom

    Train up a child in the way that he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

    Bubbly · Enthusiastic · Chatty

    Saturdays

    Mondays

    Lunch Time
    Morning

    Autumn
    Winter

    Frank Turner

    One Direction

    Philosophy

    Maths

    Spotify
    Facebook

    Veggie Lasagne Bacon

    We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh. - 11th Doctor, Doctor Who

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YMT Stories

Phillip Salkeld

Fr Paul Verla

Anna Forsberg

Welcome to Emmaus Youth Village

Opened by Ant & Dec, the Emmaus Youth 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 Youth Village, which houses a group of international volunteers living in community, provides a variety of youth ministry opportunities across schools and parishes throughout the region.

 

Guests to the Emmaus Youth Village will enjoy state of the art facilities which include an auditorium and dining hall accommodating up to 98 people. They can stay in twin and triple en-suite bedrooms spread across four attractive chalets and use spacious gardens, playing fields and a chapel for prayer and reflection.

 

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.

 

Key Features:

  • Large Capacity Auditorium and Dining Hall
  • 98 beds spread across 4 chalets
  • Twin and Triple en-suite Bedrooms
  • Underfloor heating
  • Surrounded by 60 acres of land
  • Wi-Fi Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Areas for prayer and reflection

Booking Query

Pope John Paul II Award

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.

Encouraging Parish Awareness

Encouraging Social Awareness

When we are baptised we become members of the Body of Christ. This means that we are called to be the presence of Christ in the world. As the Body of Christ, we belong to the community of the Church. We live out this belonging in our parish. For the Church, for the Body of Christ to be fully alive everybody needs to be actively involved. There are many things we can do in our parish.

 

Examples of activities that can be done for your Award in the parish are:

 

  • Reading at Mass
  • Altar Server
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • Member of choir/music group
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word
  • Composing prayers of the faithful
  • Welcomer at Mass
  • Helping with sacramental preparation
  • Preparing articles for the parish bulletin
  • Church decoration/flower arranging/church cleaning

As members of the Body of Christ, through baptism, we make Christ present by the way we

treat others. Our faith is lived out most fully in our actions, which is why it is important to be aware of the needs of others and to minister to their needs. That is why ‘Social Awareness’ is such an important aspect of this Award.

 

Examples of activities in the area of Social Awareness that you could do for your Award are:

 

  • Member of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Young leader for CAFOD
  • Young leader at parish youth group
  • Running a fair trade stall
  • Fundraising for a charity
  • Regular visitation of residential homes
  • Supporting a residential retreat for young people
  • Working with the homeless
  • Raising awareness of the needs of others
  • Volunteering on a parish or community project to support the vulnerable, e.g. Justice and Peace

There may be other activities that you are involved in that are not included here but may be relevant, if so, please contact the Pope John Paul II Award Committee through your Parish or School Co-ordinator, for approval.

Instruction Video on how to fold the 'origami' Record Card

Contact us

 

Address: Emmaus Youth Village,

Pemberton Road, Allensford,

Consett, Co. Durham DH8 9BA

 

Phone: (+44) 01207 592244

Fax: (+44) 01207 592245

E-mail: admin@ymt.org

 

Office Hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm

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Youth Ministry Trust

Emmaus Youth Village

Pemberton Road

Allensford

Consett

Co. Durham

DH8 9BA

T: 01207 592244

E: admin@ymt.org

F: 01207 592245

 

The Youth Ministry Trust (YMT) is a Company limited by guarantee registered in England No.07937704 Registered Charity Number 1146158 ©2016