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

  • 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.

  • The Source

    Year 9+



    The Source brings young people, Year 9 and above, together for an evening of inspiring talks, praise and worship and socialisation.

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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 25 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

 since 9th September 2019


Young People

Gap Year Programme

Get more in life. Experience a YMT Gap year.


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 2020 are now open.


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 2019-2020


    Ann Oshegbu
    North Shields, UK

    'The Lord is my shepherd.'

    Psalm 23

    Energetic · Smart · Beautiful







    Hip-Hop, Rap


    English Literature



    Jellof Rice,

    Mash and Gravy

    'It takes a village
    to raise a child.'

    - Old African Proverb


    Hannah Bartlett
    County Durham, UK

    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

    Calm · Enthusiastic · Giggly



    Meal Times

    Early Mornings



    Heaby Metal



    Health App



    It's always impossible

    when until it's done.

    Nelson Mandela


    Josie Shilcock
    Consett, UK

    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



    Lunch Time


    Frank Turner

    One Direction




    Veggie Lasagne Bacon

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


    Kayne Whiteman
    Coventry, UK

    All that I have is yours...

    but your younger brother is lost and now he is found.

    Luke 15:31-32

    Firm · Funny · Easy







    Soul, R&B





    Tik Tok



    Go hard or

    go home.


    Lewis Humphreys
    Newcastle. UK

    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







    Heavy Metal



    Clash Royale



    Do or do not.
    There is no try.

    - Yoda


    Mark Castillo
    Cebu City, Philippines

    'There is time for


    Ecclesiastes 3:1

    Kind · Generous · Joyful



    After Lunch


    Soul, Classical


    Religious Studies




    Amor Vincit Omnia
    (Love Conquers All)


    Niamh Newton
    Chester-le-Street, UK

    In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17

    Ambitious · Tired · Determined



    Night Time

    Early Morning



    Heavy Metal







    When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. -

    Malala Yousafzai


    Ruth McGivern

    Gateshead, UK

     I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. - 2 Kings 20:5

    Loud · Whirlwind · Annoying



    Dinner Time
    bed Time







    Mam's Lentil Soup


    Shy bairns get nowt.

Gap Year Interest Form

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



Office Hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm




Get in touch

Youth Ministry Trust

Emmaus Youth Village

Pemberton Road



Co. Durham


T: 01207 592244


F: 01207 592245


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