This month the Youth Ministry Team provide an update on the last Youth Sunday. There are reminders that it is the last chance to book on the YMT Conference in February, that there are internship opportunities to work at the Emmaus Village and it also tells us about venue hire and self catering stays at the youth village.

Without YOU we are YOUTHLESS!

We would like to thank all people and parishes who have donated on the last Youth Sunday in November. Your contribution will help us continue to provide Youth Ministry Opportunities for young people and adults who work with them across our Diocese. We can only do our ministry in partnership with our schools, parishes and youth ministry community locally and nationally! So, thank you very much from all at YMT. Please continue to pray for us as we continue with our ministry. Without YOU we are YOUTHLESS!

Youth Ministry Conference: Saturday 3 February 2024 – Still time to book!

This Youth Ministry and Practical Theology Conference is YMT’s first conference since the COVID-19 pandemic and we look forward to gather with youth ministers, catechists, clergy, teachers, staff and volunteer co-workers from across the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and beyond!

The theme for the conference is “Investing in the Fearlessness of Youth”, inspired by a quote from Pope Francis’ letter, Christus Vivit (Chapter 7 no. 233). Youth Ministry is what excites us; to help young people realise their identity as beloved children of God. However, we all know that today’s world poses many challenges to young people and the Church, and we must constantly reevaluate how we can best share God’s message and best serve His people.

We hope you can join us for this Youth Ministry Conference.

Booking is still open and you can either email: nsalkeld@ymt.org or book online here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/youthministryteam. Online booking will apply booking fees.

We are looking forward to welcoming keynote speaker, Reverend Professor David Wilkinson, Director of Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, an international project based at St John’s College, Durham, who will explore how we can engage young people in the Gospel when we live in a world of science. We are also pleased to welcome back David Wells, international speaker, best-selling author and friend of YMT, to guide us to reflect on our theme.

We endeavour to explore some of the ‘barriers’ faced by young people and youth ministry today, with some fantastic guest speakers leading a selection of workshops:

  • How can we do Youth Ministry when… young people and families are hungry? Phil Callaghan | Trussell Trust | What can we do as Church when there is hunger on our doorstep?
  • How can we do Youth Ministry when… families don’t come to Church? Amy Cameron | Vicariate Coordinator for Faith and Mission | Accompanying children and parents
  • How can we do Youth Ministry when… young people face challenges in mental well-being? Beth Outram | Mental Health Social Work, Barnardo’s | Mental Health Toolkit
  • How can we do Youth Ministry when… I feel unequipped to lead prayer? Sr Anna and Sr Linda | Daughters of Divine Charity | How to pray with young people
  • How can we do Youth Ministry when… the Gospel is so hard to explain? Greg Finn | National Director of The Mark 10 Mission | Explaining ‘Tricky’ Gospels to Children
  • How can we do Youth Ministry when… we aren’t engaging young people online? Mary Madziva | YMT | Social media & Evangelisation, basics for busy people!

View the conference listing here.

Internship Opportunities: Youth Ministry Internship with YMT

The Youth Ministry Team (YMT) gathers young adults (18 – 30) from all over the world, from August to July, to live a community lifestyle and work as part of a team. Our Youth Ministry Interns are given training, ongoing formation, and support. At the same time, they embark on planning and carrying out school outreach, retreats, and activities for the young people of the Diocese and beyond. 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.

These young adults must be willing to grow in their relationship with God, learn more about their faith and help other young people on their faith journey whilst learning professional skills. 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 team is essential to YMT and is a life-changing experience both for them and for those to whom they minister. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining our Youth Ministry Internship or wanting to know more about the programme, please drop us an email at: internship@ymt.org. You can check the link: https://ymt.org/#team for more information.

Venue Hire – Self Catering stays at the Emmaus Village

If you are looking for a staycation in the Derwent Valley, whilst supporting the work that YMT do for the young people of the Diocese, the Emmaus Village is the place for you.

The Emmaus Village, owned by the Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and managed by the Youth Ministry Trust Charity, is situated 15 miles from the centre of Durham and Newcastle. The centre offers 5 purpose-built lodges with 11 ensuite rooms, including accessible facilities for up to 90 people in single, twin, and triple occupancy. Each lodge, has its own spacious lounge, fully equipped kitchenette with an option for self-catering, and 65” Smart Television.

Our Auditorium is equipped with full AV and IT facilities ideal for group presentation. The dining area offers a restaurant seating up to 90. This unique venue provides vast outdoor space with a community area and fire pit and is ideal for group and team building, conferences, family gatherings or community support.

For more information and booking rates please email: admin@ymt.org or click the link on our website at www.ymt.org/#thevillage. Please click the link to download the Emmaus Village brochure.