This month the Youth Ministry Team provide an update on the ‘Wait-A-Minute, it’s LENT’ reflections. The Source is back for 2024! Internship applications are still open to work at the Emmaus Village and it also tells us about self catering stays at the youth village.

Online Reflections: ‘Wait-A-Minute, it’s LENT’

YMT started a series of online reflections during the seasons of Advent and Lent. These reflections are from different schools, parishioners, clergy, and other Church communities.

Since then, many of our followers tune in to Wait a Minute as part of their reflection of the seasons. We are delighted to offer this resource to anyone who would like to use the reflections to pause and reflect a minute during the season of Advent and Lent.

The ‘Wait a Minute it’s Lent’ Series has presented us with several lovely reflections as always from across the Diocese – thanks to everyone who has sent those in already! Please subscribe to our YouTube account to get the latest Wait a Minute Reflections.

For the final 14 days (before Holy Week), each video will follow the Scriptural Stations of the Cross from St Pope John Paul II, so even if you haven’t followed the full Lent series, join us for these stations or use these in your own time as we journey towards Holy Week: Wait a Minute Lent 2024 Playlist.

The Source:

The YMT SOURCE is back again! It will be at St Mary’s Cathedral from 7.00pm on Thursday 21 March 2024. The event will welcome Yr 9+ students and staff from different secondary schools around the Diocese and young adults around universities such as Newcastle, Sunderland, and Durham, who will be encouraged to pray together through praise, worship, and adoration. Catechists can also bring their confirmation group to join the evening of praise and worship. 

Please email: if you are bringing a group to the event. 

Applications are still open for Internship Opportunities:

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 will receive 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 insight into themselves and the God who loves them.

The team’s work is essential to YMT and is a life-changing experience both for them and those to whom they minister. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining our Youth Ministry Internship or wanting to learn more about the programme, please email: You can check this link for more information.

Staycation 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. Families can enjoy a lodge of their own!

Our Auditorium has full AV and IT facilities ideal for group presentations. 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: or click on our website link. Please click this link to download the Emmaus Village brochure.