This month the Youth Ministry Team provides updates on the Significance Weekend Festival 2024, news of a new vacancy, confirmation that Internship applications are still open and they also tell us about self catering stays at the youth village.

Significance Festival Weekend – 29 June 2024:

We look forward to welcoming you to the Significance Festival Weekend this June, in particular for the main event on Saturday 29 June, from 10.00am onwards. There will be a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music, spread across the Emmaus Youth Village, which will be open for you to enjoy in the beautiful Derwent Valley! We welcome everyone to gather for Mass for the Feast of St Peter and Paul at 3.15pm, with Bishop Stephen Wright, followed by a BBQ and Ceilidh in the evening.

Individuals, families, and parish groups are all welcome. For additional details and to book, please email Nicole at: Single or shared accommodation and camping areas are available to book (all self-catered), for Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets for the Saturday evening BBQ are £10 each.

Entry on Saturday for the speakers, fayre, Mass, and ceilidh is FREE (additional charges apply for accommodation, camping and the BBQ), but we hope this day will be welcoming, fun and affordable for all the family and individuals of all ages! Whether you’ve been to the Youth Village 100’s of times or never been before, you are welcome!

All proceeds and any donations will support Significance – The Fr Dermott Donnelly Foundation – which supports opportunities for young people in the Northeast of England. For more information about the Significance, please email:

Please click the link if you want to express your interest in going:

Vacancy – Assistant Internship Programme Coordinator

The Youth Ministry Trust is looking for a person who would like to be part of our ministry team, working closely with our Youth Ministry Interns! If you or anyone you know has passion for working with young adults whilst doing Youth Ministry, we are a place to be!

We are looking for someone:

  • Keen to invest in young adults to encourage and inspire our Interns to realise their gifts and talents in order to make a real difference.
  • Looking for new opportunity to share their own faith as part of a vibrant developing community.
  • Happy to live onsite at the Emmaus Village, in the middle of the beautiful Derwent Valleys!

Please click the link for more information:

Email: for an application pack and more information or download it from the link above.

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.