Are you looking for a way to spend a gap year in youth ministry?
Do you have questions of
how to bring a group to the Emmaus Youth Village?
We aim to encourage young people into a relationship with Christ and fully into the life of the Church.
“I have come that they may have life,
and that they may have it to the full.”
“You are precious to me.”
“I have called you by name, and you are mine.”
“Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38 – 39
“Be strong and courageous. For the Lord your God
will be with you wherever you go.”
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and
carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
“You are the light that gives light to the world.”
World Youth Day 2016
Fly with Bishop Séamus and other young people to Kraków, Poland and be part of the biggest gathering of Catholic youth in the world.
Year 9 and above
A monthly event for young people at St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle. An evening with inspirational speakers and a live praise and worship band.
Pope John Paul II Award
Year 12- 13
An award scheme for Year 12-13 students living or going to school in the Diocese, the Award will enable you to become more actively involved in the life of your parish and community.
Representing the many people across our parishes and different organisations in the diocese who are involved in youth ministry, we give people the opportunity to network, share ideas and work together with YMT.
The 'voice' of young people in the diocese to the Bishop, the youth council is an opportunity for peer ministry, faith sharing and socialisation.
North East Celebrate
North East CELEBRATE is a non-residential weekend for the whole family, full of teaching, workshops, lively praise & worship, Mass, opportunities for Reconciliation and healing prayer and ministry. Academic Yr 10-11 was facilitated by YMT.
Festival Fortnight Multimedia Gallery
£999* including flights, shared en-suite accommodation, WYD Registration,
insurance and an overnight retreat at the Emmaus Youth Village.
A great opportunity for those aged 18-30 to travel with Bishop Séamus and other young people in the diocese to Kraków, Poland for 8 days of pilgrimage, encounter with Pope Francis,
meeting young people from other countries, learning more about our faith and being part
of the biggest gathering of Catholic youth in the world.
*Price shown is based on airline rates for Summer 2015 and is subject to change
Monday 25th July - Monday 1st August
We’re flying to Kraków, Poland!
What you've been telling us
It was such an amazing experience and has made me feel so much closer with God and has made my faith so much stronger. I’ve loved this experience as it was entertaining and eye-opening.
I found the retreat spiritual but in a personal way that makes sense. It also strengthened my relationships with friends because we will always have these memories.
Even better than last year, very inspiring to see so many young people being honest and open. thanks to all the team and i look forward to seeing you next year.
I think to see the effect of the mission you just have to wander
around in here for the buzz from the kids. The amount of time someone has come up to me and said how much they have enjoyed it, how moved they were by it, the tears that were coming (in a good way).
It was really quite moving.
Truly inspirational – great food for the journey. Wonderful organisation – we are so fortunate to have these events. A million thanks!!
Have you got something to tell us or a story you wanted to share? Please use this form to tell us
what you think. Submitting this form will generate an email to the Youth Ministry Trust and does not automatically publish your story on our website. Names and email addresses will not be published.
Without you we're youthless
YMT Team and Staff with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila
It's been 20 years... 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.
The Youth Ministry Team was established in 1994 by Bishop Ambrose Griffiths
In the beginning we gathered young people to form a community
We started giving missions in primary and secondary schools
We present the Gospel though dance, music, movement
We present to Gospel in a lively and creative way
We work with adult leaders in parishes and deaneries across the diocese
During the Feast of Christ the King we also celebrate National Youth Sunday
In 2001 we started the Diocesan Secondary Schools Summer Festival
Our aim is to encourage young people into a relationship with Christ
Sr Helen Prejean, author of 'Dead Man Walking', has spoken many times to our young people
In 2010, we opened the Youth Village, a residential centre for young people
We offer a place for young people to take a retreat and a bit of me time
Peer ministry is at the heart of our work at the Emmaus Youth Village
We cater not just spiritually but gastronomically as well
Every first Wednesday of the month we gather at St Mary's Cathedral for 'The Source'
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.
Retreats and Follow-up
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, in Academic Year 2015-2016
Get more in life. Experience a YMT Gap year.
Gap Year Team Members 2015-2016
Gap Year Programme
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 join our Gap Year Team in August 2016 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
The strength of our Gap Year Team comes from the fact that we are an international community. This enables us to present the gospel message to a likewise diverse and multicultural society. YMT is registered to receive a number of applicants from outside the European Union (EU) to come and be part of our Gap Year Team. However, we encourage you to signify your interest early as places are limited and the process takes longer.
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.
I’m AC and I come from the Philippines. I joined YMT to experience my faith even more by experiencing Jesus in others and being Jesus in their lives. I hope to bring servant leadership to the Team. In the Bible, I love the story of the multiplication of loaves and bread because it shows us that everyone is capable of conversion.
If I were a food, I’d love to be Bacon – Who wouldn’t love bacon? I’d like to solve the problem of poverty. Some people are materially and spiritually poor, FEED THEM with love, care and food!!!
I’m Aya and I come from the Cavite, Philippines. I joined YMT so I could serve God and the community. I hope to inspire young people and gain more experience that I could bring back and share with my community back home. I hope to share my own experiences with the Team and be a help to others. I love the Parable of the Prodigal Son because it reminds me how forgiving God is. Even though I am not worthy of his grace, He continues to accept and bless me.
If I were a food, I’d probably be chocolate so I can make people happy. Chocolates do that to me. If I could solve a problem in the world it would be child abuse. Children are meant to enjoy life, not suffer from it.
Hello I’m Brendan and I’m from Stockton-on-Tees, UK. I joined YMT because I have passion in working with young people and sharing my faith. I hope to bring lots of joy and laughter to the Team. My favourite story in the Bible is the about the Good Shepherd because it is a good vocation story.
If I were a TV Show I would be ‘Match of the Day’ because I’m obsessed with it and I love football.
Hi I’m Bryan and I’m from the Philippines. I joined YMT because I want to continue serving God and taking it to the next level. I believe that joining YMT will strengthen my faith and help me be closer to God. I hope to bring new and fresh ideas that I think will help in building our Team. I love the story of Noah in the Bible because, despite the all the tragic events that happen to him, he’s remained faithful to God.
If I would be a TV Series, I would be ‘The Walking Dead’ because I love the fact that every ‘walker’ has a story behind them. It’s interesting and keeps my heart beating!!! I would like to solve the problem of corruption because that is one of the reasons why there is poverty. Imagine a world without corruption. It would be wealthy enough to feed the poor.
Hi I’m Danielle and I’m from Cullercoats, England. When I was in school I remember YMT coming to my school and admired them. YMT has helped me keep my faith alive and I hope to continue to explore my faith while making a difference to the lives of other young people. I’m quite a creative person so I hope to contribute my ideas to the activities and resources. I love the story of the mustard seed in the Bible because I know, no matter how small my faith is, it can be powerful and great.
If I were a film I’d be ‘Wall-E’ because, despite being a robot, it also has human emotions. In the movie, Wall-E tries to clean up the rubbish of the world just as I wanted to do too.
Hello I’m Hannah and I come from Billingham, UK. I wanted to help other young people find their faith and ensure that they can believe in something as well as deepening my own faith. I love reading the Parable of the Prodigal Son because it reminds me that no matter what happens God will forgive us.
I love to make people happy and make them laugh. If I could solve a problem in world it would be our addiction to social media. I would do this by implementing a ban on the use of social media between 11am and 2pm.
My name is Hector and I come from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. It is very important for me to get a chance to work with young people and I thought YMT gives me that opportunity. I am a very creative person and I love coming up with new ideas as well as listening to other people’s ideas. I love the Parable of the Mustard Seed because every time I wake up is a new day to grow in my faith and feed my spirit.
If I were a TV Series, I would be ‘Family Guy’ because it’s funny and I love having a laugh. If I could have a chance to solve a problem in the world, it would be the lack of education. I believe that every person should have free public education. This is the foundation to solving many of the other problems.
I am Joanna and I come from Durham, UK. I joined YMT because I enjoy helping others find themselves and build their faith. I enjoy the story of the Lost Sheep because it shows one individual is just as important and valuable as everyone in the group. I hope to bring creativity to the Team and a different outlook and approach to ideas.
If I were a book, I’d be an unfinished one so I could write my own ending (cheesy, I know).
I’m Leah and I come from Gateshead, England. I have a lot of experience with YMT over the years and I wanted to give something back whilst also exploring my own faith. I hope to bring to the Team my hard work, dedication but lots of fun too. In the Bible, I love the Parable of the Good Samaritan because it teaches us to help and serve everyone not just our friends and people who are similar to us.
If I could be in a TV Series, it would be ‘Once upon a time’ so I could be in a fairy tale. I wish everyone could fly too so nobody would ever be late for things.
Hi, I’m Libby and I come from Grimsby, England. I joined YMT to inspire young people to have passion in their faith and to know God. In the Bible, my favourite part is the Parable of the Talents because it reminds us not hide what God has given to us.
If I were a film, I’d be a Disney film because I’d like to make people happy. I would love one day to build an environment for young people involved in Church to feel comfortable and to share their beliefs without judgement.
I hope to bring inspiration and enthusiasm to the Team.
Gap Year Interest Form
Fr Paul Verla
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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.
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:
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:
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
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
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