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.

What's on

  • BGT Raffle Winners Drawn

    Aged 16 and above

    Congratulations to the winners of of the Britain's Got Talent Raffle Draw. Thank you to everyone who has supported this fundraising event.

  • Diocesan Festival

    All ages welcomed

    A weekend for families which includes inspiring speakers, powerful liturgies and the opportunity to meet up with others for conversations and joining in the evening ceilidh.

  • YMT Reunion

    Past Team and Staff

    In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, we are gathering our past Team and Staff for a weekend of celebration, prayer and reminiscing of the good ol' days.

  • Summer Festival

    Year 9 and above

    Dubbed 'God Camp' by the the festival participants, this annual event is  open to students Yr 9 and above in our diocesan secondary schools.

  • The Source

    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.

  • World Youth Day 2016

    Ages 18-30

    Fly with Bishop Séamus and other young people to Kraków, Poland and be part of the biggest gathering of Catholic youth in the world.

  • YMT Co-Workers

    Adult Leaders

    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.

  • Youth Council

    Ages 15-30

    The 'voice' of young people in the diocese to the Bishop, the youth council is an opportunity for peer ministry, faith sharing and socialisation.

  • The 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.

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£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

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” (Mt 5:7)

Monday 25th July - Monday 1st August

We’re flying to Kraków, Poland!

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.

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.

Get more in life. Experience a YMT Gap year.

Gap Year Team Members 2014-2015

Gap Year Programme

Overview

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.

Requirements

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.

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

  • Be part of 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 2014-2015

International Applicants

Overseas Experience

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.

Contact us

 

Address: Emmaus Youth Village,

Pemberton Road, Allensford,

Consett, Co. Durham DH8 9BA

 

Phone: (+44) 01207 592244

Fax: (+44) 01207 592245

E-mail: admin@ymt.org

 

Office Hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm

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Youth Ministry Trust

Emmaus Youth Village

Pemberton Road

Allensford

Consett

Co. Durham

DH8 9BA

T: 01207 592244

E: admin@ymt.org

F: 01207 592245