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.”
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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.
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.
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.
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!!
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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
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.
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.
Get more in life. Experience a YMT Gap year.
Gap Year Team Members 2014-2015
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.
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. I’m 23 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 Andy. I’m 18 and I’m from Hartlepool. I joined YMT to explore more about my faith and to share it with the Team and the young people throughout the year. I also like to hear the stories of other people and reflect on what my faith means to me. I hope to bring joy and fun to the Team. I also would like to bring a little bit of maturity because, in certain situations, I like to sit and listen to what is going on around me.
If I were a film, I’d be any film because people wouldn’t know the next silly thing I would do. If I could change anything in the world it would be poverty, because no one deserves to live in struggle for the rest of their life, by not being able to drink, eat, use aid and have a home in which to live the lives they have been given.
I’m Anna. I’m from Sunderland and I’m 18. I would like to share the experience of YMT I have had as I have grown up, with other young people in our Diocese. I am a very happy person who will bring lots of joy and laughter to the Team. I also hope to use music to develop everyone’s faith. I like the Parable of the Talents because this teaches us that we should use our talents for the benefit of others.
I would love to be Annie (my favourite childhood film!) because us gingers have to stick together. I would solve the problem of starvation. It’s crazy to think in 2014 that this is still happening in the world when so much food is wasted on a daily basis.
I’m Becca. I’m 18 and I come from Gateshead. I joined YMT to express my faith with others and, hopefully, share my faith experiences with others. Hopefully, I am aiming to bring hope and happiness to all I encounter. I liked the Prodigal Son because God will always forgive you, no matter what.
I would be ‘Fat Amy’ from ‘Pitch Perfect’ as she is the most hilarious individual in the whole movie and has unreal vocal range. I would like to solve hunger by every individual who is not suffering from hunger donating some of their food to the hungry.
I’m Chris. I’m 19 and I come from Great Kingshill. I joined YMT because I wanted to discern my vocation and felt a part of it may be working with youth. I hope I can bring a sense of humour, help to bring a sense of community and share my experience of working with young people in the past. I love the story of the Road to Emmaus because it reminds me that Jesus is always with us even if we might not recognise him.
I would want to be the book ‘A Grief Observed’ because what can be better than helping those who have lost one of the people who may mean the most to them. If there’s one thing I would solve in the world, I would do away with hypothetical questions.
Hi I’m Craig. I’m 18 and from Newcastle. I joined YMT because I have experienced 2 missions and have loved all the opportunities with YMT. I also want to grow and share my faith journey. This year I want to grow with my faith and share my faith with others. I love the story of the Prodigal Son because it shows that God forgives those who turn away from faith and will always welcome you back with open arms.
If I were a food, I’d be a fish because in the early Christian Church the fish was the sign of peace. Also fish are amazing.
Hi, I’m Jenny. I’m 22 and I come from St Helen’s. I was inspired by the youth ministry back in my hometown which was led by Animate. I hope to bring smiles and laughter and lots of energy… laughter is life’s medicine. In the Bible, I like the story about building your house on rocks not sand – I like to follow this parable in my life – to ensure stability and strength – with friendships, family, work and myself.
If I were a film, I’d be from Pokémon, can’t you just imagine how much fun that would be?! I could have a pet Pikachu, not just a onesie. If I can do something for the world, I’d like to use my Biology degree to genetically engineer cute and lovely spiders to stop them from being so creepy… can’t kill them – they’re useful.
Hello I’m Mary. I’m from Perkridge near Stafford and I’m 18. I joined YMT to have fun and experience a different year between sixth form and university. I want to meet lots of new people, have new experiences and learn new things. I’m always up for a laugh and to give things a go, try new things and face new challenges. I play the clarinet, piano, and saxophone. I also enjoy singing and baking cakes. In the Bible I like the Parable of the Good Samaritan because it teaches us not to judge and to see the good in everyone.
Someone once told me I’m like Sherbert – so I think that makes me fizzy, good fun, and full of energy – I hope! I’d also like to solve the problem of loneliness so everyone would feel cherished
Hi I’m Nora! I’m 22 and I come from Cameroon. I joined YMT because as a young person I really love working with other young people. I also think that God is calling me to join YMT because my diocese in Cameroon is looking for courageous people to work in the church. I hope to bring Cameroon culture to the team by sharing new ways of knowing God better, songs, games, ways of praying, and dance. My favourite story in the Bible is the Parable of the Sower because it really shows we should lead our lives through our faith but also warns us what would happen if we didn't let the faith grow.
If I could solve one problem in the world it would be the spread of the Ebola virus that is killing innocent souls. I would like to be a scientist one day and make sure that something like this never happens again.
My name is Rebecca. I’m from Wallsend and I’m 18. I joined YMT because I wanted other young people to experience God’s love and also wanted to share my faith with them. I hope to bring love, warmth and lots of fun to the Team! Ooh and some killer guitar playing! My favourite story in the Bible is about Peter walking on the water. When he felt the wind he was afraid and he began to sink but Jesus took his hand and held him. I like this because it tells us that Jesus is always with us, even when we forget.
I think I’d love to be part of the Harry Potter series. JK Rowling was a genius coming up with those stories. Or just anything with Richard Gere in, I love Richard Gere! I would also like to solve the problem of distance. I’d use a teleporter to go anywhere and see everyone anytime I like.
I’m Rob. I’m 18 and I from Darlington. I joined YMT because I quite liked the idea of a gap year to take my foot off the gas when it came to my studies. Hearing about YMT’s gap year programme came at the right time so, after praying about it, I felt it was what God wanted me to do. I would like to bring a good drive to the Team, full of determination to the work we will do for the next year as well as determination to get through the challenges we’ll face. My favourite story in the Bible is the story of Daniel. Just like many Christians today the believers during that time were being discriminated against their beliefs and their faith was rewarded for not backing down.
If I were a film I would be Purely Belter because it’s about Newcastle fans chasing their dreams. I can relate to that because I have rather wild dreams and ambitions.
I’m Tom. I’m 18 and I come from Newton Aycliffe. After the Team came into my school 4 years ago to do a mission they inspired me to get involved; therefore, ever since then, I have been on the Youth Council and I also play drums for the worship band and it is a completely different vibe interacting with God through music. You can expect me to pick up the beats and bring pace to the music. I work well in a team but when it comes to worshipping God through music that’s when it all becomes real. I always love the story of The Prodigal Son – it is a true inspiration of forgiveness in a huge scale and just really focuses on that, no matter how wrong someone’s actions are, you just might be able to forgive them.
If I were a food, I think I would like to be a bean because I do chill like a bean quite a lot.
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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.
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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