Department for Youth Services

Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

About the Conference

‘Forward Together in Hope’ has called our Diocese to look again at what it means to be missionary disciples of Jesus and to be a Church which reaches out to others with the Gospel. The report of the young people’s survey ‘The Way We See It’ (Click here to read the document) calls us, as part of this endeavour, to listen to our young people with generosity and to give them the space to share their thoughts and their many gifts with us.


The report reflects much to celebrate and to build upon; it also raises many challenges to which we need to respond in our parishes, partnerships and diocese.  With the help of our speaker, David Wilkinson, the day will be an exciting opportunity to take a risk and move forward with courage and imagination.


The wider Church has also been called at this time to examine its relationship with young people and Pope Francis has announced that in autumn 2018 a Synod will take place on ‘Youth, faith and vocational discernment’: ‘The Church has decided to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognise and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective ways to announce the Good News today’. (Synod Preparatory Document)

About the Speaker

David Wilkinson is the Principal of St John’s College and Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion in Durham University. Before working in Durham as a theologian, he was a scientist and then trained for the Methodist ministry. David’s current work involves the relationship of the Christian theology to contemporary culture, from science to pop culture. He is a gifted and inspiring author and speaker and will bring a wide understanding to the challenges we face helping us to look towards the future. David was the keynote speaker at our 2004 conference exploring the theme of youth ministry in today’s culture. We are delighted to welcome him again to this year’s conference.


Who is the conference for?

Everyone has a role in responding to the call which comes to us both from ‘The Way We See  It’ and from the forthcoming Synod. All of us are called to accompany young people on their journey: to foster, to call, to enable and to send so that young people become beacons of hope for the world. The day aims to bring together priests, parishioners, parents, youth leaders, catechists, teachers and school chaplains. The conference is aimed at an adult audience but young people 16+ are most welcome.


Conference Fee
£10 per person (We hope that parishes will assist with the fee).


Please return booking forms by Friday 5th May 2017

Coffee and registration from 10.00am

Lunch will be served and this is included in the cost.

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