We thought it might be a good plan to have a page of resources and ideas for all of the youth workers in the diocese, and especially for those running youth groups in parishes. This is a page we need to develop far far more (suggestions welcome) but for the time being, here are some general points of information as well as some handy resources on the web.
Ray Mooney is the adviser for youth ministry in the diocese. His contact details can be found on the left hand side of the site further down. Ray is the person to talk to if you need help and advise regarding setting up youth groups or anything else to do with working with young people.
Ray is part of the Diocesan Pastoral Team which has numerous advisors working on different areas of life in the Church. This page gives more details about the pastoral team, including how to get in touch with the various advisors.
THE ELI PERSPECTIVE
the eli perspective is a course for youth leaders run by the diocese. More details can be found on the eli perspective page.
The diocese has a safeguarding officer who is Philip Wright who should be contacted if you have any queries in this regard. All of the details can be found on this page of the main diocesan site.
Any questions regarding the Lourdes Youth Service Group (AKA the Redshirts) should be addressed to Ray. Any queries about the main pilgrimage, including the family group should be directed to the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office in Storrington 01903 745180. The main pilgrimage also has a website which has a lot of information.
SOME USEFUL RESOURCES FOR YOUTH LEADERS
There are some useful websites on the internet for youth workers. Here is a selection…
|The Catholic Youth Ministry Federation is an organisation serving the Catholic Youth ministry communities in England & Wales. Their website tells you a great deal about their work and about the events and opportunities they are responsible for.|
|Revealed is a book for Catholic youth ministers, published by Redemptorist Publications. The website has a huge amount of links and resources, categorised into different areas.|
|CatholicYouthWork.com is a site dedicated to those working with young people in the Catholic Church. It has jobs, resources, a huge events calendar and discussion boards where people can ask other youth ministers for tips and advice.|
|CAFOD is an agency of the Bishops Conference and one of the largest, most effective charities in the UK. It has a huge amount of resources for young people to connect them to its work and issues.|
|HVN creative worship provides a great deal of creative, dynamic prayer resources for young people.|
|yfaith is a faith website aimed at young people between First Holy Communion and Confirmation age. It has a lot of sections and resources to play with.|