Breakthrough 2017

Breakthrough 2017 is a new initiative aimed at supporting those who work with teens and young adults, and inspiring and equipping those who want to. On Saturday July 8th, we’ll gather at DABCEC in Crawley for some high quality input and a great chance to network.

Michael Marchand is our keynote speaker for the morning session. Michael comes from Texas, and is an experienced youth minister, and an international speaker. He is one of the founders of and is the author of The E-Word. Michael will be helping us to think about how we can lead young people and young adults closer to Christ.

In the afternoon, we will be splitting down into three different streams, looking at youth groups, Confirmation, and young adult ministry. Anybody is welcome to join any stream. The streams will be led by experienced people in each field and will help us to unpack the things Michael has given us in our own areas. The streams will also give us a chance to ask questions and to look at some of the resources out there.

The Youth Groups stream will be led by Aseel Gilbert. Aseel has a masters degree in youth ministry and is the full-time co-ordinator for children, youth, and family ministry in Guildford Catholic Parish. The Confirmation stream will be led by David Wills. David is the Adviser for Evangelisation and Catechesis for the Diocese, and has more than fifteen years experience working in the Church. Jack Regan will be leading the stream looking at Young Adult Ministry. Jack has been in youth ministry since 1999, and is the Diocesan Youth Officer.

Tickets are £10. To book, Email Rosie.Read[at] (replace the [at] with the proper symbol!). We are offering discounts to organisations bringing four or more people. For every three people booked on, you get one free.

The timetable for the day looks something like this, though timings will probably be quite fluid…

0930 Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Stalls, Registration.
1000 Welcome & Opening Prayer
1030 Session One (Michael Marchand)
1115 Break (Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Stalls)
1130 Session Two (Michael Marchand)
1215 Lunch
1245 STREAMS: Parish Youth Groups (Aseel Gilbert), Confirmation (David Wills), Young Adult Ministry (Jack Regan)
1400 Break (Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Stalls)
1420 Final Session (Resources and Opportunities ahead. Issues raised)
1530 Close