What’s Going On?


A list of events which might be good for either young people, young adults or those who work with them. In no particular order:

ENCOUNTER EVENINGS (for 15-30 year olds) – These evenings are hugely popular, and have been running for a few years now. They include live music, Adoration, food, an inspiring talk, and the chance to meet other young Catholics.

  • The next evening in Guildford will be on Sunday June 25th with guest speaker Sister Oneng Mendosa.
  • The next evening in Crawley will be on Friday June 23rd. Ben Gray will be the guest speaker.
  • The next evening in Bognor Regis will be on Friday June 16th. Hugh Campkin is the guest speaker.
  • The next evening in Bexhill-on-Sea will be on Friday June 30th. Jane Ireland will be guest speaker.

Breakthrough 2017 – Day for Youth Leaders, July 8th. More details here.

Welcome to Paradise – This is an amazing Catholic festival for 18-30s run each summer at Hautecombe Abbey in France. (Don’t worry… it’s very accessible to non French speakers). The week in early August combines prayer and talks with sporting activities such as archery, canoeing and water sports! It’s run by the brilliant Chemin Neuf Community.

Chemin Neuf Summer Camp for 14-18s – Chemin Neuf are also running a summer camp for 14-18s, running from July 30th to August 4th. More details here.

Various Youth 2000 events – Youth 2000 are a fantastic organisation running events for young Catholics all around the country. Their main event is the Prayer Festival every year in Walsingham at the end of August, but they have smaller events throughout the year around the country. More details here.

Safeguarding training sessions for volunteers: The Diocesan safeguarding team are running a series of two hour training sessions round the Diocese, designed to give people a basic grounding in safeguarding good practice. This is something often requested by youth ministers, so it’s an opportunity worth taking up. Details here.

Open air plays at Wintershall: The Wintershall Charitable Trust aims to spread the Christian faith through dramas. Their two main plays each year are the Life of Christ play (Usually mid-late June) and the Nativity (December). Both are quite spectacular and a great experience for youth groups and school groups. They also do The Passion of Jesus each Good Friday in Trafalgar Square. You can book or find out more on their website

Chemin Neuf Community: The Chemin Neuf Community are a Catholic group who moved in to Storrington in 2013 and are active in our Diocese. They are a young community, started by seven young Catholics in 1973, the fruit of a prayer group in Lyon. They now have over 2,000 committed members and are active in 30 different countries. They offer a lot of retreats and other events, many of which are particularly targeted at younger Catholics, such as summer schools, residential language programmes as well as weekends and prayer groups. Check out their website for more details, or their Facebook page.