The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

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Myddelton Grange

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The End of an EraThe youth service is undergoing some big changes. Myddelton Grange is closing and we are re-focussing diocesan resources to build for greater capacity for mission to youth at a local level. At the start of this journey together, letís recognise the great work of our diocesan retreat centre, Myddelton Grange, which has been serving our diocesan schools for several years.

Myddelton Grange has been a place of laughter, friendship, faith and social action - hereís a photo<br />
journey through some of our highlights:

Liturgy and Prayer

Blessed with a beautiful Chapel, countless students and staff visiting the Grange encountered Jesus through
morning and night prayer, Holy Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Collage - Children reading at Mass - priest blessing the sacrament - boy playing guitar

Fun and Friendship

Games, free time, walks in the countryside and team-building games all contributed to the young peoplesí
sense of community, strengthening old and discovering new friendships among their peers.

collage of children in the woods

Social Action

From mass tree-planting to learning about great charities and re-assessing our values in life; retreats at the
Grange encouraged young people to look outwards at the needs of the world around them.

Picture Collage - Man covered in stickers - children by tree - tree planation

Building for the Future - A man stacking wooden blocksChange is never easy, but it is crucial for us to adapt to the demands that youth ministry finds itself in; namely, that we need stronger capacity at a local level to effectively evangelise our young people. Building on the great work that is already happening in schools, homes and parishes, the youth service moving forward will seek to support parishes, schools and families to make the person of Jesus and the mission of the Church a local and everyday reality for our young people.

We will do this through resources and training support for lay chaplains, youth leaders, parents, clergy and anybody with a heart for youth ministry, as well as bringing young people together for regular prayer, fellowship and social action.

The decision to close Myddelton Grange will release funds for a team to facilitate this across the diocese.

We are relying on your support, prayers, feedback and involvement as we work to preach the Gospel to a new generation of young people.

Have Your Say...

Do you have thoughts, ideas, and practical suggestions for how we can help you in your mission to young people? Do you have any feedback on what youíve just read?

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Published Sat 8th Oct 2016 11:56:21
Last Modified on Sat 8th Oct 2016 12:17:29

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