The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Change 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.