WORKSHOPS, COMMUNITY SESSIONS & RESOURCE SESSIONS (2018)
Workshop 1. How to Get Started – Models of Youth Ministry
Emma Rothwell: Emma Rothwell currently holds two positions: Diocesan Youth and Children’s Officer for the Church of Ireland Dioceses of Meath and Kildare and Chaplain to Wilson’s Hospital School. As DYO for Meath and Kildare, Emma works with local clergy and youth leaders to develop youth ministry the dioceses. In her capacity as Chaplain to Wilson’s Hospital School, Emma lives on campus at the co-ed boarding school where she co-ordinates the liturgical life of the community and works alongside a care team to provide pastoral and spiritual support to the students and staff of the school.
Hugh Byrne: I’ve been involved in Christian youthwork for almost 30 years – as a young leader being mentored then starting or taking on various groups from an urban outreach in London to where I’m at now. My personal MO could be summed up as “If it isn’t broke, break it!” My two other full-time jobs are husband to Pam and dad to 5 kids (19 down to 8), and I also dabble in dentistry, working in my practice in Dalkey and teaching on the staff in the Dental School at TCD.
Anthony Clarke: I am 21 years old from Dublin Ireland. I come from a family of eight! I have been involved in “Youth Work” for approx. 4 years… I love bicycles and the outdoors! My twin brother and I also do a lot of Live Sound and Lighting for events you might have heard of us we are ajsoundandlighting. I 2016 I spent my Summer In the Rockies doing Youth work with “Camp Wojtyla” it was the dream…..
Community of Nazareth
A lay charismatic, covenant Community, the Community of Nazareth has over 120 members who seek to live out their daily lives as disciples – holding each other accountable to daily prayer, meeting together, and being missionaries where the Lord has placed us. Going for over 30 years, we are connected to a worldwide, international and ecumenical network of Communities bring together Roman Catholic, Protestant, Reformed, Christian and Orthodox men and women who seek to be a “community of disciples on mission” in the world and in our churches.
What to Expect:
Listening to the context: what the people are saying, what they are already doing, what have been the historical issues etc.
Praying and looking for support: the unlikely places you’ll find it, remembering God will not leave you on your own.
Importance of making connections and exposing people to new possibilities: realising your own limitations and the need for your young people and their leaders to experience different ways of engaging with faith.
Learning from other youth ministries and organisations is helpful.
Being bold when trying new things.
Practical and Personal accounts from their own experiences of youth ministry at local level.
Anthony Clarke & Hugh Byrne – Christian Youthwork? Yes we can!
How we got started and learned…
Hugh’s living room TEA @ Byrne’s !!
Previous history of youthwork but wasn’t connecting – effecting change
4-week cycle gives a loose structure which allows us to hang what we want but also gives us a framework to use….
Word – Witness – Worship – Welcome
Is Youth work doable?
Yes, it is easier than you think if I recall some of my favourite times in youth ministry it was when someone took interest in me, in my hobbies… start there
We all have a need to belong – create a community mindset and connect into their lives; show authentic Gospel love.
Understand that what happens outside of the meeting is likely to be more important – where are the other interfaces with the young people in your life?
If you are here looking for ways to get started I would say look no further than NUA.
Do some baking, set up a screen and run that but be intentional with your time get to know who is there..
Workshop 2. Moving Forward Together – Getting clear on How to work well Together & Build a Strong Team
Contributor – Sam Moore:
Sam is the Ireland Director of Innovista, based in Dublin. Innovista Ireland work with churches and other organisations to equip leaders with the skills for local mission. They also run a school’s leadership and mentoring programme called RISE. Sam has a theology masters, considerable experience in leadership training, leading teams, facilitation, and content creation. He helped write Innovista’s Tempo Leadership Course which runs in several countries. Sam is involved in leadership in his local church, serves on the residents’ association committee and tries to find time to keep an allotment going. He is married to Emily, a volunteer manager in an inner-city Dublin charity and they have two small children.
What to Expect
Moving forward together – Getting clear on how to work well together and build a strong team
Whether you are starting off by yourself or part of an existing team, learning to work together better is vital if we are to serve young people well. In this workshop we will explore:
How can you play to your strengths?
How can you make the most of the people around you?
How can you motivate and inspire others to serve young people?
How do you ask people to help?
Workshop 3. Walking with Young People through Difficulties
Contributors Susie Keegan, Simon Marriott and Tom Tate
Susie Keegan: Susie was recently appointed Diocesan Youth Officer in Dublin and Glendalough for the Church of Ireland. Before that, she was Lay Chaplain in DIT Aungier street for 3 years and before that she worked for the Youth Officer in the Church of Ireland. Susie has a background in Graphic Design, has a diploma in addiction studies and is also currently studying Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling. In her role Susie supports the youth work currently going on in United Dioceses and supports Youth workers that work with young people. She is all about collaboration and community and believes that working together is essential. Susie also volunteers at Solas project where she is a mentor at Step Up, their mentoring programme for secondary school students in the Liberties. She is married to Paul, a past youth worker, and now qualified counsellor.
Simon Marriot Direction of Youth for Christ Ireland: Youth for Christ Ireland are committed to carrying the love and light of Christ to every young person in Ireland, working in partnership with ALL Christian denominations.
Tom Tate has been involved in full time youth work for over a decade working with both the Anglican and Presbyterian churches. He is also a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and is pioneering a new project called WhyMind, working with young people and their leaders to provide training and programmes to encourage better understanding of why our minds work the way they do, emphasising why minding our mental health should be a priority.
What to Expect
With this workshop we aim to help Educate, Empower & Equip you for walking young people through difficulties.
We are told to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind & strength”, so we should be encouraging young people to love God with all of themselves; mind, body & spirit, seeing all aspects of the young person as part of our ministry – a holistic approach. In Jesus’ ministry, we see him engaging with all these needs at different times.
We plan to address some of the barriers to walking young people through difficulties, share some stories of hope and present some ideas as to how we might cultivate an atmosphere of vulnerability and better understand the rapidly changing landscape of youth culture.
We also want to point you in the direction of some helpful resources that will help equip you for taking the next step.
Saturday Morning 10am ‘EXCITE’ – Led by Peter Rigney National Coordinator of Alpha Ireland
Peter lives in Dublin with his wife Karen and children Elijah and Leah. He’s very passionate about Christian unity and building up young leaders to take the message of the Gospel to the next generation. Loves good coffee, music, chats, and rugby.
In this session we will be looking at what we are called to do, and how we can get over the hump of doing it. Youthwork can be by far the hardest thing we do in Christian ministry, but also the most encouraging and rewarding. How do we focus on the end goal, running the race marked out for us, Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.
Saturday Evening 8pm ‘EQUIP’ – led by John Quinn & Amanda O Shea
John Quinn: John Quinn up to December 2017 was the Evangelisation Officer for the Presentation Brothers. The reason the Presentation Brothers exist is to form Christ in the young. Previously, John was based in London for four years, where he was Youth Minister in one of the largest Catholic parishes in the UK. He has a background in filmmaking.
Amanda O Shea: Amanda lives in Dublin with her husband George, daughter Ava, son Adam and dog Raven. She brings over 20 years of experience in youth and family ministry to the Momentum Team. At 19 years old she pioneered an urban ministry in Atlanta, GA, USA. Amanda moved to Jackson, Mississippi six years later where she served as a Youth Pastor. In 2007 Amanda moved to Dublin, Ireland to serve as a Youth and Children’s Minister. For the past eight years she also led teams to run Alpha-Youth in a local secondary school. Amanda currently manages three interns and three Area Coordinators for Alpha Youth as the Alpha Youth National Coordinator. Amanda loves books, Jane Austin Society of Ireland, snow-skiing, hiking and theatre. Amanda holds a degree in Youth, Children and Family Ministry.
This session will be a practical look at ways of doing Youth Ministry. Some key themes include:
– Why Youth Ministry
– The Good News in Youth Ministry
– Meeting Young People Where They Are At
– The Role of Young Adults
– Knowing Your Young People
– Overcoming Reservations
This session will explore the process of successful youth ministry: Relationship, Discipleship and Stewardship. This session aims to be practical, as well as giving clear background as to why we should even bother with youth ministry.
It will also explore creating a culture where parents feel supported by partnering with them, youth feel empowered to fully discover who they are in Christ and your team feels inspired to run the marathon of youth ministry and not sprint.
– Tending our garden: parents, youth & team
– Team: we can’t do it alone
– Discipleship and Mentoring
Sunday Morning 11;15 am ‘ENCOURAGE’ – led by Susie Keegan
Susie was recently appointed Diocesan Youth Officer in Dublin and Glendalough for the Church of Ireland. Before that, she was Lay Chaplain in DIT Aungier street for 3 years and before that she worked for the Youth Officer in the Church of Ireland. Susie has a background in Graphic Design, has a diploma in addiction studies and is also currently studying Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling. In her role Susie supports the youth work currently going on in United Dioceses and supports Youth workers that work with young people. She is all about collaboration and community and believes that working together is essential. Susie also volunteers at Solas project where she is a mentor at Step Up, their mentoring programme for secondary school students in the Liberties. She is married to Paul, a past youth worker, and now qualified counsellor.
In this session we will be looking at Why do we do what we do? It’s an important question and no matter how long you have been working alongside young people it’s a question that still needs to be asked to realign our ministry, calling & passion.
Its ok to not know it all and the best thing we can do for our young people is to show up. Are you ok with not knowing it all?
The session will be an opportunity to meet and hear from a diversity of organisations and some of the resources available to each our young people with the love of Christ.
It will include information and presentations on
NUA Film Series presented by Jonny Somerville
Jonny Somerville is a Dublin native who’s worked with Scripture Union Ireland for more than ten years. He’s a married man with 4 kids, twins included! Jonny’s passionate about faith development and his experiences have shown him that young people often struggle to discuss their doubts. For this reason, Jonny has recently co-written and produced NUA, an 8 part film series that encourages questions, acknowledges doubt, and offers an engaging perspective on the Christian faith www.nuafilmseries.org
NUA Film Series is a resource created by Scripture Union Ireland. NUA was created to engage with the hard questions of faith. It had to be a resource accessible to a range of contexts and of such a quality to be used in a R.E. Class setting, a parish ministry programme, a University setting or just a group of friends interested in exploring the Christian faith. A key objective was to meet curriculum protocol in line with Sections C, E and H of the Senior Cycle R.E. Programme and so we’re confident it will add depth and engagement to the classroom. Along with the Film series, users will receive a NUA Guide featuring lesson plans, suggestions for group activities, discussion topics, and NUA challenges! There is also a NUA Journal for participants, to enable personal reflection.
Youth Alpha film series presented by Amanda O Shea
Amanda lives in Dublin with her husband George and their dog Penny.
She brings over 20 years of experience in youth and family ministry to our Alpha team. At 19 years old she pioneered an urban ministry in Atlanta, GA, USA. Amanda moved to Jackson, Mississippi six years later where she served as a Youth Pastor. In 2007 Amanda moved to Dublin, Ireland to serve as a Youth and Children’s Minister. For the past eight years she also led teams to run Alpha-Youth in a local secondary school.
Loves books, Jane Austin Society of Ireland, snow-skiing, hiking and theatre.
Amanda holds a degree in Youth, Children and Family Ministry.
Alpha Film Series – Workshop
Alpha is an interactive series (13 episodes over 9 weeks) exploring the basics of the Christian faith and it’s perfect for parish youth ministry and schools ministry.
Come and hear about the recently launched ‘Alpha Youth Series’. It’s 13 episodes (avg 23 minutes each) filmed all over the world (LA, London, Vancouver, New York, Jerusalem and more) with ready made discussion starters per episode.
Besides the fact that it’s all free? The next thing you will notice about Alpha is the quality. We believe the Church – and the Gospel – deserves the highest qualityand we want your group to be proud to invite their friends to Alpha. The other distinctive feature about Alpha is that the videos are only the starting point – the real impact happens in the small group discussions and in the intentional moments for prayer along the way.
Youth for Christ Nomad resource presented by Simon Marriott
Simon Marriott is the National Director for Youth For Christ Ireland (YFC) based in the Midlands. After spending 4 years with YFC in the Czech Republic working with orphans, Simon has a real passion for connecting spiritual orphans with their Heavenly Father. Whether through Mentoring, Rock Solid clubs, the Nomad cage soccer experience or a Youth Drop-in Centre ministry, YFC Ireland feel compelled to stand in the gap as spiritual surrogate parents for the young people of our nation pointing them to Jesus.
Nomad is a sports programme from YFC Ireland that uses a portable soccer cage, panna-knockout rules and a team of passionate young interns who promote positive values and engage young people in faith conversations on their turf, throughout Ireland.
Dynamite Confirmation age programme presented by Claire Devaney
Claire Devaney holds qualifications in Theology, Spirituality, Christian Ministry and Catechetic’s at Post Graduate level. She is a registered and qualified Post Primary Teacher in Religious Education. She is committed to working with young people in a pastoral capacity and in a faith based context as is evident from her broad range of experience in youth and children’s ministry in Ireland and in the United States over the past 9 years.
Claire Devaney is the Primary School Coordinator with Scripture Union in Ireland.
She works in a variety of settings including collaborating with different churches in primary schools and parishes running retreats and faith based transition programmes (It’s Your Move), along with a new confirmation preparation programme (Dynamite).
Many of our staff have experienced first-hand the lack of input, formation, programs and activities within many Catholic parishes throughout the country. There is an evident gap between what is currently on offer and the concrete needs for children and young people who want to learn, who to want to know more about the Scriptures and of Jesus Christ. We want to narrow this gap and engage them with the Word of God, as something alive, amazing and life changing.
In response to this reality, Scripture Union have dedicated time and staff in preparing an engaging, fun filled and faith forming confirmation programme entitled Dynamite. Dynamite aims are as follows:
Dynamite seeks to spark a thirst and an intimacy with Jesus Christ in each student/young person that it engages with. This program seeks to provide the opportunity for a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, through fun, testimonies, small groups, talks, dramas, art, and most importantly through the Scriptures.
Prayer Spaces presented by Annette Evans
Annette lives in Tullamore, Co. Offaly with her son Josh and daughter Sian. Annette became a very active member of her local church in 2009 and has been involved in youth ministry there since 2011. She currently leads the Junior Parish Pastoral Council, who has about 16 members, and our youth group the J. Unit of which there are approximately 25 8 to 12 year olds. Also in 2011 Annette helped run Alpha Youth in her local secondary schools. In 2014 Annette was employed by Alpha Ireland as the Midlands Alpha Youth Coordinator.
“Prayer Spaces in Schools enable children and young people, of all faiths and none, to explore life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way.
Taking a broadly Christian perspective as a starting point, prayer Spaces give children and young people an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and to explore prayer in an open, inclusive and safe environment. The approach does not proselytise and purposely allows them to make their own meaning and draw their own conclusion.”
Although Prayer Spaces was primarily set up to run in schools in the U.K they have now run in many countries around the world including Ireland. As a coordinator for Prayer Spaces in Ireland Annette has set up Prayer Spaces in schools and churches adapting them to suit the needs of the environment.
Tear Fund Ireland – Exploring Justice Issues with Young People – presented by Emma Lynch and Gemma Kelly
Exploring Justice Issues with Young People – Tearfund Ireland Training for Leaders
Do you want to see young people mobilised and empowered to change the world around them?
This practical, interactive taster will give you skills, resources and confidence to address issues of social and global justice with young people and mobilise them to become change makers!
Tearfund Ireland is a Christian relief and development agency passionate about the local church bringing justice and transforming lives. We seek to stand together with the most marginalised through partnerships that mobilise, empower and build capacity.
Emma Lynch joined Tearfund Ireland as Church and Supporter Relations Coordinator in 2013 and currently heads up Development Education within the Tearfund Ireland team. Emma spent several years serving in Nepal with her family during the 1990s seeking to empower people affected by leprosy. She currently sits on the executive committee of the Nepal Ireland Society. Originally from Dublin, Emma lives in Mullingar.
Gemma Kelly is the Communications & Advocacy Executive for Tearfund Ireland with a particular emphasis on working with the Emerging Generation. She worked with the HSE Dublin South City Family Support Service for six years in the area of poverty alleviation and injustice in inner city Dublin.
RISE Programme (Innovista) presented by Anne Baezinger & Sam Moore
Innovista Ireland equip teams and churches to change their communities with the hope of Jesus. We want to see people and places across Ireland changed for good through local mission movements. We provide a variety of training for churches, ministry groups and individuals around leadership and reaching out. We also run a leadership and mentoring programme in schools called RISE.
The RISE Leadership and Mentoring Programme equips teenagers in schools and youth groups with the practical skills to lead and to experience carrying out a project that serves a need in their community.
We believe in teenagers. We are passionate about seeing young people from all walks of life leading flourishing communities and bringing hope to those around them
We also recognise that for a lot of young people, believing that things can be different is hard. Circumstances are tough and sometimes dreams do not feel like they can become reality. We want to help change that. Through RISE, we want to equip young people as leaders, support them and release them onto a path where together they show others that there can be a different way and that positive change is possible.