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Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:53

Youth Ministry summer events 2017

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We're almost half way through another busy year, and there are lots of events peeping over the horizon in the months to come. Look out for news and photos! Here's a bit of a run-down:

 

Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land begins in just a few days, from 27th May to 3rd June. We have 24 young adults in the group; all the preparations are now complete, and the excitement is mounting! Please keep us in prayer, and we will be praying for everyone at home, especially the Salesian Family, as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

Friday, 28 April 2017 17:58

New Salesian Youth Project needs volunteers

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Salesian Youth Ministry is seeking 24 volunteers for an exciting new summer project in Battersea, running from 18-27th August 2017.

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The RISE event aims to gather up to twenty young people who are leaving year 10 or 11 for a five day project for young leaders, a fun filled week including workshops in communication skills, teamwork skills and youth work skills.

The programme will run from 6pm on the 24th July until 4pm on the 28th July, at Savio House in Bollington (near Macclesfield). It is being organised by the Salesian Youth Ministry Team.

Young people can make their own way to Macclesfield station where we will collect them (or alternatively they can arrange someone to drop them off at Savio House). To cover the costs of food, accommodation and outings we are asking only £99 per head (the project is being subsidised by the Salesians).

We hope through this week to develop Salesian young leaders by giving young people a chance to build skills which they can use in the future. We are therefore asking if you could identify any young people who have displayed leadership qualities (at school and/or local community). You can download an invitaion letter to give to your young people below, together with the registration form.

Download the  poster

Download the  invitation letter and registration form

Friday, 24 March 2017 14:49

Are you ready to Make Some Noise?

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Once again, Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton is the venue for the Make Some Noise, our  Salesian Youthgather, which will be held from Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd Septemeber 2017.

 

The maximum number we can admit is 350, and this is a popular event! Book before 13th April for the Early Bird price of £5. Passes bought after this date will be £7 each.

 

If you've not yet received an invite to the Google application form, contact Sue McDonald ASAP:  sue@salesians.org.uk

Thursday, 09 March 2017 22:07

Savio House retreat for Catholic-Anglican Academy

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The group at White Nancy - Photo: Academy of St Francis of Assissi /Liverpool Echo

Savio House, our Youth Retreat Centre in Bollington, Cheshire, recently facilitated a retreat for a group of 27 Year 10 students from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi, a Catholic-Anglican school in Liverpool.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 10:25

Whirlwind of a weekend for Salesian Youth Ministry

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This weekend, the youth ministry department held the 2nd meeting of the year for our Salesian animators. We began with an input and sharing session on the preparation document for XV General Assembly of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops taking place in October 2018. The theme for this Assembly will be “Young people, faith and vocational discernment.”

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:22

Salesian Youth Ministry Easter Retreat 2017

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The Youth Ministry Easter Triduum retreat at Savio House takes place from Holy Thursday 13th April, until Easter Sunday 16th April and is open to anyone aged 17 and over.

 

 

Have a peek at the slideshow above from Easter 2015 to see what it's all about. 

 

Places are limited, so please contact Sue McDonald as soon as possible for more information or to book a place.

Saturday, 17 December 2016 11:21

Signposts team takes its workshop to Wales

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Anita and Julia went to Aberystwyth this week to run a Signposts workshop for a CathSoc group. The workshop introduces the Signposts project and engages you adult participants (aged 18-35) in activities exploring how we make meaningful choices, and got the group thinking about how they can unlock their own potential.

 

The team is excited about taking the  take the introductory workshop to more locations, and is very keen to  hear from any groups of young adults who want to explore strategies for making good choices in life. While this one-off session of a couple of hours will meet the needs of some participants on its own, the team offers an invitation to join them for a residential weekend, where they will be able to explore their own decision-making process more deeply, and hopes many people will take up this opportunity too.

 

The first Signposts residential weekend will be held at Savio House from 20-22 January 2017, but if you miss that, don't worry - there's another coming along on 21-23 April 2017. (You don't have to do a workshop first).

 

The weekend offers a solid groundwork for good decision-making, where young adults are able to explore their personal decision-making process in depth, and they are taken through a series of thinking modes that move towards identifying meaning and purpose in life. It also provides a toolkit for choice based on sound psychology and some insights from the eastern and western spiritual traditions.

 

Contact Anita by email or phone 0207 139 8353 for more information about the Signposts weekends or the workshops.

 

Booking forms for the weekends are available for download here

 

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Sue McDonald of Salesian Youth Ministry, tells us about the Salesian Spirituality Weekend, held from 25 - 27 November 2016, at Savio House

 

This weekend, the last of the year for the youth ministry department, was one of reflection on our our spirituality. This year we began with a 10 year period of Mary Mazzarello's life, from 1855-1865. During these years, from the 1st consecration of the Duaghters of Mary Immaculate to the laying of the foundation stone in the School at Mornese, Mary Mazzarello faced many challenges calling for many changes, sometimes subtle and other times life changing.


After this we looked at our our life stories as Salesians over the past 10 years. This was very moving and led to a depth we could not have anticipated.


A brisk walk was needed and as aways we ended up at the lovely waterside cafe at the canal for hot chocolate and scones.


We went on in the weekend to share on the future as salesians in GBR and closed the evening with the Film of Mary Mazzarello "Main, the House of Happiness". 

Although we only gather once a year for specific Salesian Spirituality reflection this time is very special and we were amazed to see how our lifes have intertwined with one another over the years.


It was great to also have the sharing this year with the Salesians in Initial formation alongside the lay people, thanks to Fr Martin Poulsom for organising this.

 

So from the Youth Ministry Office, wishing you all a holy and blessed time of waiting this Advent,

 

Sue McDonald

 

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Signposts, a new Salesian programme, aims to support young adults (aged ​​18-35) in finding their path in life, and to equip them with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to make good choices. Weekend workshops to equip young adults with valuable decision-making skills will be held on 20-22 January and 21-23 April 2017, at Savio House, Cheshire.

 

In choosing 'Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment' as the theme of the next Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis has highlighted the importance of supporting young people as they find the path God is calling them to, and that's just what Signposts does. It is a programme for young adults who have some life experience but are facing a time of major choice, sometimes without any sense of overall direction. It is for people who want to meet life as an adventure but also want to stack the odds in their favour through wise decisions.

 

The one-off resdiential weekend offers a solid groundwork for good decision-making, where young adults are able to explore their personal decision-making process in depth. The weekend takes participants through a series of thinking modes that move towards identifying meaning and purpose in life. It also provides a toolkit for choice based on sound psychology and some insights from the eastern and western spiritual traditions. 

 

The residential weekend is one of three elements offered by Signposts, and people can take part in all of them, or choose those they feel best meet their needs. The team offers an introductory workshop of a couple of hours, which can be offered to existing young adult groups. This outlines the project and engages everyone in activities exploring how we make meaningful choices. Some people may have enough to take away with them from this single session, but the Signposts team hopes many will take up their invitation to a residential weekend, where they will be able to explore their personal decision-making process more deeply. After the residential weekend, participants may choose to take part in the third element, six months of individual guidance.

 

The Signposts residential weekend costs £40, and concessions are available. If you would be interested in booking onto the January or April weekend, or in learning more about what the Signposts programme offers, or if you would like to arrange an introductory workshop for your young adult group, please contact Anita Motha on 0207 139 8353 or email development@signposts.uk.net

 

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We've been delighted to have Romina Martiniello, Assistant Director of the Cagliero Project, the Australian equivalent of our Bosco Volunteer Action, visiting us for a while. Here, she writes about a Mission Week workshop she and Anita (BOVA) led to help students explore the refugee crisis and our response.

 

What if you suddenly had to make a journey from Bolton to Paris, with only the possessions you had with you in your pockets? What if there were no cars, train, bus or plane services? What if you couldn’t go home first to tell your family where you are, or gather your most precious belongings? What if you had to walk for 10 days straight, in just the clothes you are wearing now?

These are some of the questions that year 8s and 9s were asked to contemplate during the Mission Week activities at Thornleigh Salesian College. Anita, of Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA) and myself were asked to be a part of the week’s input by running a workshop aimed at shedding some light on the everyday experience of refugees in the world today. In our jobs, we send volunteers from the UK and Australia to overseas Salesian communities. Our volunteers work with young people in various educational and residential settings, most of whom experience one or many forms of poverty. Many refugees experience poverty as a result of circumstances that are thrust upon them, and often have a very limited support and resources available to them.

Thornleigh students had access to a resource which enabled them to walk through a series of small rooms while listening to an audio recording, recounting the experience of one refugee as she made the dangerous and terrifying journey from her home country to the UK. Through this sensory experience, students were able to reflect upon how it would feel to walk in the shoes of those who are forced to leave their homes and endure the hardship and uncertainty of seeking asylum.

As we asked students to literally empty their pockets onto the tables in front of them, many were hit with harsh realisations, many began to think creatively and many provided very thoughtful reflections on how they might act and feel if they suddenly had to leave their home and flee for safety.

It was important that the students felt as if there was a message of hope that they could take away from the activities and discussions in our workshop. Together, we reflected upon the call of Pope Francis for us to be politicians, thinkers, social activists and to “seek to encounter Jesus in the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, the friend in trouble, the prisoner, the refugee and the migrant.” It was not at all surprising that the young people at Thornleigh came up with innovative and overwhelmingly compassionate ways in which they could respond to the needs of refugees both overseas and in their communities.

It was a privilege to be a part of the sharing and learning at Thornleigh during Mission Week, and we look forward to hearing more about the other important issues that formed part of the discussion.

By Romina Martiniello
The Cagliero Project
Salesians of Don Bosco
Australia

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Signposts is a Salesian project  for young adults (18-35) who have some life experience but are facing a time of major choice, sometimes without any sense of overall direction. It is for people who want to meet life as an adventure but also want to stack the odds in their favour through wise decisions.

 

The Signposts team is really excited at how things are developing, so we'd like to tell you more about the project - and ask for your help.

 

What does the programme involve?

 

An introductory workshop: A one-off event of a couple of hours that introduces the project and engages young adult participants (aged ​​18-35) in activities exploring how we make meaningful choices. Some people may have enough to take away with them from just this session, but we hope mamy participants will take up our invitation to join us for a residential weekend, where they will be able to explore their own decision-making process more deeply.

A residential weekend: We guide participants through the six Signposts stages (Ownership, Imagination, Valuing, Analysing, Synthesising) and provide a 'tool-kit for choice' offering a structure for the discernment process. Again, this may be enough to equip some particpants with all they need, but we also offer a third stage.

Individual guidance: The final stage offers individual support taking participants through the six signpost stages over a six month period with the aim of guiding participants to move forward in their own discernment. 


So, get in touch if you:

  • Would like to arrange a workshop to introduce your young adult group to the Signposts concept
  • Don't belong to a group, but would like to come to our open workshop on 29th November

 

CONTACT SIGNPOSTS

 

Want to get involved in supporting the Signposts project?

We need your help to grow the project and develop our online presence:

  • Download our flyer and display it at your parish, college or group
  • Tell people aboout Signposts in your newsletters & on social media
  • Follow and retweet us on Twitter: @Signposts4life
  • Share useful resources with us on life choices, discernment and vocation for young adults
  • Contribute articles, videos, activities, photos for the resource area we're developing on our website
  • Pray for the project as it evolves this year

 

CONTACT SIGNPOSTS

 

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Anita Morais
Signposts Project Development Team

 

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