Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Department for Youth Services

The Event:

Please see the poster for future EVENT dates.

This year there are two additional Roadshow EVENTs that will be held at different venues across the Diocese as follows:

Wednesday 29 January 2020 at St. Matthew's, Prudhoe and Wednesday 11 March 2020 at St. Mary's RC Primary School, South Moor (Pontop Partnership).

See the poster for more detail and how to reserve a place for your group.

‘The Real Meaning of Christmas’

On Wednesday 11 December 2019, we were invited to run a roadshow EVENT at St. Augustine’s in Darlington by Fr. Ryan. It was an excellent night with young people inspired and on fire for faith. Students took part in a series of faith based games, activities, dances, reflections and prayer snowballs to end our night of liturgy. Students won prizes for their efforts in faith activities and reflected upon how Christ has came to bring light into the lives of everyone, no matter what we have done in our lives. The faith and engagement of the young people was inspiring.

'God's Masterpieces'

On Wednesday 6 November we celebrated the EVENT Roadshow at St. Cuthbert’s RC School in Crook. The night was an excellent night reflecting on the theme of ‘God’s masterpieces, everyone is unique, individual and made different, but we are all loved and known by God’.

Students from Crook and Bishop Auckland were fantastic; they engaged brilliantly, reflected passionately and made heartfelt responses to the poems, freeze frames, dances, prayer and reflections. We are truly grateful to Michelle and the team at St. Cuthbert’s, Crook for their hospitality, warmth and constant support and encouragement in spreading faith to young people.

During the evening, they were introduced to Jonathan Bryan, a 12 year-old boy who has Cerebal Palsey who spoke of his relationship with Christ and the impact Jesus has had upon his life.

To read the full story and view some images from the evening, please click here.

The Event - Valentine's Day at St. Joseph's

On Wednesday 13 February 2019 St. Joseph’s held the next instalment of the monthly St. Joseph’s EVENT faith night. This month our theme was love and St. Valentine’s day.

110 students from across the diocese from as far and wide as Bishop Auckland, Crook, Sunderland, Jarrow and South Shields attended along with 20 staff, nuns, clergy and parishioners.

Students were asked to reflect upon the true meaning of love and St. Valentine’s day. Students explored the life and martyrdom of St. Valentine and how we can show love to those in our life, our communities and our parishes. Students were asked to create Freeze Frame Dramas to depict how they too will go and share Jesus’ love with those in their lives. They created Valentines cards for lonely and elderly parishioners in their parishes.

Laura led students in a reflection about the different types of love—family love, friendship love and sacrificial agape love.

Finally we ended with a #AMEN twitter prayer liturgy.

A fantastic evening was had by all, with students engaging in musical praise, faith games like Valentine’s Tag and ‘Protect Jesus’ and reflecting, creating dramas and dances and worshipping together from all corners of the Diocese.

View the images from the Event now.


Andrew Young
Head of RE at St. Joseph's Catholic Academy, Hebburn.