Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Youth Services Team

The Event:

STOP PRESS: Following the closure of all schools due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all remaining EVENTs have been cancelled with immediate effect. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

'Imago Dei' being who God called us to be!

On Wednesday 11th March 2020 we had the pleasure of taking the EVENT on roadshow to St. Mary’s RC, South Moor in Stanley.

The theme of this EVENT was being made ‘imago dei’ and embracing who God has called us to be irregardless of our imperfections.

The EVENT celebrated the uniqueness and diversity of each and everyone of us and we were led in worship by Laura Young who inspired students to be proud of who they are because they are all perfect in God’s image.

Love Thy Neighbour:

On Wednesday 12 February 2020 the EVENT explored the theme of ‘love thy neighbour’ and who exactly our neighbours are.
To do this, we examined what different faiths in Britain believe including Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jews and Hindus with students all engaged in practices from across the different religions.


Being who God Called us to be:

On Wednesday 29 January we had the pleasure of taking the EVENT to St. Matthew’s in Prudhoe and worshipping with the amazing young people, staff, parents and clergy in the Ovingham partnership. The theme of the evening was ‘Being who God has called us to be and being made perfect in God’s image’.


On Wednesday 15 January 2020, we celebrated our monthly faith EVENT night here at St. Joseph’s. Given the catastrophic environmental issues in the world currently, this months theme was on Stewardship and our student leaders: Emily, James and Chris led students in worship, fellowship, fun and praise to explore this theme deeper.

Our student leaders led students in some worship games such as ‘Judas Murder’, ‘Jesus, Jesus, Roman’ and ‘Jesus splat’ following our Rend Collective Worship Praise Music and Dancing. Students then took part in blindfolded tests of faith that disorientated us and required us to put our trust in the Lord to overcome the challenges we faced.

Advent Awe:

On Wednesday 18 December 2019 the Christmas EVENT was held at St. Joseph’s, Hebburn. Students had the opportunity to reflect on what Christmas has come to symbolize versus the real meaning of Christmas. Students competed to dress each other up as snowmen, took part in the ‘Bethlehemian Rhapsody’ reflection, played festive faith based games and dramas and led a powerful prayer reflection. Another great night. The EVENT returns in January 2020 when it enters its second decade of existence. Thanks to everyone who supports us.

‘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.


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