Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th October 2018
Castlerigg Manor is the Lancaster Diocesan youth retreat centre with a rich history of working with young people over the last 50 years. It is hugely popular with schools and groups of the Diocese and beyond, and is usually fully booked a year in advance. We have been fortunate enough to secure this time during half term for our retreat. It is a fantastic place with a games room, lots of outdoor space and spectacular views! Of course, there is also a beautiful Chapel as well as lots of bedrooms, showers and toilets, and a dining room.
This retreat is a great opportunity for our young people to escape from the day-to-day routine of life. Time away gives us a chance to re-evaluate where our lives are going, to reflect and learn about ourselves, each other and about our relationship with God. As well as lots of exciting ways of exploring our theme through games, workshops, group work and prayer we will also enjoy some time outdoors. There will also be plenty of time to relax and socialise.
£100 per person. This includes all accommodation and input as well as food and travel. We appreciate that this is a big cost especially for families where there may be siblings who wish to attend. Please see the Fundraising PDF for details of how you can help reduce this amount. We do not want anyone to miss out so please talk to us if you have any concerns.
We will be leaving St Clare’s at 11 am on Monday and will return again to St Clare’s on Wednesday at 6 pm.
The Retreat will be led by Joe and Ruth White and Nora Lord from Metanoia Project who lead the ‘Seekers’, ‘Anointed’ and ‘Sent’ youth groups. We will also be assisted by our fantastic ‘YOKE’ Young Leaders.
If you are interested please download leaflet and fill in this reply slip and return it to Joe and Ruth White at Metanoia Project as soon as possible and no later than Sunday 7th October 2018.
Our wonderful Young Leaders decided that we needed a summer ball so they set about planning and organising an extravaganza with music, food, an impossible quiz (thanks Anto), games, decorations and even a photo booth. The ball was for all our young people aged 14+ and included some of the gang who were back from University too. It was a brilliant night with lots of fun and I was struck by the love the young people have for one another with younger members immediately included in their family. Special mention and thanks go to Tushar who carried the vision and made it happen. I think the video of unedited pictures captures the evening quite well…
We’ve had a wonderful year with our Seekers, Anointed and Sent youth groups who continue to astound us with their dedication, eagerness to seek God, love for one another and openness to all Jesus wants to
do with them. We’ve had trips, residential experiences, group work, games and more games, dramas, artwork, friendship, obstacle courses,
dressing up, teaching, silliness, music and of course lots of Scripture and prayer. They keep coming back for more because Jesus is the only one who truly satisfies. It has been beautiful to see the young people (and groups) grow and a real privilege to be able to share in their lives. God is so good!!
In May we started a second Seekers group based in a different Parish – St Andrew’s in Cottam. It is early days and it has had a bit of a slow start but we are hopeful that when we return in September it will go from strength to strength. We’ve loved getting to know the new children who attend and look forward to walking with them in the years ahead.
We had a fantastic time in June with 8 Primary School afternoon visits and a whole day with around 60 Year 3s from the Small Schools Cluster. We explored themes from trusting in God to following Jesus to the Eucharist! The children loved their sessions and joined in so well. They had some amazing ideas and answers too. Our Yoke Young Leaders helped us to lead the days which added a boost of energy too. These sessions were so successful that we are now looking at setting aside regular time each week to work with Primary Schools.
There has been so much going on over the past few months that there has been no time to write about any of it!! A huge bit of brilliant news though is that Nora Lord joined our team here in April as Children and Families Coordinator. We are very blessed to have her with us and to receive the benefit of her enthusiasm, joy and hard work. There are already a few new plans in the pipeline and we can’t wait to see the impact Nora has on our ministry. Please keep her (and all of us) in your prayers.
Last night the Seekers Youth Group spent the evening using up huge amounts of energy at Rascals play centre. Having the place to ourselves meant that there was more than enough room on the climbing frames, slides, trampolines, scramble nets etc to keep the young people entertained for a couple of hours only stopping half way through for pizza and chips followed by jelly and ice cream. Everyone had a fantastic time – we managed to get one sensible photo of them all but the following photo probably captures their personality and their evening more accurately!
In February Half-Term we took our young leaders away for a retreat full of teaching, prayer, creativity and training. They responded so well with their openness to the Spirit, their love for one another and all their hard work. We stayed with Fr Philip Conner (and of course Bosco the dog) at St Joseph’s in Lancaster where we were made to feel really welcome and at home. The church in Preston is blessed to have such a dedicated, talented and holy bunch of young people who are leading the way for others. Here are what a few of them said:
This mid-week residential in Lancaster was a more in depth, personal and mature retreat in which I learnt some answers to questions about my faith and formed more questions. The blend between praying, learning and getting to know everyone was perfect as it didn’t leave me bored or fed up; but instead got me realising the importance of God which I may have been neglecting. Tushar
The retreat definitely helped me to develop my own personal relationship with Jesus. It made me realise how much I need Jesus in my life and that being without him is not an option for me. It also helped me to bond with my peers, deepening my relationship with other Christians as well as God. Richa
It helped me to develop a deeper understanding of why I am a Christian and to understand the importance to open up my heart to him. The retreat also allowed me to delve further into my purpose in the world and how I can help bring the word of God to others as a community. Alvina
The retreat allowed me to know Jesus better and gave me the opportunity to experience his love more. The times of prayer were really good as it gave me time to reflect and allowed me to be opened up to the Holy Spirit in a way that I haven’t been before. All in all, it was 3 days filled with spirituality, teaching and chances to bond with others in a way that may not have been possible without the retreat. Anto
The retreat has helped to form a much deeper personal relationship with Jesus. It has also helped me to understand how I can spread the word of God and what makes me a Christian. I also believe that I have formed a closer relationship with my teammates. Alfi
The retreat has changed the way I see my faith. I feel like I have grown closer to god and have been more willing to let the holy spirit in. It has also helped to bond with others in our group allowing us to come closer as a community. I have realised that god loves us so much that he won’t force his way into our lives, we have to let him in and after this retreat I feel more willing to let him into my life Ellie