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First Ignite youth training weekend is a success

The first Ignite Lite youth training weekend was held in late January for participants to learn more about their faith and the practical elements of ministry. Catherine Williams reports.

Ignite Lite is a new initiative which has been set up for young people aged between 16 and 30 to work alongside the Ignite Diocesan Youth Mission Team in the facilitation and running of events in schools and parishes around the Diocese. 

A first Ignite Lite training weekend was held in Poringland from January 20 to 22 when a group of eight young people came together. 

It is a chance for young people to come together and learn more about their faith as well as the practicals of being involved in ministry; growing in skills such as delivering presentations and testimonies, leading games, drama, music and more besides, while at the same time growing in fellowship with one another.  

The weekend was run by Hamish MacQueen, Youth Director for the Diocese and Catherine Williams, Ignite Team Leader, with input from New Evangelisation Administrator Rebecca Bretherton on the Sunday. 

Topics covered included: discipleship, evangelisation, leading small groups and activities along with developing and scheduling retreat days amongst other things.  Each day there was Mass, time for personal prayer and prayer as a group with one of the highlights being a time of adoration on the Saturday evening.  There were also times for fellowship and growing closer both as a team and also just as a group of young Catholics.

It was a really fantastic weekend to be a part of and enjoyed by all those who came, as one of the attendees at the training weekend said: “It was enjoyable both to learn some new things and spend time with the other people on the weekend. Each talk/session brought something unique. There was a nice combination of evangelisation ‘theory’ and practical training with fellowship and opportunities for personal spiritual development.”

Each training weekend for Ignite Lite will deal with different elements of evangelisation and growth in the Catholic faith with continued input from Hamish and Catherine as well as various guest speakers.  This will help the members of Ignite Lite to encounter Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him as well as being formed in their faith.   In turn this will help them to provide an authentic Christian witness to the youth they encounter and so become both effective disciples and disciplers!   

The next training weekend will be from March 31 to April 2 and there will be opportunities throughout the year for day trips.

If you are interested in applying to join Ignite Lite or just want to find out more please contact Catherine at and keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest news and updates. 

Pictured above, the first Ignite Lite group with Bishop Alan, Hamish MacQueen and Catherine Williams.